The Myst Reader is a collection of three novels based on the Myst series of adventure games. The collection was published in September and combines three works previously published separately: The Book of Atrus , The Book of Ti ' ana , and The Book of D ' ni Each novel centers on the family of Atrus , a scientist and explorer who has the ability to write special books which serve as links to other worlds, known as Ages. This ability, known as the Art, was practiced extensively by an ancient civilization known as the D'ni, who were only mentioned briefly in the original Myst game. The plot of each book reveals more of the Myst back-story and the workings of the D'ni. Upon release, reception of the novels have been mixed.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Robyn Miller. David Wingrove. Based on the best-selling CD-ROM game, a fantasy novel fills out the lives of the game's characters, tracing the strange apprenticeship of Atrus to his father, Gehn, who wields the power to create worlds.
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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Book of Atrus , please sign up. The Myst PC game is too outdated to work on my laptop. Did all the worlds that the author described appear in the video game?
I guess what I'm asking is how much did the author create himself and how much did he simply describe? Alexandra First of all, you can get a version of the game that will work on today's PCs very inexpensively at www. T …more First of all, you can get a version of the game that will work on today's PCs very inexpensively at www.
There are also iPhone and iPad versions, and I'm pretty sure there's an Android version too. To answer your question, the worlds described in the book are not present in the games, with the exception of the Cleft and the D'ni Cavern, and those places are not in Myst, but visited later in Uru. The author of this book, Rand Miller, is the creator and writer of the Myst game, along with his brother Robyn.
I've read all these books and they are mainly backstory for the Myst franchise games. I enjoyed them, but think they wouldn't really stand up well as stories themselves for those unfamiliar with the games. These books fill in more story regarding Atrus, and the history of the D'ni for fans of the games. There is www. If you can't tell, I'm a fan :D Feel free to message me if I can help further. I highly recommend the games for the story they tell. Particularly Myst, Riven and Uru.
If you'd like to enjoy the Myst story without having to play the game, you could watch "Let's Play" videos on YouTube and enjoy the game while someone else plays it for you. See 2 questions about The Book of Atrus…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details.
More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Book of Atrus Myst, 1. Shelves: , fantasy , science-fiction. Readers and writers of sci-fi and fantasy will often mention "worldbuilding": the process of developing a world that is different from the one we live in.
It's less common to see fictional characters grappling with those issues themselves, but that's exactly what this novel is about. Atrus was raised by his grandmother, in an isolated dwelling in the desert. He spends his time studying the environment 3. He spends his time studying the environment, growing food, and generally being content with life until the day his father, Gehn, arrives to claim him as an apprentice.
Gehn is obsessed with reviving a practice known simply as the Art: the writing of magical books that form portals to other worlds. Atrus, however, has more questions than Gehn is willing to answer. Is the writer creating worlds, or simply creating bridges to worlds that already exist? And what responsibility does the writer owe to those who inhabit these worlds? Gehn uses his powers to play god, while Atrus uses his powers to try to repair the damage, causing the relationship between father and son to fray.
In some ways it's the usual bildungsroman, but unique in the way that entire parallel worlds mature alongside our main character. The reason I picked up this book is that it's based on the Myst videogame, which was one of my best-loved games as a kid. Part of what made the game so addictive was the worldbuilding: by solving puzzles, you discover portal books that transport you to worlds that are eerie, enchanting, and mostly empty of other humans.
In that atmosphere of isolation, the slightest trace of any other character would make my heart pound. So, it was hard to resist a book about what those characters had been up to, but I was still skeptical about whether a book based on a videogame could possibly be any good. I was pleasantly surprised. The writing, at first, seems a little too detailed in its descriptiveness, but it was easy enough to get used to and I think it's somewhat meta: when Atrus starts writing his own books, there are many discussions about how much detail a writer needs to use when crafting a stable, functioning world.
I also think it's a trait inherited from the book's videogame predecessor; when playing a game, one is acutely aware of what's visible from each vantage point of an island, and how many steps it takes to get from point A to point B. And even though the book deals with the art of worldbuilding, there's science involved too - gravity, soil composition, and temperature all influence whether a world is habitable, and the story doesn't shy away from taking these technicalities into consideration.
Character-wise, the contrast between Atrus and Gehn highlights different modes of learning and creativity. Gehn is all about rote learning and collecting pieces from pre-existing works, whereas Atrus is more concerned with uncovering underlying principles and looking at a system as a whole. Finally, I really enjoyed the little twist on gender roles.
Much of the book is about men engaged in manly activities of pioneering, engineering, and wrangling for power, while women play the role of caretakers, and are kept on the sidelines lest they get hurt. When we discover that these women are actually pioneers and engineers to at least the same extent as the men are, I pretty much clapped with glee. This is one of the few cases where I wouldn't mind reading a companion novel that covers the same timeframe but from a different point of view, because there's a lot going on that I would have liked to learn more about.
View 2 comments. Feb 26, Kathryn rated it it was amazing. I love this book not only for the story behind it but for the splendid moral integrity of two of the characters. The book is essentially about Atrus--about what it means to grow up, to be a man, and to be a responsible and good person. One of my favorite passages and quotes, really is this poignant moment where Anna sends her grandson into the unknown with his unstable and ultimately sociopathic father: "You must remember what you have learned here, Atrus.
I have tried to teach you the mechan I love this book not only for the story behind it but for the splendid moral integrity of two of the characters.
I have tried to teach you the mechanics of the earth and stars; the ways of science and the workings of nature. I have tried to teach you what is good and what is to be valued, truths which cannot be shaken or changed. This knowledge is from the Maker. Take it with you and weigh everything your father teaches you against it.
I no longer know him, but I know you, Atrus. Measure your own deeds against the truths I have taught you. If you act for self-gain then no good can come of it.
If you act selflessly, then you act well for all and you must not be afraid. Anna is my hero. And one of the reasons I love the whole premise behind "Myst" is the idea that the fantasy bit--the books that link to different worlds--are created through thoughtful analysis and an understanding of nature.
How many books fantasy or otherwise are there that focus on geologists, after all? View all 4 comments. Aug 10, Jerry rated it really liked it. While I may be unfamiliar with the source material, this was still an enjoyable fantasy read.
I'm glad I have the other books on hand. Mar 01, Taylor Kinnicutt rated it it was amazing. Once again I find myself drawn to the series of Myst. Its lore, its wonder and the shear, mind bending thought of how someone thought of this in the first place.
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