Myst: The Book of Atrus

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The ages of Myst are worlds of adventure and awe; of mystery and beauty; of intrigue and betrayal. You have seen only a glimpse of the picture. Now, take a step further into the fictional legend of Myst. These pages are your link to the story of Atrus, son of Gehn, and the last of the race of D'Ni - the masters of The Art, the craft of linking to other worlds through the descriptive art of writing. For most of his young life, Atrus thought the stories his grandmother told him were just strange legends. Then his ...
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Overview

The ages of Myst are worlds of adventure and awe; of mystery and beauty; of intrigue and betrayal. You have seen only a glimpse of the picture. Now, take a step further into the fictional legend of Myst. These pages are your link to the story of Atrus, son of Gehn, and the last of the race of D'Ni - the masters of The Art, the craft of linking to other worlds through the descriptive art of writing. For most of his young life, Atrus thought the stories his grandmother told him were just strange legends. Then his time came to explore the magnificent underground realm...

If you enjoy stories of the ancients, then you'll enjoy this book. It lays out the fictional legend behind the strange land of Myst and tells the tale of the ancient race of D'Ni. Go on a journey with Gehn and his son Artus. Complete with drawings that complement the text, this is not a manual for playing the game but rather a story of how the "world" of Myst began.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the acknowledgements to this first novel in a projected series, Wingrove is thanked by his coauthors, the Miller brothers, ``for accomplishing the impossible.'' Wingrove's achievement certainly is improbable, at least judging from the sorry results of other computer-game-to-novel translations, like the paperback spinoffs of Doom. For with Wingrove's help, the Miller brothers, who created the Myst CD-ROM, have created a rollicking adventure tale full of engaging philosophical contemplations about the interplay between art and science. The authors follow their hero, Atrus, from breech birth (and his mother's resultant death) into his uneasy relationship with Gehn, the father who abandoned him at birth and who now wants to recreate the culture of the D'ni, beings whose writings could conjure-or at least discover-worlds. The narrative avoids the excesses that plagued Wingrove's Chung Kuo series while imparting the passion that the Millers channeled into the Myst CD-ROM. The result is a thrilling tale that will appeal not only to gamers but to all those who enjoy absorbing, fast-paced, well-constructed fantasy. Fifteen two-color illustrations, not seen by PW. Major ad/promo; author tour. (Nov.)
Library Journal
This is the first of what will be a series of novels revolving around the popular CD-ROM game Myst. Players of Myst discover a mysteriously deserted island and search for clues to its story. In The Book of Atrus, the frame story for Myst, Gehn comes to claim his long-neglected son Atrus. Gehn intends to train Atrus in the godlike like ways of the D'ni, a vanished race that had the ability to create new worlds by writing about them. Eventually, Atrus and Gehn clash over the fate of a potentially faulty world. Although not fully realized enough to stand on its own, this first effort fleshes out the Myst universe nicely and will be of interest to those acquainted with the game. Be aware, however, that this is not a small audience: over 500,000 copies of the CD-ROM are in print; a sequel and two more novels are contracted. Public libraries may be able to claim a share of that market. For popular fantasy collections.-Edwin B. Burgess, U.S. Army TRALINET Ctr., Fort Monroe, Va.
Melanie Duncan
The Miller brothers, creators of the best-selling, award-winning CD-ROM "MYST", have attempted to re-create the colorful, three-dimensional world of their game in a prequel focusing on Atrus' life before he journeyed to MYST. They explore Atrus' early years with his grandmother; his lessons in the art of creating worlds in the pages of special books, which Atrus could step into, with the help of his father, Gehn; and his disillusionment with his father as Gehn began to destroy his creations. Atrus' meeting with Catherine, a student of Gehn, gives him a new purpose as they plot to escape Gehn's megalomaniacal grasp. The basic plot is predictable but is to be expected given the purpose of the book--to either introduce readers to the game or supply players with back stories. The illustrations were unavailable at review time, which is unfortunate given the major function they will play. The game is becoming very popular, so libraries with large CD-ROM collections may want to purchase this title.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786861590
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 11/28/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    A Must Listen!

    Any Myst fan should pick this up, a good excuse to pull out the tape player again. The full cast audio drama production is top notch and really engaging. Odd how such high quality work goes out of print.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2008

    THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!

    I can't say how much I love this book!!! My family has all (i think) the games, oh but I can't play them because our computers aren't working!:( My siblings are so silly!! my older brother don't read much so he asked my older sis to read it for him to see if it was any good but she got to the prologue & didn't read it! Then 2 or more years went by then I starded reading it. Oh my, I couldn't believe they didn't read it!!!! It was amazing!!!!! Then I was sooo excied to git the seceond one!! Then the thrid was amazing!!! I just finished that book. I cryed in all books. Sometimes sad tears & somtimes happy tears.but I think theres no 4th one.: ( Im showing them to almost every one I no!! An amazing book, an amazing author. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    Link into the World of Myst and You'll Never be the Same

    Me and my siblings started playing the games before we read the books - Riven being the first game we played. So we were thrilled to hear that there were books! This trilogy has been among one of my favorites of all times. The descriptions, in-depth characters, places, the thought of going to other worlds through a book! This series will always hold a special place on my shelf and my heart shall always quicken when picking them up. I hope they write more!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2005

    An intriguing fantasy

    The author is exceedingly smart and he likes to remind us of this through his more than impressive vocabulary. At times, it can be a bit much for the average casual reader. If you accept the fact that you might feel a bit less than worthy of a college degree after reading it, you'll find a rich and intriguing story that's not to be missed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2003

    S.Oliver senior at CJSHS

    great book wish I could read the whole series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2003

    Best book I have read!!

    It is so well written, that it takes you into the world. It is a really great book. The story is great and explains everything about the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2002

    WOW!!!!!

    I'm a big Fiction fan and i most say this is a book. A most read.... i just wish i can give it 100 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2002

    Amazing

    This is got to be one of the best books in the world. It helps make the game make so much more sense. I wold actually give This book a Six star rating!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2002

    The Best Book Ever!

    This has got to be one of the best book that I have read. Atrus' experiments amazed me and I really got involved with the characters. I highly recommend this book to everyone, it is truly worth the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2001

    if you ever want to escape

    I for one did not like playing the game myst, but i must admit seeing a book inspired by a game was to mysterious for me to pass by. I read myst and was captevated, hands down the best i have ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2002

    Please read this book!!!

    If you are intreaged (Spelling) about the MYST Game in any way, buy this. If you ever see it, BUY IT!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2001

    WOW

    I have never played the Myst game and i still found that the book was the best i have ever read! I am curently reading Myst: the book of Ti'anna I hope that one will be as good as the book of Atrus.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2001

    Myst is a seriously game orientated book

    I loved the book of Atrus, but thats because I played Myst the cd game by cyan first. What about the people in the world whom haven't played the game. For instance my friend whom never played the game tried to read the book of Atrus but she only got half way into the book when she told me that she stopped because it wasn't very descriptive. So I read it again and noticed alot of references to information only found in the myst game.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2001

    Myst Island's Creation Explanation

    Anyone who loves the game, is into Sci-Fi, or just enjoys a great book will love this! It is just full of suspense, disbelief, anti-trust, hatred, and love (to name a few of the emotions presented). You never really can predict what's going to happen, because it's never as it appears. There is always a catch, a plan, a scheme, or a trial. I don't like reading very much, and have only read 10 books outside of school on my own, and this is one I just could not put down! (I'm talking staying up till 2:00 in the morning on a school night just to see what happens because chances are I'm not going to sleep till I know!) Check it out! I promise it'll be worth your while!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2001

    I suggest you read this!

    This is the most explanitory and just all around awesome book i have ever read. I don't often read but i really enjoyed this book and i'm reading the rest of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2001

    Very imaginative and exciting

    This is a must read for Myst fans. To enjoy the game to the fullest, the history must be know. The book of Atrus tells of Atrus's childhood and helps the reader to understand what they are seeing in the game. It brings the game to life and answers a lot of questions concerning Catherine and Atrus along with what Atrus is like.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2001

    Best Book I read since I knew how to read

    MYST: The Book of Aitrus is an exciting and compelling story of mystery and wonder. Never in my life have I ever read a book this great. Hopefully, the others in the series will be better than the first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2001

    Great book

    Great book of trust and excitment! Full of suspense and drama.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2001

    the story of atrus was awsome

    i think this story was awsome because of all the diffrent writing schemes the authors tapped into like mystery ,adventure,science fiction and fiction i compleated the reading of this book in 3 days i could not put the book down during those nights i would stay awake with my flashlight and read until i fell asleep with the book in my hand currently i am reading the book of ti'anna i hope its as good as the one i've already readi recomend this book to anyone who can read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2001

    The greatest ever

    Oh gosh. I could never put this down. I read it twice. I knew what was gonna happend but i keeped reading that second time. This would make a good movie. I love the ending. I can't wait for more books like this. If there is a movie let me know!

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