I realized the moment I fell into the fissure that the Book would not be destroyed as I had planned. It continued falling into that starry expanse, of which I had only a fleeting glimpse. I have tried to speculate where it might have landed, but I must admit that such conjecture is futile. Still, questions about whose hands might one day hold my Myst book are unsettling to me. I know my apprehensions might never be allayed, and so I close, realizing that perhaps the ending has not yet been written. -- Atrus

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Myst for Academic Reading

Some time ago, I found a book Myst & Riven: the World of the D'ni by Dr. Mark J.P. Wolf on Amazon.com.  It confused me at first...is this something distributed by Cyan?  It didn't matter!  It's about Myst, so in it went into my Wishlist folder.  I finally ordered the thing and it arrived today and made me a happy person for the remainder of the day.

It's published through University of Michigan Press, so it's an official academic piece, and I will be treating it accordingly.  After reading I will post my review.  I read the first chapter, which was really short, so that's not really an accomplishment, and it seems a quick read and one that is geared toward a large audience, much like Myst itself.  However, I can't imagine many people would pick this up for light reading.  Anyhow, it looks promising.  I'll probably read it a couple times before I tackle a proper review, but hopefully I will finish it in a couple of months or less.  Or more.  You never know.

I was also super elated today because I started a game in Riven on the subway.  I don't think I have ever been so happy to ride the D train in my life!

Also, realMyst Masterpiece Edition is very nearly out!  It was a close-but-no-cigar situation today, but the tiger is almost out of the cage.  Some people found it on the Mac App Store, but I think it has since been removed since Cyan's released statement that it still has some kinks to be fixed.  Or maybe I just fail at navigating their site.  A comparison screenshot of Mechanical Age was posted on Cyan's forums, and it looks great!  Pretty soon the earth will quake with the squeals of delight heard 'round the world.


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