Monday, August 10, 2009

The Myst Reader by Rand and Robyn Miller + Giveaway

Synopsis from the publisher:

The ages of Myst are worlds of adventure and awe; of mystery and beauty; of intrigue and betrayal. Come take a step into the full fictional legend and origins of Myst. Now, for the first time the three volumes that make up the Myst canon are available as one. You will travel to wonderful new ages; you will watch as the unimaginable comes to pass; and you will read a story that until recently had been kept secret for thousand of years.
The award-winning Myst series is one of the most successful interactive CD-ROM computer games in history with sales of more than 12 million copies worldwide. Myst captivated the world when it was first conceived and created by brothers Rand and Robyn Miller. Its extraordinary success has gone on to spawn Riven, Myst III Exile, and most recently, Uru: The Ages Beyond Myst. Devoted fans of these surreal adventure games gather yearly at "Mysterium" (whose event sites are spreading to other countries) to exchange game strategies, share stories, and meet up with old friends.
The Myst Reader is a literary companion to the CD-ROM games and a compendium of the bestselling official Myst trilogy: The Book of Atrus, The Book of Ti'ana, and The Book of D'ni. Devoted fans and new players alike will be delighted to have three books in this mythic saga together for the first time in one value-priced volume.

A thing to remember for the next time: I should stay away from books written on the basis of something entirely different, especially something I have no clue about. Why? Because that's exactly what happened with The Myst Reader and I ended up wasting my time and eventually abandoning the book.
The Myst Reader is actually three books in one: The Book of Atrus, The Book of Ti'ana and The Book of D'ni and they are all based on an apparently very popular game of Myst. I am not a person who plays a lot of computer games, I pretty much don't do it all, therefore I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I bought the book. I ended up only reading The Book of Atrus and giving up in the middle of The Book of Ti'ana. The books are not badly written and it's one of the genres I enjoy, Sci-Fi but the plot itself just held no interest for me and I strongly suspect it was because you'd have to be familiar with the world of Myst and the main characters before you actually get to read the books. While reading, I found myself daydreaming and drifting away from the story quite often. I simply couldn't connect with the story and characters.

Just to let you know, this is obviously not a full review. I am writing this whole thing as a way of explanation why I want to give the book away: not because it's so bad that it'll be good riddance and I don't care who gets it. Rather because I know that there are huge fans of Myst game out there who would love to read this book and would appreciate it better than I did. And maybe there are people not familiar with the game but are intrigued by the story nonetheless.

Now, let's get to the giveaway details:

1. The Myst Reader is my own copy and therefore slightly used, at least the first 300 pages (approximately where I stopped reading).

2. All you have to do is leave a comment with you email address expressing the interest in this book.

3. The giveaway ends on August 31st so you have more than two weeks to enter.

4. The giveaway is open to all, meaning people from all over the world are welcome.