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26 April, 2012

Link: The Book of Atrus

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — Obdormio @ 00:00

Not too long ago, I went on a bit of a Myst binge in my posts here. The dominant feedback, both here and elsewhere, was a puzzled “huh?” Not wanting to turn completely into a Myst blog, I decided to hold off on posting this thing, just to give you some breathing space, but now it’s time to bring it out before the iron cools completely.

I came across this because of those previous posts, in a way; having Myst on my brain led me to look up again the old forums and websites I once frequented, and on one of them, I found a link to this. And it is glorious.

The Book of Atrus

The Book of Atrus is the first of the three Myst novels. This is a fan making a comic adaptation of that story. For those of you who don’t know Myst, and don’t yet feel like playing old games or investing time in the novels themselves, this might just be the perfect entry point to the series. The comic started not long ago, so there isn’t a huge archive to read up on yet, meaning you can get in on it now and then follow along as it updates.

Now, this is unofficial fan works – almost fan fiction. The comic has already departed from the novel in some particulars, which is only natural in an adaptation, and will probably make the story its own. I won’t get into the details of Myst’s complex relationship with canonicity, because it would frankly be nonsensical for someone not into the series, but suffice it to say that making changes for the sake of artistic license is well and truly entrenched in the series as a whole, and so the comic joins neatly into the tradition of the official publications.

It’s been a long, long time since I read The Book of Atrus, but reading through this comic – something I did three times in a row when I first found it – made me want to dig it out from the shelves again. Like I said, the comic is still in the early stages – the story of a young boy and his grandmother living alone in the desert – but I remember the general shape of what comes later and I am greatly looking forwards to it. On the basis of both the quality of the comic so far, and of the source material, I have no compunctions about recommending it. If you were at all interested by my previous Myst ravings, go read it.


  1. I feel this was aimed at me, and am glad to report that I am already on it :)

    Comment by Mari — 26 April, 2012 @ 11:39

  2. I feel the same way, and I am equally happy to report that I’ve read up to date on it. Now, of course, I will proceed to immediately forget its very existence, and work up a backlog so big that by the time you remind me of it three years from now, I will never find the motivation to catch up. :\

    Comment by Loki — 26 April, 2012 @ 11:46

  3. Learn to use RSS already!

    Comment by Obdormio — 26 April, 2012 @ 12:16

  4. I know how to use RSS, I just fail to actually care enough to check the notifications most of the time. As evidenced by my not catching your response here despite this site being one out of only TWO things I currently follow on RSS.

    Comment by Loki — 1 May, 2012 @ 15:10

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