@slag: Yeah that sounds like a bummer. The best part of this game was being able to go back to Myst Island and read up a bit, or just walk around a bit more. I'll never understand the "illogical" argument leveled against Myst. It's pretty blatant for the most part what you have to do, you just have to induce some things.
I really hope I line up some good games between Riven and Myst III then... because now I have to see the horrific boredom for myself.