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Preview — Alan Wake by Rick Burroughs. Alan Wake by Rick Burroughs. Welcome to Bright Falls-a seemingly idyllic small town in the Pacific Northwest. The perfect place for Alan Wake, a bestselling crime novelist, and his wife, Alice, to relax for a few weeks. Maybe a second honeymoon and the fresh air will cure Wake of his writer's block. But when Alice goes missing under mysterious circumstances, Wake's desperate search for her leads him int Welcome to Bright Falls-a seemingly idyllic small town in the Pacific Northwest.
But when Alice goes missing under mysterious circumstances, Wake's desperate search for her leads him into a hell only he could imagine. In the depths of nearby Cauldron Lake, a dark and malevolent presence has awakened from a long slumber.
It's reaching out now, turning the townsfolk into mindless killers. Sheathed in shadows, vulnerable only to light, they are Taken.
Wake's journey will lead him to the very edge of madness, and deep within the dark woods, he will come face-to-face with a story he has no recollection of ever writing. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published May 25th by St. Martins Press-3PL first published May 19th More Details Other Editions 6. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Alan Wake , please sign up. What genre do you think this book would classify in? See 1 question about Alan Wake…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Alan Wake. Video game book adaptations have something of a troubled background, which is why I was a bit skeptical when a friend tried to convince me that "Alan Wake" is an exception.
Since the narrative of the game itself showcased such an appreciation for the art of storytelling, I decided to give it a shot with hope that author Rick Burroughs might display a similar acknowledgment.
After struggling with a crippling case of writer's block for several years, Wake and his wife travel to the rural town of Bright Falls for vacation.
A series of strange events lead to Wake waking up behind the wheel of his crashed vehicle, alone, and coming across pages for a manuscript he doesn't remember writing. What's more is that the events described on each page have either happened or occur soon after, and it is because of this that the writer finds himself pursued by possessed townspeople as he frantically searches for his wife.
For his first published novel, Rick Burroughs pulls it together here. It is a safe assumption that a lot of this is because the story was fabricated first in a video game, but that is irrelevant to the quality of the writing. Burroughs understands his craft. The book is very intense, with a lot of sporadic action sequences and a very contrived plot that the author presents in a way that is arguably more streamlined and easy to understand than the source.
The character of Alan Wake is a very interesting one in that he seems to have been interpreted differently here than how I might have understood. Though in the game Wake was moody and somewhat irrational, he came off as a generally nice guy, but Burroughs writes Wake as a very angry individual with a lot of self-loathing.
It makes a lot of sense considering the character's circumstances and his general disdain for society at large. Burroughs makes Alan Wake seem like a more relatable parallel to Hemingway, which is a light in which I hadn't considered him, and it is thanks to this that the book remained so fresh despite my having already consumed the narrative through another medium.
Alice, Wake's wife, is not present in the majority of the novel, but she is a strong focus of it. Events early on lead to her disappearance and it is Wake's focus to get her back. She is strong, but displays an irrational fear of the dark, a theme that plays heavily throughout the book. Barry Wheeler, Wake's agent, plays the disbelieving best friend and comic relief.
He doesn't really add a lot to any particular page, but he does break the tension in what would otherwise be a massive heart attack conveyed through text. But, it does provide a great companion piece to the original experience, and I think fans will find something great in these pages. Mar 01, Garrett Zecker rated it did not like it. This book is a novelization of a recent videogame that I really enjoyed playing.
Unfortunately for Mr. Burroughs, it is a really, really, really bad novelization of a game that I really enjoyed playing. Instead, I was treated to an extensive summary of a story I already experienced I think my favorite part was the 'about the author' at the end - which I read first - I agree with the other goodreads member who said it made the book and author sound interesting, but I want to add a couple of qualifiers: 1.
A clever attempt at a bio for a ghostwriter? Hardly clever View all 4 comments. Sep 03, Austin Graham rated it it was amazing. This book is like watching the movie Inception.
It's confusing at first, then you reach a point when everything just clicks. For those of you who like the game, this book is a must. The storyline goes into great depth. Psycological thriller fans will find this to be a great read. It will give you a reason to be afraid of the dark and carry a flashlight when you're out at night. For it's amazing plot, I give this book 5 stars. Feb 08, Peter Greenwell rated it liked it. Easy to read, serviceable, and most importantly, more fun than the game it's based on.
Nothing ground-breaking in terms of plot or characterisation but that's not the point of books like this. If you delve into this tome expecting brain candy, you won't be let down. Serious pursuers of literary entertainment need to go elsewhere. Jul 10, Amirhosein Ghazi rated it really liked it. I fell in love with the first half of the story right away but as it proceeded I experienced more terrifying, surprising things happen.
All in all I liked Alan character and the novel. Jun 12, Ian Sear rated it it was amazing. Alan Wake. I have played and completed the video game which has an amazing story in my opinion so I figured that I should get the book.
I absolutely loved it. I could not put in down once I started so this was read in one sitting. You may think that the story is already there from the game and all Rick Burroughs had to do was stitch the game events together but I don't think this is as easy as it may sound. Rick does an amazing job. It never feels like filler and it definitely keeps you turn So It never feels like filler and it definitely keeps you turning the pages.
This is Rick's first novel so I'm even more impressed. Even though I already knew what was going to happen it did feel different to the game in some ways. For instance I wasn't previously a fan of the character of Barry whilst playing the game but I really like how he was portrayed in the book.
The humour present in the dialogue between Barry and Alan made me grin so much. The only less than positive thing I will say is that readers that haven't played the game to completion may not fully understand the ending.
Alan Wake (Novel)
Wake heard Alice calling to him through his nightmare. He slowly floated up toward the sound of her voice, still drowsy. Wake opened his eyes, squinting in the sunlight. Through the car's open window, he saw Alice beckoning from the nearby railing of the ferry.
It was released May, 25th The plot matches that of Alan Wake video game, though differs from the source material from time to time and is considered non-canon. The perfect place for Alan Wake , a bestselling crime novelist and his wife, Alice to relax for a few weeks. Maybe a second honeymoon and the fresh air will cure Wake of his writer's block.