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Alan Wake

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  573 ratings  ·  64 reviews
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
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Robbie Hastings
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.

"Alan Wake" follows the titular character through a horrific situation wherein a horror story that he does not remember writ
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Dan
Usually I would love a book like this simply based on the writing alone. It's highly readable prose, fast-paced and attention-grabbing, with a good mix of action and dialogue. Unfortunately, the story is mostly nonsense, starting off well, but descending into all this crap being thrown at you, with supernatural stuff such as visions and ghosts. Because it didn't make sense, and I couldn't follow it, I felt that maybe I should've played the video game first. Yes, this book is based on an acclaime ...more
Peter Greenwell
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.
Garrett Zecker
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. Chock full of awful clichés, terrible imagery (when it exists), boring action sequences, confounding summary of the game itself hidden in the guise of a narrative, I approached it thinking that as a supplement to the game I would be satisfied.with deeper info on the town, events, and characters. ...more
Samie Foster
Alan Wake By Rick Burroughs

Once upon a time I was an teenager who had a slight addiction to video games, (Mainly survival horrors and final fantasies) and at that point in my life, I would see novel adaptations of say Resident evil or Silent Hill in Barnes and Nobles and wondered why would someone read a book when they can get everything they need from the video game. Well fast forward a decade to where I pay bills, go to college, and hold a job. And I have found the answer. I don’t have the mon
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Courtney
Video games are wonderful things! They make me aspire to be a more dynamic storyteller and interacting with environments has helped me look more clearly at my own worldbuilding and consider the way I want to approach worldbuilding in future books. Even if video games did not inspire me as a writer in any way, shape or form, they would still be wonderful things because THEY ARE FUN AND I ENJOY THEM!

I love you, video games.

Alan Wake is a good video game. I loved it; it is one of the reasons I wan
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Kevin Lau
As a fan of the video game "Alan Wake" and also an avid reader, when I had learned a novelization of the game was made, I couldn't resist buying a copy and reading it.

Best-selling novelist Alan Wake has been suffering from writer's block for the past two years. In hopes to cure it, Alan and his wife, Alice, go on a vacation to a small remote town called Bright Falls. Shortly after arriving in their cabin, a force of darkness kidnaps Alice and Alan wakes up in a car crash almost two weeks later.
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Ian Sear
So....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
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Michael Pizzimenti
I enjoyed reading Alan Wake, but my review will probably be somewhat biased because I cannot help but to compare it to the xbox 360 game. The reason why I personally enjoyed reading this book so much is that Alan Wake is my favorite game of all time, and it was easy for me to picture exactly what was going on throughout the whole novel. Every time Wake found himself being hunted in the dark woods in the middle of the night I could picture the beautiful eastern woodland landscape and it sent a ch ...more
Austin Graham
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.
Ken
A typical videogame novelization that focuses too much on gameplay, which is just awkward, repetitive, and nonsensical in relation to literature, rather than weaving a story out of what is available from the source material.
It's lacking heart, is what it is. When writers of videogame novels are given freedom to create either a unique take on the actual game, such as Stephanie Perry's excellent Resident Evil novels, or just total freedom with the universe itself, such as the outrageously fun Bios
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Christopher Hantman
The best thing this book has going for it is the storyline (that the game already setup) Nothing is changed from the game. (which story-wise is great) However, this is the authors FISRT novel and it shows. Typos, structural errors, and just a difficulty to follow the plot/thought process. It felt like this book was published halfway through the editing process. A storyboard w/ script from the game could be put out in print form and it would be the same thing as this adaption. Overall a good stor ...more
Trevor Firetog
I think I like what this book could have been, more than what it actually was.

I am a big fan of the Alan Wake video game, so naturally I wanted to explore other options that expand that world. Instead, what I got was a hastily thrown together novelization. While it is a very entertaining read, it will not satisfy a Wake fan, like myself.

It seemed as though they wanted to make a quick buck, so they commissioned an author to pump this novel out as quick as he could, and then threw it on bookshelve
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Teri
Nov 28, 2014 Teri rated it 1 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
Terrible. I loved the game so much, but so much of the time on my first play-through I was terrified of being overrun by any of the Taken at any moment that I found myself unfortunately distracted from the story. Yes, the game has some clichés, but it fits the genre and for the game it works. I picked up the novel hoping it would delve more into the events of the game, the backstory on the characters, the quirkiness of the town of Bright Falls, but you get none of that. The first mistake was tha ...more
Mike
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Tarl
Oct 08, 2013 Tarl rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
Having played the game, I figured I would give the book a chance. Some of my friends had read the novel and had good things to say about it.

'Alan Wake' was an okay book.

To appreciate the book, you will have to play the game. Having the experience of the game behind me, the writing of Burroughs was enhanced by information I had already watched on the screen. The action scenes brought about memories of white knuckle grips on the controller as I jumped at every single little noise. However, had I
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Nick To
The genre of this book is a sci-fi thriller. I chose to read this book because its based off of a game that i played a while back. I very much enjoyed the game because it took me away from the "Call of Duty" genre, which is basically shooting things. So i figured why not pick up the book and enjoy a good read!
The book is about a man named Alan Wake, a successful horror/sci-fi writer who has gotten "writers block" and is taking a vacation in hopes to get away from work and stress. Alice is Alan
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Bg_comedian
Well, the story of the book is made from the same name game.
I bought this in order to knowing the story clearly as I don't get the story in the game I have played much.

For who has played the game, would enjoy this book since it has
additional lines that you would enjoy and understand the character's feeling more.

For those who don't, it's an interesting horror-action genre
with an intruguing style which can make you wanna play the game.

The words are easy reading and not too complex.
BUT the writer i
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Andrew Balboni
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Joe Hempel
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Rattlecat Mandelbrott
I can't say I found this book any good, and it's a shame because it's not the author. The author is a new novelist, and this is his first. It shows, he makes mistakes, but his style is good and he is worth the watch for future books. However, the plot of Alan Wake in general came off as miserable to me. After all the hype on the game, I have to say I was never a fan, and while I understand the novel isn't a pristine replica of what the game is, I'd rather stay away.

I'm really getting tired of '
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Travis Knight
Alan Wake, which hit was published on the Xbox 360 in 2010, was one of those games that made me sit up and pay attention. From its initial announcement years earlier through to the game’s publication, I was hooked. Having little experience with survival horror in games, but being a veteran reader of Stephen King and a newbie Lovecraft nerd, it stood out from the crowd. Alan, the titular hero, isn’t a muscular, taciturn, grimdark gunbro; he’s a depressed, anxious writer. Its villains aren’t zombi ...more
Erik Hanley
Jun 11, 2012 Erik Hanley rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the series, gamers or not.
I'm a big fan of the Alan Wake series and when the book came out I snapped it up right away and began to devour it like a taken wants to do to Wake. The book follows the story/plot of the game very well I must say, adding detail where needed and gives you the story fresh (playing the game is not needed to enjoy the book).

However, there were a few little writing mistakes that were noticable that took me out of the action. One that still sticks out in my head is SMALL SPOILER ALERT (skip to next p
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Michael
Rick Burroughs has promise as an author, but this was the wrong assignment for him right out of the gate. Novelizing a story somebody else wrote is hard as hell, and I give him due credit for trying, but there's not enough here to recommend to anyone. Fans of the game have already experienced the storyline and won't be impressed by the rehash here. Readers who haven't played the game won't have their interests held long enough to make it through. It reads like somebody turned a script into prose ...more
Diayll
May 03, 2012 Diayll rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the Video Game, Horror Fans
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Controllers
Review Source: Purchase for M/G/V Challenge
Reviewer: Me


Rick Burroughs did a wonderful job weaving the tale of Alan Wake. Being that this is his first novel and he had tremendous expectations to live up to considering the popularity of the Alan Wake video game for the Xbox 360, I was deeply impressed with his ability to capture the extremely disturbing essence of this psychological thriller. Alan Wake is not your average ch
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Valentina
I decided to read this because I loved the game and my computer decided to start freaking out so I couldn't replay it. I can't really judge how good everything is because I just kept remembering the game. There are some parts that are different which is understandable. Especially by the end.

One thing I can remember is that the writing style is really easy to read. Maybe too easy. And I had to re-read some paragraphs because things happened without a warning and I didn't understand.

Also, I kinda
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Holly
The thing about this is... that the core mechanics just do not translate well from the medium of video games to books. What works in the game does not work here and, honestly, I found the prose flat and uninteresting. It took so much effort for me to maintain any interest in continuing this and I had to actually force myself to finish it and that's never a good sign. I did not enjoy this and I really cannot recommend it at all; it wasn't even worth it as a fluff read to fill the time. I liked th ...more
Jack
May 23, 2014 Jack rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: owned
I did not come to this book as an impartial reader. Alan Wake is one of my favorite video game stories. I loved everything about it, not surprising given my love for atmospheric horror and Twilight Zone style stories.

The book is mostly a regurgitation of that story, fantastic and layered with surreal narrative twists. Burroughs's execution is somewhat sloppy. It's not bad. It's serviceable, and as a first novel, it's really not bad. A good editor could have saved most of the issues. The writing
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Tobi
The book is the author's first novel, and it shows. There are a lot of inconsistencies and repetitive descriptions, and characters often show up without explanation (like how Barry somehow magically met up with Alan while in Hartman's clinic). Also worth noting are the variety of grammatical mistakes that are made throughout.

Overall, the book wasn't bad, but it was incredibly mediocre.

I really liked the videogame, but the book's not nearly as fast-paced or action packed as the game is. It's a l
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Jacob Andersen
this book was very exciting and I really enjoyed the suspense that it brought me every time I picked up the book I never wanted to put it down it really pulled me in and really made me want to read it every day.
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