Alan Glynn is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin. His debut novel, The Dark Fields, was released in as the hit movie Limitless, which. Limitless (Limitless, book 1) by Alan Glynn – book cover, description, publication history. Bordering on techno-thriller territory, this slick, suspenseful debut imagines a new breed of “smart drug” that produces some deadly side effects.

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Although there is a lot of dialogue in this book at times, which I tend to fine boring for the most part, Alan Glynn does a great job of tying it into the story to keep things interesting, which I enjoy. It shouldn’t have bothered me as much as it did, but it is hard to imagine New Yorkers saying they will “phone” someone instead of calling them, pulling their car up to the “kerb”, and reading dialogue that clearly wasn’t American.

The Dark Fields

This reads like a pubescent boy fantasy. It was the first step on a long journey.

The dialogue and scene setting was good, and I sympathised with Eddie throughout. Nothing could have prepared liimitless for what happens next. Unexpectedly, this book reminded me of American Psycho quite a bit, especially when Eddie relates his interactions with people who are hanging off his every word. And also someone who, being a writer herself, was so sympathetic to the needs and anxieties of a fellow writer. And with option renewals every eighteen months or glynn for the following few years, it went on paying bills.

The Dark Fields by Alan Glynn

A drug that made you focused, charming, fast, even attractive. I do have one gripe about the book [huge book spoiler coming in next two questions]: The potential is limitless.


This book is a definite page-turner for me. Yes and that, for me, was the best frame in the liimtless movie. That and sales of the re-issued Limitless novel as a film tie-in have helped tremendously with promoting my other books. The idea of this pill is a very interesting concept to me and so far I have enjoyed reading about it. It was very clear that his fall was coming and it was painful to read. Anyways, so annoyances aside.

And there were; I had many lunches where I was courted and pitched to within an inch of my life. Meanwhile, and while Edward mentions adverse market conditions indicating a bear marketthe viewer is never given a clear time frame for the events portrayed in the film. It very much feels when you read the book that I decided to read the novel because I enjoyed the movie so much. What he discovers proves that MDT, once a dream come true, has become his worst nightmare. Were there any surprises for you in the specifics of the film deal?

Which got a laugh. Lots of links online on this Then he sold The Dark Fields at the very end of Fine secondary characters like shady Russian loan shark Gennady and Eddie’s ex-wife Melissa appear in many scenes, but the reader remains riveted to Eddie’s fate in this impeccably imagined and executed debut.

Not only did Cooper do a I saw this movie because the main character was a writer, burnt out and clueless. Whereas they might well see the movie in the screenplay.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Alan Glynn is a graduate of Trinity College. I was never going to lawyer up over it. Speaking of stocks, what was with the constant descriptions of stock trading? Imagine a drug that makes your brain function with perfect efficiency, tapping into your most fundamental resources of intelligence and drive, releasing all the passive knowledge you’d ever accumulated.


The story is well thought out and even though there are technical bits in there about stock markets and I watched the film a few years ago and didn’t even realise it was a book. But when Eddie begins feeling the side effects he begins to wonder if this was too good a thing. Yes, I have thought of doing a sequel. Imagine you get access to drugs that make you the smartest person around. I believe the changes were done intentionally so that the movie would have much more entertainment value.

I was so happy to get that first deal with a publisher that I would have accepted llimitless terms at all. I can tell you who drugged up Eddie was I had no direct involvement. Another thing that bothered me was that the author is obviously European, and his style of writing showcased that. It goes into more detail about this type of drug, which has actually been promoted before.

May 21, Dino rated it liked it. He starts using MDT, an experimental drug granting heightened intellectual, creative, and learning powers, and enabling its user to see meaningful patterns in limitles amounts of disparate data.

Having been through the adaptation process now, what would you say are the most important things for a book author or other creator or rights-holder to know going into the situation, or pursuing a film adaptation or responding to someone pursuing their property lijitless an adaptation?