Westlake Soul by Rio YouersWestlake Soul by Rio Youers

Westlake Soul

byRio Youers

Paperback | February 13, 2018

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"All superheroes get their powers from somewhere. A radioactive spider bite. A science experiment gone awry. I got mine from a surfing accident in Tofino. The ultimate wipeout. I woke up with the most powerful mind on the planet, but a body like a wet paper bag . . ."Meet Westlake Soul, a twentythreeyearold former surfing champion. A loving son and brother. But if you think he's just a regular dude, think again; Westlake is in a permanent vegetative state. He can't move, has no response to stimuli, and can only communicate with Hub, the faithful family dog. And like all superheroes, Westlake has an archenemy: Dr. Quietus-a nightmarish embodiment of Death itself. Westlake dreams of a normal life-of surfing and loving again. But time is running out; Dr. Quietus is getting closer, and stronger. Can Westlake use his superbrain to recover . . . to slip his enemy's cold embrace before it's too late?
Rio Youers has been praised by some of the most noteworthy names in the speculative fiction genre. He is the British Fantasy Awardnominated author of OLD MAN SCRATCH and END TIMES. His short fiction has been published by, among others, Edge Science Fiction & Fantasy, IDW, and PS Publishing. Rio lives in southwestern Ontario with his wi...
Title:Westlake SoulFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:250 pages, 7.25 × 5 × 0.6 inShipping dimensions:7.25 × 5 × 0.6 inPublished:February 13, 2018Publisher:ChiZine PublicationsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1926851552

ISBN - 13:9781926851556


Rated 5 out of 5 by from You have to read it. I'd been told by a couple of different writer friends that this book was phenomenal, and that I had to read it. So, after a bit of this, I ultimately caved and picked it up. And, if I'm honest, I was immediately underwhelmed by the narrative voice. Not because it was bad, it absolutely wasn't. I guess I'd just anticipated a much different voice, and this one was kind of dopey, kind of irreverent. And yet, it also suited the book, so after a while, while it never fit comfortably, I was at least able to slip into it. But there were other choices the author made—primarily around things like Hub, the dog, talking very much like Westlake himself—that just rubbed me the wrong way. And the whole Dr. Quietus thing? It was just silly to me. To be honest, I'd fully planned on panning the heck out of this book. But then, damn it, along came Yvette, and the book took a corner. And then a couple of other plot points happened. And I will fully admit, the last fifty-odd pages of this book, I was just barreling through, simultaneously not wanting it to end, and needing it to end so I'd know what the hell happened. And then, without spoiling anything, along came the wall...or, perhaps that should be The Wall. And this author, Rio Youers, actually had me in tears. He got to me, and he got me good. The bastard. So, I can say that this was a novel that completely confounded my expectations, it took some conventions of writing I tend to hold sacred and tossed them out the window. But somehow, it all worked...and worked really well. I guess I'm gonna be one of those people that'll tell you this book is phenomenal, and that you have to read it.
Date published: 2017-11-05

Editorial Reviews

"Rio Youers' storytelling is so charming, so affable, so apparently effortless, that you're still grinning like an idiot when the sheer horror of his imagination leaps up and suckerpunches you in the gut."-Robert Shearman, world fantasy award-winning author of Everyone's Just So So Special"Westlake Soul is a novel of astonishing beauty and skill. In every generation there are writers who can reveal the souls of the characters that live inside their stories while simultaneously laying bare the secrets of the reader's own heart, if only to them. Rio Youers is such a writer, and Westlake Soul-with all its pain, terror, beauty, wonder, and redemption-is such a novel: a classic in the making by an unforgettable, major new voice in speculative fiction."-Michael Rowe, author of Enter, Night"In this wry, heartbreaking fantasy, Youers (Dark Dreams, Pale Horses) explores the dark landscape of a healthy mind trapped in an unresponsive body... deftly captur[ing] the voice and raw emotion of a young man struggling to delay the inevitable." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)