- Title: Westlake Soul
- Author: Rio Youers
- ISBN: 9781926851556
- Page: 285
- Format: Paperback
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.
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An amazing, heartbreaking, inspirational, and incredibly well-written novel. Like a cross between Richard Matheson's WHAT DREAMS MAY COME and Walton Trumbo's JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN, WESTLAKE SOUL is nothing short of a masterpiece. Nothing more I could say would achieve anything other than ruining the impact. A wonderful piece of work by an author who has shot up to the top of my reading list by virtue of this singular triumph.
After a fluke surfing accident and getting smashed in the head with his board, Westlake Soul was without oxygen for 8 minutes and 44 seconds. Now instead of surfing, he spends his time talking to his dog Hub, drinking sweet Jevity 1.2 Cal thru a tube and swimming with the whales. He just may be the smartest person in world history. But he still ain’t no Pip.Now he is in a life and death battle with his archenemy Dr. Quietus, whose laughter is the sound of breaking bones and who is biding his t [...]
Rio Youers’ WESTLAKE SOUL is one of the very few books I’ve ever finished and said to myself “I’m going to read this again some day.” There are just too many books I want to get to, and not enough hours in my life to go re-reading everything I liked. But I didn’t like Westlake Soul, I loved it.WESTLAKE SOUL is the story of Westlake, a twenty-three year old surfer, who’s put into a persistent vegetative state by a surfing accident. The catch is that the novel is narrated by Westlake [...]
Disclosure: I received a free eGalley eBook ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Synopsis: “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 twenty-three-year-old former surfing champion. A loving son and brother. But if you think he’s ju [...]
I first met Rio Youers at 2010 Horrorfind Weekend in Gettysburg, PA. That day he read from Dark Dreams, Pale Horses and I was instantly a fan. Since then, I've read everything I can get my hands on from this relatively new writer.Although I discovered Rio at a Horror convention, I wouldn't necessarily call him a Horror writer. Speculative fiction maybe? Actually, he's just a damn fine writer.Westlake Soul is his best book to date. Westlake is a 23 year old former surfing champion. Now more like [...]
The idea of reading a book about the ramblings of a man in a vegetative state wasn't exciting and this story has rested in my Kindle for months. A weekend trip with no internet or phone service forced me to begin the story. I read it in two sittings. Being a person who believes in possibilities made this book a very enjoyable read. Understanding that it is speculative fiction and not a memoir or a based on any sort of medical reality is essential. If, like myself, you were that person who had to [...]
WESTLAKE SOUL is an unprecedented work of speculative fiction. Capturing the horrific isolation of a mind that surpasses human potential trapped within an inert body, cut off from his loved ones, save for his faithful dog, yet painfully aware, without a voice.owing his family has lost all hope and are contemplating the unspeakable to free themselves from the burden he has become. Little knowing Westlake is so very present, and waging war with what may be the specter of Death in the shadowy form [...]
No idea. You just have no idea. Full review coming soon
Truly brilliant and emotional writing of the highest order. Westlake Soul dwells in a permanent vegetable state following a surfing accident and he is now lives (if you can call it living) back home with his family. Although he cannot communicate, through his mind and his thoughts we travel with Westlake as he spends what remaining time he has in the presence of those he loves and who in turn love himere are so many poignant moments in what undoubtedly is a memoir of a young man who constantly a [...]
Egalley thanks to ChiZine PublicationsSo, I opened this book expecting a light superhero's story. Not so much.I would never ever look at or think of people who are stuck in a permanent vegetative stage in the same way I used to look them. And that's what this powerful heart wrenching book did to me.Westlake is a former golden boy, talented surfer and a charming person generally loved by all. He's got a girlfriend whom he loves deeply and who he thinks is his future Mrs. Soul. He's got his best f [...]
Sometimes--it happens very rarely--but sometimes you are privileged enough to read a book that touches your soul.A book that makes you feel blessed to have experienced it. A book that makes you look at life in a completely different way.Westlake Soul is one of these books.Westlake Soul is the story of a man--named Westlake Soul--trapped in his own mind.After a surfing accident, Westlake's brain suffers too much trauma. He goes into a permanant vegetative state.Unknown to his loved ones, Westlake [...]
ust finished a pre-release copy of Rio Youers novel, Westlake Soul. I met Rio last year at the World Horror Con in Austin and again at this years WHC in Salt Lake City. Had a great conversation with him sitting in the hotel bar, throwing back beers. Later that night he read from Westlake Soul at the release party. The chapter was titled "On Love". I was stunned and transported. Told him it was starbright and that it had made my trip. Luckily, I picked up on of the few copies.Westlake Soul is lik [...]
This compact and quickly-read novel—I burned through it in less than 24 hours—from a tiny but fierce Canadian fringe press may have a title that's mysterious but awkward, and obscure authors giving it glowing cover recommendations (well, okay, Peter Straub isn't all that obscure, but I'd never heard of the rest of 'em), but Westlake Soul has one thing really going for it right away: a great elevator pitch.This shows up on page 12 of the book (the second page of the actual story) as well as o [...]
Being a big fan of Trumbo's "Johnny Got His Gun," and having the chance to hear Rio Youers read the first few chapters of his latest novel, I was primed and ready to like WESTLAKE SOUL.I ended up being wrong about that part. I didn't just like the novel, but LOVED it. What can I say that hasn't already been said by other readers? It's a masterpiece of elegant, emotional, funny prose that will captivate you from beginning to end. You don't just know the characters in this book, their DNA coils ar [...]
Excerpt from my review on Shroud Magazine Book Reviews online (tinyurl/7e547cl)Every word, every delicate phrase, glows and vibrates with Westlake’s sly and optimistically world-weary voice. Witty, compassionate, and full of life, Westlake is the quintessential fighter—always striving for “more”. Though he is a superhero, he’s not perfect and is still human—which is the entire point. As he powerlessly watches the people he cares about ride out the curls of their lives, Westlake learn [...]
Wow. This book is so interesting, beautiful and so emotionally wrenching. Westlake Soul is a powerful and beautiful book. Westlake Soul the character was layered and his loss was devastating to his family, friends and to the reader. I would like to try this book again when I can be better prepared for the struggles and heartbreak of this cast of characters. Last night I literally cried for over an hour reading this story. I find I have always been a very empathetic reader and often shed a tear o [...]
A beautifully heartbreaking story!
(Review coming soon to THE CROW'S CAW)
I was twelve years old living in New Jersey when the battle over Karen Ann Quinlan's life became headline news. Her case, presented by her parents to the New Jersey Supreme Court, made national news. The court found in favor of the Quinlans to remove the artificial life support from their daughter. Karen Ann Quinlan lived another ten years, dying from pneumonia.I always wondered if she dreamed.Then came the fifteen year legal battle over the life of Terri Schindler Schiavo in which her husband f [...]
Before I start this review, I want to take a minute to say how awesome the cover of this book is. I partially wanted to pick this up because it deals with a tough subject in a speculative way, but at the same time, the cover really piqued my interest. Nice blend of colors and the character's features. Even so, going into this book, I didn't have a clue who Westlake Soul was. Reading along, I understood that he's supposed to be a superhero of sorts, but trapped in his own body and fighting for th [...]
When I first read the synopsis for Westlake Soul, I expected a superhero adventure novel with just a touch of seriousness, but what I got was the total opposite. This book is a non-stop emotional whirlwind that ripped through my heart and left me devastated. WARNING! Prepare to cry your eyes out!! The story tells of Westlake Soul, a free-spirited surfer whose entire life changes within a split second. An accident that leaves him in a permanent vegetative state, forces him to watch in painful sil [...]
Not my cup of tea. "Westlake soul" ha sido una compra más bien impulsiva: una novela bien valorada, un primer capítulo de muestra que logra interesarme y una portada que me gusta (parecida a la de "Sleeping Giants", pero en realidad esta novela es anterior). Asumo que cuando a una obra se le asigna la etiqueta de ficción especulativa es que se refieren a un producto a caballo entre el fantástico y el mainstream. Por un lado está la libertad del autor de escribir lo que le de la gana (nada q [...]
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one. - Khalil GibranA little over two years ago, Westlake Soul was in a terrible surfing accident. And he suffers a traumatic brain injury. This book is his story, told from a permanent vegetative state, about his life prior to, and especially after, the accident.As you can imagine, this isn't an easy book to read. The reader not only reads about Westlake's thoughts and feelings but reads about the devastating impact on his family.But [...]
Oh man. This book made me laugh and cry, and think long and hard about the state of life and love. A horror-loving friend recommended it, and I went into it with no real expectations. It makes me think long and hard about euthanasia and folks stuck in a vegetative state, that's for sure. The writing was perfect--it vanished and let the story take over. This was a damn fine book.
Really enjoyed this novel a lot. Put me in mind of THE LOVELY BONES for some reason, but this is completely different. A must-read.
Rio Youers does a stellar job with a unique premise in this highly original novel. Westlake is a wonderful character.
Just tore through WESTLAKE SOUL in two sittings. Great idea. Great characters. Great writing. Read this book!
People say that people in coma can hear you. What if they really can? Westlake Soul was not in a coma but he was stuck in a vegetative state after a really bad surfing accident in Tofino, BC. Doctors say that he cannot hear nor feel and that his family should consider letting him die by pulling his feeding tube as he won't feel any pain. They were wrong, though. Westlake could see and feel everything around him. He just could not communicate to anyone in his family but his dog. One person believ [...]
Westlake Soul is part supernatural, part spiritual, heartbreaking and uplifting. I have said in past reviews of Youers’s work that he writes like no one else I ever encountered. The way he puts words and phrases together are poetic. “Pink sunshine.” Did you ever think of that? Did you ever think of “Secrets and Sins. Love and pain.” As “So many colors?” Breathtaking. The author brings that to the reader, songs in prose, strung by simple words. But it’s the way they are designed t [...]
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