Westlake Soul

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HarperCollins, Apr 15, 2012 - Fiction - 250 pages
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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 twenty-three-year-old 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?

  

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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 ... Read full review

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If you haven't heard of Rio Youers before, you need to go out right now and look up Westlake Soul, purchase it in whatever form you prefer, arm yourself with handkerchief or tissues, and settle down ... Read full review

Contents

1 Not a Pip
2 Release
3 How to Make a Superhero
4 Archenemy
5 Hub
6 On Love
7 Our Song
8 A Week in the Life
18 Virtual Reality
Unplugged
20 The Fucktard Strikes Again
21 Rainbows
22 Superhero
23 Supervillain
24 Downward Dog
25 The Beauty and the Bird

9 Yvette
10 Soul Food
11 The Bad Guys
12 ???
13 Respite
14 Why Fat Annie Quit
15 Long Fall
II FALLIN
16 Resolve
17 We Are Family
IIITHE WALL
26 Our Final Moments
27 On Life
28 On Death
29 Down
30 And Out
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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About the author (2012)

Rio Youers has been praised by some of the most noteworthy names in the speculative fiction genre. He is the British Fantasy Award-nominated 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 wife, Emily, and their daughter, Lily Maye.

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