Westlake Soul by Rio Youers

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Though a very different book, it recalls Nelly Arcan’s Exit...another gently fantastical tale of a paralyzed young person.
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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.
 

About Rio Youers

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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.
 
Published April 15, 2012 by ChiZine Publications. 240 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by Alex Good on May 18 2012

Though a very different book, it recalls Nelly Arcan’s Exit...another gently fantastical tale of a paralyzed young person.

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Reviewed by Alex Good on May 18 2012

With its horror so grounded (and Youers has put some effort into getting the details of matters such as Westlake’s feeding and cleaning right), the fantasy part of the novel is introduced through Westlake’s exercise of the only escape hatch for the locked-in: imagination and memory.

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