My latest review for Shroud Magazine Book Reviews Online is up and riding the waves of the cyber-ocean. This time I’m reviewing Rio Youers’ new novel Westlake Soul.
Also, you might remember me mentioning this author before in my very brief review of Shroud Magazine’s Halloween Issue back in 2010. Youers’ story “Left-Handed Radio” was one of my favorite stories in that issue.
Here’s an excerpt of my review:
…The titular character is aptly named, because a soul is all that Westlake has left. His body was destroyed in a tragic accident, leaving the former surfing champion and all-around good guy in a permanent vegetative state. Nevertheless, he considers himself a superhero—his intellectual iceberg has flipped, giving him access to that mythic ninety-percent of the mind that the rest of us mere mortals can only glimpse below the churning of our surface thoughts. He’s now super-intelligent, can “release” and travel across the world outside of his body, visit other souls, and communicate with the family dog. Still, he must constantly struggle across the vistas of the mind with his arch-nemesis, Dr. Quietus, to stay alive and persevere…
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