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Things I Do When I'm Awake Paperback – November 26, 2016
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About the Author
Will “the Thrill” Viharo is the author of The Thrillville Pulp Fiction Collection Volumes 1-3, the “Vic Valentine, Private Eye” series, and two sci-fi novels with Scott Fulks, It Came from Hangar 18 and The Space Needler’s Intergalactic Bar Guide. He writes a regular movie column for Bachelor Pad Magazine and is the host and organizer of Noir at the Bar Seattle.
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(Note that I reserve five-star ratings for all-time-favorite reads -- a rare occurrence -- hence the four-star rating for this superb work.)
This schizophrenic novella is a trip in and out of reality, and departure from his earlier novels, but in the same in fuckupedness we have come to love from Viharo. A personal yet metaphoric essay on mental illness, this short read is a must, and when you’re done with it go check out his other works of fiction.
At this point in my reading life, I often approach writers I admire the same way a carpenter or architect appreciates the way a house in his neighborhood is constructed. VIharo is never self-conscience with his writing. More clear and concise, less dense than the before-mentioned Beat writer. Never pretentious with a 'serious' attempt at artistry or pathos. Here, we have a protagonist haunted by memory and with an overactive
imagination in both the waking and sleeping worlds.
The book is odd, beautifully-written, at times, funny and always strange. Everybody should read it and can do so in one setting.
This was a gorgeous, eerie and WILDLY different experience from last year's HARD-BOILED HEART and it hit me right where it hurts. Mental health is a very important subject for me and Viharo's shifty, disembodied and existential tale of a dog walker caught between two worlds bridged the gap between the inward and the outward perception of such a misunderstood condition. This is NOT the Will Viharo people are used to. This is NOT the Viharo you're used to. This is not a quirky, anachronistic hardboiled mystery. This is something much more personal.
THINGS I DO WHEN I'M AWAKE is raw, uncomfortable and yet it's one of the best portrait of mental illness I've ever read.