Magnificent Vibration: A Novelby Rick Springfield
"Why are we here? What is love? Is there a Loch Ness monster? Does God send text messages?" These are the/i>
After making an unexpected connection with God via his cell phone, one man embarks on an unlikely spiritual quest in this smart, savvy, rambunctious debut from Grammy Award-winning musician and New York Times bestselling author Rick Springfield.
"Why are we here? What is love? Is there a Loch Ness monster? Does God send text messages?" These are the kinds of questions Horatio Cotton, aka Bobby Cotton, asks as he sets off on an uproarious adventure to find his purpose in life. After serendipitously stealing a mysterious self-help book called Magnificent Vibration: Discover Your True Purpose from a bookstore, Bobby calls the 1-800 number scrawled inside the front cover, only to discover that he has a direct line to God—and that God likes to mess with him. Soon enough, Bobby finds an ideal companion for his journey—the breathtakingly sexy and exceedingly sharp Alice—and they set out to find some combination of spiritual and carnal salvation...and possibly save the planet.
Rock star and soap actor–turned-author Springfield (Late, Late at Night, 2010) debuts with fiction best classified as black comedy. This novel is remarkably creative, for no other reason than Springfield boggles with countless euphemisms for male reproductive organs, masturbation and the act of sexual procreation. Sex, comedy and metaphysics pose a conundrum: Who listens when God speaks? Bobby Cotton for one—hapless nerd, Los Angeles sound editor, recently divorced cuckold. Next it's Alice Young, reluctant religious novitiate, and, finally, Lexington Vargas, prominent Mexican doctor's son and now redeemed gangster. Bobby's life has been an "obsession with the female species and the whole, odd tie to organized religion." Shuttled aside by quarreling parents, Bobby deeply loved his sister, lost first to mental illness and then cancer, the narrative element most emotionally affecting. Fumbling about after his divorce, Bobby steals a self-help book called Magnificent Vibration. Inside is a penciled note: "1-800-Call-God." Bobby dials and becomes convinced he's speaking to God, who in fact prefers to be called Omnipotent Supreme Being but will settle for Arthur. OSB has "a rather incongruous and off-putting sense of humor," which means Bobby complies when told to get a cup of coffee. There, he meets Alice and then Lexington. Both have a copy of the book, and inside each copy is the same telephone number. While Lexington seems flat and present mainly as a plot catalyst, Springfield can write believable characters, his best being Bobby and Alice. The narrative bounces from the present to Bobby's examination of his life and then to conversations with God, who is upset with war and pollution in the universe, all ending in Scotland with Alice, the reluctant nun. Springfield delivers a buckle-your-seat-belts ride, referencing the Loch Ness monster, superheroes, schlock films, Christian fundamentalism, sexual repression, the Pacific garbage patch and existentialist fatalism. A readable comic meditation on human frailty.
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Meet the Author
Rick Springfield is a Grammy Award–winning musician and actor, and the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Late, Late Night, which Rolling Stone named one of the twenty-five greatest rock memoirs off all time. He lives in Malibu with his wife, Barbara. Visit him online at RickSpringfield.com or MagnificentVibration.com.
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Although the book has an unusual premise, it's an engaging and thought-provoking story that captures your imagination. It's easy to see how Rick Springfield's writing talents go way beyond his songs. May he write more books as magnificent as this one!
You will not be able to put this book down until you finish reading it so be prepared to lose some sleep. The characters are mysterious yet the reader can relate to their personality. They can be unpredictable like the plot in this story. Which takes the reader on a roller coaster of emotions, as the meaning of the life and all of its mysteries (Lochness) are revealed to the 3 strangers traveling in a gerbil powered Kia! (giggle). This book is a bit tongue in cheek and naughty but if you look past the rogueness; it is a good read.
Amazing. Incredible. Beautiful. There's not enough I could say about this book and it more than surpassed the expectations I had when I bought it.
I've been reading this book night after night like a kid in a blanket fort, that I actually need new batteries for my flashlight! I can't put this book down! Rick Springfield's Magnificent Vibration is truly a page turner! While I was turning the pages, I backtracked to check if God's cell phone number happened to be on the inside front cover of my book too, but not such luck - I think. Profoundly well-written and put together, the cerebrally intoxicating twists and turns this book takes will have your cranial gerbils spinning their wheels for more! Can't wait for the sequel!