Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Book Review - Magnificent Vibration

I wandered into the library one evening after exercise class wanting to get a new book or two to get me through the next week or so.  I was currently reading Half in Love With Artful Death, and I was not even half in love with the book, so I wanted a new one.

I walked up to the new releases shelves and hoped, no, I actually prayed that I would find a good book to read.  Just before I had entered the library, on the drive over, I had noted a strange phenomenon that often happens to me.  In this instance it was probably from exercise, although it often happens without any provocation:  my leg (or foot) started rhythmically buzzing. Sometimes when it happens I think my cell phone is vibrating...but it turns out to not be the case.  It can be annoying.  Anyway, back to choosing a book...  Since you already know the title of the book I selected from my blog post title, it suffices to say that when I saw that title, I chuckled to myself and picked it up.  Maybe it was a sign?  Lol.  The fact that it was written by rock and roll legend, Rick Springfield, was an added intrigue.

Below is the synopsis from the Magnificent Vibration website:

After 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. This launches Bobby on a whimsical quest, serendipitously accompanied by a breathtakingly sexy and exceed­ingly sharp travel companion named Alice. Together the pair sets out to find some combination of spiritual and carnal salvation—and possibly save the planet.

By turns hilarious, poignant, over-the-top, and deeply meaningful, Magnificent Vibration is a highly original novel about the biggest questions one man—or mankind—has ever asked.

The book was over the top, for sure. The main character is obsessed with masturbation, for starters. God is portrayed as a prankster who may just be nutso. With those things in mind, I have to say that I REALLY enjoyed this book.  I often thought to myself that it was awesome that Rick Springfield was so versatile. His writing style is compelling and the story was well executed. This book was outside my normal genre, but it goes to prove that sometimes it is worthwhile to venture outside your comfort zone.


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