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*Starred Review* Horatio Cotton has been questioning a lot of things lately. After finding out that his wife has been cheating on him with not one, not two, but a veritable Rolodex of strangers, Horatio steals a self-help book to figure out how to rebuild his life. He doesn’t expect the 1-800 number scrawled on the inside front cover to be God’s personal line, and he certainly doesn’t expect to meet up with two other people who have purchased the same book, with the same phone number and the same results. This seemingly benign book was obviously meant to bring Horatio, Alice, and Lexington together, and they set out on a journey that just might answer all of their questions . . . and then some. Musician Springfield, no stranger to the literary world after penning his highly-touted memoir, Late, Late at Night (2010), branches into fiction with this novel. With shades of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979) and the clever, self-deprecating wit of Augusten Burroughs and Max Barry, Springfield’s highly original work is the rare antidote to the celebrity ghostwritten books often found on today’s best-seller lists. Captivating, poignant, and hilarious, Magnificent Vibration proves that some of the most interesting stories can come from pretty unlikely places. --Stephanie Turza

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“Rick Springfield's fiction debut, MAGNIFICENT VIBRATION, is a rollicking romp of a book. His view of divine intervention may not be mine, but his storytelling shines in this clever, entertaining – and sometimes surprisingly enlightening – first novel.” (Mitch Albom, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling novel, The First Phone Call from Heaven)

“Remarkably creative . . . Springfield delivers a buckle-your-seat-belts ride. . . . A readable comic meditation on human frailty." (Kirkus Reviews)

“Forget all the Old and New Testament tales. The Bible’s latest installment, Magnificent Vibration, is a thought-provoking and clever take on how the Almighty actually runs the universe, or universes. God’s cell phone number, personified sexual organs and a conclusion that is surprising and dire, and somehow hilarious, are just some of the madness that make Rick Springfield’s debut novel a romp.” (Jon Methven, author of This Is Your Captain Speaking)

“A surprising odyssey through the no man’s land between religion and pop culture, MAGNIFICENT VIBRATION is by turns racy, sacrilegious, sweet, and sincere. If you’ve been searching for a novel about God, sex, and the Loch Ness Monster, Rick Springfield’s irreverent debut is for you.” (Peter Manseau, author of Songs for the Butcher’s Daughter)

“Combines the comedic elements of PhilipRoth’s Portnoy’s Complaint with the subversive ontological questioning of KingDavid in Joseph Heller’s God Knows.” (Variety)

“This is not the prose of a rock star who decided totry his hand at novel writing, but of a novelist who just happens to be a rockstar.” (Variety)

“Springfield’s outrageous, imaginative tale willappeal to fans of Douglas Adams. A strange one, but one with heart.” (Arizona Republic, May 2014 official pick)

Magnificent Vibration is an ambitious,cinematic, darkly humorous first work." (The Hollywood Reporter)

“With shades of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to theGalaxy (1979) and the clever, self-deprecating wit of Augusten Burroughsand Max Barry, Springfield’s highly original work is the rare antidote to thecelebrity ghostwritten books…Captivating, poignant, and hilarious, MagnificentVibration proves that some of the most interesting stories can come frompretty unlikely places.” (Booklist starred review)

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (May 6, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476758905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476758909
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By James A Rusnak on May 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover
If you read the excerpt that is available, you'd understand it is completely taken out of context. This is a great book! Cleverly and talently written, crafted with flashbacks and folded from three points of view at once. It is a book that will make you think. And wow, believe it or not, I love God. And, I consider myself very strong in my beliefs that my God is an all-loving God. Yet I am able to open my mind to this book to embrace someone else's unique idea. This is, after all, a story. And it is very, ver good! I could tell you stories about a horrible God that drowned the world, kills babies, plaques the world with infestation.....all found in the Bible. Really? Yes, God has done bad things, too. And we question why. If you read the ENTIRE book you realize all this comes to a point. It is called a surprised ending, and I am not giving it away. please, if you don't want to pay for the book, then don't, you can check it out at your local library. Put on some grown-up pants and read the WHOLE book. Don't stop at the first cuss word you read. The book has much scripted conversation and it is REAL. Very refreshing to read, honestly. And I will read it again, too, to catch the finer details I may have missed. And, the book left me hanging to want more - I am very much looking forward to the next installment! Tio and Alice, what happens next? I cannot wait to find out! (Gasp!) AND, since I know my God is an all-loving God, I know I am not going to burn in hell for loving this book!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By My Thoughts Are on May 10, 2014
Format: Hardcover
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!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ti on June 10, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Where do I start? This is quite possibly the worst audio book I’ve ever listened to. I’m not sure what I expected when I discovered that Rick Springfield had written a novel, but what played out before me was like smoking some bad weed and then being over taken by fumes of an unknown variety. My eyes watered. My ears hurt. I kept telling myself, it’s Rick! It’s got to be good. I mean, I love the guy. I have loved him since the 80′s. I loved him through his stint on General Hospital and I still think he’s right up there musically. But writing? Not his strong suit.

The story is about a guy named Bobby. He steals a self-help book titled Magnificent Vibration. Inside, he finds a 1-800 number and calls it. When the guy on the other end answers and introduces himself as God, an interesting conversation takes place. Bobby then hooks up with a sex-pot named Alice and the two head off on an adventure.

I got through two discs and between those discs, I think the main character mentions masturbation, I don’t know, at least twenty times and Springfield’s use of colorful expressions to represent the act was impressive. But putting all that aside, the story is all over the place. I listened to those two discs uninterrupted and had to go back a few times to figure out what was going on. There is a little bit of humor in between the gritty bits but overall, the story, the reading (slurred words, poor attempt at an accent maybe?) were just too much for me to keep going.

I’ve been told that I have a good sense of humor and can be a little sarcastic at times so I get the sarcasm and the jabs and all that, but the dialogue was really what made this difficult to listen to. Perhaps it plays out better in print, but I doubt it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gmoney370 on May 7, 2014
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Rick Springfield is simply amazing. First, he gives us Late, Late at Night.,now this! Magnificent Vibration is cool. A heck of a ride. I'm going to buy the audio book too!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By glorialovesrick on May 17, 2014
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I have finished Rick's latest novel, MAGNIFICENT VIRBRATION and I am starting to read it again. Its a must have must read. Very well written and to the point. He has many gifts and talents, and writing is very much both. Its hard to put down, but when you pick it back up, it continues to keep you wanting more. As a fan of some 30+ years, Rick is a class act and writing is one of his top 3 gifts!
Hopefully he will have the next one out sooner than later! Thanks Rick, its awesome.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 17, 2014
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Absolutely loved this book. Very easy to read. Very entertaining. It captures your interest from the start and never let's go
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Diane on May 7, 2014
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Its a great, fun book. Characters are so interesting and real. Storyline fabulous, why? because its different. Dark humor, Spiritually great, you need to read deep find an answer to the question what do you believe and why?? Plus its fun doing it
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JMS on September 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
While Rick Springfield can write and his style is literary this book is not at all as advertised ("rollicking" "comic" "sexy" "spiritual"). It is bleak, depressing, and full of human misery. While at times I thought the author might be making some existentialist point about survival in the face of severe abuse, dysfunction and disaster, even that hope was dashed by the bizarre and sophomoric ending. I cannot recommend it at all.
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