Most readers coming across this article are surely quite aware of Timothy Sexton and his innumerable articles on Associated Content. After all, Timothy is among the most popular writers on AC, and if AC has any celebrities in their midst, he would be among the group. With as many subscribers and fans he has, it would be a bizarre thing for anyone to be familiar with AC and not Tim. Furthermore, he’s established himself as among the internet’s most prolific and successful writers.
After all, he often displays a fun, sardonic wit, a cornucopia of knowledge ranging through a host of subjects from travel to home improvement and beyond, and occasionally some biting political commentary. He’s written on countless subjects, even the dimples on a golf ball, so if one peruses the list of his work on AC, one is sure to find an exceptional amount of satisfactory information on what anyone would consider numerous subjects of interest. Timothy as a writer does certainly appear to be a man of the world.
There are countless amounts of readers who receive his work in their inbox every single day, often more than once during the course of the day. So the question from there is not just how many readers does Timothy affect daily, but how many have read his breadth of work. While the amount of people who read his work daily is surely copious, one must wonder how many of these people have read any of his novels. While there is no doubt that there are many people who have, this particular writer found a remarkable lack of reviews of Timothy’s novels and felt this needed mending. Through making a quick sweep to see what consists of Tim’s novel work, two novels have been found: Antichrist Superstar! The Musical and Bizarre Love Triangle.
In this article, we’re going to focus on a review of Antichrist Superstar! The Musical.
It should be pointed out immediately that Timothy Sexton is genuinely a talented Wordsmith. One could wonder tensely if he could pull off something of a novel’s length, particularly when the vast majority of his AC articles are but a few hundred words at most (ideal, just to be specific). Well, please place your concerns at rest, because he can and has done such a feat with aplomb. His sentence structure is gifted, he knows how to quickly engage the reader and keep the reader engaged, and his grasp of what’s grammatically proper is keen. This is particularly important, because it appears this work was purely self-edited by the author.
Timothy’s characters in this story are not just plausible, but also rich with depth and uniqueness in their character, demonstrating the author is quite capable of building characters from separate and distinct templates. That’s an important distinction because there are so many writers, many of which make a handsome living at it, who build all of their characters from a select few molds and then chisel in the details from there, as if doing so from some bullet-point checklist. Let any reader of this article rest assured that Mr. Sexton has done his readers better than that.
One would wonder if Antichrist Superstar! The Musical began as the title itself. After all, such a title (making any writer who struggles with titles a tad jealous, I’ve no doubt) is provocative, eye-catching, and inspires a wry smirk. Well, unless the author is blatantly forthcoming on this point, we won’t know for sure. But the thought comes to mind because the title is of such a provoking nature, so once one is there, it’d be a simple matter of back-engineering a story from that point. Doing just that wouldn’t seem a stretch from anyone who would conjure up such a title, but doing so with verve and style would require genuine talent and an ability to convey a story beyond the shock value. Well, we’re confident Timothy can do that simply through the blurbs providing glimpses into his articles we see daily. However, one must wonder about the misspelling of the title on the book’s cover. Is this something overlooked, or perhaps done and uncorrectable by the publisher? This writer knows that some asses would be due kicking for it, so it deemed proper to point it out.
While it will not be the purpose of this article to expose any pertinent details of the story, it does turn out that the title itself is the lure, for the readers and also for the characters involved in the novel. It wouldn’t require a lot of thought to imagine that Reverend Schaffner, a preacher of considerable acclaim in the Floridian town of Fountain of Youth, would easily get a twitch upon seeing such a title at the town’s theatre entrance. Further, it wouldn’t at all be a stretch to think such a small-town vicar would spark a flame of discontent with the issue, particularly in a small town settled comfortably in the south.
But that’s about as far as the average prediction can reach into the drama thickening in this little town, particularly when its doing so is coming up on the holiday season, according to the story.
It’s refreshing to see a balanced set of perspectives coming from the various characters, particularly since many of these characters clash in their points of view. There are those within the township who cringe at the thought of the play in town, and then there are those are seriously working hard to be taken seriously as actors and playwrights. Furthermore, the characters are genuine in their perspectives and personalities; the good reverend is how one might suppose without being too predictable, as is the play’s star actress. Then, the reader is treated to a plush set of characters who harbor some internal struggles with what they’re coping with daily, such as their demons, much in part because anyone in their shoes would certainly be torn. Ah, the intense struggles between convictions and desires run strong in so many people, so kudos to Mr. Sexton for demonstrating this within these pages and within the hearts of these characters.
Timothy moves well with the story progression, and this too is a strong indicator of powerful storytelling. There’s no significant awkward moment required to get things moving in the story. We start with things being where they are when most get the news of the play, and the plot thickens from there.
As indicated, I don’t want to give away any significant story points, but once there are a handful of those who demand this play go away, things get juicy between those supporting it and those against it. In fact, that just about reaches literal proportions! We also see how the challenges push some of the characters to a brink they might not have hitherto known was there. His daughters discover things about themselves they might wish they did not, as does he. The story plays out well until the explosive last pages, where some get their wish and some should have watched what they wished for.
The point is that this is not just a clever story running on some element of shock value. When I first picked this up, I hoped it would be a good read and something worthy of the writer despite the story’s age (this was first published in 2000). I was pleasantly surprised, I am happy to say, as this was not just a good book, but something beyond a fun story. In Antichrist Superstar! The Musical, Timothy Sexton just might have accomplished something few writers ever achieve, and fewer achieve well. In this story, he has created a philosophical novel.
To all of you who read this review, rest assured this writer highly recommends this work. I would appreciate any comments on the book and this review in the comments section below for those who have yet to read it or are on the fence.