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Further Adventures: A Novel

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To Whom It May Concern—I was The Green Ray. Now it can be told—the story which many tried to silence, many refused to believe, and many did not want to hear.

In the depths of the Great Depression, the voice of a radio superhero known as The Green Ray entertained America. Forty years later, the man behind the character—two-bit voice actor Ray Green, known to his family as
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Harper Perennial (first published September 25th 2009)
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The dark cloud has lifted and the nightmare is over: I am finished with "Further Adventures", a book I should have bailed out of around page 4. You know how a child hands you something to read and spend 90% of the time deciphering their grammar or spelling and the other 10% comprehending the story? That's exactly how you will spend the first half of this book. And to my knowledge, it's never explained WHY the author uses poor punctuation and random capitalized words, but the spelling is perfectl ...more
I won this book as a First Reads prize a couple of months ago, and it took me a while to finally read it. When I did, I was pleasantly surprised.

Initially, the most surprising aspect of the book was Fink's (the author's) use of grammar, punctuation, capitalization, and chapters - or rather, the lack thereof. This, of course, is because the book is written as if a lengthy suicide note by the antagonist Ray Green, who in his young adulthood was aka Peter Tremayne aka the Green Ray, a radio superh
I usually have some trepidations about the narrator with diminished capacity/mental problems/just plain stupid; it's hard to pull off a narrative voice that isn't irritating or repetitious, one that is consistently interesting. Jon Stephen Fink does a nice job with that in the early going in this tale of an old man who used to be the voice of a radio hero (The Green Ray). Strange happenings during a blackout have the old man flashing back to his radio days and determined to be the hero he once w ...more
I wanted to give this book a 4 for originality but I did have to struggle through some chapters and the writing style is not one of my favorites. It's a simple narrative, with poor grammar and very little punction.

The Green Ray was a radio superhero in the 30's-40's. He had to keep his identity secret until he decided to tell his story at the ripe age of 73, I think. I can't remember if the reason was mentioned but Ray decided to become a real life superhero sometime in his 70's. So the story b
I picked up this book on a whim after reading the back cover. I love comics and superheroes so I figured I'd like this book. It was a decent read, definitely unlike anything else I've ever read. I appreciated the original story and unique characters but the style of writing was a bit difficult to get used to. What I remember from this book is how frustrated and upset at how it ended, I would have loved to see the main character react differently and channel some of the Green Ray superhero in him ...more
An exceptional novel that pokes fun as it pays tribute to the great radio action serials of the 1930s. Fink is a stylish writer who knows the period thoroughly and has great love for his outlandish characters, and you will devour this massive tome rapidly.
Martin Presberg
I am not really sure what to make of this one. On the one hand it kept me reading with its plot, interesting use of language, and compelling main character. On the other hand, I the violence seemed over-the-top and unnecessary at the end.
I went back and forth on this while I was reading it, but ultimately decided that I liked it. At times it was a little slow, but apparently this revised version is like 150 pages shorter than the original.
This was a very bad book. Really.
Narrated by an old guy with lots of references to his bowel movements.

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