Ever since I got a Kindle a couple of years ago, my bad habit of buying books and never getting around to reading them has only worsened. Of course, the books don’t collect dust on a shelf anymore, but unfortunately, when they’re out of sight, they’re also out of mind. I keep telling myself that I need to read more, so when I recently noticed that Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats) had released a short e-book about real-life superheroes, I figured it was something I could read in a couple sittings and immediately downloaded it.
The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones finds Ronson nervously accompanying Seattle’s most well-known superhero Phoenix Jones on patrol and getting into some genuinely dangerous situations. If you were a little disappointed by the Michael Barnett documentary Superheroes, this sort of makes up for it. Phoenix Jones seems more charismatic and more ballsy than the subjects of the doc, but it helps that Ronson also has a way of describing him that is both amusing and exciting. (As it turns out, Phoenix Jones will appear in a different upcoming documentary called Citizen Heroes.)
Unfortunately, as I mentioned previously, The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones is pretty short… a little too short, in fact. It’s just slightly meatier than your average magazine article, and although they try to make up for it with an excerpt from one of Ronson’s other books, I really wanted a bit more. That being said, I’m sure it was still worth the $3.00 I spent to download it. The Amazing Adventures of Phoenix Jones is available now via Amazon and various other e-book providers, and if you’re a fan of Ronson’s other works, it’s definitely worth checking out.