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Down in the Hole: The unWired World of H.B. Ogden

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Highly anticipated since its initial online appearance and immediate viral proliferation, first-time authors and ersatz Victorian scholars Joy DeLyria and Sean Michael Robinson have painstakingly created a satirical and fictional world based on the characters and narrative of television's most loved drama, The Wire.

To be published in time to celebrate The Wire's tenth ann
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by powerHouse Books (first published November 8th 2011)
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we just got this in today. how did i not know this existed online??? even just flipping through casually, i am already in love. sorry, library books, this is my next read.

review: for now.

i have no idea why this book was made. but i am so grateful. my suspicion is, and i am no television scholar,so this is probably just wild speculation, but just as everyone was lauding deadwood as being "shakespearian" when it came out, i assume some sav

Let me persuade you for a minute to watch the HBO series Wire if you haven't already. If civilization ended and only a few artifacts survive to speak to what was America, I hope they will uncover the entire DVD collection of the Wire. The Wire has been often compared to Dickens--but I think it is on par with Shakespeare. Now give the series a chance. Don't watch just one episode watch the first three or so and then come back and tell me you didn't want to finish the series. No, chances are you w

Jan 13, 2013 Matt rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comedy
This is indeed a strange book. It posits a world where The Wire is a now-forgotten Victorian novel (published serially in five chunks, of course) and sprinkles in other strange explanations, stating that The Great Gatsby is from before the Victorian Era, for example.
So it's a comedy ... and the atmospheric illustrations (of Omar in the streets, for example) are terrific and amusing. And yet ... the long excerpts and the analysis (comparing and contrasting The Wire, most interestingly to me, to D
There's no way around it: if you haven't watched The Wire, you cannot fully enjoy this book. If you have watched The Wire, then I can't recommend this book enough. Re-imagining The Wire as a victorian era novel, and then writing a commentary on this novel seems an odd undertaking, but such is the power of The Wire as to cause otherwise sane people to become fanboys. The book is composed of memorable scenes from the series composed using a Victorian setting and Victorian language (character dialo ...more
It definitely won't make sense to you if you haven't seen The Wire. Hilarious and clever. Very entertaining. The illustrations are also wonderful.
This book is especially for all fans of the TV series, The Wire. It is presented as if it were a literary criticism of a Victorian serialized novel, The Wire, by a previously forgotten author, a contemporary of Charles Dickens, H. B. Ogden (HBO). Great illustrations. (I want framed copies of the illustrations plus some on t shirts as well.) It is fascinating to read memorable scenes from the HBO series as if they took place in Victorian times and to read further discussion about the various char ...more
Tim Franklin
Do book premises get more unique than this? It's worth the price of admission for Sean Michael Robinson's inspired illustrations alone. The authors are using the whole conceptual buffalo here and every bookish fan of The Wire should have a copy of Down in the Hole prominently displayed on their coffee table. It will illuminate your appreciation for both The Wire and serial Victorian novels, not to mention meta-fiction.
Amazing if you've watched The Wire. If you haven't watched it, GET ON IT and then read this.
I haven't seen the TV show this book was based on.
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