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Down in the Hole: The unWired World of H.B. Ogden Hardcover – September 11, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books (September 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781576876022
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576876022
  • ASIN: 1576876020
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Posited as a recently rediscovered masterpiece, the book stays delightfully true to its form.”
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About the Author

Joy DeLyria, 27, plays badminton on weekdays and takes her tea at four. She studied letters and then made them into words, and is now working on the paragraph thing. When not defying society by wearing breeches instead of the customary bustle, she interprets science, directs gender-bending, quasi-legal, theatrical park productions, and loves her mother very much.

Sean Michael Robinson
, 31, is a writer, cartoonist and former high school art teacher, man-about-town, and lover of science. In December of 2010, he worked almost eighty hours as a Victorian-era mercenary caroler, complete with four-part harmony, tails, and top hat. He’s currently halfway through his debut graphic novel, recording his fourth album, and moonlights as an internet phenomenon.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sean Gallagher on December 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Fanatics about the show "The Wire" - and I'm one of those - have often called it the best TV show ever made. In doing so, they often compare it not to other TV shows, or even movies, but to great novels, and not just any great novels, but the epic works of people like Tolstoy and especially Dickens. (In two episodes of the fifth season of the show, creators David Simon - who has also used this comparison, as well as Greek tragedy - and Ed Burns either highlighted this comparison, or poked fun at it, with the character of an unlikable editor who wanted his paper's series on the homelessness to capture "the Dickensian aspect"). It's the comparison to Dickens that Joy DeLyria and Sean Michael Robinson have seized upon in their mostly entertaining pastiche "Down in the Hole; The unWired World of H.B. Ogden".

A longer take-off on their blog post "When It Isn't Your Turn: The Quintessentially Victorian Vision of Ogden's 'The Wire'" (fans of course will know where the title of the book and the blog post come from), "Down in the Hole" does two things; first, it re-writes certain scenes from the show as if they were written in the style of Dickens or other Victorian novelists (along with illustrations), and second, it contains criticism of the work of "H.B. Ogden", and places his work in the context of that period, both from a literary and historical perspective. So, in the first, we get to read, among others, the famous crime scene in Season 1 where McNulty and Bunk solve a murder while only using the "f" word as dialogue, D'Angelo lecturing the drug dealers under his charge about economics, Omar testifying in court, Stringer and Avon reminiscing about the old days, and so on.
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What if an unknown contemporary of Charles Dickens wrote a serial novel called the Wire in which McNulty, Mr. Moreland, Bunny, Avon, Stringer, Ziggy and Omar all roam the crime ridden streets of Victorian "Bodymore." A must have for Wire Fans. A humorous parody beautifully illustrated.
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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.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ricky Pooski on April 10, 2013
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Initially, this book is as funny as the Web site that spawned it. A Victorian take on The Wire that points out both the Dickensian aspects and the fact that Omar casts a huge shadow should be comedy gold. In fact that Web site is hilarious and I remember posting it on as many Facebook walls as possible.

Sadly, there are only so many times you can pretend that The Wire is a Victorian novel before it stops being funny. This book alternates between scenes from The Wire rewritten as if they were in Victorian times and critiques that boil down to "This was a departure from the Dickens inspiration since it's much bleaker than Dickens."

There are Web sites that can become print but they usually have sustained audiences with feedback over time. The Onion, Stuff White People Like and Hark a Vagrant all became books worthy of being bought because you can go to their sites several times and find new material.

This book is one joke. It's a funny joke, but even the funniest joke ever told (my vote is for the one about the bear and the hunter) is still sad over 130 years.
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