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Interesting in places but lack cohesion and depth
on 12 January 2010
I did enjoy this book but it's fairly lightweight and falls somewhere in between analysis and episode guide, not really succeeding at either.
Aside from a handful of interviews and top 5 lists the book consists of a brief blog post of each episode of the Wire. For the first couple of series these are followed by selected blog comments. The problem is that given the origin of text... blog posts by a lot of different people there is a lack of cohesion and tone from episode to episode. Limited space means that the level of analysis is fairly limited as well. As an episode guide it fails for similar reasons, there's no consistancy and while some entries discuss the episode in question, some will only focus on a specific character or theme.
For a Wire fan it's still a good read though. Anything that helps you relive "The Greatest TV Show Ever Made" can't be that bad!
A final word of warning... the entire thing is very spoiler heavy. Don't read it until you've finished the whole show as the entries for early epsiodes will often include details of events later in the show.