Over the Hedge by T Lewis and Michael Fry

Over the Hedge

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  1. firedome

    firedome said, over 3 years ago

    not in today’s world, it ain’t…

  2. KenTheCoffinDweller

    KenTheCoffinDweller said, over 3 years ago

    My biggest problem with books today is they have lost the ability to transport me to wherever I’m reading about so that I can watch the action first hand. Books sure have degraded over the last nearly 60 years.

  3. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    re: the big publishers sure have. I quit reading fiction when it became formulaic in the 1990s. But we still have more than 3000 new books published per day. You just won’t find them in bookstores.
    I was actually told by one publisher that I needed to rewrite a book to the 6th grade level, despite books at that level generally not doing well. No one would have bought it if I had.
    20 years ago, most publishers had staffs who would go through the manuscripts submitted by writers, looking for what they thought might sell. Most would publish what they wanted to see in a book. They would do a test market of a book and if it sold well, they would do another run and sell it nationally. Then they went to the agent system, which meant that good manuscripts would never reach them.
    The sad fact is that agents don’t seem to know a good book from a bad one. Today, you take your livelihood in your hands by trying to find an agent because many are dishonest. Indeed, there isn’t much point in an agent today.
    Most writers today publish their own. The downside is they don’t have an organization that advertises the books. The upside is that one generally doesn’t see the mediocre trash put out by the large publishers.
    A writer is much better off taking business law and learning how to sell his/her books than to mess with the dying large publishing industry. It wasn’t long ago that the industry wanted to do away with royalties. The idea of paying a writer for his/her work is just about gone.

  4. purpledog39

    purpledog39 said, over 3 years ago

    Like they say about Linux, it is user friendly, but it’s choosy about who its friends are.

  5. kea

    kea said, over 3 years ago

    I like books and slide rules – neither is ever unusable due to dead batteries

  6. bubbareb

    bubbareb said, over 3 years ago

    My granddaughter has a friend where everyone in that family is “connected”. There isn’t a book in the entire house except for the telephone directory, and they use that as a mat for a potted plant. I don’t think any of them have actually talked to each other in years. Even the three year old has a smart phone, a device which will be one heck of a lot smarter than that child will ever be.

    Now educators are even discussing the merits of whether or not to teach kids to write. What the hell do they think is going to happen when the aliens show up and blast all of the satellites out of the sky?

  7. DutchUncle

    DutchUncle said, over 3 years ago

    Did the books become formulaic, or did your growing personal experience and wider familiarity with literature give you more things to compare against? My son used to think the Animaniacs were the newest thing, so I made him watch every Marx Brothers movie I could find. After he got over the shock of a movie in black and white, he realized why I saw the Animaniacs as derivative – clever derivative, good derivative, but still derivative.

    Technology changes, contexts change, but when it comes to human nature, there is nothing new under the sun. (And yes, multiple people have said that, too.)

  8. JR6019

    JR6019 said, over 3 years ago

    God love the Marx Brothers! They were just great. Even as a child, I liked the stooges, but loved the Marx Brothers. The Stooges had great physical comedy, but the Marx Brothers had subversive wit, wild inventiveness, verbal wit, and a Harp! And a piano (gotta love Chico).

  9. Richard

    Richard GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    You got that right.
    I was listening to some old 60’s “acid” rock on my CD. Two kids thought it was some new group. What is old will soon be new. Mod clothing once all the rage is slowly making a come back. My old green Nehru jacket will soon be back in style.
    Now if I could just get it back on!!!!!

  10. Richard

    Richard GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    When the lights go out I fall back on an old saying.
    When it is dark, light a candle.

  11. thebird55

    thebird55 said, over 3 years ago


    My jacket was orange.

  12. bookgeek

    bookgeek said, over 3 years ago

    No matter what happens to the rest of the world, a book will never get a virus, or crash, or do any other thing that causes computer mishaps.

  13. cabalonrye

    cabalonrye said, over 3 years ago

    If this one ever makes it to a T-shirt I will buy it. (sad owner of around 4000 paper books and a few more electronic ones)

  14. Richard

    Richard GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago



  15. Bookbear

    Bookbear GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    You make several good points Nabuquduriuzhur, but I would take issue with this one:

    “Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 11 hours ago:
    The downside is they don’t have an organization that advertises the books. The upside is that one generally doesn’t see the mediocre trash put out by the large publishers.”

    Have you SEEN the tide of self-published trash out there? I’m not just talking about poor spelling and punctuation, either. Childish, poorly constructed dialog, absent character development, gaping plot holes… the list goes on and on.

    I use my Kindle to explore indie authors I might not have seen otherwise, but I have been disappointed many times. Often, a ‘preview’ is available from Amazon, and I thank the gods for that, as well as the free or low priced titles of a new author; but with a published book in a bookstore, you ALWAYS have the preview option. And smaller presses still put out interesting and engaging titles.

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