Saturday, February 25, 2012
'The Hound of the Baskervilles' by Arthur Conan Doyle (E-Book)
Length: 154 Pages
Opening Line: 'Mr Sherlock Holmes, who was usually very late in the mornings, save upon those not infrequent occasions when he was up all night, was seated at the breakfast table.'
What's good about this novel?
This is the second novel I have read within the 'League of Extraordinary Gentleman Book Challenge' . From the beginning, I knew that I was going to enjoy it.
'The Hound of the Baskervilles' is very well written and draws the reader in from the start. Even though this isn't the first novel in the series of 'Sherlock Holmes' books, Arthur Conan Doyle makes it possible for the reader to understand what is going on and who the characters of Dr Watson and Sherlock Holmes are, without reading the novels in a sequence. I also really like the humour within this novel, the writing in general has a lot of charm.
The story is complex, but I even though there are many twists and turns within the plot, I felt that for the most part, I could still follow what was going on. Saying that, I didn't predict what was going to happen in the end, which I would have found disappointing.
What's wrong with this novel?
To be honest, I can't really find many negatives about this book. Being a fan of the tv series 'Sherlock', I could see how fans of this could find the novel of 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' disappointing. This is because the story between the two versions are quite different. However, I found that both were equally as enjoyable. They both had their own identity, whilst still containing the essence of the plot and characters from within.
Is this worth a read?
Yes I think this is worth a read. 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' is a light and entertaining read. I look forward to reading more 'Sherlock Holmes' novels in the future.