Review: The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

THotBI’m really uncertain as to what I want to say about this book. I’ve been putting off writing a review for about 3 or 4 days now and yes, I have had work to do but normally I can do a review in 20 minutes or so but The Hound of the Baskervilles has been an interesting ride and I don’t really know where to begin.

I guess I should say this was my first Sherlock book. I’ve been a fan of any adaptation as long as I can remember but this is my first foray in to the source material! That in itself is an exciting thing. I don’t really know why I’ve been putting this off? Maybe I was concerned I wouldn’t like it or it would be above my head… who knows?

What I can say is that this book – and the story itself isn’t very long – is a damn good read! It’s not the first in the series and I didn’t feel too lost, which is a good thing. I think having that familiarity with the characters through TV really helped in this instance because I didn’t feel too lost. Maybe reading an earlier Holmes book would have been a better move? I don’t know. This was good though! The actual scope of the book is quite broad for such a short novel, there was supernatural and science… it all came together quite brilliantly I thought!

But… while it was good it didn’t really live up to my expectations of Holmes. I can’t lie. It’s by no means going to be my last Holmes, I’m going try some of the shorter works, but I think I went in expecting more than I actually got. Still, it’s a solid book and worthy of 3/5!

2 thoughts on “Review: The Hound of the Baskervilles – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

  1. John’s a massive fan of Sherlock Holmes and we got him the complete collection a few years ago. This is one of his favourites, but I have to admit that I prefer Arthur Conan Doyle’s short stories over his novel length books.

    I just finished reading Tales of Terror and Mystery which was really good and even had a cameo appearance from Sherlock himself!

  2. I’ve only read The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, so don’t how I personally would find his novels, but from what I’ve heard, most people feel like Doyle’s short stories work much better. So I wouldn’t be too scared off Holmes (although you don’t sound like you are!). I really want to read more Holmes stories, I don’t know whether to go with the next collection of Holmes stories or whether to read one of the novels though! I’ll probably just end up going for whichever one falls into my possession first.

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