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Many Holmes fans prefer Doyle's complete short stories, but their clockwork logic doesn't match the author's boast about this novel: it's "a real Creeper!" What distinguishes this particular Hound is its fulfillment of Doyle's great debt to Edgar Allan Poe--it's full of ancient woe, low moans, a Grimpen Mire that sucks ponies to Dostoyevskian deaths, and locals digging up Neolithic skulls without next-of-kins' consent. "The longer one stays here the more does the spirit of the moor sink into one's soul," Watson realizes. "Rank reeds and lush, slimy water-plants sent an odour of decay ... while a false step plunged us more than once thigh-deep into the dark, quivering mire, which shook for yards in soft undulations around our feet ... it was as if some malignant hand was tugging us down into those obscene depths." Read on--but, reader, watch your step! --Tim Appelo --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I would recommended this book to anyone who hasn't read it, and as a re-read for those who have!
There are plenty of other good characters in this story as well, something missing from short stories that tend to focus solely on Holmes and Watson.
Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is one of his many compelling Sherlock Holmes stories.
I read this book a long time ago I LOVED THEN AND I STILL LOVE NOW! I AM A ASHERLOCK FAN!!Published 3 days ago by Ellis Sibert
A classic who is doing it! Very atmospheric trip to the moors. The definitive Sherlock Holmes story.Published 4 days ago by Brad
It was alright. It was slow at the beginning ok by, but towards the end the story was interesting. Ha.Published 18 days ago by Keighly Brown
This is how books should be written! Excellent plot, enchanting you in the story, not too long, not too short, thrilling, excellent writing style. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Tomer Ben David
The very first Sherlock Holmes story. I was quite surprised by the back-story in the middle of the book. Arthur Conan Doyle must have done his research. Read morePublished 1 month ago by JeneReneRodgers