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The Hound of the Baskervilles (Penguin English Library)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Published in 1901 (in an effort to placate Holmes fans clamouring for more Holmes stories between killing off his fictional hero in 1893 and restoring him in 1903) and set in the late 1880s, The Hound Of the Baskervilles changed from an effort to placate fans into one of Doyle's most famous books, and probably the best know Holmes story. It was so successful that Doyle was forced to resurrect Holmes 2 years later. It has endured, and is as readable and enjoyable today as it was then. Mixing Doyle's interests in the arcane and his rationalism, he first writes an atmospheric and downright spooky supernatural tale with the set up for the curse of the Baskervilles, then a thrilling tale of murder and greed as Holmes is brought in to investigate the recent death of a Baskerville that might be related to the curse and brings his rationalism to bear to expose a very human plot. Of the Holmes stories it is one of the best written and enthralling. It's a perfect read, 5 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2013
The Hound of the Baskervilles is the third of only four full-length Sherlock Holmes novels that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle produced in his lifetime, and while many consider it to be his best and while it's the most well-known of all of his works, I just can't rate it as highly as the others.

Sure, it's incredibly well-written, and it's still receiving a high rating - it's just that A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four and The Valley of Fear all have a certain something special about them. Perhaps it's Conan Doyle's masterful use of a literary technique in which the first half of the story is dedicated to the mystery, and the second half is dedicated to the events that led up to the mystery in the first place.

Saying that, The Hound of the Baskervilles is still an excellent read and I'm glad that it serves as a gateway for many readers, who go on to read further Sherlock Holmes books and even Conan Doyle's Professor Challenger series. I don't want to discourage you from reading this - just read more Conan Doyle afterwards.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2013
Crime fiction at its best, I have read this book at least 3 times over the years it draws you in and you feel the tension. It was written a long time ago but is still fresh and vibrant I would recommend this to anyone of any age , as I read I still picture basil rathbone as sherlock.
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on 5 September 2014
First rate, challenging and intriguing read that gets better on second and subsequent readings. Conan Doyle at his very best.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 14 December 2013
Bought a copy for me and my daughter who is studying it for her GCSE. She found the language a bit stodgy and hard to get into but it is a classic book and this particular publication is a little gem as it is beautiful and as my daughter said the paper feels good - something a Kindle can never emulate! Prompt delivery and very good value.
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on 20 April 2015
Lovely cover, perfect for GCSE study
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on 15 March 2015
A good read
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on 11 January 2015
excellent
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