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Leah's Bookshelf

Likes: Horror, macabre, fairy tales, ghosts, hauntings, serial killers, zombies, werewolves, shapeshifters, vampires, time travel, orphans, clones, thrillers, classics, gothic


I like to read anything that tells a good story, duh ;) Genre doesn't really matter much but I tend to read dark fiction and fantasy the most. I skip chick lit and romance novels with a few exceptions for the extraordinary.


My ratings system:

5 stars - ADORED; plan to read over and over and over.

4 stars - ENJOYED; will likely read once or twice more.

3 stars - LIKED; may or may not read again ... someday.

2 stars - MEH; no plans to read again.

1 stars - I didn't enjoy the story and was lucky to finish.

0 stars - I couldn't or wouldn't finish for reasons that may or may not be listed in the review box.

Currently reading

The Oxford Book of American Short Stories
Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville, Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Washington Irving, Mark Twain, Edith Wharton, Ray Bradbury, Charlotte Gilman Perkins, Willa Carter, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Stephen Crane, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Katherine Anne Porter, Eudora Welty, Nath
Progress: 225/768 pages

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hound of the Baskervilles - Judith Kerr,  Arthur Conan Doyle

Rating: 4.5 of 5


For the record, I'm *not* a fan of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes. But after watching BBC's Sherlock series with my daughter, who raved about it so much I had to see for myself, I'll admit my interest in the original stories was renewed. She was right, by the way; the BBC show is great TV!


As a result of that show, I was motivated to pick up the collection I own but hadn't started, The Original Illustrated Sherlock Holmes, and read The Hound of the Baskervilles. I enjoyed it immensely. The slow build of the case's introduction and clue after clue; the atmosphere of the moor; a cast of probable suspects; the twists that screwed up my deductions (darn it! LOL): all added up to an exciting mystery.


I'm now a tentative fan of the real (meaning literary) Sherlock Holmes and look forward to the next mystery, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, where I hope to become a loyal fan.


Side note: This was my first Arthur Conan Doyle story.


"The more outre and grotesque an incident is the more carefully it deserves to examined, and the very point which appears to complicate a case is, when duly considered and scientifically handled, the one which is most likely to elucidate it (p. 443)."