Because I wrote a full review of this only last year (read it here), today I'm going to answer the questions I provided for the read-along link-up and say just a few other things.
Have you ever read any Sherlock Holmes stories before?
Yes. I've read the entire canon, most of it twice, much of it many times.
Have you read this before? If so, why did you decide to re-read it?
This is the first Sherlock Holmes story I ever read, back when I was 12 or 13. Since then, I've probably read it five or six times, most recently in August of last year. I decided to re-read it because I get in the mood to either read or watch it every autumn, and I thought it might make for a good read-along.
At the end, Watson calls this adventure a "singular narrative, in which I have tried to make the reader share those dark fears and vague surmises which clouded our lives so long and ended in so tragic a manner." Did he succeed in making you share them?
Even though I have read this so often, and watched adaptations of it equally as often, which have made me very familiar with the story and what will happen next... yes, the dark fears are still there. The descriptions of the setting are so masterfully dismal and bleak, so evocative of the unknown that I get a thrill of pretend-fear just thinking about it.
Have you seen any film adaptations of this story? If so, do you recommend any?
Yup. I've seen the Granada version that stars Jeremy Brett probably more often than I've read the book. (I reviewed it here back in December.) It really matches my mental images for the book, and if you're looking for a solid, faithful adaptation, you can get it brand-new on DVD for about $10 online.
I've also seen the Sherlock episode that was inspired by this story, "The Hounds of Baskerville." (I reviewed it here in January.) Although I didn't love it, I thought it was amazingly well done, and lately I've been wanting to watch it again, now that I know how it all comes out.
What did you like best about The Hound of the Baskervilles?
I think I especially like how much Watson gets to do. He's not just an observer, but an active participant in the investigation. I also love the atmosphere, the cleverness of the antagonist, and the character of Sir Henry Baskerville.
Was there anything in the story you didn't care for, or think could have been done better?
I said here that I thought the last chapter had a bit too much recapping, but I've since decided that's probably just because I'm so familiar with the story, and if I had never read it before, or only once or twice, I would probably love Holmes' full explanation there. So nope, wouldn't change a thing.
If This was a Movie, I Would Rate It: PG for suspense and scary images.
This is my 15th book read and reviewed for The Classics Club!