The Hound of the Baskervilles Review
Given that the crime was presented as a huge and supernatural hound set on Baskervilles, it was disappointing to discover that the Hound of the Baskervilles was in fact… a natural hound with luminous paint on it. Very Scooby Doo.
I had never read a whole Sherlock Holmes before. I have been halfway through “a study in scarlet” for some time. So, here’s what I think:
Holmes- the reader is kept away from him, so he gets to stay largely enigmatic. He is arrogant, evasive and obsessive. He also makes a cameo in the novel as a red herring, which was successful in de-bunking my “other man” theory.
Watson- in one way he’s a great choice for a narrator. He’s intelligent but not insightful and thorough but personal. On the downside, he does go on a bit. I like the variety of stances between letters, diaries and straight narration, but, all in all… dull?
Plot: maybe I’ve seen too much CSI over the years. I suspected the other-brother-that-died-overseas as soon as he was mentioned. So there was a succession battle. I don’t know why the illegitimate son didn’t just chance it and lay claim, rather than assuming a multilayered identity and an unlikely looking sister along the way.
Setting: great choices, especially the moor. Very atmospheric and obscure. Well suited to the plot and if I had my literary hat on, I’d see the moor as a metaphor for Holmes, or Stapleton, maybe…