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This is the classic Sherlock Holmes story, and an iconic work of detective fiction. The family is cursed; at least that is the hypothesis when Sir Charles Baskerville is found on the dark and eerie moors near his home, the footprints of some ferocious beast by his lifeless body. In these wild and haunting surroundings it is down to Sherlock Holmes, and his assistant Dr WatThis is the classic Sherlock Holmes story, and an iconic work of detective fiction. The family is cursed; at least that is the hypothesis when Sir Charles Baskerville is found on the dark and eerie moors near his home, the footprints of some ferocious beast by his lifeless body. In these wild and haunting surroundings it is down to Sherlock Holmes, and his assistant Dr Watson, to solve the mystery of the killing, before the hound returns to claim the heir to Baskerville Hall. The Hound of the Baskervilles is the ultimate in detective fiction, pitting the horror of the supernatural against the cold, hard logic of the unflappable Sherlock Holmes....

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The Hound of the Baskervilles Reviews

  • Doug Cannon
    2019-05-20 16:40

    My Grandpa Cannon loved this story, and he often told of a time when he went to see a "picture show" about the Hound of the Baskervilles. "It scared the willies out of me," he said, and then he and his friend had to part ways as my grandpa rode his bicycle home in the dark.He was thinking about this devil-hound, and then he heard something panting behind him. He pedaled faster and faster, but the panting only got faster and faster too. Then, it was harder and harder to pedal, and his bike was going slower and slower. Just when he thought for sure he was doomed to die and the hound would get him, his bike stopped, the panting stopped, and he found that his back wheel had a flat tire. A flap of rubber had made the panting sound as the air was being released.That has nothing to do with this story, except that it is the reason I read the book. Good book too! Almost as good a story as my grandpa's.

  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    2019-04-30 15:02

    4.5 stars!Ahh it's good to be back, I've missed you Sherlock Holmes!

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2019-04-27 14:59

    4.5 stars. Sherlock Holmes is at his inscrutable and logical best, Dr. Watson is his devoted self and manages to actually be helpful, and the mystery is a solid one, with a gothic feel to it. And the Baskerville Hound is truly creepy.Holmes and Watson are visited one morning by a Dr. Mortimer, who explains the legend of the supernatural hound who haunts the Baskerville family. Many years ago, Hugo Baskerville kidnapped a local maiden, who escaped from his manor and ran off into the moors. When Hugo tried to chase her down, a great black beast "tore the throat out of Hugo" and "turned its blazing eyes and dripping jaws" upon his friends, who rode off screaming. Says the old manuscript Dr. Mortimer reads to Holmes and Watson:"One, it is said, died that very night of what he had seen, and the other twain were but broken men for the rest of their days."Now it seems the Hound has arisen again: Sir Charles Baskerville, a kindly older gentleman, recently died of a heart attack while running away from something that apparently terrorized him, and Dr. Mortimer reports that near him were the footprints of a gigantic hound.Sir Charles' heir, Sir Henry Baskerville, returns from Canada to take possession of the Baskerville estate. But a mysterious warning is left for Sir Henry:Also, some of Sir Henry's possessions disappear, and a sinister man is seen following him. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson decide to get involved to try to protect Sir Henry from the fate that overtook his relative. Holmes, making excuses, sends Watson off to be Sir Henry's bodyguard. Off they go to the Baskerville estate on the lonely moor, where not only the Hound and, perhaps, a murderer, but also perils like a dangerous and crazed escaped convict and a quicksand-like bog await them. All in a day's fun!I think the mystery in this book is a better one than those in the prior Sherlock Holmes novels, A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four. The women characters are a bit helpless (Victorian times and all), but Hound of the Baskervilles avoids the major racial and religious slurs and the lengthy (and tedious) flashbacks that diminish those books. If you want a good example of a Sherlock Holmes novel, I recommend you skip the first two and go straight for this one, unless you're a Sherlock completist.

  • Duane
    2019-04-24 14:36

    I think this is my favorite Arthur Conan Doyle story. What a combination; you have a mystery, a horror story with a demon like wolfhound, set on a dark English moor. I've never seen an English moor, but I've experienced them through the great books I've read. I've imagined Catherine stalking the moor in Wuthering Heights searching for her beloved Heathcliff. I've been with Jane Eyre on Marsh Glen when she heard the cry of Jane! Jane! Jane! from her forlorn Mr. Rochester, and I've felt the terror of being on Dartmoor at night with the howling of a demon hound close by. This is a great story and if you only read one Sherlock Holmes, this should be the one.

  • Henry Avila
    2019-04-21 13:58

    In the sometimes cold, wet, windy region of southern England called Devonshire, where the land gradually disappears and the stormy sea can be seen, there was a legend of a demonic hound that haunted the Baskerville family through the centuries, beginning in 1647. Hugo Baskerville, a tough individual who got what he wanted; until if you are a believer in the supernatural, this vengeful animal mentioned before, came straight from hell, hunted down the vile man and shredding his throat, for a misdeed against an innocent woman, a neighbor. The Bible says for this kind of crime future generations must be punished and ever since the Baskerville Hall inhabitants have suffered. Now at the dawn of the supposedly enlightened 20th, such nonsense is laughed at but some don't, certainly not the present master of the manor, Sir Charles Baskerville, an old gentleman and he has heard disturbing sounds from the nearby moor, a swampy area, when the rains arrive and it does often. Horses, their loud pitiful cries in the night, soon stop, as they sink in the mire and are never to be seen again. This desolate place of hills, boulders, wet bogs that remain always that, weird vegetation growing there, a dangerous region, which fogs frequently cover , making it treacherous for man and beast in the darkness, an empty stone huts where primitive people thousands of years ago lived, but not since...This gigantic, glowing hound the locals have viewed, are afraid of and Sir Charles's heart , one chilly evening stops while taking a walk outside...why? Rumors of the creature hunting again, permeates the small village near Baskerville Hall, and the doctor James Mortimer who had treated the poor victim goes to London for help. Nobody else but the famous Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson will do, only the best can solve this case, but evidence points to a simple, regrettable occurrence, an old man dying from a bad, weak heart. Peculiar incidents in the illustrious city happen to the great detective , Holmes and Watson are puzzled, then a mysterious message of warning against going to Devonshire... from a woman. The next of kin Sir Henry Baskerville, a nephew has come a long distant from America to take over but Holmes says he's too busy in London, to assist in the investigation and sends Watson alone...this doesn't sound right. The ultimate Sherlock Holmes story I think, it grips the imagination and never lets the suspense end, the mystery flows along almost smoothly, to the very satisfying conclusion.

  • Emily May
    2019-05-14 21:36

    It's hard to believe that I've never read Doyle's most famous Sherlock Holmes tale until now. I don't even know why I've been putting this off, the short stories that I've read about the well-known detective and his sidekick Dr Watson were pretty good but this little novel has remained on my "to read" list for years. And I found The Hound of the Baskervilles a really enjoyable little story, at times very creepy and at others balanced out with humour. The mystery kept me guessing until the end, even when I thought I knew the answer there were numerous niggling doubts in the back of my mind. The challenge that Holmes and Watson face here is quite different from any of their other cases: a mystery that straddles the line between this world and the possibility of the supernatural.There is an old legend of the Baskervilles, that they are tainted by a centuries-old curse. The curse of the Hound of the Baskervilles, a spectral hell hound that chases down members of the family if they should venture out upon the moors at night and brings about their early demise. Many believe it is fairy tale nonsense, but what then is the explanation for the misfortune of the Baskerville family members? And what is that piercing howl that can be heard across the dark, misty moors at night? When the doctor of the late Charles Baskerville pays Sherlock Holmes a visit, both Holmes and Watson get pulled into something very old and dangerous, even the level-headed Sherlock Holmes begins to question whether his most recent villain is even of this world.So, this is a very creepy book. The image of the old, haunted mansion used in many horror stories seems rather overdone today but Doyle's example of this still works all these years after the book's publication. The atmosphere created by setting this mystery miles from civilisation and out on some creepy moors is highly effective, that kind of setting can make anyone start to believe in ghosts. This tale is told through the discovery of secrets that are hidden away in the house's very corridors and come out to play at night, red herrings are thrown in and everyone has a secret - it's hard not to be caught up in the creepiness and tension.Also, I know some people hate Sherlock Holmes' holier-than-thou attitude but I find him amusing. Same with Poirot and other characters who don't know how to be wrong, their arrogance will make you roll your eyes but I cheer for them too. I always want to congratulate authors who can take a somewhat insufferable character and turn them into someone everyone wants to succeed, there's something more challenging and more interesting with that, rather than just someone who is inoffensive to everyone but one-dimensional. Anyway, I really liked this and I think most mystery fans will too.

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-04-30 19:48

    781. The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes, #5), Sir Arthur Conan Doyleعنوانها: درنده باسکرویل؛ شرلوک هلمز: آوای باسکروی‍ل؛ سگ باسکروی‍ل؛ نویسنده: سر آرتور کونان دویل؛ انتشاراتیها: (نشر مرکز، هرمس، ثالث، رخ مهتاب)؛ ادبیات کارآگاهی؛ نخستین خوانش: روز اول آوریل سال 1997 میلادیعنوان: درنده باسکروی‍ل؛ نویسنده: آرتور کانن دویل؛ مترجم: مهدی غبرائی؛ تهران، نشر مرکز - کتاب مریم، احمد شفیعی، 1375؛ در 126 ص؛ شابک: 9643052281؛ عنوان: شرلوک هلمز: آوای باسکروی‍ل؛ نویسنده: آرتور کانن دویل؛ مترجم: احمد شفیعی؛ معصومه محمودی؛ شیراز، احمد شفیعی، 1379؛ در 71 ص؛ شابک: 9643509060؛ عنوان: درنده باسکروی‍ل؛ نویسنده: آرتور کانن دویل؛ مترجم: مژده دقیقی؛ تهران، هرمس ( کارآگاه )، 1382؛ در 220 ص؛ شابک: 978963631895 چاپ چهارم 1393؛ عنوان: درنده ی باسکروی‍ل؛ نویسنده: آرتور کانن دویل؛ مترجم: نرگس مساوات؛ تهران، ثالث، 1391؛ در 201 ص؛ شابک: 9789643807641؛ عنوان: سگ باسکروی‍ل؛ نویسنده: آرتور کانن دویل؛ مترجم: مونا ولیپور؛ قم، رخ مهتاب، 1391؛ در 242 ص؛ شابک: 9786006572895؛سر آرتور کانن دویل، شاهکار خود یعنی سگ شکاری باسکِرویل را در سال 1902 میلادی بنوشتند. سر چارلز باسکرویل، یکی از افراد سرشناس دارتمور، به طرز مشکوکی می‌میرند. افراد محلی، مرگ ایشان را به یکی از داستان‌های خرافی نسبت می‌دهند. به نظر آن‌ها سگ تازی غول پیکری، با ظاهری ترسناک ایشان را کشته است، و نفرینی خانواده ی باسکرویل را گرفتار کرده است. وارث سر چارلز، سر هنری باسکرویل، از آمریکای شمالی به انگلستان می‌آیند، ولی دکتر مورتیمر دوست سر چارلز و همسایه ی او، نگران آن است که آن داستان‌های ترسناک، سر هنری را از آنجا دور سازد. برای همین به لندن پیش شرلوک هولمز می‌رود، و داستان را برای او بازگو می‌کند، و از ایشان می‌خواهد که پرونده را بپذیرد، و او را یاری کند؛ ولی شرلوک هولمز آن داستان را باور نمی‌کند، و از دیدگاه او گفته ها خرافاتی بیش نیست، اما دکتر مورتیمر به او می‌گوید: در کنار جسد سر چارلز، ردپاهای عجیبی را دیده، که به نظر شبیه به ردپاهای سگ تازی غول پیکری هستند و...؛ ا. شربیانی

  • Luffy
    2019-05-20 19:50

    I'd been toying with the idea of reading books in French. I can understand the language - but as for speaking it, well here's another ball game. I read part of this edition in my class when I was 13 years old. I read when the hound was racing towards its would be victim.Would be victim...due to Sherlock Holmes' intervention. Holmes is a very fantastic, very popular character. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, though he claimed to loathe the character, had a hidden fondness for Holmes. The author was furious with the treatment of his creation in the hands of Maurice Leblanc, who was the creator of Arsene Lupin.Movie and TV adaptations come and go, but the purity of Sherlock Holmes is like vapor to the uninitiated. Us fans know secretly what makes him tick. But we cannot transcribe ourselves in certain terms. We lack the knowledge how to pin the exactitude of Homes as portrayed in the original 4 novels and 56 short stories. Same for the directors and wannabe authors who wish to ape Doyle.This was an experiment. And I think I succeeded in enjoying the story, known as it was to me in an earlier reading in English. The Hound of the Baskervilles was really wildly successful only in retrospective. Now it is part of the legacy of the detective. The meerschaum pipe and the hunting apparel are nearly part of folklore, and I enjoyed visiting it thoroughly. Highly recommended.

  • LolaReviewer
    2019-04-19 14:49

    Sadly I don't remember much about this one, except for the fact that the setting is very important and that it is an intense mystery. I read it for school three years ago. Crazy I don't even remember fragments of the story because I recall we did a long and mentally painful paper on it. Murder... wife... not really a dog... Baah, what am I even saying. It's a blank.

  • Nayra.Hassan
    2019-05-11 14:36

    هولمز :"لم اجرؤ على رميه بالرصاص..فقد كان أعزل لا يحمل سلاحا..والمسدس كان لحمايتي لا لقتله "اذننعم هذه الرواية تنتمي لعصر النبلاء ..ولكن ..انتظر .. ليس لهذا الحد ..فالمرء قد يفعل الكثير من أجل الميراث..افضل وأطول روايات شيرلوك هولمز ..و أكثرها تشويقا..استغرقت منه شهرا كاملا لحلها..وهي إهانة كبيرة له... تحكي عن وحش في صورة كلب عملاق ..يتحكم تماما في احدى مقاطعات الريف الانجليزي .. فما سر هذه اللعنة المتوارثة؟؟قراتها كاملة في ترجمة قديمة منذ الثلاثينات..من سور الازبكية طبعا...ثم في ترجمة د احمد..اعشق ارثر كونان مع هولمز وبدونه...واعتبره الاب الروحي لكل ما نقرأه حاليا ..وبغض النظر على انتماؤه للبوب أرت. .او الادب الشعبي..او الخيال العلمي..فقد كان مفيدا وممتعا معا..والطريف ان امي وجدي احبوه ايضا..!!!أليس هذا هو النجاح؟؟

  • Nandakishore Varma
    2019-05-15 19:39

    This story is an institution from my childhood. I first heard it as a child; my mother told it to me as a bedtime story (yes, my mom is like that). I was creeped out totally - and continued to be so while I read the story in umpteen plagiarised translations (where the hound was changed to all kinds of animal including a monkey) and finally in the original. I even saw two movie adaptations, one in Malayalam (Agnimrigam - bad) and one in Hindi (Bees Saal Baad - good).If you are a mystery buff and don't know the story of this one, then most probably you are not living on this planet! "The Hound of Hell" terrorises the Baskerville family, a curse visited on them because of a womanising ancestor who sold his soul to the devil to abduct a woman. The hound is apparently bent on killing all the members of the family. It is left to Holmes to battle the forces of darkness and save Sir Henry Baskerville, the last of the line.As mysteries go, this is not your classical whodunit, but it is an eerily suspenseful story which will keep you glued to the page. And I found the concept of the hound genuinely frightening - apparently Conan Doyle based this on a real Dartmoor legend.--------------------------------I had the chance to visit Dartmoor and enjoy its wild beauty in 2009: also visit the house where Conan Doyle stayed while writing this book, which is now a museum.

  • Simona Bartolotta
    2019-04-22 18:57

    Re-read due to THE BEST CLASS EVER (aka Crime Fiction). I love my life.

  • Apatt
    2019-04-28 14:57

    “Really, Watson, you excel yourself,” said Holmes, pushing back his chair and lighting a cigarette. "I am bound to say that in all the accounts which you have been so good as to give of my own small achievements you have habitually underrated your own abilities. It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it. I confess, my dear fellow, that I am very much in your debt."“Holmes, you are a condescending bastard”Well, Watson never said that, though I can imagine Martin Freeman’s rendition of Watson on Sherlock saying it or something similar. For Holmes is indeed one condescending bastard, and Watson is far too tolerant. The Hound of the Baskervilles is probably the only Sherlock Holmes book that can stand independently outside of the rest of the Holmes canon. People often don’t always think of it as a “Sherlock Holmes book”, but as a thrilling and scary novel in and of itself, regardless of who the hero is.In this, his most famous adventure, Sherlock Holmes is requested by Sir Henry Baskervilles, the current heir to the wealthy Baskervilles estate, to investigate the mysterious death of his uncle Sir Charles Baskervilles who apparently died of fright. More importantly, Sir Henry’s own life is at risk from the same possibly supernatural agency. Sherlock is all “You ain't nothin' but a hound dogcryin' all the time”, gyrating his hips like a demented pop icon, accompanied by his violin of course.*Arthur Conan Doyle has really outdone himself with The Hound of the Baskervilles, I have read quite a few of his books and this is the most superbly crafted; from the mystifying setup, the “red herring”, the shadowy figure who manages to elude even Holmes on several occasions and the horrifying climax. I love the business with walking stick in the first chapter and the stolen boots. Watson gets to do quite a lot of sleuthing in this one while Holmes is seemingly absent. There are three substantial chapters worth of Watson’s solo adventure, well done, doc! Watson is clearly no fool and he does not embarrass himself at any point, in spite of Holmes’ efforts.There are some problematical elements in this book. The female characters are all useless and even harmful through their lack of agency. The subplot with the escaped murderous convict is a bit dodgy. (view spoiler)[At the convict’s brother’s appeal, Henry Baskervilles and Watson agree not to pursue the man because he is going off to the US the next day (or something). So it’s OK to export British psychopaths to the US? ⁀⊙﹏☉⁀ (hide spoiler)] Still, the climax is definitely rousing, and Holmes finds out “who let the dog out” almost too late, but then with “almost” being the operative word it’s all OK.The Hound of the Baskervilles is great stuff of course, but–honestly-who hasn’t read it or seen some kind of adaptation? It’s elementary.________________* It’s in the book, I wrote it in with a Sharpie.Notes:• Audio book credit: Mostly read inLibrivox’s audiobook format, magnificently narrated – gratis! - by David Clarke. Thank you!Quotes:“Interesting, though elementary," said he as he returned to his favourite corner of the settee. "There are certainly one or two indications upon the stick. It gives us the basis for several deductions.”Yay! He said The Word! \(^▽^)/“I am afraid, my dear Watson, that most of your conclusions were erroneous. When I said that you stimulated me I meant, to be frank, that in noting your fallacies I was occasionally guided towards the truth.”Poor John! Dump him for Poirot! (though he’d need a time machine for that).“Would you have any objection to my running my finger along your parietal fissure? A cast of your skull, sir, until the original is available, would be an ornament to any anthropological museum.”LOL! That’s some kinky shit from Dr. Mortimer, Sir Henry’s pal.Pics:Favourite film version from 1959, Christopher Lee as hapless (not hooray) Henry!Big Finish's excellent cover for their dramatized audiobook adaptation.Awesome art by Matthew Stewart["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Alison
    2019-04-21 13:43

    I love Sherlock Holmes. I love his name, I love his clothes...I just love his style. Reading The Hound of the Baskervilles...I felt like I was reading the first detective novel ever written. Doyle defined the genre--he was the first and the best.My nine-year-old daughter loves Sherlock Holmes. She has a little Sherlock Holmes hat that we bought for dress as your favorite literary character day, and she loves nothing more than to put on her little brown trench coat from Target, suck on her plastic pipe, and walk around our house interrogating the other members of our family on her quest for the truth--what happened to the little pink pig we haven't seen in ages...who didn't close up the bread when they were done eating it...who took (and did they dare read?) her sister's diary. And the best part is she's never read anything involving Sherlock Holmes--he's just this powerful force of nature and to have ever heard his name uttered is to love him and want to be him. The Hound of the Baskervilles is about a man who is murdered and everyone believes it to have been by a giant Hound from hell--a supernatural dog/beast that has been plaguing the men of his family for years according to local legend. Watson is there, and Holmes as well, to solve the mystery and save the day. This one was adapted for the screen an amazing 24 times. Required reading for everyone, IMO.

  • Jason Koivu
    2019-05-02 17:01

    Highly enjoyable! The Hound of the Baskervilles leans more towards horror than the usual Sherlock crime-solving mystery, but Arthur Conan Doyle worked his hero into this genre with the easy of slipping on a finger-print hiding glove. Since private investigator Sherlock Holmes' office is in town, taking us readers out of London and into the country can be tricky if it's not to seem forced. To avoid that, Conan Doyle has Holmes send his friend and volunteer assistant Watson out to check on this silly nonsense of a family curse. This is a brilliant move on the writer's part, as it allows us to get a solid dose of fright alongside Watson, who is a good deal more superstitious and way more prone to believe in boogiemen than Holmes. Once Holmes is on the scene we all stare abashedly at our shoes as he systemically unveils the mundane truth.Admittedly, I read The Hound... again because of a new interest in Sherlock Holmes after the latest movies and tv shows came out. I feel shame. But hey, it got me reading Arthur Conan Doyle's work once more, so that's what's important, right? Goddamn, that show is good...This reading time around, what struck me the most was the humor. I'd forgotten about the author's lighter side. Surprisingly, the horror aspect still affected me on at least some level, which is impressive considering I've read this before when I was a kid and also because I don't scare easy now that I'm an all growed up big boy!

  • Brad
    2019-04-29 19:57

    The ultimate tale of the ultimate Victorian hero, The Hound of the Baskervilles is a true masterpiece of the mystery genre, and quite possibly remains the finest mystery novel ever produced -- even if its first appearance was serialized in Strand Magazine. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's unforgettable hero Sherlock Holmes matches his wits against what appears to be a centuries old curse and the ghostly hound that exacts vengeance on the Baskerville ancestors for Sir Hugo Baskerville's sadistic misdeeds in the time of Oliver Cromwell.Of course, (I will try not to spoil it for anyone) the curse turns out to be a classic Victorian crime motivated by money and perpetrated with the application of science to prey on the superstitious nature of a people still getting used to the Industrial Revolution. Classic Victorian crime, indeed. But also classic Holmes. And this is the best of Holmes. The action is taut and well drawn, the mystery is compelling, Dr. Watson has a brief spell as the star while Holmes does some hidden work in the moors, the villain is an arrogant cad, and the supporting characters, from the unfortunate escaped convict, Bruce Seldon, to the suspicious Barrymores, round out the perfect population of Victorian archetypes (but it must be remembered that while these archetypes may seem cliche to us today, they would have been fresh and new when Doyle put pen to paper).There may be better Holmes short stories (I'll always be partial to "A Scandal in Bohemia" and the lovely Irene Adler), but none of the Holmes stories can compete with The Hound of the Baskervilles' breadth and scope. It is the mystery book that all mystery writers aspire to match for greatness, and the mystery book that all mystery readers must read if they are to call themselves fans of the genre.But let me put genre aside for a second and just say this: The Hound of the Baskervilles is a great mystery novel, yes. But it is also a great novel. One of the best ever written. Period.

  • James
    2019-05-15 16:03

    It is difficult to think of many literary characters who have had anything like the huge impact that Sherlock Holmes has had - not just in literary terms, but culturally as well. The legend that is Sherlock Holmes goes way beyond the world of the written word - and for good reason too; as a character, Holmes is a wonderfully original, eccentric, sociopathic, misanthropic, fascinating, astonishingly brilliant and almost unparalleled creation. The wonderful character that is Sherlock Holmes - both hero and anti-hero, coupled with the conversely grounded Dr Watson and the fascinating stories / cases / mysteries that Conan Doyle weaves for the reader compound to produce the excellent Sherlock Holmes novels - of which 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' (along with 'A Study in Scarlett' and 'The Sign of Four' are definitely some of the best, although it is hard to choose.It is also difficult to think of any characters from literature other than Sherlock Holmes, who have created such an aura of mystery surrounding them, a mythology, an industry almost - very much blurring the boundaries between fact and fiction - creating (in some quarters) a belief that Holmes was indeed a real person, who lived at 221b Baker Street, London - it's there, you can visit 'the home of Sherlock Holmes' - thus adding to and fueling the whole mythology.Whilst not for everyone - these are brilliant and fascinating stories, lots of fun and come highly recommended.'The game is afoot'(Originally Shakespeare - appropriated unforgettably by Arthur Conan Doyle for Sherlock Holmes).

  • Ismini
    2019-05-15 18:48

    10/10Υπόθεση: Ο Σέρλοκ Χολμς και ο δρ. Γουάτσον καλούνται να λύσουν ένα μυστήριο που σχετίζεται με το θρύλο ενός σκύλου-δαίμονα που καταδιώκει και οδηγεί στον θάνατο τα μέλη της οικογένειας Μπάσκερβιλ.Πασίγνωστο βιβλίο που δεν είχε τύχει να πέσει στα χέρια μου ως τώρα. Η αλήθεια είναι πως πριν το ξεκινήσω θεωρούσα πως θα ήταν δύσκολο να με ενθουσιάσει αφού θυμόμουν λίγο-πολύ την πλοκή έχοντας δει πριν από χρόνια την ταινία που μου άρεσε πολύ. Τελικά όμως ήταν συναρπαστικό.Το βιβλίο έχει μία ιδιαίτερα σκοτεινή και μυστηριώδη ατμόσφαιρα που με μαγνήτισε. Όλοι οι χαρακτήρες αποδίδονται τόσο καθαρά που ήταν σαν να τους έβλεπα μπροστά μου. Οι περιγραφές που κάνει ο συγγραφέας είναι τόσες όσες χρειάζεται ο αναγνώστης για να νιώσει το κλίμα του βιβλίου χωρίς να βαρεθεί . Προσωπικά πολύ συχνά βαριέμαι τις περιγραφές και τις προσπερνάω αλλά εδώ ήθελα, επιθυμούσα να τις διαβάσω, ήταν απολαυστικότατες. Η υπόθεση αποτελεί ένα δύσκολο αίνιγμα που εξάπτει πολύ την περιέργεια. Περίμενα πότε θα έχω ελεύθερο χρόνο να συνεχίσω την ανάγνωση, να δω τι θα συμβεί παρακάτω, κι αυτό είναι κάτι που δεν μου συμβαίνει συχνά. Συμπερασματικά: Υπάρχει ποιότητα στη γραφή, είναι ένα βιβλίο που μπορεί να διαβαστεί από τον καθένα κι έχει μια υπόθεση με τρομερό ενδιαφέρον.

  • Terry
    2019-05-09 14:52

    _The Hound of the Baskervilles_ is probably one of the more famous cases of Sherlock Holmes and is also one of only four novel-length treatments of the cases of the great detective. It’s a solid story and is perhaps primarily of interest in the apparently supernatural element which lies at the heart of the case. Indeed this element of the tale, along with its ultimate resolution, is very interesting when viewed in the light of Doyle’s subsequent conversion to spiritualism and when looked at from this angle the numerous comments in the story about the credulous peasants who give credence to the supernatural gain a somewhat ironic lustre.I do think, however, that the story was far from the strongest of Doyle’s outings with his most famous creation. Its main failing lies primarily in the fact that the real draw of all of these stories is largely absent for the bulk of it: Sherlock Holmes himself. I wonder whether Conan Doyle was trying to keep his distance from the creation whose popularity he had begun to view with a growing ambivalence? As it is we do have the opportunity to see Watson acting on his own as Holmes’ agent which is of some interest, but I’m afraid that he doesn’t hold a candle to his confederate as a fully compelling character study. Stolid and not without resources as an investigator he may be, but there really is no substitute to the biting commentary and unique perspective of Holmes himself.I will avoid giving much of a plot outline, since it’s probably either already known or not desired due to the possibility of spoilers in the case. Suffice it to say that an apparently insoluble death leads our intrepid team to the foggy moors of England’s West Country where they not only hope to solve one death, but also to prevent another. Doyle goes all out in peppering the trail with utterly ambiguous clues and numerous strands and false leads until things can be brought to their ultimate and satisfying conclusion. I did learn one interesting tidbit: apparently as far as Dr. Watson is concerned it's ok to let an insane psychopath go free as long as he will leave England and only be a burden and a danger to the people of South America. Nice one, doc.

  • K.D. Absolutely
    2019-05-16 18:01

    Short yet full-packed with action. I am halfway with my quest to read the whole Sherlock Holmes canon and I've read two of his earlier novels and around 30 of his short stories but I think this novel is just the best so far.What make this different and better are the following: (1) the gothic ingredient. The fearsome hound with burning read eyes that later said to be because of phosphorus. I fear crazy dogs or dogs running amok because I was bitten by one when I was a small boy; (2) Watson, who usually works as Holmes's sidekick, takes the center stage here; and (3) the narration of the scenery is flawless. The moor that is lovely and romantic in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights and boring and dead in Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden becomes fully alive but truly frightening here. While reading, I could almost hear the sobs of the mysterious woman, see the dark gloomy still night with not a soul stirring in it and the pale moon barely lighting the solitary path to the lonely hill. This story's milieu is downright creepy yet it worked tremendously that I have not seen in his earlier works.As for the plot, too bad, I was able to guess that the villain was that missing person. This is a short novel but since I've read half of the canon already, while reading the first half of the book, I wrote the names of the characters. (Note: I used to do this in all the books I read before but I stopped because some books do not have many characters or not character-driven and it takes more time to read while doing the writing.) So, when it was mentioned that the dead Charles Baskerville has a missing kin, I put a question mark there and oh yeah baby, I got that one right. I think I am benefiting from reading Sherlock Holmes, I now have keener attention to details.And oh, my copy of this book is hardbound, the pages are pristine, crisp, thick, and glossy and will artist-like sketches or illustrations. Definitely what a bargain find for only $4 (P180)! That one made reading this book truly memorable too because I am used to read tattered books with yellowed and brittle pages. If the story is good, I don't normally care as long as the book is readable and the pages are intact but hey, if the bargain equally good book looks brand new, what more can I ask for?Happy 4th of July to my American friends here on Goodreads!

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-04-20 13:40

    This always shocks people, but I live under a rock and have never really had much to do with Sherlock Holmes. I've never watched it on television, never really read Doyle's works on the character or anything else along those lines. Finally I got around to reading The Hound of the Baskervilles (actually the 5th in a series from what I've been told), and I'm really glad I did. This classic is like the epiphany of "London fog", capturing the scenery of the British city perfectly and giving readers an unforgettable hero who's very easy to relate to. Holmes has his flaws but he's a good detective, and he cares about what he does to the point where he's meticulously involved.

  • Nayra.Hassan
    2019-05-14 17:54

    هولمز :"لم اجرؤ على رميه بالرصاص..فقد كان أعزل لا يحمل سلاحا..والمسدس كان لحمايتي لا لقتله "اذننعم هذه الرواية تنتمي لعصر النبلاء ..ولكن ..انتظر .. ليس لهذا الحد ..فالمرء قد يفعل الكثير من أجل الميراث..افضل وأطول روايات شيرلوك هولمز ..و أكثرها تشويقا..استغرقت منه شهرا كاملا لحلها..وهي إهانة كبيرة له.. تحكي عن وحش في صورة كلب عملاق ..يتحكم تماما في احدى مقاطعات الريف الانجليزي .. فما سر هذه اللعنة المتوارثة؟؟قراتها كاملة في ترجمة قديمة منذ الثلاثينات..من سور الازبكية طبعا...ثم في ترجمة د احمد..اعشق ارثر كونان مع هولمز وبدونه..واعتبره الاب الروحي لكل ما نقرأه حاليا ..وبغض النظر على انتماؤه للبوب أرت. .او الادب الشعبي..او الخيال العلمي..فقد كان مفيدا وممتعا معا..والطريف ان امي وجدي احبوه ايضا..!!!أليس هذا هو النجاح؟؟

  • Li'l Owl
    2019-05-12 21:04

    The Curse of the Baskervilles portrays the terrifying legend that a great black hound, a devil-beast, that haunts the lonely moors around Baskerville's ancestral home. It is rumored that many of the family have met sudden, bloody, and mysterious deaths out on the moors at night and warning was written in an old manuscript.Yet may we shelter ourselves in the infinite goodness of Providence, which would not forever punish the innocent beyond that third or fourth generation which is threatened in Holy Writ. To that Providence, my sons, I hereby commend you, and I counsel you by way of caution to forbear from crossing the more in those dark hours when the powers of evil are exalted.Despite the warning, Sir Charles Baskerville is dead—and the footprints of a giant hound are found near his body. But why was he out on the moors with an ailing heart? At night?Dr. James Mortimer, the country doctor and friend of Sir Charles Baskerville has come to the home of the famous Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson for help. The last of the Baskervill's heirs, Sir Henry, is due to travel to London to live at Baskerville Hall in the coming days. Dr. Mortimer is sick with worry about the safety of Sir Henry and is asking Mr. Holmes to investigate Sir Charles's death in hopes of assuring that Sir Henry will not come to the same fate as his ancestors. Mr. Holmes is skeptical of the legend of the great, demon-like hound but he and Dr. Watson say they will take on the case. But is the Hound of the Baskervilles just that? A rumor? Or is it real? Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson are about to find out. "Where is it? " Holmes whispered; and I knew from the thrill of his voice that he, the man of iron, was shaken to the soul. "Where is it, Watson? "There, I think" I pointed into the darkness. "No, there!" Again the agonized cry swept through the silent night, louder and much nearer than ever. And a new sound mingled with it, a deep, muttered rumble, musical and yet menacing, rising and falling like the low, constant murmur of the sea. "The hound!" cried Holmes. Come, Watson, come! Great heavens, if we are too late!"The Hound of the Baskervilles is a classic, thrilling and scary read from the beginning to end. The intensity continues to creep up, raising goose bumps on my arms and sending chills up my spine more than once! It was the perfect novel to read around Halloween and I highly recommend it! I'm ashamed to say that I've never read any of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes novels until now and I'll be the first to admit that I've been missing out of one history's best mystery writers of all time! I love Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson as they are very fun characters, especially Mr Holmes's idiosyncrasies! I'll be reading more about Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson!

  • Mayke
    2019-04-25 14:36

    Review to come and other reviews on my blog (bio)------------------------------------------------------------------------This was my first Sherlock Holmes I've read. I highly enjoyed it. These detective stories give me a real Autumn feeling and gets me all cozy. The story was great. I've read that some people already knew who the killer was, but I didn't. I was still surprised at the end when the case was solves and reviewed. It was a lot of fun to read in the kind of language style of that time, and to still feel like it fits in the modern world. The only problem I had was that I sometimes didn't know who was who again, because I felt like I didn't get a big enough introduction about the characters. That made the story sometimes a little hard to understand for me. :)

  • Jonathan Terrington
    2019-05-13 13:48

    I am a big fan of any writer who is capable of creating powerful and memorable characters in literature. And Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is no exception. His work on other books may also be quality but it is Sherlock Holmes who will always be remembered. And for good reason. The man is brilliant, eccentric and also flawed in slight ways morally and ethically. He's intriguing, he's slightly dangerous, he's obsessive... Is there no adjective you cannot throw at the blended mix that is Holmes? If I were to put pen to paper and name the most interesting characters in literature Holmes would rate highly. And why is that? Because of the psychology of the character, because he's hard to nail down and because his exact nature is hard to determine. He remains an enigma.But I digress from this Sherlock Holmes story. I've merely explained why I appreciate Holmes as a character. I very much enjoyed this novel although I must state that I do not believe it to be the greatest Sherlock Holmes adventure although it is the most renowned. It certainly does however feature all the hallmarks of a strong Sherlock story. These of course being: 1. A bizarre story, 2. various motives 3. various threads which do not seem connected and 4. A strong finish that ties it all together. A bizarre story The Hound of the Baskervilles follows Holmes investigating the mysterious death of an extremely wealthy baronet Charles Baskerville. Supposedly killed by a hell hound from...well hell.Various motivesWhich of course leads us to question? Was it the butler - isn't it always the butler? Or was it a distant relative hungry for more money? Was it a psychopath? Was it a hell hound?Story threadsWhich leads to: what are the various stories of the major suspects? And how do the stories of non-suspects even fit into our bizarre case?Finished with styleAfter much confusing subtext we reach the climax where the villain is revealed, the threads woven together and Sherlock Holmes smugly answering ever problem. Of course I saw many aspects of the conclusion before the end but I could not see how they properly fitted together.I shall now have to read Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong: Reopening the Case of the Hound of the Baskervilles to see how this apparently closed case remains open. Because it seems apparent that the author has tied everything together. So if you enjoy Holmes stories and/or detective/crime fiction or classics try this on for size.

  • Yani
    2019-05-03 19:04

    –Hasta ahora he limitado mis investigaciones a este mundo –dijo–. He combatido el mal dentro de mis modestas posibilidades, pero enfrentarse con el mismísimo Padre del Mal quizá sea una tarea demasiado ambiciosa.Aviso: la reseña se puede leer tranquilamente porque no hay spoilers de los libros anteriores y no son necesarios para leer la novela. Se siente bien volver al ruedo. Me refiero a haber retomado los casos de Sherlock Holmes, esta vez para completarlos y saldar la deuda que me quedó desde mi adolescencia. Porque como la vida pide libros más maduros, con temáticas más existencialistas, a Holmes casi lo abandoné. Hice mal. Y fue muy bueno haber sido obligada por los estudios a releer esta novela que me encantó en la primera lectura. Así como me pasó con Drácula y Alicia en el País de las Maravillas, reforzó todo lo que me gustaba. Dejando de lado las experiencias personales, la reseña:El sabueso de los Baskervillees una novela que se publicó después de ese episodio (casi) definitivo de Las memorias de Sherlock Holmes(quienes lo leyeron saben a qué me refiero), un poco por pedido del público y otro poco porque una leyenda inspiró a Conan Doyle. La cuestión es que se puede leer en cualquier momento de la serie, según mi opinión, porque su argumento se independiza de los otros casos. Empieza como siempre: alguien se presenta en el 221 Baker Street para exponer un problema a Holmes y él toma el caso. Sin embargo, el planteo es curioso: el doctor Mortimer, amigo de la familia de Baskerville, denuncia que el asesinato de Charles Baskerville fue cometido por un sabueso fantasmal que se mueve por los páramos de Dartmoor. Dado que su heredero, Henry, debe mudarse a la mansión que dejó Charles en ese mismo lugar, alguien tiene que protegerlo y resolver el misterio.Directa y sin grandes pretensiones, esta novela es redonda. No incluye explicaciones larguísimas en la segunda parte comoEstudio en escarlatani da tantas vueltas comoEl signo de los cuatro.Está ambientada, como ya dije, en el condado de Devon, con sus tierras estériles y paisajes tan impresionantes como lúgubres. Watson, que otra vez narra las aventuras, no parece ser muy amigo del campo pero la descripciones no dejan de fascinar. Estuve buscando imágenes del lugar (incluso de Princetown, la cárcel que se menciona) y la verdad es que Conan Doyle eligió un lugar perfecto para que sea el escenario (tomo esta palabra con pinzas, porque para mí es más que un “escenario”) de los misteriosos acontecimientos. Los personajes de las novelas y relatos de los libros sobre Sherlock Holmes no son la gran cosa y algunos hasta parecen iguales. Creo que esa es mi principal crítica (blanda, no dura) hacia Conan Doyle: la fórmula repetida, la escasa caracterización. Holmes y Watson están perfectos, ya los conocemos y así permanecerán, pero los personajes que se introducen nunca llegan a satisfacer mis exigencias literarias, a excepción de algunos pocos. Henry Baskerville sólo es un joven en peligro que se enamora rápido, el doctor Mortimer es quien pide ayuda e interviene escasamente, el mayordomo oculta un secreto, los vecinos despiertan curiosidad. Ni siquiera el criminal, a pesar de que Holmes lo bautice como uno de los más inteligentes contra los que luchó, se destaca lo suficiente. Con respecto a la construcción de personajes femeninos, hay que bajar las expectativas, como ocurre en los libros anteriores. Son bellas damas en peligro o fuentes de información, como la señora Lyons. No quiero olvidar a la señora Barrymore, la criada de la mansión Baskerville, y a una fregona que se menciona una vez y adiós. Se puede considerar que el acierto deEl sabueso de los Baskerville reside en haber planteado un caso que no se corresponde con las bases científicas del detective, que de entrada descarta la existencia de un perro sobrenatural y lo atribuye a las mentes poco educadas y evolucionadas. En la novela hay una pelea entre la superstición y la ciencia que atrae y que, sin embargo, deja una pata sin explicar. (view spoiler)[ ¿Era real el sabueso que asesinó a Hugo Baskerville? ¿O fue la invención de uno de los herederos, para que la línea masculina de la familia se mantuviera impoluta?(hide spoiler)] Pero tiene su encanto, ya que esa parte no le concierne a Sherlock Holmes y queda a criterio del lector. El final no es el más logrado y creo que sortea, sin ninguna elegancia, el trabajo de dar explicaciones acerca del procedimiento del criminal. Me hubiera gustado algo más sólido y que existiera una respuesta. En definitiva, la novela no es innovadora pero sí entretiene y se suma con dignidad a las aventuras del detective que ya conocemos. Más allá de los problemas que me causan los personajes, todo lo demás es disfrutable y no disminuye ante mis ojos. Me encantaEl sabueso de los Baskervilleporque genera dudas en personas de ciencia gracias a una leyenda que tiene raíces en las supersticiones reales de la gente del páramo. Menos mal que al amigo de Conan Doyle se le ocurrió contar esa historia.

  • Geoff
    2019-04-27 20:54

    "Now is the dramatic moment of fate, Watson, when you hear a step upon the stairs which is walking into your life, and you know not whether for good or ill."What makes The Hound of Baskervilles not only the best Holmes novel I’ve read so far, but also the definitive gothic murder mystery, and, some argue, the greatest crime novel ever written? Following is a list of key suspects: Manor house murthers; mysterious missives; motivations as murderously murky as the mires & moors masked in mist; MOOD MOOD MOOD; ancient curses; devil dogs! Black Shuck?! delusions! derangements! dementia! creeping fog and banshee winds and knobby shadow trees; duplicitous identities; oozy muck that swallows nefarious beings like some hungry mouth of Hell; the only utterance even approaching “Elementary, my dear Watson” in the whole oeuvre; family fortunes filched by cutthroat kin; an introductory breakfast scene that embodies the entirety of the Holmes methodology applied to one walking stick that sets up the whole scenario; CREEPY FORESHADOWING; portentous portraits! etymological twists! the GENIUS DETECTIVE vs. the ECCENTRIC NOBLEMAN; the SUPERNATURAL vs. the labyrinths of REASON; the tightening net of plot whirling ever toward its fantastically suspenseful FINALE; and of course and most importantly our heroes Holmes and Watson afoot down the ghostly English country lanes of their eternally flowing, inexhaustible mythos!-- Not to mention that at the outset Mortimer utters this sublime summation of my personal feelings about Holmes himself:"It is not my intention to be fulsome, but I confess that I covet your skull."~~~~

  • Veronique
    2019-05-09 15:55

    “Presume nothing” This is one of Conan Doyle's best story, mixing mystery with eeriness. This is achieved from both setting, the moor, and writing style, Victorian, both very much in the Gothic. The Hound of the Baskerville also presents a better structure than the previous two novels, which were juxtaposed with related but ultimately distracting narrations, showing that the author honed in his writing skill.Arrogant Sherlock Holmes is once more orchestrating everything, keeping everyone, including the reader, in the dark until the last moment, which is actually a lot of fun. One can't help but try to decipher what is happening, only to be lead completely in the wrong. We always focus on the detective, but really, had it not being for Dr. Watson, and his kind and easy nature, no-one would put up with Sherlock's antics or ever want to know what goes in his head. In this instance, the duo is separated for a long time, changing the dynamics, and for once letting the doctor shine in his own right... until Sherlock steals it, of course.I had read this one before but still enjoyed it. Somehow, certain aspects are stained in your memory while others completely disappear, very much what happens when I read Agatha Christie, another favourite :O)

  • Foad
    2019-05-11 17:37

    آشنایی من با هلمز بر میگرده به کودکیم. همیشه اسمش رو شنیده بودم، بی اونکه چیزی ازش خونده باشم. دبیرستان بودم که به لطف کتابخونه ی خوب مدرسه، تازه باهاش آشنا شدم. توی دوره ی دبیرستان، دیوانه وار شیفته ی یه سری داستان ها شدم. یکی داستان های علمی تخیلی ایزاک آسیموف. یکی دیگه ماجراهای کارآگاه مشهور. وقتی میگم دیوانه وار، منظورم واقعاً دیوانه واره. با برادر کوچک ترم اداش رو در میاوردیم توی مدرسه. زنگ تفریح روی تخته سیاه طرح های مخوف میکشیدیم که ببینیم کی با دیدنشون جا میخوره و هر کس جا میخورد، معلوم بود دستش با گروه مخوف قاتل ها توی یه کاسه است!یا رد یه کفش رو توی حیاط مدرسه سانت میکردیم، میومدیم با کفش های توی جاکفشی نمازخونه مطابقت میدادیم، توی کفشی که با ردّ کفش همخوانی داشت یه تیکه پلاستیک میذاشتیم، و وقتی صاحب کفش پلاستیک رو از کفشش بیرون می انداخت، اثر انگشتش رو از روی پلاستیک بر میداشتیم!دنیایی داشتیم. دنیای واقعاً شیرینی داشتیم.

  • Adrian
    2019-05-06 13:44

    Oh I do so love Sherlock. I have read this book a few times over the years (god, I sound ancient ha ha), but I never tire of it. I have also seen (and own) any number of movie/TV versions of this story and they all bring something to the story in their different ways.It is a wonderful story featuring a "fictional" character that surely half the world knows. As G K Chesterton put it, (most) other detective stories are judged on the intricacies of the story line and the characters are secondary, Conan Doyle excelled at his characterisations, creating a truly amazing central character that is not secondary to the stories but intrinsically linked with them.As with a Miss Marple last month, it makes me want to read more Sherlocks, how on earth am I going to fit it all in this year ??