Sunday, November 7, 2010

(Book #36) - Arthur Conan Doyle - The Hound of the Baskervilles

Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes mystery 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' was another book that I read via an application on my cell phone. The portability of this medium allows for flexibility in reading time but is still noticeably less tactile than a physical book. That being said, reading this one was an enjoyable story and gave me a taste of what a legitimate Sherlock Holmes mystery is like (this is the only one I have read). As one can probably expect, there is not much in terms of action in these stories until the climax towards the end, but there is a whole lot of talking and description of the thoughts that are going on in the heads of the protagonists, Holmes and Watson. They are the reader's constant and truly the only characters that can ever be trusted. The structure of this particular story was done in relatively creative ways, which were a surprise to me, knowing the period in which these were written over a century ago. This unique feel is probably why the Sherlock Holmes stories were set apart from many other detective mysteries of its time and is still drawn upon to this day as a source of inspiration. There are many movies, and also detective (or surly doctor) dramas on television, that owe a great deal to the structure, pacing and characters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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