Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Review: SHERLOCK HOLMES The Hound of the Baskervilles (Dover Graphic Novel Classics) by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


SUMMARY FROM NETGALLEY.COM:
The intrepid detective and his faithful assistant take on a supernatural challenge in one of Arthur Conan Doyle's most popular mysteries. This graphic novel's original illustrations accompany an easy-to-read account of Holmes and Watson's investigation of a family curse. Readers will be irresistibly drawn into the search for a giant spectral hound that haunts the fog-shrouded moors.
This Dover Graphic Novel Classic offers readers ages 8 and up an exciting introduction to a time-honored tale. Expertly abridged and packed with dramatic illustrations, this version offers a streamlined narrative that retains all of the storytelling essentials.

MY TAKE:
I'm a Sherlock Holmes fan so I'm always eager to read adaptations and any sort of material about Sherlock Holmes.

SHERLOCK HOLMES The Hound of the Baskervilles is the abridged version of the Sherlock Holmes story The Hound of the Baskervilles. The story is recreated in graphic novel form so it reads like a comic book.

As you can see from the cover image, the book isn't colored in. There's a note in the book saying "The evocative illustrations enable colorists to vividly bring this compelling story to life by using crayons, colored pencils or markers." If you're the type who likes coloring in picture books, or if graphic novels or comics never seem to be to your liking, then you'll probably enjoy reading and coloring in this book.

Personally, I like seeing what the colorists do. I don't know if it's because the novel was just in black and white but the illustration style wasn't my style at all. Perhaps I would have liked it more if it were in color.

The Hound of the Baskervilles was the first Sherlock Holmes story I ever read so I already knew how the story would turn out. Obviously, descriptions are richer and emotions are clearer in the original, but this book is still true to the original, and since it's a graphic novel, it's easy to see what is happening.

Thanks to NetGalley and Dover Publications for the e-ARC.

THE GOOD:

  1. All the important elements of the story are present.
  2. It's easy to follow the story.
  3. You can decide for yourself how you would like to color in the characters and settings.

THE BAD:

  1. The lack of color feels noticeable. 

FAVORITE QUOTE/S:
We are both men of science, doctor. This is nought but a fairy tale.
READ IT IF:

  1. You want to introduce your child to Sherlock Holmes.
  2. Your child prefers coloring books to actual novels.
  3. Your child likes reading comic books. 

RATING:
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