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Dark Tales: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Dark Tales: The Hound of the Baskervilles
A Graphic Novel
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Canterbury Classics

This classic “whodunit” story with the famous Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson is now told in graphic novel format. More than 100 pages of illustrated action and adventure! Sir Charles Baskerville, master of the Baskerville estate, is found dead at the gates with a look of horror on his face. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are called in to investigate the possibility of foul play. After several false leads, they solve the mystery and reveal the truth.

Set for release March 6, 2018. Canterbury Classics catalog lists they will also be releasing additional Dark Tales graphic novels: The Call of Cthulhu: A Graphic Novel, Beauty and the Beast, and The Snow Queen.

The Hound of the Baskervilles is one of my favorite Sherlock Holmes stories. There are others that are just as good, but nothing beats a story based on a frightening legend of a hell-hound beast loose on the moor. I’ve read the story many, many times and never grow tired of it. So when I had the chance to review a graphic novel version of the same story, I was happy to read and review it. The illustrations are well done.

Complaints from other readers include the fact that the story feels rushed. I think the big portion missing is the description of the scenes. It’s really all dialogue and little else. However, the illustrations, even those without words, do well enough to convey the emotions within the scene. Not everything needs to be explained to death. The reader is smart enough to figure things out. Still, it is lacking what the original story had; however, if the reader is more of a fan of graphic novels, this is the best way to present one of the most entertaining Holmes stories written by Doyle. I’m a big fan of the author and the characters, so reading the actual story is enough for me. But if I wanted my kids to enjoy it like I did when I was a kid, I might have to introduce them to this version.

If I had a choice between electronic version or physical copy, I’d go with the physical copy. While the electronic version worked well on my computer, there’s just something more enjoyable about sitting in a chair, with a nice cup of tea and reading a paperback (or hardback) graphic novel. That would really be my only complaint. I don’t care for graphic novels in electronic format. I received a complimentary copy through Net Galley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Here are the Dark Tales graphic novels set for release in 2018:

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