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Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles

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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 ...more
Paperback, Dover Graphic Novel Classics, 48 pages
Published November 19th 2014 by Dover Publications (first published October 22nd 2009)
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Diamond
I'm a known graphic novel lover. I love the mix of a good story with brilliant illustrations. I also recently read Sherlock Holmes for the first time, and loved it. So I was eager to read this form of The Hound of the Baskervilles when I saw it, because hello, graphic novel! I figured the amazing drawings could make a great story even greater. Unfortunately, for me this whole thing fell short in pretty much all the ways it matters.

*The Text - The text was EXTREMELY simplified. Something was lost
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Natalie
Dec 04, 2014 Natalie rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received this book from net-galley in exchange for my honest review.

Not only is this graphic novel based on the most recognisable englishman in fiction but also "consists" of the most famous tale of the character in question. The character, if you haven't read the title already, is Mr Sherlock Holmes and this story is basically a quick summary of the Hound of the Baskervilles! (With pictures)

There is not much to say if you haven't already known about the mystery of a ghostly devilish hound t
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Abhinav
Nov 25, 2014 Abhinav rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for this book. John Green's art is bold and very clear. This abridged version is fast and does not disappoint the expectations of a reader of classics. Makes for a wonderful breezy read. Kids are sure to love this book. Some meetings and events crop up so abruptly that it disappoints the reader at times while trying to follow the thread of the story.
Andrew
Sep 07, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. I decided to read this book because I watch a lot of murder mysteries on the television and I thought that it would be a good book.
2.This book will go into the classics section because it was written in 1902 and is one of the oldest books I know.
3.The character I thought was most interesting was Sherlock Holmes because he is a extremely smart man and figured out the murderer from a few little clues and was able to think of a plan that could firstly kill the beast and also find who was sending
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Lou
Nov 10, 2014 Lou rated it really liked it
I’m a huge Sherlock fan. I think that The hound of the Baskervilles is one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most difficult story to make a comic. There are multiples mysteries that happen in the same time, and honestly I’m really glad with this comic.

It’s a great adaptation and captures the best of the story without change it –wich I think is important- and also is a funny and captivating reading.

Although I’d like to see it with colours, I think that the art is pretty good and I definitely recommend
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Stories
Jul 04, 2015 Stories rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stelle
I love Sherlock Holmes and his world! Everything about him is so... brilliant! Yes, this is probably the right word.
Even if "The Hound of The Baskervilles" isn't my favourite novel, I really liked this adaptation. This graphic novel is faithful to the one written by Arthur Conan Doyle.
The images are amazing!
A really interesting read!
siobhan Quinlan
I got this from the publisher on netgalley.
I knew this story of Sherlock holmes so was excited to read this. The art work was fantastic and I am hopeing to get my hands on a physical copy as i only had it on my kindle
Karla Feldstein
Nov 07, 2014 Karla Feldstein rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-books
It's more like a 4.5. My only complaint is that I wish it was in color. It was quite easy to follow along with. I really enjoyed it.
Elizabeth Joseph
I enjoyed this one and is getting hooked to graphic books. I liked the B &W drawings, but would have liked a little more shades of white/black/grey to emphasize few things
Ian Wood
Oct 25, 2014 Ian Wood rated it it was amazing
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
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Charlie (NJBiblio)
Note: I took the approach of reviewing this title looking at it for what it is, an abridged graphic novel version of the classic Sherlock Holmes story meant for children. As a result, I don't address Doyle's story, but rather the abridgment, artwork, layout, and effectiveness of this work as a graphic novel.

I wanted to like this one, I really did. I am a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles, and I have always loved Dover Publication's approach to the classics and they wa
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Lynne
May 25, 2015 Lynne rated it it was ok
Final Verdict: An interesting take on the classic story, but ultimately failing to make a connection with the audience.

Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles follows the plot of the original story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In this adventure the famed detective Sherlock Holmes and his friend and occasional assistant Dr. John Watson head to the Devonshire moors to try and investigate a family curse and try and save the last Baskerville heir from a hound-like beast.

For as short as this ada
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Olgia
Sep 11, 2014 Olgia rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I received this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way changes my opinion of the book.

As I'm sure you already know, graphic novel adaptations are usually nothing compared to the real thing. This was the case with this read. I did like it as an individual graphic novel though, the drawings were done well and I enjoyed the images.

The plot of this graphic novel is the same as the plot of the original book (which I haven't read...) if you didn't know. It has just be
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Charlie
Nov 05, 2014 Charlie rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Mysterylovers and Sherlock Holmes fans
A hound is roaming around Baskerville Hall and it's attacking people. Holmes and Watson are going to investigate this seemingly centuries-old family curse.

Review

I never really read graphic novels, only mangas. It's only 48 pages and this I found to be quite refreshing from the long books I usually read.

Simple black-white illustrations, but they told the story wonderfully.

They changed the dialogue, but I still recognised Holmes and Watson in their distinct voices.

The other characters don't have
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Laura
May 21, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
I received a digital copy of this book for review through NetGalley
The story of the Hound of the Baskervilles is one that I have loved for many years, I first began reading Sherlock Holmes stories late in Primary School and it has been a series that I have loved ever since. The BBC television adaptation of the books made my love grow even more so when I saw this book was available on NetGalley I leapt at the chance to download it.
In this graphic novel the story itself is abridged which makes i
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Wayne McCoy
Nov 20, 2014 Wayne McCoy rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles (Dover Graphic Novel Classics)' takes me back to the classic comics of my youth. It's a pretty good adaptation.

Certainly, the nuances of a story are lost in such a distilled form, but John Green's adaptation does a good job of hitting on the main point. The book is drawn in black and white, so as to also double as a coloring book. The art has thick lines and there were quite a few times when I wanted to break out the colored pencils and start addin
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D
Sep 23, 2014 D rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I got my review copy from Netgalley.

This graphic novel is quite short, and each panel is packed with information. The art is excellent and clear, making it easy to understand what is going on in each panel. The story was easy to follow, thought it felt the story was being told more than shown to the reader.

My recommendation is that this graphic novel be given color and, if possible, there should be a few 'silent' panels added. As I was reading, there were a few panels which had expository text
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Jessie H.
Dec 30, 2014 Jessie H. rated it really liked it
I'm a huge Sherlock Holmes fan. He is one of my favorite literary characters ever. So I jumped at the chance to read this graphic novel. It was fun and I think it will help the younger generation get into reading the collection of Sherlock stories.

It took one of my favorite Sherlock stories, Hound of the Baskervilles, and turned it into a graphic novel. The illustrations were nice, but they are definitely not my favorite. Although, if I had a physical copy I would probably color them myself. Th
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Chris Lawson
Sep 04, 2014 Chris Lawson rated it it was amazing
"THE HOUND! COME, WATSON, COME!"

A fun way to introduce kids to the exciting world of Sherlock Holmes. The illustrations are very well done, and make the whole book a lot of fun to read. The characters are portrayed in the classical fashion--Watson in a tweed coat, and Holmes with pipe in hand in almost every scene. The dialogue must necessarily be shortened to fit this smaller volume, but the key conversations are preserved nicely.

The illustrations are in monochrome for a reason--so that young r
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Odette Cortés
Sep 16, 2014 Odette Cortés rated it liked it
I am a huge Sherlock Holmes fan and having the opportunity to read a comic book adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles made me very happy.

There are some things I wished this adaptation had: color is the first one to come to mind. The black and white style is too simple for my taste. When reading a black and white comic book (or manga) I like a more profuse style and everything looked to neat and tidy, and very simple. I wish the illustrations had more personality.

The story has been heavily
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Katie
Dec 20, 2014 Katie rated it really liked it
Advance copy provided for review by publisher through Net Galley.

I already know students I am excited to recommend this title to. Hounds of the Baskervilles is a great text to begin with. The graphic novel format helps to make it more accessible. It is an easy enough read for young readers, but engaging enough for readers of all ages. Understand that it is not the original text, but I feel that very little was lost in the adaptation.

Color images would have been nice, but on the other hand, I app
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Robert Zimmermann
Oct 19, 2014 Robert Zimmermann rated it liked it
This was an interesting way to read this iconic Sherlock Holmes case. The illustrations worked well to bring the narrative to life, especially with the nature of abridgement making it difficult to get details into a story. A little more attention to word bubble (is that the technical term for them?) placement would have improved the reading experience a little bit, especially for younger readers. A few panels had a third, "off-screen" character talking, but the placement made it seem like one ...more
Marisa
Feb 05, 2015 Marisa rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
This was a graphic novel that I believe had good potential, but I was disappointed. It is certainly difficult to adapt a full-length novel into a graphic novel without losing significant aspects, but that was not my complaint. The story-telling was well done, but the artwork was lackluster to me. Many of the characters looked as though their face had been copy/pasted throughout every panel. I found this absence of facial expression and variety disconcerting. If this aspect of the artwork is ...more
Julia Nashif
Well, that went by quickly.

Thank you, NetGalley and Dover Publications, for this free book to review!

Apparently, this is not only a graphic novel, but also a coloring book. I wish I had a print copy! The art was awesome, especially with Sherlock; not so much Lestrade. I will forever picture him as Rupert Graves. To each his own, I guess.

The story itself is extremely abridged. While that might make it appealing to younger readers, I was kind of annoyed at how Sir Henry's love for Mrs. Stapleton w
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Aleece
Unfortunately this just didn't stand out at all to me and while it is an abridged version it lacks fluidity that carries readers throughout a book. The illustrations were well done but the lack of shading and any strong facial emotions really left the reader feeling blah while reading this. Graphic novels are supposed to tell stories with the pictures equally with the text and the purpose is to carry the reader throughout the book without having to be too text heavy however I felt that there ...more
Theediscerning
Oct 26, 2014 Theediscerning rated it really liked it
Apart from someone feeling as they're in a dime novel this is a very honest-seeming rewrite of the original novel. On the whole dialogue is snappy but reads as of the source, and the captions (while sometimes deserving to be in other places than where they are – say they're at the bottom of a picture when in the middle of two would have served better) aid legibility. It's serving the story much better to have it branded as a Graphic Classic as opposed to a colour-it-in-yourself book, and while ...more
Elle Markov
Dec 04, 2014 Elle Markov rated it really liked it
The great detective Sherlock Holmes and his partner Dr. John Watson are introduced to a younger generation in theses 46 pages. The story is short and a quick read perfect for kids looking for a different kind of graphic novel.

In this adventure Holmes and Watson investigate a mysterious death and a curse. Unlike the Sherlocks we all know and love from TV (Elementary and Sherlock), this Sherlock is not rude and condescending.

I did feel the story was a bit rushed and over explained every pane, but
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Jana
May 16, 2016 Jana rated it really liked it
I received a free copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is adapted from one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous Sherlock Holmes stories. I have read the original book and really enjoyed it as I enjoyed all Sherlock Holmes stories I have read so far. This graphic novel had brilliant illustrations to go with the text. I think one of the things that are so great about these graphic novels is that people who are repulsed by classics because of the length
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Sherrie
Sep 18, 2014 Sherrie rated it really liked it
I received a copy of Sherlock Holmes The Hound of the Baskervilles through Net Galley and Dover Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review. This graphic novel is a fresh take on a classic whodunit with simple but striking ink drawings that capture the somber mood of the book. The book targets a younger audience and offers a great way for middle schoolers to be exposed to the classics without being overwhelmed. This format captures the meat of the story and provides a perfect ...more
Melissa
I realize that this is targeted for the 8-years-old and up crowd, but I found it so extremely abridged and watered down that it lost all of its original charm. Having read the original, I was vastly disappointed. There was no time to build up the suspense; there was no time to get to know the characters - and all of the intertwining relationships were just laid out quickly without any of the intrigue that leads to the (now not-so-) big reveal at the end. I also don't know why they left it in ...more
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