SHERLOCK HOLMES The Hound of the Baskervilles
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Adapted by John Green)
Cover Artist: John Green
Review by Gayle Surrette
Dover Publications Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780486785073
Date: 19 November 2014 List Price $3.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
The Hound of the Baskervilles features Sir Arthur Conan Doyle logical consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes. Holmes solves cases by logic and reason and pulls together various snippets of information until he solves the cases. In this case, there's a strong belief that there is no earthly culprit; that a curse laid on the Baskervilles is causing a demon hound to rise from the moors and kill the male members of the family. The tension of the story is whether there is indeed a supernatural force at work, or whether Holmes will be able to solve the case and lay out the concrete chain of logic that leads to a criminal.
John Green has adapted the story so that it can be told in graphic format. The artwork is such that the book is stated to be a coloring book, but the art needn't be considered that limited. While its simple black and white line drawings can be colored in by younger -- or even older reader -- in the print editions, the art does have enough depth and detail to carry some of the story for the reader.
Green manages to hit all the important detail of the original story, while simplifying the text for adaptation to graphic form. It was fun to read the story over again and ponder just how scary it must have been when it was first printed and presented to the public. This volume manages to convey some of the menace that the ambiguity of the storyline is meant impart to the reader.
Compared to what most readers find in dark mysteries or horror today this would be a great introduction to younger readers to a classic mystery tale.