Classics Challenge 2009 Guidelines

Trish is hosting the Classics Challenge 2009. She has posted a list of classic books including some possible future classics. (Future classics - is that a paradox or what?) in this site.

Choose Your Level
1. Classics Snack - Read FOUR classics

2. Classics Entree - Read FIVE classics

3. Classics Feast - Read SIX classics

1. Cross-posting with other challenges is allowed (and encouraged!)

2. Audiobooks are fine

3. Re-reads are acceptable, BUT books must be finished after April 1st to count for the challenge

4. Lists don't have to be set in stone; you can change your selections at any time.

5. Have fun!!

6. You do NOT need a blog to participate.

To sign up and for more information, go here. The challenge runs from April to October, 2009. Come join the fun!

My Choices for the Classics Challenge

I've decided to do the Classics Feast.

1. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.

2. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

4. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

5. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

6. Sherlock Holmes: Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Bonus: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Friday, June 12, 2009

Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Publisher: Signet Classics
Pub. Date: July 10, 2001
ISBN-13: 978-0451528018
Pages: 256
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary: The Hound of the Baskervilles is a murder-mystery story that will keep the readers on the edge. Detective Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick, Dr. Watson investigate the mysterious death of Sir Charles Baskerville, the owner of the Baskerville Manor. The manor is plagued by the legend of a giant hound (hence the title of the book) who killed the manor's previous owners including Sir Charles. The Baskerville Manor is inherited by Sir Henry Baskerville, Charles' nephew. Upon his arrival in England from Canada, Sir Henry is immediately greeted by baffling events and is warned to leave Baskerville Manor. Will Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson be able to protect Sir Henry? Or will he fall into the fangs of the grotesque hound?

Review: This book kept me in suspense the whole time I read it. The story was told in Dr. Watson's point of view so it was limited. I thought it was fitting though since it added the excitement of the guessing game of "Whodunit?". Dr. Watson's reports were so detailed that I felt like I was trying to solve the mystery with him and Sherlock Holmes.

Although Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used simple words, his descriptions of the lonely, dark moors brought me to the scenes of the story. I could almost hear the howls of the giant hound which made the hairs from the back of my neck rise. Truly bone-chilling!

The story has plenty of twists so it was truly enjoyable.

Recommendation: Excellent book if you are looking for something quick and easy to read and especially if you love suspense and mystery.

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