I was charmed and thrilled and had a great deal of fun reading the Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle! I threw myself into the story and the Victorian-ness of it all, totally willing to be taken on a ride — it was nice not thinking too much for a change! I enjoyed being surprised, getting tricked, and most of all, experiencing the Divine Mr. Sherlock Holmes!
Speaking of — some of the readers over at Unputdownables had a real problem with Holmes not being a nice person. So much so that it impacted their enjoyment of the story. My take on it was that he was not spiteful, but rather oblivious. These things (which can be insensitive and exasperating) just come out of this mouth! It’s like he doesn’t have the censor most of us have (and which may even be the thing that helps him be such an innovative thinker!). Rather than limit the enjoyment of the story, it actually enhanced the story for me — the friction between Holmes and Watson (or should I say Watson’s reactions to Holmes) is one of the joys of reading these stories! The other is watching Holmes’ brain work. It fills me with glee to read about how he puts things together, and notices details that the average person would miss.
Holmes, I like you just the way you are. I definitely see more Sherlock Holmes stories in my future.
(Illustration by Matt Blease. The article it illustrates about Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes is a good read!)