The Hound of the Baskervilles is a great read overall. Oh, there's some flowery, stilted language here and there, but hey—this book was published over a hundred years ago and English writing style has changed a bit since then. But besides that, Hound is basically a plot-heavy, fast-paced mystery/adventure novel. It doesn't get bogged down (pun again intended) in description, and it keeps us interested by all of its strange, unpredictable twists and turns. This book would definitely make for relaxing vacation reading, if you're looking for something for winter or spring break.