So far this year I've read three major works of Gothic literature, Dracula, Island of Doctor Moreau, and now, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I've discovered this is some of my favorite literature, and I'm excited to explore it further.

Stevenson's prose is engaging, and his shifting narrative voice incredible (he perhaps handles shifting narrators better than Stoker does in Dracula). The London streets are steamy, shadowy, and frightening, and Mr. Hyde is a compelling and mysterious figure. The book's central twist had little impact upon me, if only because it was spoiled by episodes of Scooby-Doo years ago, but the book fundamentally works even without the "twist" (if it can even rightly be called as such).

This is a short book, easily read in a few hours if you power through it, or read leisurely over a few days if you're more like I am. It is highly recommended nonetheless, however, as the story is engaging, contains no fluff whatsoever, and is as absolutely trim as it could possibly be. My only complaint, which may seem contradictory, is its length.

I do wish the book were longer. But the best books are always like that.

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