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The Captain of the Polestar

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Book Overview: 

This is a collection of early Sir Arthur Conan Doyle short stories. It includes stories of mystery, comedy, shipwrecks and fantasy.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . murderer was still at large, though, of course, the police had every reason to expect his speedy capture. Certainly the incident seems to support Harton's theory, though it may be a mere whim of Gorings, or, as I suggested to Harton, he may be collecting materials for a book which shall outvie De Quincey. In any case it is no business of ours.

October 27, 28.—Wind still fair, and we are making good progress. Strange how easily a human unit may drop out of its place and be forgotten! Tibbs is hardly ever mentioned now; Hyson has taken possession of his cabin, and all goes on as before. Were it not for Mrs. Tibbs's sewing-machine upon a side-table we might forget that the unfortunate family had ever existed. Another accident occurred on board to-day, though fortunately not a very serious one. One of our white hands had gone down the afterhold to fetch up a spare coil of rope, when one of the hatches which he had removed came crashing down on the top of hi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A great effort on part of the Ash Tree Press to remind us about the story-telling abilities of ACD that often get overshadowed by our preoccupation with Sherlock Holmes. The stories are great, and the Kindle edition is very-very pocket-friendly.

It felt like this had too long of a buildup. Is it a ghost story or is it about the descent into madness of a sea captain. The story is related in the form of a journal written by the ship's physician.
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Arthur Conan Doyle es conocido por el personaje de Sherlock Holmes sin embargo también es un autor bueno de terror. Este relato es una historia paranormal de amor.

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I like most things written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and some of the stories in this collection are good ones. The title story, "The Captain of the Polestar" I've read several times over the years, and for some reason it always bothers me. Essentially, the Captain of the fishing boat, Polestar, goe

As this is a book of short stories, and as my memory is shorter still, I shall review as I go.

The Captain of the Pole-Star: I like a setting in the frozen polar regions - and shades of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley haunt these environs. The story is told in the form of a journal by a young ship's doc

Interesting and well written, but rather bland. I loved the atmosphere and the build-up - I just think this would have been better in a longer format where the characters could be developed a little more. There just seems to be something missing.

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Why I Read This Book:
Arthur Conan Doyle is an amazing author, and I'm rarely disappointed with any of his books.

Synopsis of the Book:
The story is written as the journal of a ships doctor. They have travelled North on a fishing expedition. The fishing is poor this par

A mixed bag of short stories from Conan Doyle. I nearly gave up on this after the first two. The title piece is a very average ghost story. It’s not terrible but I found it devoid of any tension or excitement. The second story had a very dated racial theme. I’m not normally one to judge 19th century

Very good story collection (without Sherlock Holmes) with a variety of genres represented. Most stories I'd rate 4 or 4.5 stars, but even the least favorite (mainly the humorous ones) were well written. Worth reading.

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