Join the world of "Artemis Fowl", the number one bestseller by Eoin Colfer. Rumour has it Artemis Fowl is responsible for every major crime of the new century. Just twelve years old and already he's a criminal genius, plotting to restore his family's fortune with a spot of corruption and kidnapping. Kidnapping a fairy for ransom, to be precise. ...
Join the world of "Artemis Fowl", the number one bestseller by Eoin Colfer. Rumour has it Artemis Fowl is responsible for every major crime of the new century. Just twelve years old and already he's a criminal genius, plotting to restore his family's fortune with a spot of corruption and kidnapping. Kidnapping a fairy for ransom, to be precise. Artemis Fowl has discovered a world below ground of armed and dangerous - and extremely high-tech - fairies. But he may have underestimated their powers. They will fight back. Is the boy about to trigger a cross-species war? Let the misadventure begin. "Fast-paced, tongue in cheek ...laugh-out-loud". ("Sunday Times"). "A huge hit". ("The Guardian"). "Artemis is a brilliant creation". (Anthony Horowitz). Winner of the WHSmith Children's Book of the Year Award and Children's Book of the Year at the Children's Book Awards. It is shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award. Eoin Colfer was born and raised in Wexford in the south-east of Ireland. He began writing plays at an early age and, as an adult, continued to write. "Artemis Fowl", his first book featuring the brilliant young anti-hero, was an immediate international bestseller and won several prestigious awards.
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Eoin Colfer is a fluent and cheerful author. One of those authors who makes wild imagination look effortless. Outside of a few central characters, his "people" are somewhat shallow, constantly bickering, and always doing the wrong thing. The stories go fast, with guaranteed cliff hangars at every turn. They are clean-cut adolescent fun with a small sprinkling of fantasy gore. Having said all that, these are wonderful kids books. Artemis and his butler, Butler, have a set of satisfying, complementary powers. The wonderful set of type-A fairies is worth the price of admission, as is the brainy character in the control room. Mulch Diggums alone is one of the coolest minor characters in all of kid-lit. And, your kid. like our family dog, probably shares at least one of Mulch's super powers.
Jun 30, 2011
I Loved This Refreshing New Series
I really liked listening to this fast-paced and funny audiobook. To me, the story was original and fun, and has me looking for more in the series, (even though it?s for ages 9-13.) I?m very curious to find out what the author did with Douglas Adams?s ?The Hitchhiker?s Guide to the Galaxy? series, but that will have to wait for another time. I liked the refreshing change from the main character learning about the fantastical beasts and lore to already knowing all about them. In this book, the mystical and fantastical must learn about the main character, Artemis Fowl. Also, the modern criminal element was exciting and I loved the narrator?s accents. He did a brilliant job. There was just enough emotion in the story to keep in the reader?s/listener?s mind that he is a 12 year old human boy, and not just a greedy, calculating, criminal genius.
Nov 20, 2007
Good start to a great series
Artemis Fowl is incredibly lovable for a twelve year old genius criminal mastermind. Colfer's imaginary fairy world is almost as much fun. Put the two together, and pure entertainment is born. I was rolling on the floor laughing the whole way through. Successive books in the series only get better as the series moves along.
Jul 30, 2007
A curiously intriguing story. You can't help but love Artemis, even if he is a genius criminal mastermind! His daring scheme is breathtaking in its audacity. Everything about this story is enchanting and exciting. It is worth reading again and again!
Jul 2, 2007
Wizardly Muggle Boy
Move out of the way Harry ... here comes Artemis Fowl! The first one in a series, this is one book for juveniles that gives true value for money. Easily placed with literature written by Roald Dahl and even Mark Twain, this is a wonderful tale of a 12 years old genius and his adventures with Fairy-folk. Capturing an elf, outwitting the higher-beings and getting his hands on leperchaun gold are just the beginning of his amazing feats.
Eoin Colfer is truly a genius and this is his masterpiece.
Publishers Weekly, 2001-04-09 Colfer's (Benny and Omar) crime caper fantasy, the first in a series, starts off with a slam-bang premise: anti-hero Artemis Fowl is a boy-genius last in line of a legendary crime family teetering on the brink of destruction. With the assistance of his bodyguard, Butler, he masterminds his plan to regain the Fowls' former glory: capture a fairy and hold her ransom for the legendary fairy gold. However, his feisty mark, Holly, turns out to be a member of the "LEPrecon, an elite branch of the Lower Elements Police," so a wisecracking team of satyrs, trolls, dwarfs and fellow fairies set out to rescue her. Despite numerous clever gadgets and an innovative take on traditional fairy lore, the author falls short of the bar. The rapid-fire dialogue may work as a screenplay with the aid of visual effects (a film is due out from Talk/Miramax in 2002) but, on the page, it often falls flat. The narrative hops from character to character, so readers intrigued by Artemis's wily, autocratic personality have to kill a good deal of time with the relatively bland Holly and her cohorts, and the villain/hero anticlimactically achieves his final escape by popping some sleeping pills (it renders him invulnerable to the fairy time-stop). Technology buffs may appreciate the imaginative fairy-world inventions and action-lovers will get some kicks, but the series is no classic in the making. Ages 12-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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