Book Review : Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl (Paperback) by Eoin Colfer

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Twelve-year-old Artemis is a millionaire, a genius and above all, a criminal mastermind. But Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories -- they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.
Artemis Fowl is a prodigious 12-year-old kid who has a mindset which is different from others. Because, you see, he's a criminal mastermind. (Boy, I love his name! It's sounds evil.) In an attempt to restore his family's fortune, Artemis concocts a cunning plan to hold a LEPrecon Unit Captain, Holly Short for ransom.

At first, I was intrigued by the idea of "criminal mastermind", and I wanted to know what was he actually planning to steal. The first two chapters were quite interesting - Artemis and Butler (Artemis' Giant-sized bodyguard) went to Ho Chi Minh City to get a copy of "The Book" which contains fairy secrets from a drunken sprite.

BUT, even though many are raving about how good this book is, I couldn't convince myself to actually like the scenes in which the fey people and their high-tech gadgets were spotlighted. Those things were just not my stuff.

In a nutshell, the story has an interesting premise, and I did enjoy reading it. But, as mentioned above, no trolls, leprechauns, faeries / super-advance gadgets for me. I'm sorry but I couldn't relate to how they look like. Blame my poor imagination for that! I'd recommend this book to those who enjoy adventures, ingenious plots and super gadgets.

Rating: 3
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Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) is the New York Times best-selling author
of the blockbuster Artemis Fowl series as well as Airman; Half Moon
Investigations; The Supernaturalist; Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books;
The Wish List; Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He was born in
Wexford on the southeast coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four
brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher,
historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first
developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with
gripping Viking stories inspired by history that he was learning in
school at the time.

3 creative remarks:

FairyWhispers said...

I think 'Artemis' is actually a name of one of the female greek gods.

Aik said...

Yes, you're right. Artemis was the goddess of hunting, healing, killing, childbirth, and the moon. She was the daughter of Zeus and Leto.

vvb32 reads said...

i love this series and how it progresses.

btw: i just awarded you