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- Reading level: Young Adult
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books (March 7, 2002)
- ISBN-10: 0141312122
- ISBN-13: 978-0141312125
- Available at Amazon / Barnes & Noble / The Book Depository
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.
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.