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Artemis Fowl 12, rich genius guarded by only friend Butler, wants back dad lost in Russia, and mum lost in daydreams. For leprechaun gold, he kidnaps Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance Unit. But Commander Root has centaur Foaly's high tech, dwarf Mulch Diggums, time-stop bubble, fatal bio-bomb, and willingness to break rules.


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Artemis Fowl 12, rich genius guarded by only friend Butler, wants back dad lost in Russia, and mum lost in daydreams. For leprechaun gold, he kidnaps Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance Unit. But Commander Root has centaur Foaly's high tech, dwarf Mulch Diggums, time-stop bubble, fatal bio-bomb, and willingness to break rules.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Percy

    i managed to decipher the code written below the book so for those who are interested...read on: THE PROPHECIES OF OHM PHLEGM POT CLEANER TO FROND ELFEN KING: I AM OHM PHLEGM POT CLEANER TO THE KING. BUT I AM MUCH MORE THAN THAT FOR I SEE THE FUTURE WRITTEN IN THE PHLEGM. FOR CENTURIES, WE PIXIES HAVE READ THE PHLEGM, BUT I AM THE BEST THERE HAS EVER BEEN. MY VISIONS ARE GENERALLY OF LITTLE IMPORTANCE. I FORETELL OUTBREAKS OF TROLL POX OR GAS SPASMS AMONG ELDERLY DWARFS. BUT SOMETIMES EVEN A POOR i managed to decipher the code written below the book so for those who are interested...read on: THE PROPHECIES OF OHM PHLEGM POT CLEANER TO FROND ELFEN KING: I AM OHM PHLEGM POT CLEANER TO THE KING. BUT I AM MUCH MORE THAN THAT FOR I SEE THE FUTURE WRITTEN IN THE PHLEGM. FOR CENTURIES, WE PIXIES HAVE READ THE PHLEGM, BUT I AM THE BEST THERE HAS EVER BEEN. MY VISIONS ARE GENERALLY OF LITTLE IMPORTANCE. I FORETELL OUTBREAKS OF TROLL POX OR GAS SPASMS AMONG ELDERLY DWARFS. BUT SOMETIMES EVEN A POOR POT CLEANER CAN SEE WONDROUS THINGS. A VISION CAME TO ME TWO MOONS AGO, WHEN I WAS GAZING DEEP INTO HIS MAJESTY’S OWN PHLEGM POT. I WAS HEATING THE POT OVER A FLAME WHEN THE SIGN APPEARED. THIS VISION WAS MORE VIVID AND DETAILED THAN ANY I HAD PREVIOUSLY SEEN. BECAUSE OF ITS IMPORTANCE, I DECIDED TO WRITE IT DOWN FOR POSTERITY. AND SO I CAN SAY I TOLD YOU SO. I SAW AN AGE WHEN THE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DRIVEN UNDERGROUND BY THE MUD MEN. THIS IS WHAT THE PHLEGM TOLD ME: IN THIS TIME, ONE SHALL COME AMONG US. FOWL BY NAME AND FOUL BY NATURE. A MUD MAN UNLIKE ANY OTHER. HE SHALL LEARN OUR SECRETS AND USE THEM AGAINST US. I SEE HIM NOW AS PLAIN AS DAY. HIS FACE IS PALE, HE HAS DARK EYES AND RAVEN HAIR. YET IT MUST BE A MISTAKE FOR HE SEEMS A MERE YOUTH. SURELY NO MUD BOY COULD OUTWIT THE PEOPLE. BUT NOW I SEE THAT THE BOY IS NOT ALONE. HE IS AIDED BY A FORMIDABLE WARRIOR SCARRED FROM A THOUSAND BATTLES. THIS FOWL SHALL HOLD THE PEOPLE TO RANSOM FOR THEIR MOST PRECIOUS POSSESSION. GOLD. AND IN SPITE OF ALL OUR MAGIC, THERE IS A CHANCE THAT HE WILL PREVAIL. FOR HE HAS DISCOVERED HOW TO ESCAPE THE TIME FIELD, UNFORTUNATELY, HOW THE STORY ENDS I CANNOT SAY. BUT THERE WAS MORE TO SEE. THERE IS ANOTHER STORY TO COME, SOMEONE WILL BRING THE PEOPLE AND MUD MEN TOGETHER. THE WORST OF BOTH RACES. THIS: FAIRYS’ GOAL IS TO GRIND ALL THE CREATURES OF THE EARTH BENEATH HIS BOOT. AND WHO IS THIS TRAITOR, IT IS NOT CLEAR. BUT HE SHALL START A WAR UNLIKE ANYTHING THE PEOPLE HAVE EVER SEEN. THOSE WHO WERE ENEMIES SHALL BE UNITED AGAINST HIM. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME THERE WILL BE MUD MEN BELOW GROUND. I HAVE ONE CLUE TO HIS IDENTITY, A RIDDLE: GOBLINS SHALL RISE AND HAVEN SHALL FALL, A VILLAINOUS ELF IS BEHIND IT ALL TO FIND THE ONE WHO SO DISAPPOINTS LOOK YE TO WHERE THE FINGER POINTS. INSTEAD OF ONE FACE THIS ELF HAS TWO. BOTH SPEAK FALSE AND NONE SPEAK TRUE. WHILE PUBLICLY HE LENDS A HELPING HAND, HIS TRUE AIM IS TO SEIZE COMMAND. I KNOW IT’S NOT VERY PLAIN IS IT I DON’T UNDERSTAND EITHER. BUT PERHAPS IN THE FUTURE ALL WILL BECOME CLEAR. LOOK FOR A POWER HUNGRY ELF WHO HAS A FINGER POINTED TO HIM DURING OUR TALE. AND SO THIS IS OHM’S LEGACY. A WARNING THAT MAY SAVE THE WORLD FROM TOTAL DESTRUCTION. THERE’S NOT MUCH TO WORK WITH I KNOW. THE DETAILS ARE A BIT SKETCHY. MY ADVICE TO YOU IS TO CONSULT THE PHLEGM. IT MAY BE THAT YOU ARE SENSITIVE. I HAVE BURIED THIS PROPHECY WITH MY PHLEGM POT. IF YOU ARE NOT FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO WORK AS A POT CLEANER, THEN THERE IS USUALLY A SUPPLY OF PHLEGM EVERY TIME YOU HAVE A COLD. HERE END ETH THE FIRST PROPHECIES OF OHM. BUT BECAUSE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF MY VISIONS, I SHALL REPEAT THE PROPHECIES ONCE MORE. IF YOU HAVE JUST BEGUN TO UNDERSTAND THE TEXT THEN READ ON. IF YOU HAVE WORKED OUT THE ENTIRE MESSAGE THEN CONGRATULATIONS. NOW GO AND SAVE THE WORLD. this was written in the book at least 3 times.

  2. 3 out of 5

    Jayson

    (A-) 81% | Very Good Notes: Ironically, it's the supernatural characters that follow familiar archetypes, while the humans are strange and atypical.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Crew

    I had heard some mothers in a bookstore talking about Artemis Fowl and how good it was, so I finally gave in and bought the first book. Summary: Artemis Fowl is a child genius/billionaire/criminal mastermind who has discovered that fairies (and the like) are real and is seeking to exploit them. He does this by kidnapping a LEPrecon (for Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance). The Lower Elements live underground, having been driven there by the Mud People (or humans). I decided that the book was n I had heard some mothers in a bookstore talking about Artemis Fowl and how good it was, so I finally gave in and bought the first book. Summary: Artemis Fowl is a child genius/billionaire/criminal mastermind who has discovered that fairies (and the like) are real and is seeking to exploit them. He does this by kidnapping a LEPrecon (for Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance). The Lower Elements live underground, having been driven there by the Mud People (or humans). I decided that the book was not good in the first few pages. The writing is not up to par. Some of the dialogue seems like it came from two six-year-olds arguing about whose laser gun was better, when in fact all they have are cheap squirt guns. A child’s imagination is an amazing thing, but the words they use to describe their imagination is quite another. In addition to the bad writing and dialogue, the plot is also poorly structured. But what makes me really angry about this book is the attempt to brainwash kids through literature. I am not opposed to teaching children morals and values through stories, in fact that is the way it has been done for centuries, but this book goes above and beyond what is acceptable. The author, Eoin Colfer, is trying to teach children to take care of the environment by contrasting fairy society with human society. However, in attempting this, he shows his repulsion of not just pollution but of the whole human race. Keep in mind that Mud People is the Fairy term for human being, which seems to be slur in and of itself. Let me share some passages with you: If the Mud People knew [about leprechauns] they’d probably take steps to stamp them out. Pg. 33 Mud People bred like rodents. Pg. 50 The Mud People destroyed everything they came in contact with. Pg. 50 The only good thing about going to the toilet was the minerals being returned to the earth, but the Mud People had even managed to botch that up by treating the …stuff…with bottles of blue chemicals. Pg. 50 She could see the pollution in [the dolphins], bleaching their skin white and giving them red sores on their backs. And although she smiled, her heart was breaking. Mud People had a lot to answer for. Pg. 68 The smell of death and pain lingered in the blood-swabbed decks. Many noble creatures had died here, died and been dissected for a few bars of soap and some heating oil. Humans were such barbarians. Pg. 105 The Mud People had greased the hinges [of the whaling boat] with whale blubber. Was there no end to their depravity. Pg. 106 Mud People have been stealing from us for millennia. Why do you think we live underground? Pg. 120 …unless the Mud People had learned to coexist with other species. And if history had taught any lessons it was that humans couldn’t get along with anyone, even themselves. Pg. 125 “…I’d say there was some human blood in you.” In describing a fairy who was a little trigger happy. Then later, he apologized because, "it had been a deeply offensive insult." Pg. 128 No one built weapons of cruelty like the Mud Men. Pg. 265 Sorry, there were quite a few. It just makes me angry to see someone be this repulsed by their own species. I recognize that the types of humans described in the above passages do in fact exist, but not all humans are like that, and we are getting better. But you know what I would like to do now, I would like to debate Mr. Colfer’s accusations on humanity using the fairy world he created for her book. First of all, let me share with you the basic history of human-fairy relations, according to Colfer. Fairies apparently descended from Pterodactyls, and lived peacefully on earth for many millennia until the humans evolved. The fairies called these humans, Mud People, because they lived in the mud. The humans apparently could not help but try and kill the fairies. Instead of fighting, the fairies withdrew underground, and it is there that they have lived for many centuries. Going deeper and deeper as we humans mine more and more. The fairies only return to the surface to replenish their magic. Now, answer me this, if you care about something, would you fight for it or would you hide? I would fight for it, and it seems that the fairies would too. That is the basis for the plot of the book, but for some reason, the fairy race has decided too hide, while these cruel humans destroy the earth that they care about so much. But who even says that we would have to fight. All we know is that they are not fighting. So, we can’t change that. These fairies complain about our destruction and pollution of earth. However, the main fairy in the book at one point uses wings (they strap on to their backs) that are gasoline powered. Now granted, they were an old pair of wings, now all the newer wings are solar powered, but the fact that they had at one point used gasoline, and are still using gasoline in older modeled wings, seems to indicate that they are partially responsible for the pollution on earth, and only switched to solar recently. The main fairy also complains about the human's sewage treatment. I would also like to know what the fairies would propose that we do with our sewage besides treating it. We create so much that the earth cannot biodegrade it quickly enough to keep disease from breeding in it. Now, if we had the magic power to heal, like the fairies, then maybe we could just let it return to earth naturally, but the fairies have taken the magic away from us. They will not share. And one more thing, the author says that no one builds weapons of cruelty like the humans, yet, throughout the book, Colfer describes fairy weapons like a “Neutrino 2000” which is a platinum nuclear handgun that has three settings, “scorched, well-done, and crisped to a cinder”, and not only that but the gun will continue to work for well over a thousand years, so not only can you use it to kill many things, but should you die or lose it, it will continue to work in the hands of others for a millenium. But the worst weapon the fairies have invented is a “Blue Rinse”, which is a biological bomb that destroys only living tissue, leaving the landscape unchanged. Can you imagine? All the “benefits” of Hiroshima, without all the bad side effects like destroying a city. And what’s worse is that while we have used the nuclear bomb only twice, the fairies use the blue rinse “on rare occasions.” That sounds a lot more frequent than twice. I don’t know about you, but it sounds like the fairies are just as capable as humans in the production of weapons of cruelty. But you know what, that argument is stupid. There are no fairies with magic powers, despite the numerous books available that would suggest otherwise, and if they do exist, they have decided not to help us. So, it is up to us humans to work things out on our own, and while there have been some bad things in our past, what matters now is our present, and what we do from here on out, and I would like to say that in spite of it all, we are doing a pretty good job. Humans are good creatures, created in the image of God. We are imperfect, but on the whole, we are all striving for perfection every day. And that is all I have to say about that.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    Want to meet the guy who's smart enough to take over the world? Well he's twelve years old. And his name is Artemis Fowl. I have two words for this book: GREAT FUN. If you are at all young at heart or you just want to read something different from your usual fare, then check out this book. Artemis will keep you entertained with his hijinks. At the age of 12, Artemis is keeping his family afloat as they suffer from grief at the disappearance of Artemis Fowl, Sr, his father. His mother has retreat Want to meet the guy who's smart enough to take over the world? Well he's twelve years old. And his name is Artemis Fowl. I have two words for this book: GREAT FUN. If you are at all young at heart or you just want to read something different from your usual fare, then check out this book. Artemis will keep you entertained with his hijinks. At the age of 12, Artemis is keeping his family afloat as they suffer from grief at the disappearance of Artemis Fowl, Sr, his father. His mother has retreated into delusions and barely leaves her room. The family is on the brink of bankruptcy, but not for long, if Artemis has anything to do with it. Assisted by his faithful bodyguard, a very large, deadly, intimidating man would do anything for him, Artemis decides to steal his very own fairy to hold for ransom: his very own pot of gold. He doesn't realize that Holly is just as dangerous as he is. When LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police reconnaisance), the covert Fairy organization policing the faery creatures that have retreated underground to get away from humans, comes looking for Holly, he has to fight off a siege on his house of supernatural creatures such as a troll (don't want to be in their way), a dwarf with flatulence from ingesting rocks and soil when he burrows his way through the earth, and a centaur genius who is LEPrecon's equivalent to MI6's Q, and a whole slew of highly-trained deadly fairies. I picked this book up on a lark, looking for something different to read. And boy was I rewarded. This book will make you laugh and keep you enthralled for hours. Although this is perfectly suitable for a young teen or a pre-teen, it's also sophisticated for an adult to enjoy, and a must read for lovers of Faery.

  5. 4 out of 5

    J.G. Keely

    Colfer has described this series as “Die Hard, with fairies”, which is a reference to an old Hollywood joke. After the phenomenal success of that movie, a lot of writers started pitching their scripts as ‘Die Hard, with [blank]”, such as Speed: “Die Hard on a Bus”, or Air Force One: “Die Hard, on Air Force One”, or, as the joke goes, the unfortunate who wanted to make "Die Hard, in a building". If you have actually seen Die Hard, you might recall Hans Gruber, the wealthy, cunning, erudite, Europe Colfer has described this series as “Die Hard, with fairies”, which is a reference to an old Hollywood joke. After the phenomenal success of that movie, a lot of writers started pitching their scripts as ‘Die Hard, with [blank]”, such as Speed: “Die Hard on a Bus”, or Air Force One: “Die Hard, on Air Force One”, or, as the joke goes, the unfortunate who wanted to make "Die Hard, in a building". If you have actually seen Die Hard, you might recall Hans Gruber, the wealthy, cunning, erudite, European villain (played by Alan ‘Not-Just-Snape’ Rickman). But in this book, the European criminal is the main character, suggesting Colfer views the movie in the same light as Barney Stinson of How I Met Your Mother: ”Hans Gruber. Charming international bandit. In the end, he dies hard. He's the title character.” So, already, we have some interesting choices going on, but many’s the good idea buried by poor execution. In some ways, telling a good story is like telling an effective lie: you have to know your limits. Like the old writer's adage from Faulker: you've got to kill your darlings. Those overly clever ideas and indulgences have to go, if they don't fit, which they usually don't. If an author gives in to the urge over-explain or get too fancy, he's going to trip himself up, and Colfer often does. He throws around a lot of terminology, trying to seem knowledgeable to lend credibility to his little fantasy story, but he usually gets it wrong. He talks about an impact hitting with ‘a ton of G force’, which is nonsense. ‘G Force’ already has a built-in unit of measurement, which is 'Gs', not mass. The process of acceleration can be described in mass, but it would have to be compared to the acceleration of gravity on Earth, or 'Gs', which Colfer fails to do. It would be like describing the speed of a car as ‘fourteen feet'. He also describes a character as rocketing down a hallway at Mach 1, which is the speed of sound (768 mph). Moving at this speed for a tenth of a second—the amount of time it takes for our brain to react enough to blink—a person would travel 112’, more than the length of the hallway described. Yet he still has his character looking back, adjusting his visor, and fretting about whether he will make it through the door. Not to mention that someone accelerating to Mach 1 within the length of such a hallway would squash them like a bug (at 350 Gs). He also describes a seasoned bodyguard who refers to the spin kick as pointless and flashy. While jumping spinning kicks may fall into this category, a simple spinning back kick is both an effective and basic tool for a martial artist, and one which is often used in competition in many full-contact disciplines. Early in the book, he goes to great lengths to describe the computer translation of an unknown language. The entire process is extremely simplified, which is fine, but then, when the translation comes out, not only is it grammatically perfect, it’s all in rhyming couplets! I always feel frustrated by authors who see the 'Young Adult' label as an excuse to write a thoughtless, cliche book full of simple mistakes. I don't think giving kids badly-researched misinformation is going to turn them into better readers. And these are all details that could have been easily glossed over. Anyone who knew what the terms meant would have seen they were wrong, and anyone who didn't know them would find them meaningless. One of the benefits of writing Science Fiction or Fantasy is not having to explain yourself, not having to be an expert in everything you talk about. You can just wave your hand and give some mumbo-jumbo and that’s fine, we can suspend our disbelief as long as your story's good. Which is why, when an author writing a fantastical story tries to inject realism, it's important for them to know what they are talking about, otherwise, they’ll just make themselves look foolish for no good reason. Instead of leaving well enough alone, Colfer tried to come off as well-informed and technical, and failed miserably. A good author doesn’t telegraph their ineptitude, they hide it--but that means a good author must be aware of their limits. He also goes on a rather condescending diatribe about how Ireland is the most magical place, and Irish mythology is superior to all other myths, because Ireland is the birthplace of all magic. Not only is this a rather insensitive view, it’s also short-sighted, since the book is full of myths which have their basis not in Ireland, but in Scandinavia (dwarves, elves, and trolls). The original people of Ireland were short and dark-haired, with their own complex mythologies. All the redheads of Ireland are descendants of Scandinavian invaders, who brought their myths with them. But even after this bit of out-of-place nationalism, Colfer never actually ends up using any Irish myth in the story. It’s all very generic stuff. Except for a few place-names, there is nothing uniquely Irish here. His depictions of fairy creatures do not demonstrate any Gaelic origin--indeed, the only thing mythic about them are their names and pointed ears. I’m not saying Colfer should be tied to old traditions, or that he shouldn’t create his own versions of myth, but it hardly makes sense for him to go on and on about the greatness of Irish magic if he's not going to bother actually using any of it. The statement is also incongruous with the fact that his protagonist is named after a character of Greek myth--and a female one, at that, but my annoyance with the misappropriation of the name ‘Artemis’ is my own onus to bear. There’s also some eco propaganda, mainly in the form of attacking human beings for ruining everything, which once again, is condescending, over-simplified, and adds nothing to the book. The characters are unremarkable, just clichés taken from buddy cop movies and played straight: no surprising depth, no twists, no masterful strokes of characterization, just what you’d expect from a techno-spy thriller. Which is somewhat unusual, since this is nominally a fantastical book, but the fantasy elements are rarely touched upon. Mostly, the fairies operate with military commando squads and superior technology. There is nothing particularly magical about them. When magic is used, it tends to be either to be a simple solution to patch over plot conflicts, or a macguffin to cause conflicts in the first place. As I’ve mentioned before, using a magic as a systematic problem-solver tends to make it feel a lot less magical and a lot more like an author’s crutch. This is especially apparent when the magic is portrayed aside equally fantastical technologies that serve roughly the same purpose. If an author is going to use a lot of convenient bits of magic and technology so they don't have to think much about the plot, I’m going to expect them to provide some sparkling, unusual characters. If they act stupidly or out-of-character in order to move the plot move along conveniently, then that plot should at least be exciting and unpredictable. Colfer's plot is standard. We do get the villain’s point-of-view more often than in many stories, but that just reminds us how Fowl has little more depth than a James Bond villain. And if I get convenient plot-solving, cliché characters, and a standard story, I need something else to make it worth reading. I had heard that, in this book, the special element was supposed to be humor, but I did not find this book humorous in any way. I’m not saying that it tried to be funny and failed, I’m not saying it was full of bad jokes which I rolled my eyes at. This book did not even attempt to be funny. There was no clever observation, and nothing surprising. Without the ability to surprise you, no author will be able to deliver any humor. There is a quite long series of repeated descriptions of a dwarf pooping rock explosively, but this was not presented in a humorous or surprising way, it was rather matter-of-fact, but not wry enough to qualify as ‘deadpan’. The entire book is suffused with a tone of irreverence, but the tone never achieves anything. There are no moments of punctuation where the irreverence boils over, it is just a constant, even presence in every scene, description, and bit of dialogue. It rather reminds me of a common problem of fan-fic authors: instead of being funny, or exciting, or having interesting characters, or surprising plot-twists, they will instead imply that they are doing those things through character reactions and overstated narration. Colfer constantly implies that eventually, he will just pop out and—Bam! Be funny!—but luckily, it proves to be an empty threat. The problem is, if you spend all your time promising to be funny or exciting, it just makes it more clear that you aren't actually delivering on that promise. It was easy to see what Colfer wanted this book to be (or more delusionally, thought it was), but it was also to see how often and predictably it failed. The cover is also ugly and cheap, and I came across some errors in the text, but I won’t blame those on the author. All in all a straightforward, cliche little story. It's a fast read and not insultingly bad, just poorly-structured, predictable, and forgettable. There are some promising concepts there, but they all end up buried under pointless asides, misused jargon, and the constant promises of an interesting story that never arrives. * * * And as I wrote this review, I discovered something disturbing: Colfer has been hired to continue the Hitchhiker’s Guide series. I find this terribly confusing: Douglas Adams was one of the most insightful, clever, unpredictable, philosophically sound, satirically acerbic, and all-around-nice-guy writers that I have ever read. Yet here is Colfer: in no regard funny, with no insights to give, characters unremarkable, dialogue predictable, plot convenient, philosophical outlook insulting, unable to capitalize on an interesting concept, and enough of a self-absorbed jerk that he ruins even simple stories by trying to impress people with references to things he knows nothing about. Mr. Gaiman, I know you are a Goodreads author, and one of Adams’ fondest fans, so I must ask you: how could you let this happen to me? If there is anyone who should be continuing Adam’s series, it’s Stewart Lee—and if there were any two people who should continue it, it’s two Stewart Lees. But you are also a great and talented author, and surprisingly enough, capable of being tremendously funny. No one appreciates more than I do the subtle and shocking wit of not writing a very funny book until six novels in, but I love the swerve of building up a career as a serious-minded, somewhat disturbing author of heavily-allusive horror and then suddenly kicking out something really funny. But I’m losing my train of thought. Dear Mr. Gaiman, this year for Christmas, please use your magical authorial powers to remove Mr. Colfer from any relation to Mr. Adams’ lovely work. If he wants to write his own dull crime fiction with some fairies thrown in to snag people who are waiting for better fantasy books to be published, that’s his business, but the thought that someone would allow him to besmirch one of the great sci fi series of all time makes me want to snatch him up—along with L. Sprague deCamp and August Derleth—and make them all live in a world like the ones they created: a world which is a pale shadow of what it should be, where every conversation is stilted, every person dull, every jest flaccid—where fire is merely lukewarm, spattered blood pepto-pink, sunsets an overwrought cacophony by Thomas Kincaid, where food is ash in your mouth, where every story starts in a 'white room', and where loving a beautiful woman just feels like clutching your own calloused hand in the dark as you play out the long-faded fantasies of a false-nostalgic youth. My List of Suggested Fantasy Books

  6. 3 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1), Eoin Colfer Artemis Fowl is a series of eight science fiction fantasy novels written by Irish author Eoin Colfer. Artemis Fowl is the first book in the Artemis Fowl series. It follows the adventures of Artemis Fowl, a twelve-year-old criminal mastermind, as he kidnaps a fairy for a large ransom of 24-carat gold with the help of his bodyguard, Domovoi Butler and his sister, Juliet Butler, to restore the Fowl family fortune. After multiple attempts by the LEP (Lower Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1), Eoin Colfer Artemis Fowl is a series of eight science fiction fantasy novels written by Irish author Eoin Colfer. Artemis Fowl is the first book in the Artemis Fowl series. It follows the adventures of Artemis Fowl, a twelve-year-old criminal mastermind, as he kidnaps a fairy for a large ransom of 24-carat gold with the help of his bodyguard, Domovoi Butler and his sister, Juliet Butler, to restore the Fowl family fortune. After multiple attempts by the LEP (Lower Elements Police) fairy police, including sending a dwarf called Mulch Diggums, it concludes with Artemis finally releasing Holly Short, the elf fairy, whom he kidnapped, and having his mother cured of madness (in exchange for half of the gold that he had stolen from the fairies). Also, the kleptomaniac dwarf Mulch Diggums, erroneously presumed dead, has taken some of the returned half of the gold and escapes to the U.S. 1. Artemis Fowl 2. The Arctic Incident 3. The Eternity Code 4. The Opal Deception 5. The Lost Colony 6. The Time Paradox 7. The Atlantis Complex 8. The Last Guardian تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز نخست ماه ژانویه سال 2006 میلادی عنوان: آرتمیس فاول و گروگان گیری - کتاب 1؛ نویسنده: یون (ایون) کالفر؛ مترجم: شیدا رنجبر؛ ویراستار: شهرام رجب زاده؛ تهران، افق، 1382؛ در 454 ص؛ کتاب نخست از سری آرتمیس فاول؛ چاپ سوم 1385؛ چاپ چهارم 1386؛ چاپ پنجم 1387؛ چاپ ششم 1389؛ چاپ هشتم 1391؛ چاپ نهم 1392؛ شابک: 9789643690847؛ موضوع: داستانهای دنباله دار برای نوجوانان از نویسندگان انگلیسی - سده 21 م عنوان: آرتمیس فاول - کتاب 1؛ نویسنده: یون (ایون) کالفر؛ مترجم: حسین قنبری؛ تهران، شریعه توس، 1385؛ کتاب نخست؛ شابک: 9648557020؛ آرتمیس فاولِ دوازده ساله، یک تبهكار نابغه است. اما حتی او هم پیش بینی نمیکند که با گروگان گرفتن یک جن، خودش را درگیر چه جنگی میکند؛ چون این جن، سروان هالی شورت از واحد نیروی ویژه ی پلیس، در سرزمین جن هاست. جنهای اين رمان، از آنهایی نیستند که وقت خواب در افسانه ها خوانده ایم. اینها مسلح و خطرناک هستند. ا. شربیانی

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jason Koivu

    From the get-go it appears Artemis Fowl is going to be about Artemis Fowl, a criminal boy genius with Sherlock Holmes-like powers of deduction, but then bomb squad-esque faeries take over the story and we end up spending just as much time, if not more, reading about them. That's fine since they're interesting and their story moves with a good dash of fun and excitement. This is another of those books with a redeemable bad-guy protagonist. We shouldn't, but we do root for him, at least in some wa From the get-go it appears Artemis Fowl is going to be about Artemis Fowl, a criminal boy genius with Sherlock Holmes-like powers of deduction, but then bomb squad-esque faeries take over the story and we end up spending just as much time, if not more, reading about them. That's fine since they're interesting and their story moves with a good dash of fun and excitement. This is another of those books with a redeemable bad-guy protagonist. We shouldn't, but we do root for him, at least in some way, shape or form. In the natural (or "typical") way of things, that would mean the antagonists are good guys, who we're hoping won't succeed, at least not 100%. I haven't tired of this formula just yet, plus Colfer has handled it well and crafted a fast, short read that doesn't give you much downtime to reflect on any potential faults. I found this book to be very similar to Jonathan Stroud's The Amulet of Samarkand with its snarky protagonist, its magic-in-a-modern-setting, its fantastical creatures and its infusion of light-hearted comedy (Things slowing down due to necessary exposition? Throw in a fart joke!). You can tell Colfer did a bit of research into mythology and magical beings, as we see some creature attributes from the old traditions. For instance, I like his portrayal of a burrowing dwarf. He also had fun with meshing the modern aspects with these old notions, technology with mythology. I've not always been a big fan of that genre (parts of the Ralph Bakshi movie "Wizards" annoyed me the first time I saw it), but Colfer balances and blends the two together pretty well, almost seamlessly. Rating Note: This was such a strong 4 that I decided to go with 5 stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl, Book 1 By Eoin Colfer Narrated By Nathaniel Parker I borrowed this book from the library. I figured everyone in the world has read this but me and thought I would catch up. What a hoot! Loved it! I don't know what I thought it was going to be but I didn't expect a 12 year old genius villain! My goodness, I thought it was great! The fairies, dwarves, trolls, and the silly things that happen, I giggled so much. It was so silly I can see why kids love this book. I am defini Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl, Book 1 By Eoin Colfer Narrated By Nathaniel Parker I borrowed this book from the library. I figured everyone in the world has read this but me and thought I would catch up. What a hoot! Loved it! I don't know what I thought it was going to be but I didn't expect a 12 year old genius villain! My goodness, I thought it was great! The fairies, dwarves, trolls, and the silly things that happen, I giggled so much. It was so silly I can see why kids love this book. I am definitely going to read more. If my grandkids haven't read these I am going to tell them about it. Funny!!! The narrator was wonderful with all the variety of voices from the fairy girls to dwarves. Each different and interesting, wonderful job!

  9. 3 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    99c Kindle sale, Oct. 11, 2018. A solid, amusing start to this YA fantasy series, about a twelve-year-old millionaire evil genius. Okay, he's not really evil, but he is into criminal heists, especially since the family wealth is gone, his father has disappeared, and his mother is mentally ill, out of touch with reality. So Artemis, having used his brilliant mind to figure out that fairies are real, decides to restore the family fortune by kidnapping a fairy and holding him or her for for ransom. 99c Kindle sale, Oct. 11, 2018. A solid, amusing start to this YA fantasy series, about a twelve-year-old millionaire evil genius. Okay, he's not really evil, but he is into criminal heists, especially since the family wealth is gone, his father has disappeared, and his mother is mentally ill, out of touch with reality. So Artemis, having used his brilliant mind to figure out that fairies are real, decides to restore the family fortune by kidnapping a fairy and holding him or her for for ransom. Fairy gold, that's the ticket! Now Artemis and his assistants are up against the military and police forces of faerie. The resulting conflicts are both funny and tension-filled. It's kind of like Mission: Impossible with a magical element and a hidden society of magical folk. Recommended! I've read the first four books (got them in a paperback set) and enjoyed all of them.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ahmed Ejaz

    SPOILER FREE review if you will not open the spoiler tags How does one describe Artemis Fowl? Various psychiatrists have tried and failed. WORLD-BUILDING All the fairies, elves, dwarves, goblins, trolls live in the underground world. This world has its own technology which is beyond our comprehension and have their own laws. CHARACTERS Artemis Fowl [ of course ] (Doesn't this name sounds Awesome!!!) No need to say, he is a super genius criminal. You know how old he is? Just 12 YE SPOILER FREE review if you will not open the spoiler tags How does one describe Artemis Fowl? Various psychiatrists have tried and failed. WORLD-BUILDING All the fairies, elves, dwarves, goblins, trolls live in the underground world. This world has its own technology which is beyond our comprehension and have their own laws. CHARACTERS Artemis Fowl [ of course ] (Doesn't this name sounds Awesome!!!) No need to say, he is a super genius criminal. You know how old he is? Just 12 YEARS! Doesn't it sound odd. An adolescent, with such intelligence who is devoted to crime. But that's what makes this book different in my opinion. I loved him. I loved how he is written. I loved his every move. I loved his thinking. OMG what should I say more that I loved him sooo much! Probably my most favourite male protagonist I have ever read. Butler His bodyguard. He is the most trusted and faithful guy of Artemis Fowl. And also his partner in crime. Loved him also. Holly Short She is an elf and a captain in LEP (police in the underground World) Foaly A centaur. He is an inventor. Almost the underground police uses his weapons and thinking. He is written as a wise character. But sometimes he got on my nerves. (view spoiler)[ Sometimes he prolonged the dialogues. Without any reason. Just for fun. (hide spoiler)] Overall I liked him. OVERVIEW Fowls are the legendary criminals. They do every kind of illegal things for making money of course. But their fortune isn't for soo long. By the fault of Artemis Fowl 1, Protagonist's father, fortune of Fowl's Family gets away. He disappears in an attack. Due to this, Protagonist's Mother, becomes a mental patient. Artemis Fowl 2 vows to regain the family's fortune. By a very unique way: (view spoiler)[ He finds a book of fairies and gets to know everything about them. Then he plans to kidnap the fairy to get money. There is a ritual necessary to do for fairies to recharge their powers. But our second protagonist, Captain Holly, is little lazy to do so. During the case, she is founded low magical by her commander. So her commander orders her to perform the ritual to regain the magical powers otherwise she cannot enter the underground world again. While performing the ritual, she is kidnapped by Artemis Fowl. He blackmails the underground police for money in form of: 1 tone 24 carat gold. (hide spoiler)] THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE =>I couldn't like the writing style. I don't know why it seems to me that author was too hard to choose words. I didn't face wording problems while reading my recent books. But this was different. Anyways, different authors have different styles. Maybe I felt that because, this book is written by an Irish writer. => (view spoiler)[ I wasn't satisfied with what happened to the gold in the end. It seemed useless to me. What was the benefit for such hard work. (hide spoiler)] Overall , I enjoyed this book! It is full of action and excitement. Author will not let you to take rest till the ending. I hope I will enjoy this series as much as this one. Thanks for your attention! (^__^) December 31, 2016

  11. 5 out of 5

    Raeleen Lemay

    Read for Popsugar's 2018 Reading Challenge #9: A book about a villain or antihero I so wish I'd read this as a kid. I would have devoured the entire series in a matter of days! However, as an adult, this book isn't much more than a fun fantasy adventure, so I can't give it any higher than 3 stars. It was entertaining, but nothing special in the long run. (Highly recommend it to all kids though!!)

  12. 3 out of 5

    Drew Nelson

    Artemis Fowl, though entertaining and often well told, is one of those books that has bound itself with the shackles of pandering to a perceived audience and thus will never rise above a certain level. For example, the dwarf character defeats his enemies with the help of his terribly powerful flatulence more than once. The whole race tunnels with the power of poop. The main faerie character, Holly, is a girl trying to break her way through a glass ceiling that no one seems to notice throughout t Artemis Fowl, though entertaining and often well told, is one of those books that has bound itself with the shackles of pandering to a perceived audience and thus will never rise above a certain level. For example, the dwarf character defeats his enemies with the help of his terribly powerful flatulence more than once. The whole race tunnels with the power of poop. The main faerie character, Holly, is a girl trying to break her way through a glass ceiling that no one seems to notice throughout the book except to note that she has broken it. The main character, although a bit shallowly described is likable and fun. However, he would be much more believable if the author had chosen to make him just a few years older. All of these come from the author's unnecessarily pandering to the children who will presumably comprise the majority of his audience. In addition, there is a pretty large amount of environmentalist agenda in this rather short book. I have no problem with saving the whales, but the many asides concerning pollution and extinction seemed completely out of place. In addition, although it sounds insane to ask for a rational and coherent system behind a hidden race of faeries, I believe this is one of the lines that separates good fantasy from run-of-the-mill fantasy. This is a test Colfer fails. His system of magic and faeries is incoherent and sometimes seems inconsistent. At the very least it is ill-explained. Despite all of these shortcomings, the world is very imaginative, and the story is fun. The characters are all likable for the most part, if often shallow. Colfer's storytelling method adds enjoyment to the book in that you can enjoy the small victories of both sides of the conflict. Overall I would recommend this book only to those looking for light, fun, but overall forgettable fantasy.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Juan Valera

    First and foremost, let it be said that I am reading a book intended for someone half my age. Artemis Fowl is the kind of book that grabs a kid by the eyeballs because of the pretty, shiny cover. But once the cover's open and the story laid out, Artemis Fowl is an incredibly gripping story about growing up, equality and acceptance. This was exactly the case when I first read Artemis Fowl; I immediately loved the intelligent, resourceful, but ultimately unhappy Artemis. A better character a teena First and foremost, let it be said that I am reading a book intended for someone half my age. Artemis Fowl is the kind of book that grabs a kid by the eyeballs because of the pretty, shiny cover. But once the cover's open and the story laid out, Artemis Fowl is an incredibly gripping story about growing up, equality and acceptance. This was exactly the case when I first read Artemis Fowl; I immediately loved the intelligent, resourceful, but ultimately unhappy Artemis. A better character a teenager could not have asked for: Smart enough to forgo schooling for months at a time, rich beyond my (then considerable, now perhaps less so) imagination, and he was searching for a world of magic and fairies that every kid wants to believe in. It surprises me that even now, a decade later, the book still absorbs my imagination. "Artemis Fowl" taught me a little about writing for your audience exactly because the book is just as enjoyable and relatable as it was before. It's important to write with an audience in mind; Colfer here writes for children, and the child in me recognizes it. The spark of imagination that wants to believe in fairies and gnomes and magic rejoices. If only you could make all writing this lovable, simply by writing for an audience instead of to it. Oh, wait. You can!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (Bookfever)

    "A genius. A criminal mastermind. A millionaire. And he is only twelve years old." Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer is my favorite book ever. EVER! I read it for the first time when I was fourteen years old and have been reading the series ever since. I've re-read the book over and over again. I can't even remember how many times I have read it but by now this book feels like an old friend and it's just as amazing as when I read it the first time. Now that I've re-read it once again, I think it's ti "A genius. A criminal mastermind. A millionaire. And he is only twelve years old." Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer is my favorite book ever. EVER! I read it for the first time when I was fourteen years old and have been reading the series ever since. I've re-read the book over and over again. I can't even remember how many times I have read it but by now this book feels like an old friend and it's just as amazing as when I read it the first time. Now that I've re-read it once again, I think it's time for a review! When Holly Short gets abducted by Artemis Fowl II, a child prodigy from Ireland because he wants to ransom her for fairy gold, the book really gets going. The fairies are amazed by everything that Artemis knows about the People but they're definitely not giving up on Holly and are determined to rescue her and keep the gold in the meantime. But it seems that Artemis is always two steps ahead of them... Artemis sort of is an antagonist. He's no hero, and as is stated in the book: you can't romanticize him. This is absolutely true. And yet, I can't help but root for him. But on the other hand I also end up rooting for the fairies, especially Holly. Because she's so badass. You kind of just want both Artemis and Holly to win, whatever they're fighting for. Artemis definitely is a one of a kind character. I have never read about any character like him. He's twelve years old and a prodigy. No matter how many times I read this book, I'm always blown away by his genius (of should I say Eoin Colfer's genius?). In any case, he's probably my favorite fictional character ever created and I'm pretty sure it will never ever change. Holly is also one of my favorite characters. I love everything she stands for and even though there aren't that many female characters in his books, when there is, you can bet she'll end up having a very strong personality and being able to kick butt. So, yeah... that's Holly. She may be small but she can kick anyone's ass and is the first female on the LEPrecon squad + she has a feisty and reckless personality. Gotta love her! Personally, I think that this book has the greatest set of characters ever. Artemis and Holly aside, we also have Butler, Juliet, Commander Root and Foaly. I just love Butler. He always has Artemis's back and to me, he feels more like a father to Artemis than anything else. Juliet is Butlers teenage sister and she's a riot! Commander Root is simply epic. You definitely don't want to get on his bad side and Foaly is just brilliance itself. He's a centaur, a bit crazy and I love his wit! So do I have to say more? Artemis Fowl is a brilliant book. That's the way it just is. Eoin Colfer writes fast-paced, witty and sometimes even touching scenes. Is it any wonder he's my favorite author ever?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    Artemis Fowl (or should that be Foul?) is an interesting mix of Lex Luthor and Encyclopedia Brown. He’s a boy genius with designs on leprechaun gold and he is willing to kidnap and deceive his way to his goal. But the fairy world is not going to just roll over and submit to Artemis’ demands, especially not Captain Holly Short, who is being held captive in Fowl Manor. It’s a quick read, well written. If I was part of the intended demographic, I would probably be more impressed, but it’s a bit tame Artemis Fowl (or should that be Foul?) is an interesting mix of Lex Luthor and Encyclopedia Brown. He’s a boy genius with designs on leprechaun gold and he is willing to kidnap and deceive his way to his goal. But the fairy world is not going to just roll over and submit to Artemis’ demands, especially not Captain Holly Short, who is being held captive in Fowl Manor. It’s a quick read, well written. If I was part of the intended demographic, I would probably be more impressed, but it’s a bit tame for adult tastes. Very appropriate for the children’s market, however. I would have no hesitation buying it for a school library. There are explosions, near-death-experiences, monsters, and evil plans, but no one loses their life. Colfer gives amusing names to his characters, like a butler named Butler and a centaur named Foaly. Looking for summer reading for your 10 year old? Consider Artemis Fowl!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maruf Hossain

    বয়স সবে ১২! কিনতু এরই মাঝে অপরাধ জগতের এক বিসময় ছেলেটা। হবে না-ই বা কেন? এটাই যে তার পরিবারের ঐতিহয। ফাউল পরিবার অপরাধ জগতের রুই-কাতলা পরিবার। কিনতু কালের বিবরতনে বিপুল সমপততির উললেখযোগয অংশ হারিয়ে বসেছে ফাউল পরিবার। সেই ফাউল পরিবারের সরবকনিষঠ সদসয আরটেমিস ফাউল এ বইয়ের পরদান চরিতর। বাবার অনতরধানের পর থেকে একাই পারিবারিক বিষয়আশয় সামলাচছে ছেলেটা। পরিবারের হৃত সমপততি আবার আগের মতো ফুলিয়ে ফাঁপিয়ে তুলতে চাইছে সে। আর সেজনয অবলমবন করবে একেবারে ভিনন এক পথ! মানুষের অতযাচারে জরজরিত হয়ে এখন পাতালে বাস করে র বয়স সবে ১২! কিন্তু এরই মাঝে অপরাধ জগতের এক বিস্ময় ছেলেটা। হবে না-ই বা কেন? এটাই যে তার পরিবারের ঐতিহ্য। ফাউল পরিবার অপরাধ জগতের রুই-কাতলা পরিবার। কিন্তু কালের বিবর্তনে বিপুল সম্পত্তির উল্লেখযোগ্য অংশ হারিয়ে বসেছে ফাউল পরিবার। সেই ফাউল পরিবারের সর্বকনিষ্ঠ সদস্য আর্টেমিস ফাউল এ বইয়ের প্রদান চরিত্র। বাবার অন্তর্ধানের পর থেকে একাই পারিবারিক বিষয়আশয় সামলাচ্ছে ছেলেটা। পরিবারের হৃত সম্পত্তি আবার আগের মতো ফুলিয়ে ফাঁপিয়ে তুলতে চাইছে সে। আর সেজন্য অবলম্বন করবে একেবারে ভিন্ন এক পথ! মানুষের অত্যাচারে জর্জরিত হয়ে এখন পাতালে বাস করে রূপকথার প্রাণী—ফেয়ারিরা। প্রযুক্তি ও জাদুকরি ক্ষমতায় মানুষের চাইতে যোজন যোজন এগিয়ে ওরা। ওদের কাছে রয়েছে ধনসম্পদের অফুরন্ত ভাণ্ডার। সেই ফেয়ারিদের একজনকে কিডন্যাপ করে মুক্তিপণ হিসেবে বিপুল পরিমাণ সোনা বাগিয়ে নিতে চাইছে আর্টেমিস! কিন্তু সেজন্য প্রথমেই চাই ফেয়ারিদের আবাসস্থলের খোঁজ জানা। যে ভাবা সেই কাজ! কর্মচারী বাটলারকে নিয়ে মাঠে নেমে পড়ল ধানী মরিচ। কিন্তু ফেয়ারিদের প্রযুক্তি আর ক্ষমতা সম্পর্কে কোনো ধারণা ছিল না ছেলেটার! তাই এক রক্তক্ষয়ী যুদ্ধের সূত্রপাত হয়ে উঠার যোগাড় হয়ে গেল ছেলেটার এহেন হঠকারী কাণ্ডের ফলে! ফ্যান্টাসি আমার খুব পছন্দের একটা জনরা। তাই বইটা নিয়ে আগ্রহ ছিল অনেক। ওয়েন কোলফার চমৎকার দক্ষতায় রূপকথার বিভিন্ন প্রাণীগুলোকে আধুনিক পৃথিবীতে ছেড়ে দিয়েছেন, আধুনিক প্রযুক্তিসহ। আর্টেমিস ফাউল এমন একটা বই, যা ১২ থেকে ৭২—যেকোনো বয়সী পাঠকের পড়ে ভালো লাগবে, যদি তার ফান রাইডে আপত্তি না থাকে। বইয়ের কাহিনি তত গভীর না। তবে লেখকের লেখনী আর কাহিনির বুনটে টানা পড়ে ফেলা যায়—পড়তে মজাও লাগে দারুণ। গতিশীল গল্পের ফাঁকে ফাঁকে বেশ দক্ষভাবে হিউমারের প্রয়োগ করেছেন লেখক। সব মিলিয়ে সময় পার করার জন্য, পড়ে আনন্দ পাওয়ার জন্য এবং ফ্যান্টাসিপ্রেমীদের জন্যে দারুণ এক বই এটি। যেকোনো বই-ই এক ভাষা থেকে অন্য ভাষায় রূপান্তর করা খুব কঠিন একটা কাজ। আর এক ভাষার হিউমার অন্য ভাষায় নিয়ে আসা তো আরও অনেক কঠিন একটা ব্যাপার। আর আর্টেমিস ফাউল -এর মূল আকর্ষণগুলোর একটি হচ্ছে এ বইয়ের হিউমারগুলো। হিউমার ছাড়া পড়তে গেলে বইটা পুরাই পানসে লাগবে। তাই হিউমার-সম্বলিত অংশগুলো রূপান্তর করা অনুবাদকের জন্য বিরাট একটা চ্যালেঞ্জ ছিল! আর সেই কাজে (আমার মতে) একদম সফল অনুবাদক। বোধ করি এটুকুই যথেষ্ট অনুবাদকের সাফল্য বোঝানোর জন্য যথেষ্ট। চমৎকার কাজ দেখিয়েছেন অনুবাদক। বইটা দেখতেও হয়েছে বেশ কিউট—বার বার হাতে নিতে ইচ্ছা করে। ছোটখাটো মুদ্রণপ্রমাদ যে নেই তা না—তবে দারুণ গেটআপ, আর সুপাঠ্য অনুবাদের গুণে ছোটখাটো ত্রুটি উপেক্ষা করাই যায়। কালেকশনে রাখার মতো একটা বই।

  17. 3 out of 5

    Alaina Meserole

    Not going to lie.. this book has been on my radar for a while.. but once I saw that it was becoming a movie... well I jumped on this book quicker than a bottle of wine being uncorked! Artemis Fowl was such an interesting and enjoyable book. Artemis is basically your best nemesis ever! He's brilliant, evil as fudge, and a ruthless bastard all wrapped into one! Oh, did I forget to mentions he's also en evil millionaire mastermind?!?! He's like the Doctor Evil and the Mini Me all combined into one p Not going to lie.. this book has been on my radar for a while.. but once I saw that it was becoming a movie... well I jumped on this book quicker than a bottle of wine being uncorked! Artemis Fowl was such an interesting and enjoyable book. Artemis is basically your best nemesis ever! He's brilliant, evil as fudge, and a ruthless bastard all wrapped into one! Oh, did I forget to mentions he's also en evil millionaire mastermind?!?! He's like the Doctor Evil and the Mini Me all combined into one person! I loved it! Artemis, is bad, but soooooo freaking lovable. Sometimes you need a good villain to love - and boy did I love his character! I loved all of the magic too throughout this book. Maybe I'm on a magic high from the Children of Blood and Bone book but this book was such a nice followup! Overall, the book was amazing! I loved Holly, even though she was captured by Artemis.. but damn those fairies can be sneaky af. I can't wait to dive into the second book because I NEED MORE FROM ARTEMIS! I can't accept that the book is over right now!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    We were on holiday, and the little cottage we were staying in had a huge range of books. Unfortunately most of the adult books were colossal monsters that there was no way I was going to read in a week. So instead I decided to see what modern kids books were like and picked up Artemis Fowl, a book aimed at boys of about 11 years of age. The character of Artemis is 12, and a crime lord. Helped by his trusty bodyguard Butler he has discovered that fairies are real, and also really do have a pot of We were on holiday, and the little cottage we were staying in had a huge range of books. Unfortunately most of the adult books were colossal monsters that there was no way I was going to read in a week. So instead I decided to see what modern kids books were like and picked up Artemis Fowl, a book aimed at boys of about 11 years of age. The character of Artemis is 12, and a crime lord. Helped by his trusty bodyguard Butler he has discovered that fairies are real, and also really do have a pot of gold that he can steal. The main problem is that they live miles underground, and are more technologically advanced than humans. So he has to hatch a plan to trick them and kidnap a fairy to get the gold. Artemis has the devious criminal mind of Moriarty (Sherlock Holmes’s adversary), and none of the lack of self confidence or lack of experience of a normal 12 year old. He can think he way around anything, and his bodyguard can do anything. All in all, a perfect bit of escapism for the adolescent male reader. However reading it as an adult you tend to start rooting for the fairy he is trying to kidnap, as Artemis really is a little a***hole. This is perhaps deliberate on the part of the author but I am not sure. There is not really enough meat on the plot either; it is difficult to remember that far back but I am sure that when I was the right age for this book I would have wanted a bit more detail about the hows, whys and wherefores to his great plan. Mind you my favourite books at this age were probably Enid Blyton or The Hardy Boys so I probably wouldn’t have been the right audience anyway. :-) The most successful books of this kind tend to have a tightly-knit group of child characters who are friends and become closer as their adventure continues. Us against the world and all that. In contrast this book has a character that really has no friends and so no chance as a reader to see his true personality. OK it seems ironically childish that an adult finds a children’s book disappointing, but as it has won numerous awards I had hoped for better.

  19. 3 out of 5

    Aoife

    I loved rereading this! It's been a long, long time since I read this when I was a child and it was great returning to the world of the 12-year-old Artemis Fowl - a child genius and criminal mastermind - who has decided to make the fairy world fall down at his feet and give up their gold so he can rebuild his family fortune. I had forgotten a lot of the details about this story so for most of the book it was like reading it for the first time, and gradually in a great way the memories came back t I loved rereading this! It's been a long, long time since I read this when I was a child and it was great returning to the world of the 12-year-old Artemis Fowl - a child genius and criminal mastermind - who has decided to make the fairy world fall down at his feet and give up their gold so he can rebuild his family fortune. I had forgotten a lot of the details about this story so for most of the book it was like reading it for the first time, and gradually in a great way the memories came back to me like how great Butler is and the hilariousness that is Mulch. I have always really loved Holly Short, the fairy that Fowl captures to catapult his plan into action, and secretly always fantasised about playing her in a film version, and this book just helped remind me of all the ways she is great. This book had me laughing, gasping, reminiscing and was a plain old good time and I'm SO GLAD I decided to reread it!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Meridyforgot

    To be honest I haven't read the whole book, and there is a slim chance that I might try to continue and so I post this review. The problem is that the onslaught of cheap jabs at the "barbarian humans" destroying the earth is becoming extremely irritating. And miraculously Ireland is still nice and green, but give those humans a few hundred years and it will be destroyed. Please. It completely distracts from the story. Why do we have to spoon feed children dogmatic propaganda? Don't get me wrong. To be honest I haven't read the whole book, and there is a slim chance that I might try to continue and so I post this review. The problem is that the onslaught of cheap jabs at the "barbarian humans" destroying the earth is becoming extremely irritating. And miraculously Ireland is still nice and green, but give those humans a few hundred years and it will be destroyed. Please. It completely distracts from the story. Why do we have to spoon feed children dogmatic propaganda? Don't get me wrong. I'm all for trying to take care of our surroundings, but our surroundings do not need to be worshiped. And frankly calling me a barbarian and trying to make me feel guilty about killing whales (in eco-destroying lead ships)I haven't killed, is NOT going to make me sympathetic to your causes.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com I've been trying to find a new series to hold me over until the next Harry Potter book--and I've finally found it. Meet Artemis Fowl the Second, a twelve-year old genius who doesn't want to go to school, is worried about his mother's fragile mental health, is preoccupied with his father coming back from the dead, and who is determined to add to his family's coffers by any means possible. In a word, Artemis is an evil genius, and you just can't help but love him Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com I've been trying to find a new series to hold me over until the next Harry Potter book--and I've finally found it. Meet Artemis Fowl the Second, a twelve-year old genius who doesn't want to go to school, is worried about his mother's fragile mental health, is preoccupied with his father coming back from the dead, and who is determined to add to his family's coffers by any means possible. In a word, Artemis is an evil genius, and you just can't help but love him. Or hate him. Or love to hate him. Or hate to love him. Or...well, you get the picture. Artemis, along with his bodyguard/manservant/butler ironically named, of all things, Butler, Artemis sets out on his greatest, and most ambitious, scheme to date--discover the secrets of the fairy world, and relieve some of said fairies of their precious gold. After all, they have plenty to spare, and after Artemis Fowl the First lost a vast majority of their fortune, the Fowl family needs to pad the coffers. So off Artemis sets on a world jaunt to discover the secrets of the fairies, and his ambitions and delusions finally pay off--he meets an alcoholic sprite who, in exchange for the return of her magic, lets Artemis get a good look at her Book. The Book, you see, contains all the mandates, rules, and regulations (along with a slew of secrets) of the fairy world--and now Artemis Fowl is able to hatch his nefarious scheme. Artemis discovers that the fairies must adhere to very specific rituals to renew their powers, so along with Butler, he sets out on a stakeout to catch himself a fairy. Hoping, of course, that he can hold said fairy for ransom in exchange for some gold. What Artemis didn't include in his calculations, however, was Captain Holly Short. A member of the LEPrecon Unit, Holly, although a small sprite, is very human looking--and can be extrememely wily and dangerous. As Artemis implements his evil plan, Holly uses her own military-type background to hatch her own plan of escape. The results are both disastrous and hilarious. I read ARTEMIS FOWL in one sitting. Once you get started on this story of the human world of the Mud People mixing with that of the magical beings who live below ground, you just can't stop! The magical quality of the book is that it is all too believable--and so much fun! You envy Artemis his brilliance at the same time you can't believe how undenianably evil he is. You pity him, and you despise him. As for Holly Short, you love the fairy, admire her tenacity, yet hope at the same time that she spares the lives of Artemis, Butler, and Butler's sister, Juliet. I have to admit that I loved Foaly, the centaur in charge of computers and technical equipment. Actually, I loved ALL the characters of ARTEMIS FOWL, and can't wait to read the next book! Pick up a copy today!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Peto

    If I had thought of this story, I would have told it, but I would have done quite a few things differently, if possible. In other words, I like the story itself: with his family's wealth dangerously on the wane, criminal mastermind and 12 year old boy, Artemis Fowl, formulates a bold plan to kidnap a fairy and seize a ransom of gold. But his is not the only point of view on either side of the incident. We hear from his loyal employee, Butler, as well as the fairies. This equal billing actually u If I had thought of this story, I would have told it, but I would have done quite a few things differently, if possible. In other words, I like the story itself: with his family's wealth dangerously on the wane, criminal mastermind and 12 year old boy, Artemis Fowl, formulates a bold plan to kidnap a fairy and seize a ransom of gold. But his is not the only point of view on either side of the incident. We hear from his loyal employee, Butler, as well as the fairies. This equal billing actually undermined the story for me, since it effectively confused my sympathies, not quite to the point of indifference but to something far short of involvement. This was exacerbated by a acerbic narrative voice that sometimes served the story but also unfortunately dulled character development to a sheen above caricature but below fully formed. So the incident, the kidnapping and its consequences, is a fine idea for a chapter book, hip hip hurrah, but the execution was not to my liking in ways that may or may not matter to you or its target audience. For me another big muck up included the vision of fairies. No way anyone must emulate anything in particular but Colfer's fairies rely on advanced technology and interact with each other as if human, which was ironic since they claimed to be so much more superior. His trolls, however, are wickedly offishly delightful.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I've seen these books in the stores for a while, but had actually steered clear of them because I thought they were just a Harry Potter knock off. The other day, I was in the kid section with Daniel while he was playing with the train table, and they caught my eye again. As they had the first 3 books in the series for $9.98, I decided to give them a try. Who am I to pass up a bargain? Well, let me just say, it is not a Harry Potter knock off! Yes, it deals with sprites, dwarves, leprechauns, and I've seen these books in the stores for a while, but had actually steered clear of them because I thought they were just a Harry Potter knock off. The other day, I was in the kid section with Daniel while he was playing with the train table, and they caught my eye again. As they had the first 3 books in the series for $9.98, I decided to give them a try. Who am I to pass up a bargain? Well, let me just say, it is not a Harry Potter knock off! Yes, it deals with sprites, dwarves, leprechauns, and other fantasy figures, but there the resemblance ends. The leprechauns are actually LEPrecons (Lower Elements Police Recon officers), the fairies use nuclear powered battery pack wings, and the lead character, while a young boy, is a brilliant criminal mastermind. The book is a light quick read, but is very engaging. I highly recommend it to either a fantasy fan, or a young adult/children's literature fan. Enjoy!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aurora

    This book was exactly what I wanted it to be: fun, fast-paced and entertaining. It has an original and action-packed plot, compelling characters and very interesting world building. I flew through it and if I owned the rest of the books in this series there's a real chance I wouldn't be getting much else done today.

  25. 5 out of 5

    José

    Una lectura ligera y entretenida. El sentido del humor de Colfer me resultó similar al de Terry Pratchett (salvando las distancias, claro; Terry es único) y el hecho de que el protagonista fuera un villano me gustó mucho. (Reseña pendiente)

  26. 3 out of 5

    Atlas

    I read Artemis Fowl at least five times as a child and I LOVED IT. As a young twenty-something adult it was just as good all over again. This book is a masterpiece from Captain Holly to Commander Root to Butler and the devious Artemis Fowl himself. The narration of the audiobook is also fantastic. Read my book reviews at: http://atlasrisingbooks.wordpress.com

  27. 3 out of 5

    Leona Carstairs

    OMG I HEARD THEY'RE MAKING A MOVIE WHAT THE FRICK!!! Are you one of the people who are obsessed with antiheroes? (Like me lol) Ahhh, hi, nice to meet you. I think I've found the perfect book/series for you! This is a book about an evil, millionaire mastermind kid called Artemis. He's honestly evil and ruthless and a total bastard and I LOVE it. This series also has magic and a super cool, badass LEPrechaun called Holly. Freaking fabulous! (And it just gets better with each book!)

  28. 4 out of 5

    George Jankovic

    This book is an interesting mix of fantasy and scifi. Hi-tech meets the fairies. I loved its world building especially all the lore on the fairies, their location, their rules and regulations etc. Artemis a genius, but my favorite characters were Butler, his butler, and Captain Holy Short, a fairy who is his victim. The book is a quick read. It will be hard to put it down even if you have to. :)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley doruyter

    much better then i thought it was going to be, but there were no surprises in the plot.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    Artemis Fowl, a nefarious 12 year old criminal mastermind, and scion of a wealthy and feared family, tangles with fairies in order to make the ultimate score but these aren't the fairies you heard about in the nursery. What results is a rollicking roller coaster adventure that owes more to Die Hard than to the Brothers Grimm. With a bit of attitude borrowed from the Percy Jackson school of myth re-invention. As with any NY Times best seller aimed at the youth market, this book will be loved by so Artemis Fowl, a nefarious 12 year old criminal mastermind, and scion of a wealthy and feared family, tangles with fairies in order to make the ultimate score but these aren't the fairies you heard about in the nursery. What results is a rollicking roller coaster adventure that owes more to Die Hard than to the Brothers Grimm. With a bit of attitude borrowed from the Percy Jackson school of myth re-invention. As with any NY Times best seller aimed at the youth market, this book will be loved by some and loathed by some. It is a fast paced and funny story with a reinvented mythos that makes for some snarky reading and in addition there's a secret encoded message that marches across the bottom of every page. But there is a certain word-smithing missing. If you check the quotes for this book, unlike many other YA novels, this one has very few quotes that have a stand-alone value. If you enjoy roller coasters, by all means, check this one out and like many roller coaster you may get some unique viewpoints unavailable from anywhere else but by the end of the ride, you end up pretty much back where you started.

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