Artemis Fowl

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Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius-and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even 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; these fairies are armed and dangerous.

Artemis thinks he has them right where he wants them but then they stop playing ...
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Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius-and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even 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; these fairies are armed and dangerous.

Artemis thinks he has them right where he wants them but then they stop playing by the rules.

Artemis Fowl is a one of the greatest criminal minds the world has ever seen. He is heir to the Fowl family empire—a centuries old clan of international underworld figures and con artists. He is arguably the most cunning Fowl of all. He is also twelve years old.

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I love friends that send me books they think I'll like. That's how I was introduced to Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl, a book that put a nearly permanent ear-to-ear grin on my face.

The main character, a boy named Artemis, is the greatest criminal mastermind that has ever lived. Now the Fowls have been criminals for centuries -- pirates, forgers, gunrunners, robbers, con men, etc. -- but Artemis is something special. He's as cool as a cucumber, with an authority well beyond his 12 years. He has a commanding persona that's as smooth as China silk and is merciless in achieving his goals.

Is he pure evil? No, he has a conscience -- not that he lets that get in the way of what he wants. In a back alley in Saigon, Artemis and his manservant Butler (deadly hand-to-hand fighter, weapons expert, driver, medic, cook, and Artemis's constant and only companion) find what they've being searching the world for: a real live fairy. In this case, an alcohol-addicted fairy.

A deal is struck. In exchange for her life, the sprite will turn over a very important book. The Book is the key to all the secrets of the magic world: the fairies' laws, regulations and secrets. It is the Bible of the fairies.

The translation of the Book would take the work of a genius. Obtaining the Book itself would be the achievement of the century! But for Artemis Fowl, it is merely the first step in a bigger plan, one that will restore his family's fortune. He would be the first human to actually succeed in stealing fairy gold -- one ton of fairy gold to be exact! It's a bold, villainous, ambitious, audacious and rude plan (I need to mention again that Artemis is only 12 years old). But mixing crime and magic proves to be a dangerous matter, and the People (fairies) guard their gold fiercely.

The stronghold of the People is far underground, far away from the Mud People (the fairy name for humankind). It's a human-free zone, and the People intend to keep it that way. Their borders and the places they walk have been hidden from mankind for centuries. Human nature being what it is, if discovered, they would be hunted down and killed.

Captain Holly Short is an elf as well as a cop, a Leprechaun. More accurately, Holly is a member of the LEPrecon, the Lower Elements Police -- a formidable military force with a long, distinguished history. Their magic has been heightened by highly advanced technology, and Holly carries enough firepower to level a mountain.

LEPrecon is a dangerous and unforgiving assignment, and Holly already has one disaster on her record. But at the moment of her dismissal, she is the wrong elf in the wrong place at the wrong time. Four hundred pounds of enraged muscle have broken onto the surface in the form of an angry berserker troll -- a disaster in the making. The death toll in the human population would be high, and the consequences to the People would be devastating: discovery. Holly has to mount a retrieval mission, but she has neglected her rituals; and at the moment she will need it the most, her magic will come up short. Before the night is over, events will be set in motion that will place Holly in the sights of the notorious Artemis Fowl.

Colfer's novel was a joy to read. It was smart, fun, adventurous and full of humor. (Jim Killen)

USA Today
He can tell a story...Colfer offers some nice riffs in terms of creating a magical subworld of trolls, dwarfs and centaurs as well as some fun tech stuff.
New York Times Book Review
Colfer has done enormously, explosively well.
USA Today
He can tell a story...Colfer offers some nice riffs in terms of creating a magical subworld of trolls, dwarfs and centaurs as well as some fun tech stuff.
Buffalo News
It's smart, it's funny, and even contains some nuggets of wisdom about the human condition.
Family Life Magazine
Action-packed, it's perfect for long, lazy summer days.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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 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. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
KLIATT
Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old boy with a missing father, a sick mother, a loyal servant...and a world-class criminal mind with millions of dollars at his disposal. So if he decides to go after fairy gold, he's got a good shot at finding it. But when he kidnaps a LEPrecon, he's in more trouble than he knows. Fairies can be nasty critters, and the fate of both worlds hangs on this showdown! While the summary suggests this might be Harry Potter if the main character were Draco Malfoy, it's not quite the same thing. The author's tongue is firmly in his cheek, and the novel is amusing without quite engaging the emotions. But it's fun to watch Artemis outsmart everyone around him, and middle school readers are sure to enjoy it. KLIATT Codes: J*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior high school students. 2001, Hyperion, 396p., Ages 12 to 15.
—Deirdre Root
Children's Literature
The title character is a genius, a criminal mastermind and a millionaire—not bad for a twelve-year-old. Artemis, scion of a famous crime family, has a cunning plan to recoup his family's fortunes, which suffered from a bad business deal by his now-deceased father. Since he's no ordinary boy, it's no ordinary plan—he wants to kidnap and ransom a fairy, after high-tech preparations that would make James Bond nod approvingly. What Artemis doesn't know is that the LEPrecon Unit is no slouch when it comes to high-tech rescue. Thankfully, Colfer mixes in times of quiet reflection with the full-throttle action—even giving Artemis a chance to redeem himself. The author jabs gently at action-adventure clichés—the old officer who resents technological advances, the desk jockey who gets on everyone's nerves but comes through in the end, the female soldier who has to prove herself. It is a work that will inevitably draw comparisons to the "Harry Potter" series, with its emphasis on the existence of a magic world. But Artemis Fowl is no copycat. It's an original. Read it out loud to your kids, and the whole family will end up missing normal bedtimes. Reviewer: Donna Freedman
VOYA
Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl took over his family's evil criminal empire after his father's disappearance and his mother's nervous breakdown. Artemis and his trusty sidekick, Butler, kidnap a fairy for fairy gold, unaware that this fairy is not the old-fashioned kind. Artemis finds himself up against the thoroughly modern LEPrecon, an armed and dangerous branch of the Lower Elements Police led by Commander Root, who will do anything to ensure Captain Holly Short's safe return. The strength of this book is in the creation of a new underground world peopled by progressive fairies, goblins, trolls, and other fantastical creatures. Sly in tone with generous dollops of humor, this story does not shy away from difficult topics. One scene is violent, describing a troll attacking Butler and his younger sister. The pat ending—Butler is healed by the same fairy that he held hostage, Artemis's mother starts living her life again, and Artemis gets to keep the fairy gold—seems a bit much, but the epilogue hints at Artemis's deviousness and sets up sequels by referring to future encounters with LEPrecon Captain Holly Short. This story has lots of action, but ultimately, interesting gadgets and nefarious plots do not compensate for an unsympathetic main character. The LEPrecon and those living underground are fascinating and worthy of their own books. Despite marketing claims, this book is no Harry Potter, but as fantasy adventures go, it should have a wide following among middle schoolers, especially boys. More than a fantasy, it is the story that might result if James Bond were mixed with legends and the folklore of fairies, trolls, and goblins. Like the Potter books, it might appeal toteens of all ages. Author Colfer is an elementary school teacher in Ireland, where his previous novel was a best-seller. VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M J S (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Hyperion/Disney, 279p, $16.95. Ages 12 to 18. Reviewer: Susan Smith SOURCE: VOYA, August 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 3)
Library Journal
Colfer is already well known in Britain for his popular children's books. The quirky characters and delightful humor of his latest work will undoubtedly delight American readers as well. Artemis Fowl, 12-year-old criminal mastermind and consummate self-server, is out to win fame and restock the dwindling family fortune. The wealthy Fowls, underworld moguls, have fallen on hard times with the disappearance of Artemis's father and the questionable sanity of his depressed mother. Having discovered the true existence of fairies and their magic, Artemis foments a wicked plot to steal their gold. Coercing a fairy on the skids to show him her book of magic, he manages to crack the code and acquaint himself with fairy magic and technology. But Artemis realizes that he needs more bargaining power, so he kidnaps the fairy, Capt. Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance) Unit, intending to ransom her for the gold. As the book progresses, readers suspect that this child prodigy is perhaps not so foul as he seems, nor are the good fairies quite so wonderful after all. Fun to read, full of action and humor, this is recommended for all public libraries and to readers of all ages. [The publisher, jointly with Hyperion Books for Children, is promoting this to the young and adult fans of Harry Potter. Ed.] Jennifer Baker, Seattle P.L. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Twelve-year-old genius Artemis Fowl decides to reinvigorate his family fortunes by kidnapping a fairy and demanding its gold. Having obtained and decoded the Book, a tome containing all of the fairies' secrets, Artemis captures an elf named Holly Short and holds her captive at his family mansion in Ireland. However, he hasn't reckoned on the resources and cunning of the LEPrecon Unit, an elite branch of the fairy police force, whose members will stop at nothing to rescue Captain Short. It seems that the wicked ways of the Mud People (humans) have driven most of the magical creatures underground, where a gritty, urban fairy civilization is flourishing. The fairy characters are mouthy and eccentric, but Artemis is too stiff and enigmatic to be interesting; the story bogs down when the focus is on him. The combination of choppy sentences and ornate language will appeal to some readers, although not necessarily to Harry Potter fans; the emphasis here is more on action (some of it gory), technology, and deadpan humor than on magic, and only one character (Artemis) is a child.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
From the Publisher
"A new thriller fairy tale will grab your interest, no matter what your age."--The New York Post

"Kids will absolutely love it."--Diane Sawyer, Good Morning America
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423124528
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 6/23/2009
  • Series: Artemis Fowl Series , #1
  • Edition description: New Cover
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 35,817
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 7.75 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Eoin Colfer
Eoin Colfer is the New York Times best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Airman, Half Moon Investigations, The Supernaturalist, Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books, The Wish List, Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

Biography

Eoin Colfer is a former elementary school teacher whose Artemis Fowl series has become an international bestseller. He is also the author of The Legend of Spud Murphy, The Wish List, and the New York Times bestseller The Supernaturalist.He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

Author biography courtesy of Miramax Books/Hyperion Books for Children.

Good To Know

Some fun and fascinating outtakes from our interview with Colfer:

"My original ambition was to be a comic book artist. I would still love to write a comic one day."

"I have a real hatred of queues. If I see a queue of more than four people, I will leave the building and come back another day."

"I have four brothers and they are the inspiration for several of the sprites and gremlins in my books."

"I did a parachute jump recently and loved it. I would definitely take it up as a hobby if we had more clear sky over here in Ireland."

"I am a big theatre fan, and I go as often as possible with my wife. I actually started out in the theatre, writing plays for my actor friends."

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    1. Also Known As:
      William Eoin Colfer (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Wexford Town, County Wexford, Republic of Ireland
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 14, 1965
    2. Place of Birth:
      Waterford City, County Waterford, Republic of Ireland
    1. Education:
      Bachelor of Education, 1986; Education Diploma, 1987
    2. Website:

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Chapter 2

By now, you must have guessed just how far Artemis Fowl was prepared to go in order to achieve his goal. But what exactly was this goal? What outlandish scheme would involve the blackmailing of an alcohol-addicted sprite? The answer was gold.

Artemis's search had begun two years previously when he first became interested in surfing the Internet. He quickly found the more arcane sites: alien abduction, UFO sightings, and the supernatural. But most specifically the existence of the People.

Trawling through gigabytes of data, he found hundreds of references to fairies from nearly every country in the world. Each civilization had its own term for the People, but they were undoubtedly members of the same hidden family. Several stories mentioned a Book carried by each fairy. It was their Bible, containing, as it allegedly did, the history of their race and the commandments that governed their extended lives. Of course, this book was written in Gnommish, the fairy language, and would be of no use to any human.

Artemis believed that with today's technology the Book could be translated. And with this translation you could begin to exploit a whole new group of creatures.

Know thine enemy was Artemis's motto, so he immersed himself in the lore of the People until he had compiled a huge database on their characteristics. But it wasn't enough. So Artemis put out a call on the Web: Irish businessman will pay large amount of U.S. dollars to meet a fairy, sprite, leprechaun, pixie. The responses had been mostly fraudulent, but Ho Chi Minh City had finally paid off.

Artemis was perhaps the only person alive who could take full advantage of his recent acquisition. He still retained a childlike belief in magic, tempered by an adult determination to exploit it. If there was anybody capable of relieving the fairies of some of their magical gold, it was Artemis Fowl the Second.

It was early morning before they reached Fowl Manor. Artemis was anxious to bring up the file on his computer, but first he decided to call in on Mother.

Angeline Fowl was bedridden. She had been since her husband's disappearance. Nervous tension, the physicians said. Nothing for it but rest and sleeping pills. That was almost a year ago.

Butler's little sister, Juliet, was sitting at the foot of the stairs. Her gaze was boring a hole in the wall. Even the glitter mascara couldn't soften her expression. Artemis had seen that look already, just before Juliet had suplexed a particularly impudent pizza boy. The suplex, Artemis gathered, was a wrestling move. An unusual obsession for a teenage girl. But then again she was, after all, a Butler.

"Problems, Juliet?"

Juliet straightened hurriedly. "My own fault, Artemis. Apparently I left a gap in the curtains. Mrs. Fowl couldn't sleep."

"Hmm," muttered Artemis, scaling the oak staircase slowly.

He worried about his mother's condition. She hadn't seen the light of day in a long time now. Then again, should she miraculously recover, emerging revitalized from her bedchamber, it would signal the end of Artemis's own extraordinary freedom. It would be back off to school, and no more spearheading criminal enterprises for you, my boy.

He knocked gently on the arched double doors.

"Mother? Are you awake?"

Something smashed against the other side of the door. It sounded expensive.

"Of course I'm awake! How can I sleep in this blinding glare?"

Artemis ventured inside. An antique four-poster bed threw shadowy spires in the darkness, and a pale sliver of light poked through a gap in the velvet curtains. Angeline Fowl sat hunched on the bed, her pale limbs glowing white in the gloom.

"Artemis, darling. Where have you been?"

Artemis sighed. She recognized him. That was a

good sign.

"School trip, Mother. Skiing in Austria."

"Ah, skiing," crooned Angeline. "How I miss it. Maybe when your father returns."

Artemis felt a lump in his throat. Most uncharacteristic.

"Yes. Perhaps when Father returns."

"Darling, could you close those wretched curtains? The light is intolerable."

"Of course, Mother."

Artemis felt his way across the room, wary of the low-level clothes chests scattered around the floor. Finally his fingers curled around the velvet drapes. For a moment he was tempted to throw them wide open, then he sighed and closed the gap.

"Thank you, darling. By the way, we really have to get rid of that maid. She is good for absolutely nothing."

Artemis held his tongue. Juliet had been a hardworking and loyal member of the Fowl household for the past three years. Time to use Mother's absentmindedness to his advantage.

"You're right of course, Mother. I've been meaning to do it for some time. Butler has a sister I believe would be perfect for the position. I think I've mentioned her. Juliet?"

Angeline frowned. "Juliet? Yes, the name does seem familiar. Well, anyone would be better than that silly girl we have now. When can she start?"

"Straight away. I'll have Butler fetch her from the lodge."

"You're a good boy, Artemis. Now, give Mummy a hug."

Artemis stepped into the shadowy folds of his mother's robe. She smelled perfumed, like petals in water. But her arms were cold and weak.

"Oh, darling," she whispered, and the sound sent goose bumps popping down Artemis's neck. "I hear things. At night. They crawl along the pillows and into my ears."

Artemis felt that lump in his throat again.

"Perhaps we should open the curtains, Mother."

"No," his mother sobbed, releasing him from her grasp. "No. Because then I could see them, too."

"Mother, please."

But it was no use. Angeline was gone. She crawled to the far corner of the bed, pulling the quilt under her chin.

"Send the new girl."

"Yes, Mother."

"Send her with cucumber slices and water."

"Yes, Mother."

Angeline glared at him with crafty eyes. "And stop calling me Mother. I don't know who you are, but you're certainly not my little Arty."

Artemis blinked back a few rebellious tears. "Of course. Sorry, Moth - Sorry."

"Hmmm. Don't come back here again, or I'll have my husband take care of you. He's a very important man, you know."

"Very well, Mrs Fowl. This is the last you'll see of me."

"It had better be." Angeline froze suddenly. "Do you hear them?"

Artemis shook his head. "No. I don't hear any - "

"They're coming for me. They're everywhere."

Angeline dived for cover beneath the bedclothes. Artemis could still hear her terrified sobs as he descended the marble staircase.

The Book was proving far more stubborn than Artemis had anticipated. It seemed to be almost actively resisting him. No matter which program he ran it through, the computer came up blank.

Artemis hardcopied every page, tacking them to the walls of his study. Sometimes it helped to have things on paper. The script was like nothing he'd seen before, and yet it was strangely familiar. Obviously a mixture of symbolic and character-based language, the text meandered around the page in no apparent order.

What the program needed was some frame of reference, some central point on which to build. He separated all the characters and ran comparisons with English, Chinese, Greek, Arabic, and with Cyrillic texts, even with Ogham. Nothing.

Moody with frustration, Artemis sent Juliet scurrying when she interrupted with sandwiches, and moved on to symbols. The most frequently recurring pictogram was a small male figure. Male, he presumed, though with the limited knowledge of the fairy anatomy he supposed it could be female. A thought struck him. Artemis opened the ancient languages file on his Power Translator and selected Egyptian.

At last. A hit. The male symbol was remarkably similar to the Anubis god representation on Tutankhamen's inner-chamber hieroglyphics. This was consistent with his other findings. The first written human stories were about fairies, suggesting that their civilization predated man's own. It would seem that the Egyptians had simply adapted an existing scripture to suit their needs.

There were other resemblances. But the characters were just dissimilar enough to slip through the computer's net. This would have to be done manually. Each Gnommish figure had to be enlarged, printed, and then compared with the hieroglyphs.

Artemis felt the excitement of success thumping inside his rib cage. Almost every fairy pictogram or letter had an Egyptian counterpart. Most were universal, such as the sun or birds. But some seemed exclusively supernatural and had to be tailored to fit. The Anubis figure, for example, would make no sense as a dog god, so Artemis altered it to read king of the fairies.

By midnight, Artemis had successfully fed his findings into the Macintosh. All he had to do now was press Decode. He did so. What emerged was a long, intricate string of meaningless gibberish.

A normal child would have abandoned the task long since. The average adult would probably have been reduced to slapping the keyboard. But not Artemis. This book was testing him, and he would not allow it to win.

The letters were right, he was certain of it. It was just the order that was wrong. Rubbing the sleep from his eyes, Artemis glared at the pages again. Each segment was bordered by a solid line. This could represent paragraphs or chapters, but they were not meant to be read in the usual left to right, top to bottom fashion.

Artemis experimented. He tried the Arabic right to left and the Chinese columns. Nothing worked. Then he noticed that each page had one thing in common - a central section. The other pictograms were arranged around this pivotal area. So, a central starting point, perhaps. But where to go from there? Artemis scanned the pages for some other common factor. After several minutes he found it. There was on each page a tiny spearhead in the corner of one section. Could this be an arrow? A direction? Go this way? So the theory would be, start in the middle then follow the arrow. Reading in spirals.

The computer program wasn't built to handle something like this, so Artemis had to improvise. With a craft knife and ruler, he dissected the first page of the Book and reassembled it in the traditional Western languages order - left to right, parallel rows. Then he rescanned the page and fed it through the modified Egyptian translator.

The computer hummed and whirred, converting all the information to binary. Several times it stopped to ask for confirmation of a character or symbol...

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

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    Really good book

    I didn't expect it to be so good. Great story with colorful characters. Liked it a lot and days later I still hadn't forgotten it, nor have the kids. Have recommended it to everyone.

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    Enhanced means that it includes either sounds, movie clips or pictures.

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  • Posted October 27, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    FOWL

    The first in the fowl series. This book packs a high flying adventure against mans long lost friends: The Fairies. No not just any fairies but ones with technology far superior than our own.
    One Irish genius challenges them and proves a worthy foe.
    He is out to seek their most prized possession:
    GOLD.
    Artemis Fowl is a book i loved as soon as i read the first page.

    38 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2010

    Great Read

    The Fowls have been notorious criminals since the time of the Norman Conquest, exploiting and out witting others for monetary gain. Artemis being a Fowl follows his forefather's footsteps and embarks on exploits of his own; though this time he decides to exploit a new people, the fairy race. The book Artemis Fowl is wonderfully written and seamlessly carries you from the fairy world to the world we all know. The fairy race is very well developed and their way of life along with their underground world seems very real. The story itself is very technologically oriented and really entertains the inner geek in all of us with the very detailed descriptions of the advanced fairy technology used against Artemis and Artemis' own use of electronics to outwit the fairies .The plot is something you would get if you crossed The Bourne Supremacy and The Lord of The Rings, very technologically oriented, action centric, and full of magic and lore. The mix of technology and fairy magic is not something that is very commonly seen in most books and movies, paired with a great writing style this book really stands out from others. The book is full of many twists and turns as Artemis, unexpected to the fairy people outwits and counters everything the fairies seem to throw at him. This book is a great read and can entertain people of all ages with its detailed scenes and a very well developed back story. I strongly recommend this book to people of all ages looking for something fast paced and fresh.

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    Click yes if you love reading this book

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

    I love this Book

    Ok, so I'm a 16 year old girl who's definitely read a lot. I read on a lot of different levels, adult, YA, and I read this book awhile back when I was maybe 10 or 11. Once thing I can say is that I can still read this book and like it a lot, however, the difference between this book and Harry Potter, I think, is simply that it's even more for children than Harry Potter is. I'm not sure if adults would enjoy this book, AND, if I'd never read the book when I was younger I'm not sure if I'd like it that much.
    For any younger children who want to read it, I don't think it's a book for reluctant readers (I tried to get my 10 year old brother to read it but he was intimidated by the length and how it was kind of confusing for him.)
    Also, someone else on here recommended the book Incarceron and although I agree that's a great book, Incarceron is a YA book and Artemis Fowl is directed at children, so of course Incarceron will be a lot more appealing to older readers.
    Overall, I think this is a great book for tweens who like to read fantasy. (And, you either love or hate the arrogance of Artemis Fowl. I personally loved it lol.)

    20 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 20, 2009

    Crazy Good Book

    Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer is a fantastic fantasy novel, with daring feats and incredible and magical discoveries.
    This is an excellent book because it is a little bit of everything. It has some action, mystery, and a lot of fantasy. Not to mention the prodigious mind of young 12 year old Artemis Fowl. It takes place in modern day Europe, including England, Ireland, and an underground fairy world with goblin gangs, fairies, and incredibly angry dwarfs of all species. The thing is Artemis wants the fairy power, and to do that Artemis needs to muster a secret object. This object tells about the fairies and if he studies about them he can get a hint to capture the power. To get this object he must travel around the world searching for sprites (old fairies). All this could threaten war between the two worlds.
    The sprite Artemis finds is all the way in Vietnam. He makes her give him the book using his amazing mind. He realizes what he really needs is a fairy. Later he kidnaps a fairy. She was doing a ritual of magic when Butler, Artemis' man servant and only friend tranquilized her.
    Eoin tells this story in 3rd person omniscient really giving you a good grasp at the character's thoughts and feelings. He makes Artemis probably the smartest person on the planet. He needs diversions for plans he only knows. Also Butler is trained in the deadliest martial arts and weaponry, a feel bad for the poor soul who tried to pick pocket him.
    This is for anyone who likes fantasy and action. This is the first in the series so I recommend reading this first. The other ones only get better.

    16 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Loved it

    This is one of the best best books i have ever read. Read it if you ike
    Fantasy
    Adventure
    Mystery

    13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Good fast read

    Very good fast read. I was surprised at the entire idea of a technologically advanced fairy world. Great characters that I am looking forward to getting to know better in future books.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Cool is not close to what it is its AWSOME

    When i first heard of it my mom was reading it. She told me it was about a 14 year old criminal master mind so i was like not my kind of book not enough magic ( this is what happens when you don't actually look at the description) then a while past and i started running out of things to read (my mom NEVER takes me to the public library) so i thought i might as well and i read it i was not disaponted i say if you don't like this book YOU ARE CRAZY!!! SO READ IT NOW!!!!!!

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Great book

    This serise was one of my favorites. I thought it was cool how the fairies are not the girly ballerina type fairies you find in many books. This book was also pretty funny. I give it 5 stars. :)

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2010

    Artemis Fowl Book Review

    Artemis Fowl, "A book that will keep the pages turning, no matter what your age, a new kind of fairy tale." I am reading this particular book because it was my second choice and it sounded interesting. Plus, it was also the biggest font and the least amount of pages. Now that I have read it I do not like it, it has almost no description. Young 12 year old Artemes Fowl is a genius, smarter that most adults in the burglary business. He will do what ever he wants to get it. "It" You ask, Gold .Gold from the fairies.
    So one day Artemis decides he wants more money even though he is already a millionaire. Only one species has the amount of money that he wants, The LEP. The LEP is a special group of Fairies, Elf's and many other mystical creatures. They all carry magic unless you disobey the power. Each creature also carries a book that tells about there kind. They must never give the book to any human, or there race will be discovered by human. One alcoholic fairy had revealed him self to Artemis. BIG, mistake. He then must play a scheme on the fairies to get what he wants. The gold. Of course the plan works. Then he reads the book, to find Mrs. Captain Short on her first mission. He captures her, keeps her hostage, and locked up, till he gets the gold. To save Holly the LEP goes on a mission to save her. He uses this to get closer to the gold. The LEP's plan is not working, this calls for one thing. Mulch the unbeatable. Till the unthinkable happens he is killed under ground in a tunnel trying to save Holly. Can Artemis get the 24 carrot gold he wants? Read the book to find out!
    I would rate this book 1 out of 5 stars. Many people liked the book but I did not. It was a very confusing book. It changed scenes in the middle of chapters with out a clue. They also stayed on one un descriptive scene for long time. It did not show, instead it told. I would not recommend this book to any sixth grade boys. I would not recommend it to any 6th graders.

    7 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Artemis fowl

    It is a very good book id recommend 2all

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2012

    Epic and Realistic! A+++

    A wonderfully written story, Artemis Fowl is unique, and very hilarious-it's the greatest teen-children's novel I have ever read. This is a book that will stay with you throughout your life...an unforgettable adventure...

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2010

    Artemis Fowl Review ~SMW GEHS

    In Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer, the intelligence of youth is taken to a whole other level. Beautifully written and a real page turner, this book is a unique combination between science and magic. The reader will be transfixed by the border line of fantasy and magic. The protagonist of this story, Artemis Fowl, is a youthful criminal mastermind fixated on restoring his family's fortune. But as his plans to hold hostage a magical creature for ransom, he runs into some truly magical problems. Readers will laugh and gasp as they progress through the story which offers a surplus of comedy and drama. This book is great for young minds all the way up to adulthood. The excitement of this book will have you turning the page just as well as the delightful and diverse characters will. If you love adventure with a spike of magic or a pinch of Science Fiction, Artemis Fowl is for you.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Grea Grrrrreeeaatt!!!!!!!

    This book is one of the best books I've read in a while.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2012

    Awesome

    Get this book!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2011

    ???!

    Is this the first book in the series?

    4 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 30, 2011

    awful

    this book was so boring, i couldn't even finish it. i love to read but when i was reading this book i would rather do anything but read. the only reason i gave it a star is because i have to.

    4 out of 40 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2008

    HORRIBLE! WHAT KIND OF FANTASY WRITING IS THIS?

    I came to this series looking for a good Sci Fi/Fantasy series. I failed. I read the first 150 pages knowing it will just get worse! Colfer cannot write good fantasy characters like Derek Benz, Brandon Mull, JS Lewis, Jenny Nimmo, etc. This book is barely readable even when Artemis is in. Horrible style of writing. DO NOT read this book!

    3 out of 48 people found this review helpful.

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