Artemis Fowl; The Atlantis Complex

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When Artemis commits his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy, it seems that goodness has taken hold of the world's greatest teenage criminal mastermind. But the truth is much worse: Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex, a psychosis common among guilt-ridden fairies and most likely triggered in Artemis by his dabbling with fairy magic. Symptoms include obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, multiple personality disorder and, in extreme ...
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When Artemis commits his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy, it seems that goodness has taken hold of the world's greatest teenage criminal mastermind. But the truth is much worse: Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex, a psychosis common among guilt-ridden fairies and most likely triggered in Artemis by his dabbling with fairy magic. Symptoms include obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, multiple personality disorder and, in extreme cases, embarrassing professions of love to a certain feisty LEPrecon fairy.

Unfortunately, Atlantis Complex has struck at the worst possible time. A deadly foe is intent on destroying the actual city of Atlantis. Can Artemis escape the confines of his mind-and the grips of a giant squid-in time to save the underwater metropolis and its fairy inhabitants?

New York Times best-selling author Eoin Colfer delivers another knockout, fast-paced, and hilarious adventure in Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex, the seventh book in the beloved blockbuster series.

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Artemis Fowl seems to be running amuck. At least, that's what Captain Holly Short believes when she witnesses his strange behavior lurches. Eventually, she concludes that he's suffering from Atlantis Complex, a grab-bag psychosis that could keep a dozen therapists fully occupied. And Artemis' mental problems couldn't be occurring at a worse time: The actual underwater city of Atlantis is facing a very real attack and unless Artemis can free himself of his delusions, this once-bubbling metropolis is just a few gurgles away from its watery demise. The seventh episode in a first-class adventure fantasy.
VOYA - Karen Jensen
In book seven of the Artemis Fowl series, Artemis invests everything he has in an out-of-character plan to save the world. Captain Holly Short soon realizes that Artemis has been dabbling in fairy magic and is suffering from the Atlantis Complex, which manifests in obsessive-compulsive behaviors and multiple personality disorders—and bizarre outbursts in which Artemis professes love. Holly must help Artemis rid himself of the Atlantis Complex in order to help save the actual city of Atlantis. Many of the elements that readers love about the Artemis Fowl series are present: quirky characters and plots, fairies, magic, and adventure. Due to the Atlantis Complex, however, the character of Artemis himself is quite different. This change makes for an intriguing story, and it is interesting to see the internal struggle of Artemis and this illness. In this story, too, in part because of Artemis's muddled mind, the heroes often find themselves racing to catch up with the villain. This volume appears to be setting up a love story for Artemis and Holly, and love is the primary motivator for this installment's villain. There are some paradigm shifts involved, but in many ways they help keep the story fresh and are part of the gradual development of Artemis's character. Colfer has stated that the next volume will be the last. Fans of the series will have mixed reactions to some of the changes, but it should still prove to be popular among fantasy readers. Reviewer: Karen Jensen
School Library Journal
Gr 4–8—Artemis Fowl is not himself in Eoin Colfer's latest addition (Hyperion, 2010) to his delightful series. He is counting his words and obsessing over the number five—because four, of course, means death. When Artemis sets up a meeting with several representatives from Fairy kind to propose a plan to save the planet, his longtime friends, Holly and Foaly, quickly realize that Artemis is suffering from a mental disorder known as Atlantis Complex, which typically strikes guilt-ridden fairies. Battling obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, and, worst of all, an alternate personality named Orion, Artemis must depend on his cohorts more than ever as they battle a deadly foe determined to escape from fairy prison at all costs. Nathaniel Parker effectively portrays both Artemis and his alternate persona, and ably captures the novel's plentiful humor and its occasional affecting moments. Although a bit of a departure from the typical Artemis episode, listeners will feel like they have gotten to know Artemis a little better and will be rooting for him more than ever.—Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423129721
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
  • Publication date: 5/8/2012
  • Series: Artemis Fowl Series , #7
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 40,665
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.00 (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, The Wish List, Benny and Omar; Benny and Babe; and Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

To learn more about Eoin Colfer, visit him on the Web at www.eoincolfer.com.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2010

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    I said "Oh My God" at least a hundred times while reading this.

    This book was amazing. I literally had to stop reading every once in a while because I was laughing too hard to focus. Orion is hilarious and humiliating, and Artemis (therefore Mr. Colfer) once again proved his (their?) genius-ness. The plot is a good one, though I admit that it's more moral-filled than the others. I prefer just reading about Butler and Holly blowing things up together and Artemis carrying out his schemes. I like Angeline's part in the book and after I finished reading I wanted to design Atlantis #3 and get arrested just so I could test the security. Once again, this was an amazing book and Colfer is well on his way to becoming my new role-model. Goos job to him, and I think everyone familiar with the story- or comedy- should definitly read this book.

    33 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

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    great

    Totally awesome. Read it, loved it.

    15 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2010

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    Decline of Fowl

    Overall, I don't think that "Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex" is nearly as good as the previous books. At the begining of the book we discover that Artemis Fowl has a rare fairy psychological disease called atlantis complex and that Turnball Root (brother of Julius Root), is planning to attack the city of Atlantis. The atlantis complex disease results in paranoia, OCD, alternate personalities, etc. I thought that the begining of the plot was decent, but I don't think that it developed very well. One example of this is how similar the story line was to book four: "The Opal Deception". In both cases there is some evil fairy/pixie trying to break out of prison for revenge, and naturally Artemis, Holly, and Mulch somehow meet and uncover what the antagonist is trying to do. Futhermore, I also don't think that some elements of the plot were very believable. The whole idea of Turnball Root reprogramming a space prob from his cell block and putting a "black magic rune" on the guard Vishby to control him seems very unrealistic. Throughout the first six books, we had never even heard of these control runes.... why wouldn't Briar Cudgeon or Opal Koboi have used these? Other antagonists besides Turnball clearly wouldn't have had a problem using them. Overall, I think that Eoin Colfer is just starting to make up new technologies and magic to keep a plot going. In addition, I also felt as though there wasn't enough character development throughout "The Atlantis Complex". Across the entire series so far, the characters of Holly and Artemis have both grown and developed in each book; Artemis matures and eventually stops commiting crimes so he doesn't hurt his friends/family, while Holly learns to trust Artemis and Butler after her kidnapping in book 1. This development throughout books 1-6 was what made each character believable while adding more depth to the plot. However, character development in general was simply absent in "The Atlantis Complex". I also felt that the style and tone of the book was off as well. The writing just didn't seem to flow together the way it did in previous books. Personally, I think that Eoin Colfer should have ended the Artemis Fowl books after book 4 or 5. Overall, I would not recammend this book.

    12 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2010

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    CAN'T WAIT to read the latest Artemis book!

    This series is definitely ONE OF THE BEST I've ever read. I am a big fantasy lover and this is definitely in my collection. I think all around, it is FANTASTIC! It is funny, exciting, smart...I hope the latest will be as good as the rest! :) The WHOLE SERIES has been amazing so far. Keep it up, Eoin! :)

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2010

    Unforgettable, for entirely different reasons

    You will either love/appreciate this latest installment, or be severely disappointed. The most likely cause for disappointment would be Artemis's strange absence - psychologically that is. Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex, symptoms including OCD, paranoia and multiple personality disorder among many other psychological issues. As a result, the Artemis we know and have grown fond of is.not entirely 'there'. And as a result, Artemis's alter ego, Orion, often takes over. And Orion is hardly a genius. Granted, Colfer does an amazing job with this new Orion fellow as well as the remaining characters. The dark humor is there, the one-liners present, Mulch's sarcasm as vibrant as ever and the banter is perfect. And when 'Artemis' (not Orion) is present, the novel holds true to its predecessors. Don't get me wrong, Orion is a riot and I laughed more than once when he showed up, but there is a reason I picked up the Artemis Fowl book.and it most certainly was not because I wanted a book about this Orion guy. So where is Artemis? Oh, he's there. In bite size pieces and as a result, it would seem as though this novel were severely lacking. But despite Orion's humor, the novel is darker than any of the others before it, not only because of the strange emphasis on emotions, but because Artemis and the gang always seem a step or two behind their adversary as opposed to a dozen steps ahead. We're so used to the ingenuous Artemis being so far ahead of the game that by the time we manage to understand the twists and turns, we're struck with awe. But now the team can't seem to catch up effectively - and this new vulnerability brings another aspect into play; and makes the reader shiver with anxiety in an entirely new way. I do miss Artemis's deductions and the rapid twists and turns that leave me in the dust. What's worse is that this new adversary isn't nearly as formidable as Opal Koboi (whose name I genuinely fear). Yes, this novel was very different. But it was darker and in that sense, better. Yet, the boy we've become accustomed to seeing isn't there. And that for me, as a reader, was painful enough. But maybe this was Colfer's point in the end - this new vulnerability that the characters face. This novel runs deeper than the others and the emotions are stronger and that much more terrifying. Under this new lens - then it is probably the best in the series. After all, no other Fowl book has had this effect on me once I put it down. Even now there is a looming darkness that I cannot seem to place. This novel is very different. But if you read it, expecting another 'Fowl' novel, you will be disappointed. Instead, I suggest reading it under a new lens that has not been stained by expectation and to appreciate the differences and what it has to offer. This latest installment is good.very good but for different reasons entirely. And this strange drift away from the other novels can we welcomed - once. If Colfer repeats this venture again, I can confidently say that this new plot line has overstayed its welcome. But for now - this book was strangely amazing and definitely unforgettable.

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2010

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    Artemis isn't right in the head. He's having a touch of OCD - talking in words of five or rearranging items on his desk. He's also feeling paranoid. Plus, he has an idea to save the world. After sending Butler off on a bogus mission, he meets the new commander, Foaly, and Holly Short to explain his latest idea in Iceland. Just before he demonstrates the new technology, a large space vehicle appears. It's one of Foaly's more brilliant designs, but now it's under someone else's control, and that someone is using it for deadly purposes. As they attempt to escape the area, Artemis is hit and undergoes a personality switch. Holly must hold everything and everyone together while trying to escape the situation and uncover the meaning behind their attack. Unfortunately, she could really use Artemis's crafty criminal skills, but for now she must deal with Orion. Can Artemis fight through the Atlantis Complex (a disease enabled by the combination of guilt and fairy magic) in time to help save the people he loves - and his mind? I love Artemis Fowl. He's such an evil genius but also a great character to root for. Right now, he's struggling with his past actions and feels tempted to turn to the good side. I'm not sure how I feel about that, but it's interesting to watch the struggle. I love the sidekicks of this book. I love the relationship between Butler and his sister and their crazy athletic ability to kick butt anytime, anywhere. I love Holly Short - she's feisty and sarcastic, always breaking the rules, and she has a good heart. I really can't wait to see what will happen next.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2010

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    I remembered when I first learned about the series Artemis Fowl. I saw the book, the Time Paradox. I read the inside flap out loud dramatically, and the owner of the book snatched it away. I rolled my eyes. Artemis was a girl's name! Finally, one day, I was bored to pieces at a sleepaway camp. One girl had brought the first Artemis Fowl book, and so I borrowed it from her whenever she wasn't reading it. A counselor said, "Oh, Artemis Fowl? That's the best book ever! I just want to stop showering when I read this. No, I want to take it with me IN THE SHOWER, cover it with some plastic wrap, and read it there." I thought this was a bit extreme before, but now I'm considering just how much damage would be done with the plastic wrap. Maybe I could pull it off without mauling the book. This was on the second to last day at camp. While still doing my classes and following the camp schedule, I finished the book right before my friend's parents arrived, and ever since I've been hunting the books down. I'd planned on reading the Atlantis Complex today (August 3rd, day of release), but couldn't. Ah well, so long as I get it eventually.

    8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 8, 2010

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    THE ATLANTIS COMPLEX

    Artemis Fowl wants to save the world, but he has a little problem. After his brief stunt with magic and all the guilt he's had built up over the years, Artemis has picked up a fairy sickness-Atlantis complex. Artemis has OCD, paranoia, and has a whole new personality-Orion, a white knight who's in love with the fairy princess Holly Short. But his sickness isn't Artemis's only problem, an unknown enemy for Holly's past plotting against the fairy world and Holly needs everyone's help to stop them.
    This Artemis Fowl book is just as funny and action packed as the others. Can't wait to see what happens next.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2010

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    We waited two years for this?

    Title says it all. It was a disappointment. There was too much fanservice: too many characters that were useless for anything except for comic relief, like Mulch and Juliet. And it lacked of a good, well-thought out plot like the other books in the series. It felt rushed while reading, and there was a lot of humor (Orion's lines get pretty old), but there are a only few witty moments that really shone through. The characters felt off throughout.

    The ending was possibly the most disappointing. It was anti-climatic and superficial and the whole last scene between Mulch and Butler was completely unnecessary. In fact, I'm pretty sure the last word is, like, "soup."

    It's sad that the next book will be the last, but I won't have very high expectations for it anyway after this. I'd honestly rather wait five years for it to match the standards of the first few books in the series.

    4 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2010

    Wheres Artemis?

    I didn't enjoy this book much personally. The idea that Artemis goes insane was really good but it ment that we had to put up with this Orion dude alot thats Artemis other personality. Orion was only cool in the last where he actually manages to get out of a fight rather swavly. I dont really like action it always seems pointless to me and there was to much action in this book that I just skimmed over. The plot was lame to just some convict triying to get free, damages the city and kills some fairies on the way and eventually dies.

    4 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2010

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    AWESOME!

    I've loved all of the Artemis Fowl books, but somehow this one stood out from the rest-- in a good way.
    Artemis is growing up, and it's apparent in the book, a fact which I liked. Also, it seemed...older somehow, but not so old that it loses it's young audience. I also loved the idea of the Atlantis Complex, and Orion's character was very fun...All in all, I loved it. A great addition to an amazing series.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2010

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    A simply "magical" experience.

    Eoin Colfer [Pronounced OWEN!] has released a new addition to his Artemis Fowl Series. A simply "magical" experience.

    Readers may expect the same fast-paced action sequences, memorable character appearances, and moments of peril that have defined this bestselling series thus far. Readers may, once again, enter the world of magic, brilliance, and rollicking mischief of Artemis Fowl. Eoin Colfer's genius analogies, cultural references, appropriated humor, and emotional conveyances help to make this book an easy and enjoyable read.

    Enter Turnball Root, the infamous brother of our deceased friend, Julius Root. Turnball brings a new, maniacal genius feel to the Artemis Fowl series. Enabling even humor, cruelty, and altogether Sherlockian deduction aspects to the usual repertoire of villains. Better yet, an avid hater of Opal Koboi. Turnball promises the thrill of brand-new adventure, an unseen challenge to the LEP. and an "under the weather" Artemis Fowl.

    This time around, our favorite child mastermind - Artemis Fowl rather more demented than usual. It seems he has caught a horrible fairy ailment. as a result of his improper meddling in the fairy arts: The Atlantis Complex. With newly found paranoia, split personality, and absolute fascination with the number five, will our hero be able to rise to the challenge?

    Read a chapter of this absolutely riveting novel online, and then buy the full version at your local bookstore [or online book outlet.]!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 1, 2010

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    Dull and Lifeless

    When I heard this was coming out I was excited. I always felt the series was a more childish yet just as entertaining version of HP, however after this book I doubt I will purchase another. I pre-ordered and picked the book up on its release day.... I am only halfway through because its just not interesting enough to read except in dr's offices. That is coming from someone who reads at least 4-5 books a week. It sits in my car in case I forget a real book. As an adult... I feel it will be even duller and very confusing for a child.

    3 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2010

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    Full of Suspense, Mystery, and Humor!

    "Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex," by Eoin Colfer is the seventh installment in the New York Times bestselling Artemis Fowl series. Full of edge-of-your-seat suspense, one-of-a-kind characters, and laugh-out-loud humor, this book is sure to enthrall everyone who reads it! A unique, mysterious storyline keeps the reader quickly flipping the pages as they wonder what in the world is going to happen next! Definitely one of the best books in the series (and funniest), "Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex" is a wild ride of a story, one that is impossible to forget! The ending will definitely leave all readers eagerly awaiting the release of the eighth and final book in this amazing series!

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2010

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    Awesome!

    This is a great book! I am a BIG fan of Artemis Fowl and I can't wait for the next book The Atlantis Complex! Great job Eoin Colfer! Artemis Fowl ROCKS!

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2010

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    What Happened to Colfer?

    I really expected somthing good when I started the 7th book in the Artemis Fowl installment, But when I finished reading it I was not as impressed. The story seems that it would go well as a side story and not as part of the main series. But Hey Colfer is a great writer and the suspense in his previous books was great. I can only hope he has somthing up his sleeve for the next one, or he could be loosing his touch. I am an Artemis Fowl fan.

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2010

    Disappointed

    I look forward to each year's new Artemis Fowl book and this year was no exception. Having finished the book I can say it does not live up to his previous efforts. The story lacks wit and humor and in the end felt like the writer had an obligation to produce a story for deadline so this was what was handed in. As a fan I felt the author didnot do a good enough job to ensure readers would continue to buy the books. I hope I'm proven wrong with the next instalment but only time will tell.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2010

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    So So

    I am a big fan of the Artemis Fowl series, and have read all of the other books, and thoroughly enjoyed them. The Atlantis Complex, I am sad to say, just isn't as good as the rest. I thought that the plot lacked the usual twists and turns of it's forerunners-and I was very dissapointed with the climax.

    In this book, Artemis develops a mental illness that is a bit like OCD, but with a much wider and more serious symptoms, such as multiple personality disorder. Orion, Artemis's other personality, was my favorite part of the book.

    Overall though, this book is mediocre. If you've never read any Artemis Fowl before, go read the first book. It'll make more sense to you, and it's a lot better. If your a big fan of Artemis Fowl like me, then there's nothing I can say to stop you from buying it anyway.

    2 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

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    This was a pretty good book. Orion (artemis's alternate personality) is pretty funny, and i love the reference to greek mythology. They had to point it out for me to get it, but that's just me. I almost wish colfer had left off, but i really love the series. Also, you kind of need to read Artemis Fowl Files by colfer to understand the story behind turnball root.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Hi

    Best book ever !

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