- Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date:
- 07 April 2011
- Crime & mystery fiction
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It's got magic, intrigue, deception, kidnapping, blackmail, computers, weapons, code-breaking, violence, and projectile flatulence and can't be faulted for the sheer brilliance of the scheming. This is another one of those 'young adult' books that I love and I'm not sure if that is a telling sign that I am not reading at my level - or that I AM reading at my level.Whichever way it goes, I really enjoyed this book. I like it that the main character is the antagonist - makes things so much more interesting.
Artemis Fowl would be a good book to use for a literature circle group, as the main character Artmemis and the action in the story will engage boys, while the inclusion of fairy characters will appeal to girls. This is an example of a book that goes beyond the typical expectations of fantasy and makes a strong and cohesive story that will appeal to a wide variety of students.Reading Level: 6.2
Stand Back, Human. You Don't know what you're dealing with.Artemis Fowl has never failed to amaze me. I like the way he thinks and the way he never lets his emotions show. His coldness to other people only adds to his cool traits. I really love this book. I loved the Arctic Incident too, and i think the arctic incident is better.
Artemis Fowl has been a longtime favorite series of mine. From the first pages, Colfer lures you into the criminal world with Artemis’s dealings with faeries, continuous outsmarting of them, and the first inklings of his awakening conscious.The story is told from the alternating perspectives of Artemis and Holly Short, but two of the many memorable cast of characters that Colfer introduces. Others include Butler (Artemis’s… butler!), Commander Root heading Recon, Foaly the technological genius of a centaur, and Mulch Diggums the kleptomaniac dwarf.Artemis is a criminal mastermind and speaks at an advanced level for any age. Still, there are telltale signs that he’s only twelve. He worries over his mother, and he’s desperately seeking out his father to restore the Fowl family’s status. He also believes in faeries. Plus his genius brain, and he possesses the power to do one thing no Mud Man (faerie jargon for humans) has ever done before: part the faeries from their gold.Opposing him is Captain Holly Short, the first female member of Recon and also someone who is continuously getting into trouble. While she’s definitely one of the best officers under Root, he pushes her to excel above the others to her dismay at the unwonted prejudice. She has a colorful nature and will never fail to amuse readers with her smart aleck comments.As someone who has read further installments in the series, I can say that while this first book seems clichéd with the whole humans are bad deal, you can see the stirrings of potential development. Holly Short jeopardizes her life to save humans even after they hurt her, and Artemis is beginning to soften up. He realizes that what he’s done is evil. Remember, he’s a kid despite his genius nature.Forget lollipops, rainbows, and sunshine. Artemis Fowl’s dark brilliance and criminal exploits will leave you hankering for the next installment in the series. With his wit and great sense of humor, Colfer brings to readers of all ages a genius antihero, futuristic technology, mind games, and a bit of magic.
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