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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl (edition 2006)

by Eoin Colfer

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Title:Artemis Fowl
Authors:Eoin Colfer
Info:Puffin (2006), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 304 pages
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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

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    The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud (atimco, Morteana)
    atimco: Both feature a slightly ruthless child hero attempting to harness magical beings for his own nefarious ends. Funny and inventive!
  2. 51
    The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (westher)
    westher: Als je een fan van Holly Short bent is Thursday Next een topper!
  3. 75
    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (missmaddie)
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    Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks (foggidawn)
  5. 11
    Dust City by Robert Paul Weston (kaledrina)
    kaledrina: fans of Fowl's integration of a "real world" with a fairy world will appreciate Dust City's setting
  6. 11
    Hamish X and the Cheese Pirates by Sean Cullen (tardis)
    tardis: The Hamish X books are absurd and funny and like the Artemis Fowl books (also funny) they feature capable young protagonists with dangerous adversaries.
  7. 11
    The Teenage Years by Jamie Thomson (aliklein)
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    Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve (Jesh1721)

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Artemis Fowl is een 12-jarige jongen, superrijk, een genius, en een crimineel mastermind. Hij ontdekt dat elfen, trollen, dwergen etc. echt bestaan, en zoekt een manier om hun te gebruiken. Hij ontvoert een van de leden van de elfBI en probeert op die manier aan het goud te komen dat deze organisatie als losgeld heeft klaar staan.

Dit boek is natuurlijk gericht op personen veel jonger dan ik ben, (BOL.com: 13-16 jaar, hoewel ik het persoonlijk zelfs voor nog jonger zou zetten, zo 10-13 jaar.) en daarom misschien een beetje TE tam voor de oudere lezer, maar voor de gemiddelde tiener een leuk boek voor de zomer-vakantie. ( )
  EdwinKort | Nov 6, 2018 |
A good fantasy book with a different take and unique characters. Although this book i've found can be challenging to follow for some younger readers.
  mitzee333 | Oct 5, 2018 |
This book has the same feel as all the others, and so does the plot. Just when you think it's over, it just began. With multiple break ins and breakouts, it is the perfect book to keep you entertained for multiple hours. With 275 pages it is also a decently quick read, so you can get to the next book in no time at all.
The characters are the same too. Artemis is still a really clever guy, and it shows. He has so many ways to get out of different situations, and his plans are always adaptable. Commander Root is the classic type of grumpy police chief, and if he were human would probably eat donuts directing missions all day. Holly Short’s love to break rules is still there. All in all, the characters are still there same witty, daring, and exciting selves. ( )
  NHaber | Oct 5, 2018 |
The Artemis Fowl books are loads of fun. They're for YA readers, to be sure, but there are undercurrents of literary maturity that YA might not necessarily catch on to. I don't think I've ever enjoyed reading about a twelve-year-old protagonist quite so much! ( )
  whatsmacksaid | Sep 21, 2018 |
I have just read this book again and I’m wondering why I originally gave it 3 stars. Was I nuts? This book is great. It combines espionage with the fairy world. How original is that?

It starts off with this genius, millionaire kid named Artemis Fowl. The Fowl family are corporate criminals. They lost a few hundred million when a Russian missile destroyed a shipment of Coca Cola, and Artemis, having the mastermind brain that he has, wants to build the fortune back up. How’s he going to do it? By kidnapping a fairy and demanding ransom of course.

The fairy world is comprised of all kinds of impish creatures, all of which are unknown to humans. Artemis has figured out their existence and has gotten his hands on their secret handbook. The fairies have been forced underground to get away from humans. Holly Short is a captain in the LEPrecon police unit. She works for the cantankerous Commander Root. When Root orders Holly to recharge her magic, which can only be done at certain locations above ground, Artemis is waiting. He kidnaps her and threatens to expose the fairy world unless they pay up. What follows is a great James Bond like attempt by the fairies to rescue Holly without having to pay the ransom.

This book is jam packed with action. Great characters. Great plot. Great description. Highly sophisticated fairy magic. I love Root, Holly, and the techie centaur Foaly. Colfer brings high creativity to this one.

FYI: Movie coming out in 2019 ( )
  valorrmac | Sep 21, 2018 |
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The truth is, fairies in their essence are said to possess glamour, a word that originally meant something like charm -- the ability to bewitch. Hardware may intrigue, caustic belligerence may be sexy to a contemporary 12-year-old, but neither ingredient bewitches. Despite a brave and promising premise, ''Artemis Fowl'' is charmless.
Characterizations and dialogue enhance a rollicking tale that will have readers rolling on the floor and eagerly anticipating the planned sequel
added by khuggard | editBooklist
Fun to read, full of action and humor, this is recommended for all public libraries and to readers of all ages
added by khuggard | editLibrary Journal
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.
added by khuggard | editSchool Library Journal
Despite numerous clever gadgets and an innovative take on traditional fairy lore, the author falls short of the bar.
added by khuggard | editPublishers Weekly

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Colfer, Eoinprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ménard, Jean-Françoissecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Alcaina, AnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fleetwood, TonyCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kopeć-Umiastowska, BarbaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lamanna, PaoloIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ménard, Jean-FrançoisTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parker, NathanielNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ragusa, Angela DiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rigano, GiovanniIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Book description
Eoin Colfer describes his new book, Artemis Fowl, as "Die Hard with fairies." He's not far wrong.

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. With two trusty sidekicks in tow, he hatches a cunning plot to divest the fairyfolk of their pot of gold. Of course, he isn't foolish enough to believe in all that "gold at the end of the rainbow" nonsense. Rather, he knows that the only way to separate the little people from their stash is to kidnap one of them and wait for the ransom to arrive. But when the time comes to put his plan into action, he doesn't count on the appearance of the extrasmall, pointy-eared Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaisance) Unit--and her senior officer, Commander Root, a man (sorry, elf) who will stop at nothing to get her back.
Haiku summary
An evil genius
kidnaps a fairy captain
to hold her ransom.

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0786817879, Mass Market Paperback)

At last, one of the most talked-about novels of last year is now available in an accessible mass-market edition. Twelve-year-old Artemis is a millionaire, a genius-and above all, a criminal mastermind. But 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-they're dangerous!

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:14:17 -0400)

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When a twelve-year-old evil genius tries to restore his family fortune by capturing a fairy and demanding a ransom in gold, the fairies fight back with magic, technology, and a particularly nasty troll.

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Penguin Australia

4 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

Editions: 0141312122, 0141329726, 014133939X, 0141339098

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