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Artemis Fowl (new cover) by Eoin Colfer

Artemis Fowl (new cover) (edition 2009)

by Eoin Colfer

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Title:Artemis Fowl (new cover)
Authors:Eoin Colfer
Info:Hyperion Book CH (2009), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 304 pages
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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

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Artemis Fowl is not a usual teenager. Even though he is just twelve, he’s already smarter than most adults. Fowl doesn’t seem to care about anybody, but as we read, we find out that this is not exactly true. He loves his mother very much and takes care of her when she’s ill and he misses his father who disappeared some time before the beginning of the book.

Most things about him, like the reasons for his criminal career, remain more or less unexplained. It’s understandable; this is only the first of a series of eight novels.

Due to his young age most of his adversaries underestimate him. They soon learn that this is a big mistake. Artemis Fowl is not someone you can easily trick.

Although sometimes we see how young Artemis really is, I think the plot would have been more realistic with somebody a bit older. Just four years more and his behaviour would have been much more believable.

Even though it is a YA novel and there is no strong language, there are serious death threats and most are not issued by evil people. Several LEP members (Lower Elements Police), who are supposed to be the good guys, are very happy to send a troll to kill a boy and to use a magical weapon to kill everybody in the house to get the gold back.

In this novel what’s good and bad depends on the point of view and nobody is all one or the other. ( )
  Hellen0 | Jun 22, 2016 |
Well-done fun - but not my style so I won't be reading the rest of the series. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |

Artemis Fowl is twelve, smart and very, very, very rich. He could have been Batman, but he decides to go steal some gold from faeries.

Only problem is, these faeries are not known to go easy on sharing their gold, and they can fend for themselves. Still, Artemis decides to kidnap one of them.

This book is aimed I guess on children around eleven years old. Indeed I do remember people talking about these books when I was about that age. For me, as I was older when I read this book, it felt a little bit childish (not that I can blame the book; of course), mostly the 'jokes' and witticisms fell short for someone my age.

Artemis himself has a great mind he uses for the bad, like Moriarty for example, but is also an extremely annoying person. I won't be the only one who ended up 'team faeries' even though all faeries do is complain about humans.

This book is the start of a series, but I still need to read from book #3 on. ( )
  Floratina | May 26, 2016 |
In book one of this series, Artemis Fowl is 12 years old and is a criminal mastermind. Using his genius to do bad things, Artemis has discovered that fairies, leprechaun, trolls and such are real. Decoding the book of fairies, Artemis learns they have a reserve of gold and hatches a plan to kidnap a fairy for a ransom. After kidnapping Holly short, a captain in the LEPrecon police unit, Artemis demands a ransom of fairy gold to help him with his search to locate his missing father. Artemis uses brute strength (his butler), trickery, his love of money and power, and his deviousness to make the fairies pay him the gold he believes he is owed. The character development in the story is crucial to understanding theh connection between all the characters and the reasons why Artemis is only 12 and is yet left to his own devices as he plans for all sorts of treachery against the magical community. The characters' backgrounds and personalities are well-developed and relate directly to the plot. The plot unfolds slowly, but with events that grab the readers attention and hold it captive as Artemis lays out his plan, follows it through, and eventually (partially) succeeds in it. The language style used is vivid and paints the picture of the magical characters so well that the reader can believe in them. Language is used to portray everything from how diabolical Artemis is, to the gruff exterior but softness for his captain that Commander Root has, to the affectionate and sometimes confusing relationship that Butler (his bodyguard) has with Artemis. The plot builds throughout the book and the reader is continually 'biting nails' as they wonder if Artemis will succeed in stealing the fairy gold or if the fairies will be one step ahead of Artemis in their rescue plan.
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Genre: Novel, Modern Fantasy (which includes all six elements: magic (all creatures possess and use this except humans), other worlds (magical creatures live underground in their own world apart from humans), good versus evil (fairies are good and Artemis is bad, although Artemis is yet to be determined as evil and may just be misled), heroism (Holly Short is the hero of the fairies as she is kidnapped but manages to win against Artemis), special characters (fairies, trolls, dwarves, etc.), fantastic objects (the fairies possess multiple items that are both magical and technological that are used to accomplish their rescue mission and perform their magical acts). ( )
  JessicaRojas | Apr 11, 2016 |
Artemis Fowl II, the title character, is the twelve-year-old son of an Irish crime lord, Artemis Fowl I. After significant research, Artemis believes that he has confirmed the existence of fairies and decides to kidnap one. He tracks down an alcoholic sprite posing as a healer in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and travels there with his bodyguard Butler to obtain from her The Book of the People—the Fairy holy book that is written in Gnommish.

Meanwhile, Captain Holly Short of the Lower Elements Police is tracking a rogue troll that has managed to reach the surface of the Earth from the fairy city, deep underground. Assisted by a technically minded centaur called Foaly and LEPrecon commander Julius Root, she incapacitates the troll. However, this uses the last of her magic, and Commander Root demands that she complete the magic restoring ritual.

Artemis decodes the Book using computerized translating software, and in the process, learns the specifics of the ritual: taking an acorn from an ancient oak tree near a bend in a river under the full moon and planting it elsewhere. Artemis and Butler track down over 100 possible locations for the ritual and start a stakeout; after nearly four months, they discover Holly performing the ritual. Butler tranquilises Holly with a hypodermic syringe.

A LEP retrieval team is sent to scout Fowl Manor. Using their 'shielding' ability, which allows them to vibrate faster than the human eye can follow, the team enters the manor grounds. Artemis anticipated this also, however, and installed a camera with a high frames-per-second rate, allowing him to detect the threat by freezing the image. After Butler incapacitates the intruders, Root decides to lay siege to Fowl Manor using a time-stop and enter negotiations. The ransom demand is revealed as one metric ton of 24-carat gold. Artemis uses the opportunity to reveal his knowledge of the time-stop and claims that he can escape it.

The attempts to gain entry to the manor continue as an infamous criminal, the kleptomaniac dwarf Mulch Diggums, is recruited to break in. Fairies are forbidden from entering human dwellings without permission, but Mulch has already broken this rule and is immune to the adverse consequences. He tunnels underground to reach the house while Foaly feeds a loop to the manor surveillance system, allowing Mulch to freely explore. Mulch locates a safe containing a copy of the Book, finally revealing to the fairies the source of Artemis' knowledge. The Fairy Council, deciding that nothing is working, promote a lieutenant called Briar Cudgeon to Acting Commander, temporarily usurping Julius Root. Meanwhile Holly Short cracks through the concrete of her cell using her bed and completes the ritual with a smuggled acorn. Having regained her magic, she escapes into the main house.

Artemis is finally granted the ransom. The gold is sent in, and Artemis asks Holly for a wish: he wants her to cure his mother's insanity — she has been living in her bedroom, driven mad by the loss of her husband. Holly grants the wish at the cost of half the gold. The LEP decides to send in a 'blue rinse' - a biological bomb that kills all organic life — to eliminate Artemis and allow for the retrieval of the gold, but this fails when Artemis escapes the time-stop by drugging himself and his comrades with sleeping pills. At the end, Artemis finds his mother has fully recovered from her insanity thanks to Holly's magic
  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
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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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Ménard, Jean-Françoissecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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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.
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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!

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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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