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Artemis Fowl (new cover) (original 2001; 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 (2001)

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I wish I understood the hype. I remember hearing a lot about this book when I was younger, but I was too caught up in my own little world of reading, so that I rarely took suggestions from anyone.
Right now I wish I had just kept on doing that.

"Artemis Fowl" is a book about the 12 year old mastermind and criminal Artemis Fowl (Junior).
Born into a family of criminal brainiacs, Artemis Fowl is trying to save the economy of the family after his father has gone missing, and the mother gone insane.
Therefore he decides to do the most obvious thing to do, when one is in money trouble: to kidnap a fairy!
And even better, he kidnaps a fairy who has lost her magic energy, so he can dominate the fairy/elf/dwarf/centaur world and steal all their gold.

I wish my 12 year old life had been that exciting.

To be honest, It all seemed like a nice little story, and maybe it is because I rarely ever read paranormal stuff, but I found it wildly uninteresting. If Eoin Colfer has just forgotten all the stuff about elfs and the fairy police, and had just written about a normal 12 year old mastermind who robs a human bank or something, then I could have been a tiny bit more intrigued.

The whole fairy versus human thing just seemed a bit out-of-place.
I would have loved a much bigger background story about the fairies and their whole world, instead of just having the author write about it like it is really obvious that of course there is fairies, fairy-police and green old alcoholic magic fairy ladies, in this story.

Sometimes the writing can save a bad story (and the other way around) but I must say, I didn't like the writing either. Probably because this is a book about a 12 year old, to 12 year olds, but there was nothing exciting or interesting in the language at all for me.

I almost always finish books, but I should have just left this one on the library shelf because that was a waste of time and energy. ( )
  ct92 | Mar 21, 2014 |
Artemis Fowl II, son of a crime syndicate boss. Child prodigy headed for a life of crime. Backed by his families enormous wealth and an intelligence, 12 year old Artemis decides to follow family tradition and go into the criminal line of business. When he attempts to kidnap a fairy however things get out of control.
  stacy3176 | Mar 17, 2014 |
I remember reading this book much earlier in life. Reading it now, I saw some of it a little bit differently, I saw the ways Artemis is still like a child. I enjoy Colfer's use of magic and elves, how he changes things around while maintaining the myths that have been around for centuries. I look forward to reading more of the series.

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  DeweyEver | Mar 15, 2014 |
this book is awesome. I rarely come across a book as satisfying and engaging as this one. ( )
  Librabookworm | Feb 14, 2014 |
A lot of humor, very entertaining and a nice story. I'm probably too old to be reading this lol but i liked it ;) ( )
  Farore | Feb 7, 2014 |
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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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Alcaina, AnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ho Chi Minh City in the summer.
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Wie üblich war die Hauptröhre völlig überfüllt. Fliegende Feen verstopften den Durchgang wie Steine in einem Flaschenhals, und die Gnome, die mit ihren riesigen, schwingenden Hinterteilen zwei Fahrstreifen blockierten, machten das Ganze auch nicht besser. [Taschenbuch S. 35]
Seit die Menschenwesen begonnen hatten, mit Bohrungen nach Bodenschätzen herumzuexperimentieren, waren immer mehr Unterirdische aus ihren Burgen unterhalb der Erdoberfläche in die Tiefe und Sicherheit von Haven City geflüchtet. [Taschenbuch S. 37]
Die Oberirdischen zerstörten alles, was sie in die Finger bekamen. Und dann ihre Behausungen! Große, protzige Kästen mit Räumen für alles Mögliche - zum Schlafen, zum Essen und sogar ein Extraraum, um auf die Toilette zu gehen. Drinnen! Holly schüttelte sich. Was für eine ekelhafte Vorstellung. Das einzig Gute daran war doch gerade, dass die Mineralien der Erde zurückgegeben wurden, aber die Oberirdischen hatten es geschafft, selbst das zu verpfuschen, indem sie ihre "Abwässer" mit einer blauen, chemischen Flüssigkeit vermischten. Wenn ihr vor hundert Jahren jemand gesagt hätte, dass die Menschen eines Tages sogar aus dem Dünger die Nährstoffe herausziehen würden, hätte sie ihn für verrückt erklärt. [Taschenbuch S. 49]
Die Hafenarbeiter rollten sich Zigaretten. Was nicht einfach war mit Fingern, die so dick waren wie Eisenstangen, aber sie schafften es doch. Und was machte es schon, wenn ein paar braune Tabakkrümel auf das grobe Pflaster fielen? Man konnte das Zeug kistenweise bei einem kleinen Mann kaufen, der bei der Berechnung seiner Preise zuvorkommenderweise auf die staatlichen Steuern verzichtete. [Taschenbuch S. 83]
Der Zwerg musste schlucken. Das war mal wieder typisch für die Zwergen-Bruderschaft. Was hassen Zwerge am meisten? Feuer. Welches sind die einzigen Wesen, die Feuerbälle herbeizaubern können? Kobolde. Und mit wem legen sich die Zwerge an? So blöd musste man erst mal sein. [Taschenbuch S. 145]
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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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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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