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Artemis Fowl

by Eoin Colfer

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Series: Artemis Fowl (1)

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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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    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!
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    Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks (foggidawn)
  4. 76
    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card (missmaddie)
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    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.
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    The Teenage Years by Jamie Thomson (aliklein)
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    Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve (Jesh1721)
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This kicked off one of my favorite series as a child. Incredible world-building using real-world mythology and great characters. I loved how unapologetically dark Artemis is. I thought about this book after the abysmal movie came out, and I want to let prospective readers know to give this one a chance. ( )
  DominicHayes | Jul 8, 2020 |
Young Prof. Moriarty goes to Hogwarts. The 12-year old son of a missing criminal mastermind attempts to steal gold from fairies, who turn out to be aggressive, well-organized, and technologically proficient. Fast-paced and fun to read. Author Eoin Colfer does a good job of keeping the reader's interest in, and sympathy for, a protagonist who could easily be unlikeable. Don't know if I'll spring for the whole series, but the first installment was good, silly fun. ( )
  AstonishingChristina | Jul 4, 2020 |
it was okay, but not spectacular.
really enjoyed the fact that artemis wasn't redeemed in the eyes of the narrator and all of his wrongdoings were still bad ( )
  Alevis | May 17, 2020 |
Ok so my friend forced me to read this and, ummm... WHERE WAS THIS SERIES WHEN I WAS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL bro I would've been obsessed with this shit. This was really fun, and that ending honestly made me smile. I now want to read the rest of the series and see this little bastard grow up :,) ( )
  Kat.Nova | Apr 27, 2020 |
Advance copy. ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
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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
Eoin Colferprimary authorall editionscalculated
Alcaina, AnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fleetwood, TonyCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kopeć-Umiastowska, BarbaraTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lamanna, PaoloIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ménard, Jean-FrançoisTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Montes, GoñiCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Parker, NathanielNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ragusa, Angela DiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rigano, GiovanniIllustratorsecondary 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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An evil genius
kidnaps a fairy captain
to hold her ransom.
(marcusbrutus)

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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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