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 the bedtime stories-they're dangerous!
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We couldn’t get enough of this odd novel full of fairy fisticuffs and run-ins with dwarves, goblins, trolls, elves, and other fantastic creatures. The first installment in Eoin Colfer’s madcap crime-meets-fantasy series introduces us to 12-year-old antihero Artemis Fowl, the surviving scion of a family known for its shadiness. In the hopes of restoring his hereditary fortune, Artemis plans to plunder fairy reserves by holding an elite elvish cop for ransom. Tarantino-meets-Tolkien antics ensue. Colfer’s devilishly witty banter and wacky genre mash-ups neatly balance the heavy material (a mentally ill mom; a presumed-dead dad) in this smart, delightful YA read.
Colfer's (Benny and Omar) crime caper fantasy, the first in a series, starts off with a slam-bang premise: anti-hero Artemis Fowl is a boy-genius last in line of a legendary crime family teetering on the brink of destruction. With the assistance of his bodyguard, Butler, he masterminds his plan to regain the Fowls' former glory: capture a fairy and hold her ransom for the legendary fairy gold. However, his feisty mark, Holly, turns out to be a member of the "LEPrecon, an elite branch of the Lower Elements Police," so a wisecracking team of satyrs, trolls, dwarfs and fellow fairies set out to rescue her. Despite numerous clever gadgets and an innovative take on traditional fairy lore, the author falls short of the bar. The rapid-fire dialogue may work as a screenplay with the aid of visual effects (a film is due out from Talk/Miramax in 2002) but, on the page, it often falls flat. The narrative hops from character to character, so readers intrigued by Artemis's wily, autocratic personality have to kill a good deal of time with the relatively bland Holly and her cohorts, and the villain/hero anticlimactically achieves his final escape by popping some sleeping pills (it renders him invulnerable to the fairy time-stop). Technology buffs may appreciate the imaginative fairy-world inventions and action-lovers will get some kicks, but the series is no classic in the making. Ages 12-up.
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Fun and adventurous story
Definitely a Disney store, it was a fun story. The bad guy was stopped and the good guys got away, except the bad guy is kind of good guy. The fairy world was well developed and smart and the author development of the characters was thorough and interesting. This story is as interesting as Harry Potter without the darkness and worth reading.
I read the book in 4 hours and could not put it down. This fast read is packed with wonder and sci fi and is just amazing.worth the money!!
An awesome summer read
Read this on iBook in 3 days. Loved it and I'm going to buy the rest of the books immediately after this review.