28 February 2013
About: Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even 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! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure. (Goodreads)
Author: Eoin Colfer
Publisher: Disney Press
Review: The about thingy basically says it all. This first word that comes to mind when I think of this book is clever. very clever.
Artemis Fowl: I liked him from the start, he's smart, witty, funny, and he's only 12! but Artemis really isn't your average 12-year-old. For one, he's interested in fairies. Even if these fairies are epic warrior fairies, how many 12-year-old boys spend all their free time searching for fairies? But at the end I was confused whether Artemis was the Protagonist or Antagonist. I don't know, but I still liked him.
And like every great master mind, he has his band of people to do his biding. Butler, the scary man servant who can crush a skull in one hand, and Juliet, Butler's little sister. Juliet is probably the only one who can bring out the fuzzy side of Butler. Butler is very protective of his little sister.
Then we have the various mythological creatures from the fairy world at the center of the earth; Holly... er... Captain Holly Short, the only girl in the LEPrecon squad. She is, in one word, fiery. Holly, like Artemis, was fun from the start. She has an awesome personality, but she can sometimes get on Commander Root's nerves.
Commander Root is... well, the Commander. He's sort of in charge of the whole operation. He can be a bit... temperamental?
Then there's Foaly, the genius centaur who is the only one who can yell at Root without getting fired (since he's irreplaceable). He was one of my favorites, he's just smart. Really smart.
The whole book was really fun. Even though the chapters were ridiculously long (like 40 pages per chapter), once I got over that it was a really great read.
Again, it was really clever, and just all out awesome.
My friends have been trying to get me to read this for a while (like a couple years...), but here I am, got it done, and, i must admit it was a really cool book.
This book would be a great read aloud book for little boys especially. My brothers actually asked me about it when I was reading it, but when I told them that it was about fairies they just laughed, and thought that Artemis was a loser for looking for fairies instead of playing video games or buying every single lego set in existence. So... you might want to leave out the fairy part before you read it aloud to a bunch of little boys.
The only thing that is a bit, I don't know, bad, is that Root cusses a bit. nothing bad, just the occasional "Damn". I thought him using the word was what his character would do, but if you don't want to cuss when you read this aloud, just skip over the word, it won't make a difference.
so, a recap. Artemis Fowl was really, really good. Read it now!
Violence: these fairies are hard-core! they are violent. Plus Butler hurts a couple things, and there's a troll that does some damage.
Recommend Age: anyone 10+ would love this book!
Other Fun Stuff: quotes!
“Confidence is ignorance. If you're feeling cocky, it's because there's something you don't know.”~ Root
“If I win, I'm a prodigy. If I lose, then I'm crazy. That's the way history is written.”~ Artemis
“Trust me. I'm a genius.” ~ Artemis
“Butler could kill you a hundred different ways without use of his armoury. Though I'm sure one would be quite sufficient.” ~Artemis
“I don't like lollipops.” ~Artemis
“Let us proceed under the assumption that the fairy folk do exist, and that I am not a gibbering moron.”~ Artemis