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Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl #1)

3.79 of 5 stars 3.79  ·  rating details  ·  290,283 ratings  ·  6,582 reviews
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.
Paperback, 316 pages
Published April 1st 2003 by Miramax (first published 2001)
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Ratish Panda About a child criminal mastermind who discovers an entire race of fairies living underground that alongside using magic have high tech weaponry and…moreAbout a child criminal mastermind who discovers an entire race of fairies living underground that alongside using magic have high tech weaponry and systems. Artemis then kidnaps a fairy police officer "Holly Short" and holds her as a hostage demanding tonnes of gold from the Fairy council in return to release her. The series then progresses with the Fairies and Artemis Fowl cooperating together in deals that benefit them both. I would say the entire series is a must read. Don't miss it. (less)
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Percy
i managed to decipher the code written below the book so for those who are interested...read on:

THE PROPHECIES OF OHM PHLEGM POT CLEANER TO FROND ELFEN KING:
I AM OHM PHLEGM POT CLEANER TO THE KING. BUT I AM MUCH MORE THAN THAT FOR I SEE THE FUTURE WRITTEN IN THE PHLEGM. FOR CENTURIES, WE PIXIES HAVE READ THE PHLEGM, BUT I AM THE BEST THERE HAS EVER BEEN. MY VISIONS ARE GENERALLY OF LITTLE IMPORTANCE. I FORETELL OUTBREAKS OF TROLL POX OR GAS SPASMS AMONG ELDERLY DWARFS. BUT SOMETIMES EVEN A POOR
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Want to meet the guy who's smart enough to take over the world? Well he's twelve years old. And his name is Artemis Fowl. I have two words for this book: GREAT FUN.
If you are at all young at heart or you just want to read something different from your usual fare, then check out this book. Artemis will keep you entertained with his hijinks. At the age of 12, Artemis is keeping his family afloat as they suffer from grief at the disappearance of Artemis Fowl, Sr, his father. His mother has retreat
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Drew
Nov 07, 2011 Drew rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: NOBODY
I had heard some mothers in a bookstore talking about Artemis Fowl and how good it was, so I finally gave in and bought the first book. Artemis Fowl is a child genius/billionaire/criminal mastermind who has discovered that fairies and the like are real and is seeking to exploit them. He does this by kidnapping a LEPrecon (for Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance). The Lower Elements live underground, having been driven there by the Mud People (or humans). I decided that the book was not good in ...more
Keely
Colfer has described this series as “Die Hard, with fairies”, which is a reference to an old Hollywood joke. After the phenomenal success of that movie, a lot of writers started pitching their scripts as ‘Die Hard, with [blank]”, such as Speed: “Die Hard on a Bus”, or Air Force One: “Die Hard, on Air Force One”, or, as the joke goes, the unfortunate who wanted to make "Die Hard, in a building".

If you have actually seen Die Hard, you might recall Hans Gruber, the wealthy, cunning, erudite, Europe
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Jason Koivu
From the get-go it appears Artemis Fowl is going to be about Artemis Fowl, a criminal boy genius with Sherlock Holmes-like powers of deduction, but then bomb squad-esque faeries take over the story and we end up spending just as much time, if not more, reading about them. That's fine since they're interesting and their story moves with a good dash of fun and excitement.

This is another of those books with a redeemable bad-guy protagonist. We shouldn't, but we do root for him, at least in some wa
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Drew Nelson
May 13, 2008 Drew Nelson rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people on airplanes
Artemis Fowl, though entertaining and often well told, is one of those books that has bound itself with the shackles of pandering to a perceived audience and thus will never rise above a certain level. For example, the dwarf character defeats his enemies with the help of his terribly powerful flatulence more than once. The whole race tunnels with the power of poop. The main faerie character, Holly, is a girl trying to break her way through a glass ceiling that no one seems to notice throughout t ...more
Juan Valera
First and foremost, let it be said that I am reading a book intended for someone half my age. Artemis Fowl is the kind of book that grabs a kid by the eyeballs because of the pretty, shiny cover. But once the cover's open and the story laid out, Artemis Fowl is an incredibly gripping story about growing up, equality and acceptance. This was exactly the case when I first read Artemis Fowl; I immediately loved the intelligent, resourceful, but ultimately unhappy Artemis. A better character a teena ...more
Meridyforgot
To be honest I haven't read the whole book, and there is a slim chance that I might try to continue and so I post this review.

The problem is that the onslaught of cheap jabs at the "barbarian humans" destroying the earth is becoming extremely irritating. And miraculously Ireland is still nice and green, but give those humans a few hundred years and it will be destroyed. Please. It completely distracts from the story. Why do we have to spoon feed children dogmatic propaganda? Don't get me wrong.
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Andrew
We were on holiday, and the little cottage we were staying in had a huge range of books. Unfortunately most of the adult books were colossal monsters that there was no way I was going to read in a week. So instead I decided to see what modern kids books were like and picked up Artemis Fowl, a book aimed at boys of about 11 years of age.

The character of Artemis is 12, and a crime lord. Helped by his trusty bodyguard Butler he has discovered that fairies are real, and also really do have a pot of
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Jonathan Peto
If I had thought of this story, I would have told it, but I would have done quite a few things differently, if possible. In other words, I like the story itself: with his family's wealth dangerously on the wane, criminal mastermind and 12 year old boy, Artemis Fowl, formulates a bold plan to kidnap a fairy and seize a ransom of gold. But his is not the only point of view on either side of the incident. We hear from his loyal employee, Butler, as well as the fairies. This equal billing actually u ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

I've been trying to find a new series to hold me over until the next Harry Potter book--and I've finally found it. Meet Artemis Fowl the Second, a twelve-year old genius who doesn't want to go to school, is worried about his mother's fragile mental health, is preoccupied with his father coming back from the dead, and who is determined to add to his family's coffers by any means possible. In a word, Artemis is an evil genius, and you just can't help but love him
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Heather
I've seen these books in the stores for a while, but had actually steered clear of them because I thought they were just a Harry Potter knock off. The other day, I was in the kid section with Daniel while he was playing with the train table, and they caught my eye again. As they had the first 3 books in the series for $9.98, I decided to give them a try. Who am I to pass up a bargain?

Well, let me just say, it is not a Harry Potter knock off! Yes, it deals with sprites, dwarves, leprechauns, and
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Coby Hauser
Mar 12, 2008 Coby Hauser rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nobody
Recommended to Coby by: Matt
I found this book rather lacking and unimaginative. The whole time while reading I couldn't help but think, "the author simply took the Harry Potter concept and tried to copy it with a few tweeks".

I didn't care for any of the characters. I never identified with any fo them, accordingly, I didn't care what happened to them.

The most annoying part was how pro-leftist this book was. I got tired of hearing how evil humans were. It starts off by 'The People' (just think of the name) calling humans M
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Scribble Orca

Drat! Two books in one week where the star system leaves me severely miffed. It's not just two but neither does it deserve three.

Hmm.

I'll admit, I did go into this prejudiced, in both directions. Colfer had utterly failed to impress with his abysmal attempt at following in Douglas Adam's fabulous footsteps. But given that the Fowl series was brought to an end last year and the first in the series was a free giveaway, plus the amount of hysteria Fowl fans seem to generate in heaping accolades on
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Madeleine Montuna
I love the Harry Potter series, so i often compare book to Harry Porter.. The book Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer has been on the shelves for years now but i never had the chance to pick it up. People often encouraged me to read it,often times referring to the books as the next Harry Potter . While they have some of the same fictional ,imaginative , well written storyline doesn't mean they should be compared. Just because a book might be as highly liked as Harry Potter doesn't mean they follow the ...more
Ann
Apr 23, 2011 Ann rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans for Rick Riordan and Neil Gaiman
So, interesting! I finally gave this a go after years of curiosity! I'd heard such mixed things about it that I finally had to discover for myself what I thought of it.

End result? I totally enjoyed it! It was one of the few books that I really wasn't sure how it was going to end! And the best/worst part is that I really wasn't sure how I *wanted* it to end. Was I happy/satisfied with the ending? Yes.

One of the main characters in this book is Artemis Fowl, a young boy (12) who's mature far beyond
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Kathryn
Well, hum. What an interesting book! I enjoyed it (enhanced, I think, by the audiobook/narrator) but I'm also a bit puzzled over it. First of all, I am surprised this is a book for children. Not that there is anything horrendous or that "adult" in it, but it just doesn't seem like a book for kids. Sure, Artemis is twelve, but a child protagonist does not a children's book make. The style doesn't seem particularly kid-friendly (lots of big vocabulary, lots of changing around between scenes/charac ...more
Tom
4.5 fun filled stars. My friends were all over the place on this and since it was a library book I wasn't worried too much on what part of the spectrum I fell on. I was a little worried early on. I started reading and thought I am going to have trouble liking this punk ass kid. Well lucky for me he wasn't there to be liked. There were other likable characters to hold my interest. It was one of those books where my kindle freaked out on my and I knew what to search to get back on track. I was thi ...more
A Book Vacation
I have heard amazing things about the Artemis Fowl Series for a very long time, but I haven’t picked up the series until now. My first impression? Well, Artemis is a genius, but his actions within the novel, kidnapping a faery, for one, put me off of him and I spent a lot of the novel really disliking him. However, the more I read, the more I realized he was just putting on a façade. Artemis is good at heart, though he’s committing multiple crimes, and I actually really liked him by the end.

I w
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Julie
Embarrassingly, it turns out I had absolutely no idea what Artemis Fowl was about. My mind had somehow combined it with Eragon, the sound of Artemis' name making me think it was some sort of YA fantasy with dragons. Instead: our main character is a cunning twelve-year-old supervillain from a long-standing family of aristocratic criminals?? With a family of badass Eurasian bodyguards trained to kick ass and help the Fowls by any means necessary? oh my god WHY DID THE WORLD NOT TELL ME ABOUT THIS

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About aforesaid twelve-year-old criminal mastermind and his attempts to restore the faltering Fowl fortunes by swindling fairies. When we begin, Artemis’s father is missing and his mother nearly insane. Artemis and his bodyguard, Butler, discover the existence of the technologically advanced fairy civilization hidden away in the core of the earth, and Artemis determines to capture an elf for ransom. He ends up with Holly Short, a fairy and LEPrecon (occupation, not species – Lower Elements Polic ...more
Stephen
Jan 27, 2013 Stephen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: percy jackson fans
Artemis Fowl, a nefarious 12 year old criminal mastermind, and scion of a wealthy and feared family, tangles with fairies in order to make the ultimate score but these aren't the fairies you heard about in the nursery. What results is a rollicking roller coaster adventure that owes more to Die Hard than to the Brothers Grimm. With a bit of attitude borrowed from the Percy Jackson school of myth re-invention.

As with any NY Times best seller aimed at the youth market, this book will be loved by so
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Holly
Mar 10, 2012 Holly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Holly by: Tiffany Polk
Shelves: favorites
Artemis Fowl is a ingenious child crime mastermind. And his new plan to get back the family fortune is fool proof. He is going to use the fairy's, exploit them so to speak, he is going to kidnap one and holding it ransom, for a very large amount of gold. Having studied up on fairy's very carefully, he plans to be two steps ahead at all times. With his adult mind but child like belief, its the perfect plan for a genius like him, and with Butler at his side, his bodyguard who would do anything for ...more
Bonnie
2.5 stars

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This was admittedly quite a lot more fun than I had anticipated. Although, I do admit I would have enjoyed this much more a decade ago when this first came out (and I was of course a decade younger!) Artemis Fowl, a genius criminal mastermind, has a plan to restore his family's prior standing: he's going to steal a pot of gold.

Artemis was quite funny and incredibly en
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Anagha
Sep 28, 2012 Anagha rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: dnf
The first half of the first of the Artemis Fowl series completely bored me, but after maybe three-quarters of the way through, I warmed up to the humor and the unique characterization and it was actually quite fun! I'm not running to grab the sequel, but I do intend to read it sometime (in the not-near future)
Stephanie (Bookfever) ♥Adrian Ivashkov♥
"A genius. A criminal mastermind. A millionaire. And he is only twelve years old."

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer is my favorite book ever. EVER! I read it for the first time when I was fourteen years old and have been reading the series ever since. I've re-read the book over and over again. I can't even remember how many times I have read it but by now this book feels like an old friend and it's just as amazing as when I read it the first time. Now that I've re-read it once again, I think it's tim
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Sonia
3.5

A genius twelve-year-old boy being a criminal mastermind. It sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?

I enjoy reading this book. I can’t wait to see the development of the story, to see Artemis’s plan reveals, to see how intelligent he is. I am surprised to find myself love the supporting role, Butler. He is a manservant as well as bodyguard. The Butlers had been serving the Fowls for centuries. Their relationship is more than that, the quote below can better sum it up: “Artemis was the closest thing B
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Anila
I was going to start this out with a warning that this review isn't objective, but honestly I hope most people on this site know that no review is. That said, I do view this book somewhat through nostalgia goggles, so take my opinion with a grain of salt if you'd like.

I have a lot of fond memories associated with this series, and particularly with the audiobooks. (They're performed by the spectacular Nathaniel Parker, who can make his single voice sound like a full cast production, and if you ha
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Althea *Go wolves and dragons!*(Coach Hedge) Inigo
It was addicting. For some reason I couldn't tear my eyes out of the pages, I don't know, but every time my tablet goes low-battery my reaction was "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!".

I find it addicting, it was unique and fun and hilarious and I'm sure the next books will be no different:)

I LOVED the characters. Foaly? Talk about AWESOME. I don't want to sound corny, but he was one of my favs XD I shall explain by giving you a few of his quotes:

"Not true, Technically. Welcome back, by the way.
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Nikki
I read the first Artemis Fowl book when it first came out, I think, but I'd almost forgotten it. I don't think that's really a bad sign -- I don't think I was interested in this kind of thing at the time. I read it today on the train, and it was perfect for that: it doesn't take much effort to get deeply absorbed in it, and it's a quick read, not something you need to take breaks from.

It helps, too, that my housemate is writing a part of her dissertation on this book, so I spent the whole book t
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Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father and mother, who were both educators.

He received his degree from Dublin University and began teaching primary school in Wexford. He has lived and worked all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. After the publication of the A
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