I wasn't that thrilled reading this book. I do see how it could be a great book for young readers (5th through 7th grades, probably), but I personallyI wasn't that thrilled reading this book. I do see how it could be a great book for young readers (5th through 7th grades, probably), but I personally didn't like it much.
I think part of my problem was that I was so torn about whether I liked Artemis Fowl. He's a 12-year-old evil genius, and I think we're not used to *young* evil geniuses, so it's unsettling that this boy is SO smart, and yet uses it for not-good. The evil genius is not an uncommon character, but it's uncommon for a young evil genius. We want our smart kids to do *nice* things and be nice people. We're used to adults being jaded or evil, but we want (or expect, or are used to) kids to be nice and use their intelligence for good, not for greed! So I think I was sort of unsettled that this brilliant 12-year-old was only using his smarts for greed and harm.
I also think the language at times was a little off-putting for someone who doesn't need dirty talk to be lured to read a book. Again, I can see how this would work for a certain set of readers, but you don't *need* to talk about dwarves expelling dirt and gasses, and fairies or leprechauns swearing or almost swearing much worse. It's not necessary. But I *will* say that Colfer seems to have a great gift of descriptive language -- even when he was describing things like dwarves expelling gases and dirt, he used language like "expelling" and describing the action and results, rather than going for the cheap-shot crassness of "Mulch farted," or something like that.
And the storyline itself is decent, especially for the target audience: fairies, leprechauns, dwarves, trolls, gold, scheming. Again, I can see how this could be a good book for that tween/early-teen group, especially for tweens/early teens who aren't normally in to reading, but for me, it wasn't interesting enough to keep me riveted throughout the book....more
Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. Funny, self-deprecating, poignant, heart-warming, uplifting, sad, beautifully-written. And amazing and hilarious illustGorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. Funny, self-deprecating, poignant, heart-warming, uplifting, sad, beautifully-written. And amazing and hilarious illustrations by Ellen Forney.
"I suddenly understood that if every moment of a book should be taken seriously, then every moment of a life should be taken seriously as well." (95)
"'The world, even the smallest parts of it, is filled with things you don't know.'" (97)
"'it's like each of these books is a mystery. Every book is a mystery. And if you read all the books ever written, it's like you've read one giant mystery. And no matter how much you learn, you just keep on learning there is so much more you need to learn.'" (97)
"'you should approach each book--you should approach life--with the real possibility that you might get a metaphorical boner at any point.'" (97)
"There are all kinds of addicts, I guess. We all have pain. And we all look for ways to make the pain go away." (107)
"'life is a constant struggle between being an individual and being a member of the community.'" (132)
"'The quality of a man's life is in direct proportion to his commitment to excellence, regardless of his chosen field of endeavor.'" (148)...more