I had not ever read David Baldacci before, but when I was telling a couple of people that I had won this book, they told me that his writing is fun, c...moreI had not ever read David Baldacci before, but when I was telling a couple of people that I had won this book, they told me that his writing is fun, clever, and action-packed. I cannot disagree. He keeps everything moving at a fast pace throughout. It took me a little while to get into it, but I think that was because I had not read the first three books and was not familiar with the characters or what the Camel Club was (I still am not sure about that). But the story was compelling, and I found myself drawn in. Oliver Stone is on the run from various government agencies under suspicion of murder and is hiding out in a little mining town called Divine, Virginia. The hunt for him is on, not only by the government, but his friends in the Camel Club who want to help him. The characters are fairly well fleshed out, some better than others, but I wonder again if that is because this is the fourth book in the series. There is a sub-plot of what is happening in Divine that I found myself even more drawn into than the main plot. Once things start coming together, I couldn't put it down. I also really liked the fact that the author did not feel the need to inundate the book with swearing. I think too often authors think that action and intrigue require use of the dreaded "f-bomb" throughout. I personally think it is a lack of creativity in language. There is some mild swearing in the book, but it fits with the dialogue and is not overdone. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries, cat and mouse, or "Jason Bourne" type of books. It was a lot of fun. I would, however, start at the beginning of the series. That is what I am going to do now...(less)
I still love this book. I know it is most people's least favorite of the series, but I love it. I love the way Bella and Jacob's relationship develops...moreI still love this book. I know it is most people's least favorite of the series, but I love it. I love the way Bella and Jacob's relationship develops, and how real it is. I was pleasantly pleased to see how much actual dialogue from the book was used in the movie. I am sure I will read/listen to it again... and again... I just seem to keep going through the series over and over...(less)
5/27/10 Still love this one...especially the interaction between Jacob and Edward. I love the "coming together" of the vampires and werewolves and the...more5/27/10 Still love this one...especially the interaction between Jacob and Edward. I love the "coming together" of the vampires and werewolves and the back stories.
5/16/10 Listening to this one again before the movie comes out...I think this is my fourth time through...
I liked this one a lot because it was fun to get back stories, and I love the dynamic between Edward and Jacob. The tent scene is still the best of the series...
It is interesting how my mind set has changed the more I have read/listened to these books. I do have to admit that Bella gets more and more annoying to me. Also, I have started to like other characters more, like Jasper, Alice, Billy, Carlisle... And while I love the Edward/Bella romance, I am definitely team Jacob. He is just so...real..(less)
This was so much better than the movie (isn't that always the case?). Although I am probably one of the minority that like Tom Hanks as Langdon...Grea...moreThis was so much better than the movie (isn't that always the case?). Although I am probably one of the minority that like Tom Hanks as Langdon...Great puzzle, interesting plot line and I loved all the tidbits of "stuff" that I learned about art history, etc...(less)
I loved this book. I liked it better than . Couple of gruesome parts but very interesting. Dan Brown likes to prolong the endings...I thought it was f...moreI loved this book. I liked it better than . Couple of gruesome parts but very interesting. Dan Brown likes to prolong the endings...I thought it was finished when there were still 60 pages left. I would love more Robert Langdon books.(less)
4/14/10 When I first read this book (or I should say listened to...this series is so much better that way!) I didn't love it. It is still probably my...more4/14/10 When I first read this book (or I should say listened to...this series is so much better that way!) I didn't love it. It is still probably my least favorite in the series, but I liked it a lot more this time around.
I can't really put my finger on why it is my least favorite (still worthy of 4 stars...) but maybe I just don't like the story in this one as much. Also my absolute favorite character, Mulch Diggums, is only in one part of the book and I missed him terribly! I also thought Doodah was annoying.
I did like Artemis in this book. I love how he tries to handle his "puberty" and subsequent attraction to Minerva. His sense of humor is more developed in this book as well as his good moral qualities that continue to try to take over his criminal instincts. His relationship with Holly continues to develop in positive ways, and he increasingly becomes more "human."
I also liked the way the time tunnel is utilized, and the twists at the end were clever (and especially convenient for Artemis and Minerva). I didn't love the "addition" to Artemis's family at the end though. We will see how that develops.
I did like the writing style in this book. Throughout the book, the author will tell a certain aspect of the story, then backtrack to a different point of view that explains what is happening. It was an interesting way to unfold the story.
This book is just fine as part of the series...I guess in every series you have to have a least favorite. This book is good, but falls into that category for me.
If you have a child that doesn't like to read, this series may fit the bill. It is funny, fast paced, and full of adventure. I like the strong well developed characters, fun gadgets, and clever use of the "fairy folk."(less)
3/24/10 When I read this series the first time, I liked this installment better than the first two. This time around, I find I liked all three about eq...more3/24/10 When I read this series the first time, I liked this installment better than the first two. This time around, I find I liked all three about equally.
I continue to love the interaction between Artemis and Butler with the fairies...Holly, Julius Root, Foley and Mulch. I think the character of Mulch is still my favorite. He is hilarious!
The story in this one is clever and interesting with lots of action. These books are quick reads (or like I have said..listen to them! Much better that way!).
I liked getting to know Butler's sister Juliet better and there is definitely a lot of humor in this one. I didn't like what happened to Butler...wish that would have been different. Overall, another fun book. I love listening to these again!(less)
3/18/10 I just finished listening to this book for the second time.
I love the Artemis Fowl series, but it is a set of books that I would much rather l...more3/18/10 I just finished listening to this book for the second time.
I love the Artemis Fowl series, but it is a set of books that I would much rather listen to than read. Nathaniel Parker reminds me a lot of Jim Dale (the Harry Potter narrator). He is great with voices and really pegs the personalities of the characters.
In this book, the LEP suspects Artemis of making problems again, although this time it is really an inside job. They bring Artemis and Butler in for questioning. An agreement is made and Artemis agrees to help Holly and the LEP with their problem if they will help him rescue his father, who has been held captive for two years. Of course all kinds of crazy adventures ensue...
I love the characters so much in this series of books. Artemis is definitely a criminal, but he develops so much humanity and even a sort of moral compass. He does love his parents in his way, but it is his relationship with Holly and the lower elements that really makes him a better person. Probably my favorite character is Mulch Diggums, a dirt eating thief of a dwarf that keeps getting drawn in to help the LEP, who really just wants him in jail!
Eoin Colfer tells a great story...quick reads that are fun and full of adventure. If you haven't read this series (and even if you have), try the audiobooks! I can listen to them over and over... (less)
Artemis Fowl is a 12 year old criminal mastermind...and yet he is a character you find you like and even root for at times. After kidnapping the fairy...moreArtemis Fowl is a 12 year old criminal mastermind...and yet he is a character you find you like and even root for at times. After kidnapping the fairy Capt. Holly Short so he can get a ransom of gold, he begins a relationship with the "lower elements" that continues throughout the series. I love the author's take on the supernatural, especially the leprechaun myth. The Lower Elements Police force have a special reconnaissance squad...so we have LEP-recon unit! CLEVER! This is a series that boys will love for all the action, girls will love for the fairies and fantasy (and Artemis too), and adults will appreciate the humor and clever writing.
The best way to do this series is on audiobook though because the reader is absolutely fantastic! I definitely have enjoyed them more on CD...(less)
5/10/10 I was saddened to see that there was a different reader on this book. I think I would have liked the new reader better had I not been spoiled...more5/10/10 I was saddened to see that there was a different reader on this book. I think I would have liked the new reader better had I not been spoiled for the last 5 books. I really didn't like Foley's voice at all...he sounded whiny and annoying, but to his credit, he tried to keep Holly and Artemis similar. But that is not the book...
I liked the time traveling twists and turns and the way the story came together in the end. Of course, I loved having Mulch Diggums play a role in this book...he is still my favorite.
It was interesting to have 14 year old Artemis and 10 year old Artemis do battle, although I got frustrated that the younger Artemis kept getting the best of older Artemis. Then older Artemis would say "Oh of course I would have done that" after the fact. Four years of experience and knowledge of the underworld would certainly have given older Artemis more of an advantage.
I liked seeing No. 1 back in the story a bit with his developing powers.
None of the books have a very deep plot, but they aren't meant to. They are fun and full of adventure and great for the child who isn't loving to read.(less)