Artemis Fowl is a thirteen-year-old criminal genius. His father (also a criminal genius) is missing, presumed dead and his mother, now recovered (thanArtemis Fowl is a thirteen-year-old criminal genius. His father (also a criminal genius) is missing, presumed dead and his mother, now recovered (thanks to fairy magic) from the melancholic madness the affected her during the course of the previous novel has packed Artemis off to an expensive boarding school. There he confounds the child psychologists (he does, after all know much more about their subject than they do -- wrote the book on it in fact) and merely broods on the possibility of finding his father whom he steadfastly believes to still be alive.
A breakthrough comes when Fowl's manservant and bodyguard, appropriately named Butler, hands his master what amounts to a ransom note apparently from the Russian Mafiya and thus begins the adventure.
Meanwhile down in the bowels of the Earth, in the Lower Elements (the last Mud Man -- what they refer to us humans -- free zone on the planet, there is upheaval in the fairy domain. Colfer's fairy domain is not the one you grew up with, rather it is one hip and happening high-tech urban landscape, infested with crime and grime and the need for a police force with an arsenal. Their job isn't easy aside from dealing with the crimes perpetrated amongst their own various kinds from trolls to pixies to goblins, there is the added and ever present danger of discovery by humans.
"Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident" is wholly enjoyable on many levels. It plays with the kind of toys that are now part our everyday lives and where vital clues are transmitted by email and text messaging, ransom demands come as mpg files and added to this are some wonderful impossible inventions, the stuff of pure science fiction. I may just pick up another book from this series, however I'll probably choose one that doesn't involve too much sci-fi elements.
Title Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident Author Eoin Colfer Reviewed By Purplycookie...more
Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. With two trusty sidekicks in tow, he hatches a cunning plot to diveTwelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. With two trusty sidekicks in tow, he hatches a cunning plot to divest the fairy-folk of their pot of gold. Of course, he isn't foolish enough to believe in all that "gold at the end of the rainbow" nonsense. Rather, he knows that the only way to separate the little people from their stash is to kidnap one of them and wait for the ransom to arrive.
Though there are folklore, fairies and fantasy, this is no ancient-themed tale--but wholly of the 21st century, with a bit of high-tech stuff thrown in. Forget the usual wands, cauldrons and spells: There's a magical Book, but also powerful computers and and all the gadgets galore a genius centaur could provide. The descriptions of the faerie technology were complicated and yet somehow still vague and it all sounded like it had been filtered through a dialogue generator.
"Artemis Fowl" fails on a lot of levels. The characters are (intentionally) unlikable, and most of them are even uninteresting and forgettable. Certainly, the title character is somewhat interesting, but stunningly we spend very little time with Fowl and his schemes. Most of our time is spent watching fairy bureaucrats play office politics. As the book goes on, you begin to see that Artemis Fowl does indeed possess a conscience, he is just careful never to let it get in the way of his evil schemes.
I wanted so much to like this book because it sounded like it had interesting possibilities. But the story is weak, shallow, unbelievable. The characters had no personality distinctions--and all seemed to speak in the same sarcastic voice.
Title Artemis Fowl Author Eoin Colfer Reviewed By Purplycookie...more
What would you be willing to do, to undergo, in order to have your Heart's Desire?
"You and your firstborn child and his or her firstborn child...It'sWhat would you be willing to do, to undergo, in order to have your Heart's Desire?
"You and your firstborn child and his or her firstborn child...It's a gift that will last as long as I live." "And what would that be, sir?" "Your Heart's Desire."
I love "Stardust"! This is THE fairy tale meant for adults. It retains the fantasy that you'd want yourself immersed in: a world that is so much older than what we know, where everything is possible & where you're only bounded by your own unimaginativeness.
Here you meet a refreshing take on the creatures of Faerie: The wood-nymph who became a tree with copper leaves that rustle prettily; a small, hairy creature in floppy clothes who proved to be an invaluable member of the Fellowship of the Castle (I do wish Gaiman expounded on this); the exotic bird/Lady Una with her deep violet eyes & mysterious aura ("I gain my freedom on the day the moon loses her daughter, if that occurs in the week when two Mondays come together"); Tristran Thorn, the most unlikely of heroes who in the end realizes what is truly his Heart's Desire; and of course, the fallen Star, Yvaine ("the way she glitters and shines, upon occasion, in the darkness").
My heart twinge in sadness at what the star must've felt when she thought she had lost the heart she gave to a boy: "I'm called Yvaine," said the star. "So," she said, "you are Victoria Forrester. Your fame precedes you." "The wedding, you mean?" said Victoria, and her eyes shone with pride and delight. "A wedding, is it?" asked Yvaine.
This book features an interview with Neil Gaiman on how he was inspired to write “Stardust” as well as a separate story, “Wall: A Prologue.” Been hunting for this edition for quite some time now, having disliked the current movie tie-in covers currently published.
Title Stardust Author Neil Gaiman Reviewed By Purplycookie...more