i want to give this four and a half stars, but because goodreads doesn't do half stars, it'll get away with five. this is a thoroughly enjoyable book...morei want to give this four and a half stars, but because goodreads doesn't do half stars, it'll get away with five. this is a thoroughly enjoyable book with well-cut characters and an intriguing world and storyline. i'm much too tired now to actually go into details of why i loved it so much, but towards the end i had to keep taking breaks just to prevent the story from being over. the reason why i want to take half a star away is that i have some issues with how the names, for people, cities, countries, etc., have been constructed. i realise we aren't all tolkien, but having clear references and influences from vastly different languages in the real world to show something of the same cut was a bit confusing, and one has to wonder whether the writers were just counting on no-one noticing the irregularity in their system. nevertheless i enjoyed playing 'spot the language' whenever something new popped up, so it wasn't all bad. another, also language related, reason why i want to take away half a star is because some words just seemed very out of place, such as 'gasoline' and 'cappucino' which seem to me to be very modern words and don't really fit into a semi-medieval fantasy world. minor details, though, and i'm sure there are explanations for them.
i don't want to end this review on a critical note, but it's often easier to pinpoint one's problems with something than the likes, so have a bulletpoint list of awesome to sleep on: - rook with his braids and blue streaks and foul mouth - relatedly, havemercy with her dry wit and equally as foul mouth - thremedon, for being probably one of the most confusing cities i've yet met in fiction, but simultaneously the most charming and beautiful - the strong bonds the characters form between themselves and the different ways in which they manifest - the fact my heart got torn out on several occasions - and just as many times, whooped of joy - the clever and vivid descriptions of both people, places and actions - there are more books in the series and i'm going to buy them all instantly so that i can stay in this universe with this characters for a little while longer(less)
brilliant. i read it in swedish and i just love the language so much. i usually say i hate swedish, but this swedish is so..weird... it must be dialec...morebrilliant. i read it in swedish and i just love the language so much. i usually say i hate swedish, but this swedish is so..weird... it must be dialect or something and there's finnish words mixed in and it's just so wonderful. the book is good too. really it is. it left me with a feeling of melancholy but also peace...it's such a warm and heartfelt narrative, yet brutal and harsh and just.. so full of life and truths.(less)
I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up a random Artemis Fowl book without any prior knowledge of it and found out it was worth my money. It's a f...moreI was pleasantly surprised when I picked up a random Artemis Fowl book without any prior knowledge of it and found out it was worth my money. It's a fantasy novel for young adults, but a well carried out fantasy novel. It does not once fall through - and in my opinion it bears comparison with other well carried out fantasy novels such as the harry potter series or the dark materials trilogy. Although these three series are miles apart, they have one thing in common: the main character is a kid/young adult. also fighting for the good - or wait. I'm not sure about Artemis Fowl. Apparently he is a criminal (but turning somewhat good in this book? Hmmm). It's an interesting read all right and if you have a thing for geniuses and alternative dimensions and magical creatures, you're prolly going to like this. At least I did. :D(less)