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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
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Jun 16, 11

it was ok
bookshelves: ya-children, fantasy
Recommended for: Children, or readers in between heavier material
Read from June 13 to 16, 2011 , read count: 1

Artemis Fowl is a fun story with creative elements and clever twists on traditional fairy lore, but I found the characters inconsistent and archetypal.

The book is fast-paced and a quick read, which makes it engaging by means of the plot and circumstance. Colfer's versions of fairies from LEPrecon police elves to the strangely freakish talents of dwarves were original, amusing at times, and creative.

The part that was lacking was the characterization. There was a hint of depth and complexity, but what really came across were characters that were flat with pockets of inconsistencies. For example, Artemis himself is described as cunning, confident, and focused -- far beyond his years, so to speak. Yet there are several instances when he displays childlike fear and confusion, and is distracted by things like family or morals. These lapses in character come across with no precedent, like blips in an otherwise straightforward personality rather than true character depth. Perhaps this could be improved with more context surrounding each uncharacteristic response.

Overall, this is a good night-time or weekend read if you're looking for something simply entertaining.

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