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Airman by Eoin Colfer
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Dec 08, 2011

it was ok

Eoin Colfer
Conor Broekhart was born in an air balloon when air balloons were merely experimental (so, yes, this is an historical novel). Apparently, being born in a balloon means that Conor grows up obsessed with flying. The good points were the allusions (that means talking about stuff from history). It was also kind of cool to see how excited people were about getting electric lights for the first time (imagine your first taste of your favorite dessert). There was a totally heinous, evil, villain and the Irish street gang that sort of saves Conor from his doom—they were cool. But all in all, this novel felt like a rip off from one of the best novels ever written, The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexandre Dumas (also a great movie). It is basically a story about a guy who gets double-crossed, thinks his parents hate him, he loses his girl, and then decides to take revenge. The novel would have been better if it had been ½ the length it it stands, not a horrible book, but a slow read nonetheless.

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