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Meg Finn und die Liste der vier Wünsche

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  14,537 Ratings  ·  714 Reviews
Can dead teen Meg save her soul by helping a near-death senior finish his wish list?

Meg Finn is accidentally killed by her partner-in-crime during a burglary. Her last-minute act of kindness rescues her from being sent through the tunnel directly to hell. After winding up in limbo instead, the girl's spirit returns to earth in the hope of eventually going through "the Pea
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Hardcover, 239 pages
Published (first published September 1st 2000)
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Miriam
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, younger
Not as fun or funny as his Artemis Fowl books.

Also, although the theology here is really just a plot device, I have to object to the misrepresentation of the Catholic economy of salvation as a ledger in which one is saved by earning good behavior points to outweigh the sin points. Possibly Colfer was told that as a child by nun teachers who wanted to make him behave, but equating moral failings and juvenile misdemeanors is pretty shallow. I think even young kids can handle more sophisticated rel
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Caroline
May 16, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who loved Amelie, and imperfect but happy endings
This is the type of book that Oprah usually parades around, but fortunately for Eoin Colfer she didn't find this one.

It's an old story: wouldn't it be great if you were given an opportunity at the end of your life to correct past mistakes? Thanks to some irresponsible decisions, a young girl finds herself in the tube to the afterlife...unsure where she's going to get routed. It turns out that her ledger is 100% even - she's sinned and sainted in equal numbers. So she ends up getting sent back t
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Stephanie (Bookfever. ♥)
The Wish List is no Artemis Fowl but, damn it, if I didn't love it!
For a long time now I've had a dislike to heaven/hell - angel/demon books. I can't quite explain why but from all paranormal books I dislike books about that certain topic the least. However, Eoin Colfer shows with The Wish List how you write a truly great book in this topic. It was fun, very humoristic. I laughed a lot. But it was also very heart warming.

Eoin Colfer always creates amazing characters that I love. Meg Finn was one
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Chiara
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho cercato il titolo di questo libro per così tanto tempo che era diventata una tortura, perché DOVEVO scoprirlo. Finalmente l'ho trovato, e almeno 4 stelle gliele devo.
Non mi ricordo quasi niente della trama, so solo che questo è stato uno dei primi libri che mi ha fatto piangere (e quanto! Poi sono diventata molto più insensibile, ma mi consolo pensando che sarà stata la crescita, o il fatto che ho letto troppe cose stupende per spendere lacrime inutilmente)... Quanto mi era piaciuto! Chissà,
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Teno Q.
Jul 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Eoin Colfer's style can be detected from a mile away.

Whatever it is that he writes, Colfer's work will always have the markings of someone who writes bluntly humorous, technological, and sarcastic sci-fi fantasies - in other words, Artemis Fowl. He can't seem to adapt to different genres or story types.

The problem is, his style only seems to be effective when he's writing Artemis. In a book that is supposed to examine morality, and life and death, it just feels ridiculous at times. The gateway
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Kathy
Nov 24, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From a blog post I wrote in 2006:

The Wish List is another Eoin Colfer creation.

The main character is Meg Flynn, an Irish girl whose Mother has passed away and whose Step-Father is pretty much an uncaring, lazy slob. Meg breaks into an old man's house with a neighborhood small-time hood named Belch but things take a dark turn. Meg and Belch end up dying.

On the way to heaven, it's discovered that Meg's soul is equally balanced between good and evil so she's sent back to Earth to try to make amends
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Violet
Jun 12, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
It was okay. It wasn't the best but not the worst.

Okay, I'm not the type of person that believes in heaven and/or hell. (Though I do sometimes tell someone to go to hell.) I just think the all that stuff is a little over rated (if you haven't guessed all ready, I don't go to church). The whole go-to-heaven-if-good-and-live-forever-in-bliss, or go-the-hell-if-bad-and-live-forever-in-flames, is a little bit cheesy and over done. But the things that Eoin Colfer does in this book is very orignal. Wh
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Amith Cheeran
Apr 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because it was by Eoin Colfer, one of my two favorite authors, the other being Rick Riordan. Also, I needed a pretty funny read and sure enough Eoin served me with his best. It had The Colfer touch to it every page. The story was a pretty cliched one : Make amends with your enemies and do something good in your afterlife to gain entry into heaven.

An interesting character was Lowrie McCall. He is lonely old man, a funny old man at that and is in a totally bad health condition. M
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Helen Mc
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Wish List : Eoin Colfer
The Wish List is a fantasy novel by Eoin Colfer who has also written the famous Arttemis Fowel series.
This story tells of the adventures of Meg Finn, a young teenage girl killed in a gas explosion, who must return to Earth to help the pensioner she tried to rob in order to secure a place in Heaven.
Megs mother is dead and she lives with her lazy and abusive stepfather, her only living family member.
When Meg is forced to help the local idiotic criminal, Belch Brennan,
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Kate
Feb 05, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The whole time I was reading this I couldn't help thinking through my teacher brain about the kids for whom this is intended. I was wondering how many of them would get all the content based on Christian, specifically Catholic, ideas of the afterlife. Colfer plays around with Saint Peter, and demons, and purgatory, and how a soul gets to heaven but most of the kids I know don't have any background knowledge in that stuff. And I suppose if they did, they'd probably be kind of religious and maybe ...more
Carmine
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eoin Colfer, autore di molteplici romanzi per ragazzi, ha acquisito notorietà internazionale per la saga di "Artemis Fowl".
Eppure la mia infanzia è maggiormente legata a questo libricino autoconclusivo, probabilmente passato in sordina rispetto ai suoi libri più famosi.
"La lista dei desideri", forte di un tema drammatico attenuato da un'irresistibile humour, riesce a fare breccia nel cuore di un giovane lettore grazie a poche idee, ma tutte buone e ben amalgamate fra loro.
Non è tanto la morte -
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Redfox5
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: angels, ireland, demons
This is the Second book written by Eoin Colfer that I've read and it's just as good as the last one (The Supernaturalist, in case you were wondering).

Meg gets blown up by a gas tank after a botched burglary with a nasty bloke called Belch. Belch gets sent straight to hell but it turns out that Meg's soul is 50/50. She gets sent back to Earth as a spirit to help get her into the Pearlies by helping the old man she burgled.

She has to help him complete his wish list, but the devil also wants her
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Tyler Mix
Sep 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal response:
I believe that books in the fantasy and science fiction genres are exciting. The Wish List brings in an aspect of Heaven and Hell that makes me think about the things that people do and how it affects them. I personally loved reading this book and hope anyone else who picks up this book enjoys it.

Plot:
When Meg lived with Franco she began a life of trouble-making and involved herself with a brute named Belch with his dog Raptor. Franco, in the beginning of the book, was a compl
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Hilary
Aug 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm torn between giving this book one or two stars, but for my personal taste it veers heavily more towards the one. Eoin Colfer just isn't an author that is much to my liking. He's a bit too childish for my taste, and his humor veers more towards the "isn't this funny and random" rather than the more subtle. A lot of his humor is also technologically based, with jokes revolving around people not being technologically gifted or knowing what the word "upgrade" means. This might have been amusing ...more
Matt Sands
Death. Just one word can change someone's life. Can somebody really be too good for hell and too bad for heaven? Meg Finn can and she is. After dealing with her mother's death, Meg's abusive father shuns her and kicks her out of her own home. As a drifter, she does what she can to survive, but sometimes people make mistakes. After being forced to help Belch Brennan rob an old man, the situation ends in a disaster. Were it not for Belch shooting the gas tank, him, Meg, and his dog, Raptor, would ...more
Candice Beever
May 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was thoroughly unimpressed with this book. I picked it up because I loved the Artemis Fowl series and wanted to read something else by Colfer. This being one of his earlier books, I think I picked the wrong story to start with. I'll have to try something more recent later.

On to the story:

I liked the concept. The idea of a person being perfectly balanced between heaven and hell is intriguing. And the general plot of Meg having to go back to Earth and earn herself some extra good points to get h
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El Templo
"Meg nota que la situación se le ha ido de las manos. Nunca debió pedirle ayuda a Belch el Eructos, porque ahora se ve obligada a atracar el piso de un jubilado para devolverle el favor. Y no le gustan nada ni Belch, ni su perro diabólico, ni que el anciano señor Lowrie tenga un sueño ligero. En pleno “trabajillo” los dos chavales mueren, pero hay un problema: Meg tiene los mismos puntos para ir al cielo que al infierno. San Pedro decide mandarla a la Tierra como fantasma y darle una última opor ...more
Ellen
Mar 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who enjoyed Piers Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality series.
By the end of the first chapter, 14 year old Meg Finn is dead, along with her 16 year old partner in crime, Belch, and his ravening pit bull of indeterminate age. Her last living act--robbing an old age pensioner. Belch's last living act--miscalculating the effect of shot gun pellets on a rusty old gas tank.

Next time we see Meg, she's a spirit awaiting her fate. But when her good and bad deeds are totaled--surprise!--it's a tie. Apparently there's no tossing a coin in the afterlife. Meg is sent
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Brent
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-500-fy16
Where do I start?
1. The story telling was great. Eoin Colfer is very good at keeping the reader engaged.
2. The entire premise of the book, along with evry nuance of the after life, or ghosts, or what salvation is based on is completely the opposite of what the Bible says. It took many many religions (except Christianity) and mysticism and blended them together and came out with this. It is stories like this that mislead people into thinking they can earn their way to heaven, or that the good nee
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Khalia Hades
Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
The heroine, Meg Fin, finds herself prematurely in the hereafter, due to her and her partner in crime, Belch, untimely death while they are trying to rob an ageing pensioner, Lowrie McCall. Meg's balance sheet tallies to an unusual 50/50. Since neither heaven nor hell can claim her, she is sent back by St. Peter to help Lowrie. If she can tilt the balance sheet by doing good, she will go to heaven. However, Satan has decided he'd like to have someone of Meg's intelligence and determination in he ...more
KC
Nov 11, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy lovers
Now this is an interesting book. It dives somewhat into the realms of religion - if Satan is real or not, how he would act upon hearing the news of a soul he's trying to snatch. Meg Finn is neither good nor bad in the beginning - perhaps just mixed in with the wrong kind of folk. She has to help Lowrie with his wish list in order to get into the "Pearlies".

I believe this book to be a few steps down from Artemis Fowl. Artemis Fowl is complete fantasy and sci-fi. This book, although written with o
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Magdalena Hai
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lastenkirjat, kauhu
Mainio kauhukirja varhaisnuorille. Moraalisia dilemmoja, taistelua sieluista ja pääosassa naispuolinen antisankari (näitä ei juurikaan kirjallisuudessa näe!). Eoin Colferin kirjoissa on samanlaista pidäkkeettömyyttä ja anarkismia kuin Neil Gaimanin tarinoissa. Lapsia suojelemaan pyrkivä aikuinen minäni kiljuu lukiessaan päänsä sisällä: "Eihän tällaista voi kirjoittaa lapsille!", mutta samalla tajuan, että juuri se tekee Colferin kirjoista hyviä. Ne eivät aliarvioi lapsia ja nuoria lukijoina tai ...more
Clarissa
Nov 27, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So not doctrinally sound when it comes to life after death and choice and accountability, but a very interesting read. Great to read with younger (or older) teeenagers and get their perspectives on agency, eternity, and charity. Liked it better than his one Artemis Fowl that I've read.
Myra Sullivan
Nov 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eoin Colfer had only worked with male protagonists in his previous books up until this one. I thought the idea was unique and I enjoyed the adventures that Meg and Lowrie got up to while trying to fulfill his wish list.
Louisa
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good book, fun, interesting, and really unique! Loved it!
Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩
Great book! A fast read, with an intriguing and original premise, unique characters – a somewhat depressing story, but told with a touch of humor and hope. I really liked it.
Katy
Eoin Colfer has a witty, sarcastic writing style that he uses even when writing about serious subjects that I love.
Natty
Sep 26, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was surpirsing and genualiey heart warming. Not fuzzy-everyones-a-happy-little-ray-of-sunshine heart warming, but we-can-do-this-thing-together-old-man heart warming.
Kirsten Simkiss
The Wish List was a brief and fun read. It flowed quite well and the characters were enjoyable. It's a good read for those of a Christian background, as it does assume Heaven and Hell are real to all involved in the world. I'd give it 3.5 stars, but I rounded up to four.

With major themes including regret, morality, and forgiveness, Meg and Lowrie travel through life, finishing off what is essentially his bucket list. (view spoiler)
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Tracie
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to chuckle when I read reviews (which I was just scanning through) either condemning or praising a book for how much like or unlike an author's other books it is. I guess not being very familiar with AF gave me a chance to come to this book fresh.

I'll start off with the caveat that I listened to this book, and the reader, James Wilby, is excellent.

I don't want to get into any spoiler territory so I will just say that I found this book entertaining and a bit thought provoking. I don't thi
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Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father and mother, who were both educators.

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“That was all he said, except for "Aaaeerrgghhh." Which is not really a word. But the reason that he screamed "Aaaeerrgghhh" was that Franco had bitten him savegly on the wrist.” 28 likes
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