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Artemis Fowl

(Artemis Fowl #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  490,239 ratings  ·  11,714 reviews
Artemis Fowl II is the son of a European crime lord, Artemis Senior. At the beginning of the book, his father has disappeared, along with the family’s fortune, and as a result his mother has gone into a catatonic state. Along with his friend and bodyguard Butler, Fowl discovers the existence of fairies and in order to capture one, decodes their Book. He eventually manages ...more
Paperback, 3rd Edition, 275 pages
Published 2007 by Sesam (first published April 26th 2001)
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Percy
Oct 17, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i managed to decipher the code written below the book so for those who are interested...read on:

THE PROPHECIES OF OHM PHLEGM POT CLEANER TO FROND ELFEN KING:
I AM OHM PHLEGM POT CLEANER TO THE KING. BUT I AM MUCH MORE THAN THAT FOR I SEE THE FUTURE WRITTEN IN THE PHLEGM. FOR CENTURIES, WE PIXIES HAVE READ THE PHLEGM, BUT I AM THE BEST THERE HAS EVER BEEN. MY VISIONS ARE GENERALLY OF LITTLE IMPORTANCE. I FORETELL OUTBREAKS OF TROLL POX OR GAS SPASMS AMONG ELDERLY DWARFS. BUT SOMETIMES EVEN A POOR
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Jayson
(A-) 81% | Very Good
Notes: Ironically, it's the supernatural characters that follow familiar archetypes, while the humans are strange and atypical.
Crew
Jun 11, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NOBODY
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mario the lone bookwolf
It´s the setting, the fantasy sci-fi crossover mix, the humor and the good oldfashioned badass smartass character trope that make this series an entertaining read. I´ve so far read no children books author who made such a mix and I would, in general, like to see more tech and Sci-Fi there instead of just fantasy all the shelves up and down.

The tech is not broken down to ridiculous simplicity, but not too complex and perfect for speeding up and slowing down the plot, some character development pr
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J.G. Keely
Colfer has described this series as “Die Hard, with fairies”, which is a reference to an old Hollywood joke. After the phenomenal success of that movie, a lot of writers started pitching their scripts as ‘Die Hard, with [blank]”, such as Speed: “Die Hard on a Bus”, or Air Force One: “Die Hard, on Air Force One”, or, as the joke goes, the unfortunate who wanted to make "Die Hard, in a building".

If you have actually seen Die Hard, you might recall Hans Gruber, the wealthy, cunning, erudite, Europe
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Want to meet the guy who's smart enough to take over the world? Well he's twelve years old. And his name is Artemis Fowl. I have two words for this book: GREAT FUN.
If you are at all young at heart or you just want to read something different from your usual fare, then check out this book. Artemis will keep you entertained with his hijinks. At the age of 12, Artemis is keeping his family afloat as they suffer from grief at the disappearance of Artemis Fowl, Sr, his father. His mother has retreat
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1), Eoin Colfer
Artemis Fowl is a series of eight science fiction fantasy novels written by Irish author Eoin Colfer.
Artemis Fowl is the first book in the Artemis Fowl series. It follows the adventures of Artemis Fowl, a twelve-year-old criminal mastermind, as he kidnaps a fairy for a large ransom of 24-carat gold with the help of his bodyguard, Domovoi Butler and his sister, Juliet Butler, to restore the Fowl family fortune. After multiple attempts by the LEP (Lower
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Montzalee Wittmann
Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl, Book 1
By Eoin Colfer
Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
I borrowed this book from the library. I figured everyone in the world has read this but me and thought I would catch up. What a hoot! Loved it! I don't know what I thought it was going to be but I didn't expect a 12 year old genius villain! My goodness, I thought it was great! The fairies, dwarves, trolls, and the silly things that happen, I giggled so much. It was so silly I can see why kids love this book. I am defini
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Jason Koivu
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi, fantasy
From the get-go it appears Artemis Fowl is going to be about Artemis Fowl, a criminal boy genius with Sherlock Holmes-like powers of deduction, but then bomb squad-esque faeries take over the story and we end up spending just as much time, if not more, reading about them. That's fine since they're interesting and their story moves with a good dash of fun and excitement.

This is another of those books with a redeemable bad-guy protagonist. We shouldn't, but we do root for him, at least in some wa
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
99c Kindle sale, Oct. 11, 2018. A solid, amusing start to this YA fantasy series, about a twelve-year-old millionaire evil genius. Okay, he's not really evil, but he is into criminal heists, especially since the family wealth is gone, his father has disappeared, and his mother is mentally ill, out of touch with reality. So Artemis, having used his brilliant mind to figure out that fairies are real, decides to restore the family fortune by kidnapping a fairy and holding him or her for for ransom. ...more
Ahmed  Ejaz
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, full-lengths
SPOILER FREE review if you will not open the spoiler tags
How does one describe Artemis Fowl? Various psychiatrists have tried and failed.


WORLD-BUILDING
All the fairies, elves, dwarves, goblins, trolls live in the underground world. This world has its own technology which is beyond our comprehension and have their own laws.

CHARACTERS
Artemis Fowl [ of course ]
(Doesn't this name sounds Awesome!!!)
No need to say, he is a super genius criminal. You know how old he is? Just 12 Y
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Bradley
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, fantasy, ya, 2020-shelf
For some odd reason, I've been avoiding reading this book (or the whole series) despite it being well-beloved in general.

Why? I mean, I like a good heist novel and the cockier and the more headstrong the character, the more interesting I find it. So this should be right up my alley, right?

Well, it's YA. MG, even. Okay. So that's a big thing.

Even so, I thought I ought to finally GIVE IT A CHANCE. After all, wasn't there a big movie was made for it?

*crickets* *embarrassed shuffling over at Disne
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Rebecca McNutt
Artemis Fowl was a book series that my classrooms always had right up to the 12th grade, but despite their surge in popularity when I was a kid, and the, er... unfortunate 2020 Disney adaptation which hasn't been popular with viewers of any age, I'd never really taken a huge notice of the series. I think I may have read the graphic novel adaptation when I was nine years old? I always thought the book's premise was too "out there" for me. I decided to read the first book anyway though, and it wa ...more
Drew Nelson
May 13, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people on airplanes
Artemis Fowl, though entertaining and often well told, is one of those books that has bound itself with the shackles of pandering to a perceived audience and thus will never rise above a certain level. For example, the dwarf character defeats his enemies with the help of his terribly powerful flatulence more than once. The whole race tunnels with the power of poop. The main faerie character, Holly, is a girl trying to break her way through a glass ceiling that no one seems to notice throughout t ...more
Natalie Monroe
Well, looks like my 14-year-old was right--it was as bad as I remembered. The concept was nice, but terrible execution and the plot got too muddled in the middle. It tries to be funny but fails. Epically.



And Artemis struck as a wee sexist. He doesn't want to hurt a girl because she reminds him of his mother and his friend, Juliet. The author might be trying to show that Artemis is actually a nice guy, but the way I see it, there are only two options: Oedipus Complex or sexist jerk.


It's gotta be
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Juan Valera
Aug 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First and foremost, let it be said that I am reading a book intended for someone half my age. Artemis Fowl is the kind of book that grabs a kid by the eyeballs because of the pretty, shiny cover. But once the cover's open and the story laid out, Artemis Fowl is an incredibly gripping story about growing up, equality and acceptance. This was exactly the case when I first read Artemis Fowl; I immediately loved the intelligent, resourceful, but ultimately unhappy Artemis. A better character a teena ...more
Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms
I couldn't exactly relate to this story for some reasons:

Warning:
it could be a Ranting review,
so if you're a hardcore Fowl fan, don't continue.


first & most important one; why is Artemis a boy? I think you might say it is an Irish name." or something, (or is it?) but I've grown up with the myths of Artemis goddess of the moon, so... yeah, I can't register that.
2) I don't think about stories of fairies or leprechauns; in other word, it's not my favourite subject to read about in the books. I like
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Katie Lumsden
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great fun – thoroughly enjoyable to reread.
Brittany
Well what to say, This book definitely had a younger audience in mind, but I still really enjoyed Holly. I definitely found myself on the side AGAINST Artemis right away. Artemis' attitude and the way that he talks to and treats others made him really hard to like. I wasn't a big fan of his.. Any redemption was too little too late for me unfortunately.

The created world IS interesting, but it's not a series that I will rush to continue.
Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
Back in 2015 when I first read this these were my opinions.....

What a complete waste of time. I almost dnfed this, well I kind of did as I skimmed through the last pages.

I can't believe this was almost made into a movie and I can't believe this was given 5 stars by 2 of my friends. The only reason I didn't dnf this is cause it was leant to me by one of the 2 friends I mentioned so I felt I had to finish it well sort of.

The characters were really unrealistic and had no depth to them. plus I felt
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Trish
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this started out as a dare. *lol* I had heard about it when the movie came out, then discovered one of my colleagues and her partner are big fans, but somehow the idea of a child master-thief somehow involved with magical creatures such as goblins and faeries and dwarves just didn't appeal to me. I can't even remember if I ever even only saw the movie trailer. But then there was this bet and ... *sighs*

12-year-old Artemis Fowl II lives in a huge manor with his mentally unstable mother. H
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Stephanie (Bookfever)
"A genius. A criminal mastermind. A millionaire. And he is only twelve years old."

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer is my favorite book ever. EVER! I read it for the first time when I was fourteen years old and have been reading the series ever since. I've re-read the book over and over again. I can't even remember how many times I have read it but by now this book feels like an old friend and it's just as amazing as when I read it the first time. Now that I've re-read it once again, I think it's
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Alaina
Okay, so this is my second re-read of this series. I think? I'm pretty sure I listened to the audiobook beforehand so diving into the KU ebook version was a bit of an eye opener. It was like this time around I just saw things I didn't hear or see before. Which makes re-reads all the more fun because things start clicking into place.

Now Artemis, he's an interesting guy who finds himself in trouble. I mean he's a genius so he probably knew all the outcomes before they even happened. Which for me,
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booksnpenguins
"If I win, I'm a prodigy. If I lose then I'm mad. That's the way history is written."





Okay, so...I liked this, but I didn't love it.
There's nothing really wrong with this book. It's actually pretty entertaining and easy to read, with its simple yet witty writing and interesting characters. However, I couldn't help but feel a little detached from the story and even bored at times, but I guess it's my fault for jumping into this story after a couple of royally good fantasy books that won't eas
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Meridyforgot
May 14, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest I haven't read the whole book, and there is a slim chance that I might try to continue and so I post this review.

The problem is that the onslaught of cheap jabs at the "barbarian humans" destroying the earth is becoming extremely irritating. And miraculously Ireland is still nice and green, but give those humans a few hundred years and it will be destroyed. Please. It completely distracts from the story. Why do we have to spoon feed children dogmatic propaganda? Don't get me wrong.
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

I've been trying to find a new series to hold me over until the next Harry Potter book--and I've finally found it. Meet Artemis Fowl the Second, a twelve-year old genius who doesn't want to go to school, is worried about his mother's fragile mental health, is preoccupied with his father coming back from the dead, and who is determined to add to his family's coffers by any means possible. In a word, Artemis is an evil genius, and you just can't help but love him
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Cody
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“If I win, I'm a prodigy. If I lose, then I'm crazy. That's the way history is written.”

“Confidence is ignorance. If you're feeling cocky, it's because there's something you don't know.”

It is such a delight to note that Artemis Fowl excels in characterisation and storytelling that both young and old alike will enjoy being trapped amongst its pages. The plot is a bit reminiscent of Die Hard, only with magical creatures and high tech weaponry. At only age 12, young Artemis Fowl exerts a genius-l
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Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon
Partially inspired by the scene where they translate the fairy book and it ends up rhyming (not how linguistics work at all) and because I felt this should get an unique review I've decided to write it as a collection of bad poetry.

Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl, more like Artemis Fail
I prefer Kaz Brekker and Victor Vale
He has two character traits, he's not very dimensional
Just a momma's boi and mastermind criminal

The Plot
They said this was clever
I don't think it was ever
It is an illusion, lik
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Wanda
Artemis Fowl (or should that be Foul?) is an interesting mix of Lex Luthor and Encyclopedia Brown. He’s a boy genius with designs on leprechaun gold and he is willing to kidnap and deceive his way to his goal. But the fairy world is not going to just roll over and submit to Artemis’ demands, especially not Captain Holly Short, who is being held captive in Fowl Manor.

It’s a quick read, well written. If I was part of the intended demographic, I would probably be more impressed, but it’s a bit tame
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☀ Kat Nova ☀
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok so my friend forced me to read this and, ummm... WHERE WAS THIS SERIES WHEN I WAS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL bro I would've been obsessed with this shit. This was really fun, and that ending honestly made me smile. I now want to read the rest of the series and see this little bastard grow up :,)
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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.

He received his degree from Dublin University and began teaching primary school in Wexford. He has lived and worked all over the world, including Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. After the publication of the A
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