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Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
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Feb 22, 2008

bookshelves: childrens, books-i-own

This book would probably be enjoyable enough reading for kids (though the latter part of it contains some profanity), but in my opinion it isn't deep enough to appeal enough to serious adult fans of fantasy or supernatural fiction.

Addendum, March 20, 2012
I'm thinking, four years after reviewing this book and six or so after reading it, that this is one that deserves a re-read. The first time, I think I was still approaching it in a way that was a bit too self-consciously serious and "adult;" but after four years of being part of Goodreads, I've learned to lighten up significantly. :-)
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
January 1, 2006 – Finished Reading
February 22, 2008 – Shelved
March 2, 2008 – Shelved as: childrens
August 11, 2012 – Shelved as: books-i-own

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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

I just tried to read it but I couldn't get into it, course it could be me right now and not the story which did seem too juvenile and as you know I love YA.

message 2: by Werner (new) - added it

Werner It's definitely pitched to a juvenile audience. But it does have a certain verve, and Colfer undeniably has a fertile imagination. Those factors convinced me I should give it a second read, but heaven only knows when I'll get around to that --there are so many books I want to read for the first time (and a few more adult books I'm also wanting to re-read)! That's my usual lament, "so many books, so little time!" :-(

message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

Yes, I do relate to that. We just took it back to the library yesterday and I won't try again but will be interested to hear what you think on the second read.

message 4: by Crystal (new) - added it

Crystal I've been racing through light reading this summer and have been reviewing a list of Harry Potter like fantasy. This book appeared. I may give it a try. I alway appreciate your comments here on Goodreads.

message 5: by Werner (new) - added it

Werner Thanks, Crystal; I always appreciate yours as well! I wouldn't say that this series opener has a very marked similarity to the Harry Potter books; except that they're both speculative fiction for younger readers, with a boy protagonist, and set in the British Isles by a writer who's also from the British Isles. Apart from those very basic facts, the differences are more significant, IMO.

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