Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories—they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.
About Artemis Fowl
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Recommended Ages: 11 and Up
Paperback: 396 pgs.
Published: February 10th 2009 by Simon Pulse
(first published January 28th 2009)
Artemis Fowl is the first in a very impressive series. This first novel in the series is really for all readers the first taste you can get to the boy known as Artemis Fowl who is very much an intelligent boy with an analytic mind who starting in Artemis Fowl uses his mind for criminal activities. In the beginning of the story, it is mentioned through a file the narrator is showing us of Artemis Fowl's first well-documented contact with the Fairie people or "The People". Artemis Fowl at the time was only twelve year -old and had executed his first mastermind plan. At this time he started his first contact with The People which will change him and his life forever.
How does one describe Artemis Fowl? Various psychiatrists have tried and failed. The main problem is Artemis's own intelligence. He bamboozles every test thrown at him. He has puzzled the greatest medical minds and sent many of them gibbering to their own hospitals.
There is no doubt that Artemis is a child prodigy. But why does someone of such brilliance dedicate himself to criminal activities? This is a question that can be answered by only one person. And he delights in not talking.
Perhaps the best way to create an accurate picture of Artemis is to tell the by now famous account of his first villainous venture. I have put together this report from first-hand interviews with the victims, and as the tale unfolds you will realize that this was not easy.
The story began several years ago at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Artemis Fowl had devised a plan to restore his family's fortune. A plan that could topple civilizations and plunge the planet into a cross-species war.
He was twelve years old at the time ...
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Eion Colfer's Artemis Fowl is something entirely fresh in fantasy as far as faeries are concerned. He knows how to use wit expertly to get as laughing in just the right way. The way he keeps us informed on what's going on in the world he's created is just as good, such as:
The jeep inched forward at a painfully slow rate, made all the more excruciating by the anticipation building in Artemis's chest. He could suppress it no longer. Could they at last be at the end of their quest? After six false alarms across three continents, could this wine-sodden healer be the gold at the end of the rainbow? Artemis almost chuckled. Gold at the end of the rainbow. He'd made a joke. Now there's something that didn't happen every day.
The mopeds parted like fish in a giant shoal. There seemed to be no end to the crowds.
Even the alleyways were full to bursting with vendors and hagglers. Cooks dropped fish heads into woks of hissing oil, and urchins threaded their way underfoot, searching for unguarded valuables. Others sat in the shade, wearing out their thumbs on Gameboys.
Artemis Fowl truly is a fascinating fantasy series as a whole. All the new adventures we're introduced to each new time not only get far greater but even far different than you'd expect each and every time. Artemis Fowl is the beginning novel for the Artemis Fowl series that is the book to help you meet Artemis Fowl, Butler, Holly Short, Juliet, Julius Root, Foaly, and other integral characters. An amazing read. The next book for the series being Artemis Fowl: The Artic Incident!
Overall: Amazing read!
Genre: Fantasy, Faeries, Paranormal
Contains: Commando/Military terms, Criminal Boy Geniuses with cynical world view, Faeries that care about the Earth's stability
About the Author
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 Artemis Fowl novels, Eoin retired from teaching and now writes full time. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.