Book Review – Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl

About The Book

With a teenage protagonist inclined to acts of criminality and equipped with a most envious genius Artemis Fowl takes you through a story filled with magic, friendships, awesome characters and technology that’s just as super.

When young Artemis learns his father, the head of a the Fowl family business, is missing presumed dead the young man takes it upon himself to first restore the dwindling family fortune and then use the resources to find his dad.

With the inimitable Butler as his bodyguard he finds the existence of a whole underground society of supernatural beings, top on that rung being Fairies. These aren’t the silly little beings people often use in jokes or share through kid’s tales, these are badass, high-tech weapon wielding and ultra-futuristic little-people who are now faced with human discovery under the ingenious mental prowess of Artemis Fowl who seems to have bitten off a large chuck of a very usual pie, all for the need to get his hands on pure fairy gold.

My Review Of It

Magnificent is an understatement with this book (publisher: Viking Press/Disney Hyperion/ Puffin Books). From the second I saw it on the shelf to the moment I bought it, went back home and read it I was left in a daze and feeling the power of fantasy fiction like never before.

Not only do I personally find the Artemis Fowl series a way better read than the Harry Potter ones I have never had as much fun and thrills reading a young-adult novel. It has humor, depth, cool characterization and some of the most exciting plotlines I’ve come across in books of this genre.

Having been made into graphic novels recently (publisher: Hyperion Books), I have as much high praise for the artistic talents of Giovanni Rigano and Paolo Lamanna. You can imagine my shock, joy and excitement when I learned that Disney and Harvey Weinstein have teamed up to make the movie version. Wow!

The author who started this all is, in my opinion, a literary genius in his own right.

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 (an elementary school teacher, historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with gripping Viking stories inspired by history he was learning in school at the time.

After leaving school he got his degree from Dublin University and qualified as a primary school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he and his wife spent about four years between 1992-1996 working in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book "Benny and Omar" was published in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia. It has since been translated into many languages. A sequel followed in 1999, followed by some other books. Then in 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published and he was able to resign from teaching and concentrate fully on writing.

He says, “I will keep writing until people stop reading or I run out of ideas." Hopefully neither of these will happen anytime soon. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

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