Twitter: 1196 + 3
I just finished reading Artemis Fowl – the first book in the series of eight books. This book is so over-the-top good that it set back my self-esteem about someday, possibly becoming a great writer about a hundred years. Seriously.
It comes as little surprise to find that the series has sold over 20 million copies. That’s a lot. Hell-o?
It’s gripping from page one and it never loses that “gotta read just one more page” up to the final 276th page. Eoin Colfer is a master of building characters and having the point of view changes flow seamlessly. The action never stops but because the energy switches from one character to another it never feels like it’s contrived or too much.
Artemis is a 12 year old boy genius who is also a crook. It runs in the family, a generational thing. And not your Peter Pan type of crook either. This kid has some definite low-down, greedy type of motivations that spur him along to doing things that are well, really, not all that commendable.
Yet throughout the book there is a blend of compassion, mercy and interwoven threads of “help your neighbor goodness” that make the book a good read morally as well as just plain fun.
The book is magnificently, magical with fairies, elves and trolls plus a blend of digital, 21st century electronic wizardry. I enjoyed book one and just downloaded book two from my local library to continue the journey.