by Eoin Colfer
Fantasy, Soft Cover, Published by Puffin Books, Great Britain , 2002, 288 pages, black and white, Rented from Bookworm Library @ Rs. 2/- per day.
Reviewed by Riz Noronha
The book is Artemis Fowl. It is the first book in the series and called Artemis Fowl. It is set in the 21st century, which can be anytime between 2000 to 2999. Artemis Fowl comes from family of criminals. The story is about Artemis trying to recover the fortunes of the Fowl family which were lost because of his father.
To recover the Fowl fortune, Artemis tries to get gold from the fairies who live in the Lower Elements. This includes kidnapping an elf called Captain Holly Short who was the first and only 'girl' in the LEPrecon . (Lower Elements Police reconnaissance). In this story a ransom is paid by the fairies to set Holly free but the fairies also plan a bio bomb (what they call a blue rinse) attack that kills all living things. It is upto Artemis to save himself.
The setting is in two parts. One setting is in Fowl Manor, Ireland and the other is in the Lower Elements (underground).
For me the most interesting character is Artemis because of his mastermind plans. Butler is interesting because he knocks people out and Holly Short is fun.
What I think is that this book has adventure, fantasy and magic - which is a good mix.
The book has no pictures but as you read it a picture clearly forms in your head.
The cover is a simple cover design. There is nothing in the design.
Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) is an Irishman who says he will keep writing until people stop reading or he runs out of ideas. I think Eoin Colfer is such a good story teller, that once you read his books no one will stop reading!
Here are some excerpts that I liked:
" Holly Short was lying in bed having a silent fume. Nothing unusual about this. Leprechauns in general were not known for their geniality. But Holly was in an exceptionally bad mood, even for a fairy. Technically she was an elf, fairy being the general term. She was a leprechaun too, but that was just a job." (pg. 31)
I liked the following excerpt of how Butler scares an entire LEP retrieval squad, the most elite of all the LEPs. For me, this shows that Butler is powerful and can scare the fairies who use hi-tech weapons.
" And when the LEP officers were switching weapons, right at that moment when their hands were fumbling with holsters, that’s when the Mud Man spoke. "Evening gentlemen, he said, sweeping back his hood." Funny that, thought Trouble, it was almost as if... then he saw the makeshift goggles. "Cover!" he screamed, "Cover!". But it was too late. No option but to stand and fight. But that was no option at all.
The Time Stop involves some technology description that took time for me to understand.
The book can’t be better because it is such an amazing read!
RATING: Out of 10 : 9 ( I rarely give a book a 9)
The other books in this series are:
Artemis Fowl and the Arctic Incident
Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code
Artemis Fowl and The Opal Deception
Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony
Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox.
Right now, I am reading Eternity Code.