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Review by Alleandra
Perserverence pays off, and I got my hands on a copy of this book at the Kahala B&N. Sometimes ordering from an online store just isn't enough...I need instant gratification! *l* In this case, the feel of the pages. I have been on a reading burnout and hoped this book would break it.
It has to some extent. Artemis is a 12 year old boy genious and the scion of a centuries old crime family located just outside of Dublin. He has thought out a devious plan to rejuvinate his family fortunes by pulling off the first cross species grand larceny scheme in ages by stealing fairy gold.
Artemis (and many of the characters) are not too deeply developed here, but there is no denying that the book is fun to read. Artemis is bad without being completely evil, his father is missing and his mother has become a gibbering madwoman. Not the greatest homelife. But Artemis is way older then his years...I would have liked to be taken inside his character more. Then there are the fairy characters...Captain Holly Short; the first woman in LEPrecon, an elite surface police force, and many of her coherts. I liked the centaur the best, I think...*l* There is lots of action and humor, and several laugh out loud moments. Along the bottom of each page is a cypher of the Gnommish language that the reader is challenged to break. There is even a website for the book at www.artemisfowl.com that allows one to enter a contest, read chapters 1-2 as well as a few other features. The promotion seems a bit too..err...overdone? I don't know...I suppose its not a bad idea really. Its just that the promotion is so intent on selling the book as a next Harry Potter...which it isn't. As it stands well on its own merits, they shouldn't try to compare the 2. It is also the first of a series, so I have been told. And there is already a movie in the works.
The major drawback is that the book is in hard cover only and priced at $16.95, while being about 280 pages.
All in all, a very fun read, but a bit costly.