Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
(, Book 1)

74%

10 Critic Reviews

Though the violence occasionally turns brutal, Fowl and Short make splendid, well-matched rivals...Readers familiar with Sherlock Holmes, as well as an array of modern fantasists from Roald Dahl on, will find plenty of homage paid in this savagely funny page-turner.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Twelve-year-old villain, Artemis Fowl, is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. His bold and daring plan is to hold a leprechaun to ransom. But he's taking on more than he bargained for when he kidnaps Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance Unit). For a start, leprechaun technology is more advanced than our own. Add to that the fact that Holly is a true heroine and that her senior officer Commander Root will stop at nothing to get her back and you've got the mother of all sieges brewing!
 

About Eoin Colfer

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Eoin Colfer is the New York Times best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Airman, Half Moon Investigations, The Supernaturalist,Eoin Colfer’s Legend of... books, The Wish List, Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.
 
Published August 7, 2009 by Disney Hyperion. 324 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Education & Reference, Comics & Graphic Novels, Crafts, Hobbies & Home. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on May 20 2010

Though the violence occasionally turns brutal, Fowl and Short make splendid, well-matched rivals...Readers familiar with Sherlock Holmes, as well as an array of modern fantasists from Roald Dahl on, will find plenty of homage paid in this savagely funny page-turner.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Julia Eccleshare on Jun 08 2002

In Artemis Fowl Colfer blended Irish mythology with James Bond adventure...the larger scale and more complex structure of The Arctic Incident retains the sparkle, but lacks the focus...When Colfer returns to the central drama - Artemis's trip to rescue his father - he gets back on track, ending the book with a most satisfying stakeout

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Entertainment Weekly

Above average
Reviewed by Gillian Flynn on Aug 01 2009

But in this fourth edition...is practically channeling Tom Clancy. Fowl and wary elf Holly Short reteam to keep a ”murdering pixie genius” named Opal Koboi from pitting humans against fairies. The characters...are still a blast, but Colfer seems too dazzled by all the gadgetry and explosives jammed into this tale.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Sharon O'Neill on Jul 15 2012

It's one of the best in the series and will not disappoint young fans. The ending is appropriately climactic -- and to give anything away would be far more criminal than anything Artemis has got up to in the past.

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USA Today

Below average
Reviewed by Deirdre Donahue on May 01 2001

The sad thing: Colfer offers some nice riffs in terms of creating a magical subworld of trolls, dwarves...But the second half of the book is a cynical, action-flick screenplay with some heavy-handed excrement joke...Resist the hype, parents, booksellers and librarians. This is not the new Harry Potter, nor is it a good children's book.

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Fantasy Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Floresiensis on May 11 2011

This book is hugely enjoyable and has just the right mix of fantasy, humour, gadgets and thrills to keep even the most demanding of children entertained. Beware though; if you do buy this book be prepared to buy the rest, as another trick of Artemis Fowl’s is that he is highly addictive!

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Good
Reviewed by Jill Marshall on Jan 22 2016

Here's a great book! It really kept me giggling all the way through. It's a fairy tale for our times...I just loved this book and I think you will too...

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Chronicles of a Book Evangelist

Above average
on May 09 2012

But, those quibbles aside, Artemis Fowl was funny. It was quirky and interesting and I think the fart jokes would have my son in stitches on the floor.

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Excellent Reads

Excellent
on Sep 29 2014

Honestly I loved the book. It was fantastically written and kept me going page after page, the thrill and adventure was like a disease. I will be reading the second one as soon as I get my hands on it, but this is one of the BEST books ever!

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The Ramblings of a Kindle Addict

Good
Reviewed by Gina on Aug 09 2011

I enjoyed reading about Artemis Fowl, his diabolical plan and the story which revolved around it. It was a creative, fresh book with fun characters and parts which kept me chuckling to myself as I turned pages.

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