Friday, November 13, 2020

Review of Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

This review was written by Eugene Kernes

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Genre = Novel, Science

Elaborate Description

Artemis Fowl has a child’s curious mind with the authority of an adult. Every plan made by Fowl is complete with counters to any possible action of his target. An ability to anticipate many moves ahead of his target is not the only think that makes him a genius, an affinity for complex though is primary. This causes Fowl deal with most situations in a calm and collected manner. The Fowl ancestry had always been supported by the Butlers, an organization of supremely trained bodyguards. A Fowl and a Butler is a paring for life. Artemis Fowl being only twelve, his Butler takes care of all the heavy lifting. The bond between them is of trust and understanding.

The story is about the mystical People and their gold. The People, losing the war to humans, now live mostly underground. Although the People have magic, it was no advantage to numbers. The fantasy species include trolls, fairies (pixies), dwarfs, and goblins. From the People’s perspective, humans are considered mud people. Human lore claims that leprechauns hid gold. In fact, the gold is actually prisoner exchange fund which no human ever got their hands on (expect Fowl). Leprechauns are actually a misnomer, as it is a job title LEPrecon which stands for Lower Element Police Reconnaissance.

An easy read book with humor, strategy, and moral lessons. Many human actions are taken from the perspective of the People. With different ways to handle the same life issues, provide alternatives from what is. Another anomaly that the People see in humans is their inability to co-exist with others. In the fantasy society, there are problems with co-existence, but they do co-exist while humans have trouble co-existing with each other.

Book Details

Edition ISBN:  9780439356008
Pages to read:   280
Publication:     2001
1st Edition:      2001
Format:            Paperback

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    5
Content          3
Overall           5