Saturday, November 27, 2010

Greatest Novel Involving Butt-Kicking Fairies

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)
Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
Evan’s ESS = 7 out of 10
Erin’s ESS = out of 10
Content = PG (Adult Content, Fairy Violence, Semi-evil Child Masterminds)

“If I win, I’m a prodigy.  If I lose then I’m crazy.  That’s the way history is written.”

Why: Artemis Fowl has been described by its creator as “die hard with fairies”.  Do we even need to say more?  I suppose we probably should… 

This novel is easily one of our (Evan’s) top 5 young adult fantasies...  Just to be clear, Evan doesn’t have fantasies about young adults, he just really likes this genre of literature.  Anyhoo, the premise is great and the fact that an elite fighting squadron of elves, centaurs, and dwarfs are central to the plot is even greater.  The mayhem starts when an eleven year old criminal mastermind, Artemis Fowl II, decides to kidnap a fairy creature and steal a most sacred guide book.  It doesn’t take long before the might of the entire underground fairy population is focused on destroying Artemis.  The line between good and evil is blurred as the consequences of greed infect both sides.  Artemis Fowl doesn’t break any new ground in the genre of action / adventure, but what story doesn’t need a few breathtaking action sequences, unpredictable treachery, and an eccentric, yet brainy computer specialist? 

To date, the Artemis Fowl series has spawned 7 adventures, with an 8th and final book to be released at an undetermined date in the future.  In every book we read we try to glean one important nugget that will help us in our journey through life.  Quite possibly the most profound lessons we’ve learned in a long time are found within the pages of this novel: Don’t go stealing someone else’s books and, only slightly less important, unless you have a death wish, don’t go upsetting the LEPrecon squad.


  1. I actually spent a good deal of time decoding the message that runs along the bottom of each page. Short of, "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine," it was, quite possible, the world's most disappointing secret message.

  2. Great review. :) I so love the Artemis series and I can't wait for the final book to come out.

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