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Cat Gray ([personal profile] catness) wrote in [community profile] a_reader_is_me2014-06-01 07:20 pm

Book: Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Title: Artemis Fowl
Author: Eoin Colfer
Number of pages: 304
Genre: fantasy, young adult
Book Number/Goal: 52/52
My Rating: 3/5

Review:
Artemis Fowl, a daring criminal mastermind who happens to be 12 years old, devises a cunning plan to kidnap a fairy and demand a huge sum of the legendary fairy gold as ransom. However, the magic folk are militarized, hi-tech-equipped and brutal, and Artemis' operation doesn't go as smoothly as intended.

An amusing urban fantasy blending magic and technology and a bit of military fiction. The story has its cool moments, but overall, it feels rather lifeless and artificially constructed. There are too many uninspiring dialogues, and none of the characters evoke any sympathy, even the main (anti-)hero, despite his intellectual brilliance and evilness. Also, his age fails to add controversy to his character, remaining just a nominal tag.

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