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

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.
So, this time I've succeeded to complete the 52 books in 52 weeks reading challenge, even 2 months before the deadline! (started in August)

Books (and games) make life more bearable... I'll definitely keep reading (and most likely counting), but no more reviews (not in the same format anyway; it has become too tedious, and avoiding the spoilers is such a pain in the ass). Was trying to discover as many new/different authors as possible, but now I'll continue with the authors and series I've especially enjoyed. Known/popular authors seem to fare a bit better than the unknown/indie authors (with the exception of the boring classics I had to read for the sci-fi/fantasy course), but still, I made quite a few great discoveries in the discount bin :)

The genre and rating stats follow. (Some of the books have multiple tags, so the total sum of genre tags is more than 52. I've added some tags in my local copy of the reviews, but fixing them in all the posts is too much trouble.)

Total genres:
sci-fi: 15
fantasy: 13
dystopia: 10
thriller: 9
non-fiction: 8
games: 5
mystery: 5
horror: 5
young adult: 4
psychology: 4
historical: 2
cyberpunk: 2
romance: 2
magical realism: 1
humor: 1
esoterics: 1
graphic novel: 1
realism: 1
fanfiction: 1
drama: 1
memoir: 1

Total ratings:
1 stars: 5
2 stars: 7
3 stars: 10
4 stars: 16
5 stars: 14


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