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.
Title: And Another Thing... (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)
Author: Eoin Colfer
Number of pages: 288
Genre: sci-fi
Book Number/Goal: 1/50
My Rating: 3.5/5

Review: The book picks up from where "Mostly Harmless" ends, finding a promptly improbable way to rescue main characters from yet another destruction of the planet Earth. Colfer tries to faithfully recreate Adams' writing style and wacky plot lines. It makes for an enjoyable read, reminiscent on the original H2G2, but for some reason it turns out to be much less funny. In particular, the Asgard part is rather boring (Colfer also adopts a theme from The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul, but his portrayal of Thor is way OOC), and the whole story of Nano colony is thoroughly boring. Also, the numerous "Guide notes" are distracting and rarely relevant. The best part is the subplot about Vogons. Overall, definitely worth reading at least out of nostalgia, despite the shortcomings.


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