Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
For some odd reason, I've been avoiding reading this book (or the whole series) despite it being well-beloved in general.
Why? I mean, I like a good heist novel and the cockier and the more headstrong the character, the more interesting I find it. So this should be right up my alley, right?
Well, it's YA. MG, even. Okay. So that's a big thing.
Even so, I thought I ought to finally GIVE IT A CHANCE. After all, wasn't there a big movie was made for it?
*crickets* *embarrassed shuffling over at Disney* *more crickets*
OKAY. So my desire to read this is no predicated only on sheer stubborn doggedness. I want to say I did it. That's it.
And so I read it and didn't think it was all that bad. Some fun bits. Fairly reasonable amounts of handwavium but that's okay even in the terms of plot because it's just meant to be FUN.
It wasn't bad. Flashy, genre-bending SF/Fantasy with interesting if simply-portrayed rules in a mythical book. And Action. Lots of action.
It's on par with that old movie Spy Kids. Just add spy tech to an Arsene Lupin kid, throw high-tech fae cops at him, and stir.
Unfortunately, I couldn't get my girl to read it past a few pages. This just had to be for me, this time.
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