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Of course, like all good criminals, he encounters some problems, but what made this book truly special for me, and had me finishing it at four in the morning, was that Artemis was a twelve year old who was able to outsmart the fairies rescue mission, and fairies are far more technologically advanced than we primitive mud-people, as the fairies like to call us.
Artemis Fowl is unique (I say that with a hint of exaggeration, as nothing is ever truly unique) and all the better for it because it is actually written from the perspective of the criminal, and I enjoyed the change of view immensely. That, compiled with Artemis’ strange sense of humour, and Eoin Colfer’s natural wit and sarcasm coming through in the description, made the book incredibly hard to put down. Even when re-reading it, I get drawn into it and find it hard to let go of the book if I need to.
It’s a beautiful story, combining a whole plethora of some of the more favoured types of story at the moment. We have criminals and guns and complex mafia-esque plots, combined seamlessly with magic and fairies and a hidden, mythical world hidden beneath the crust of the earth. There is both humour and action, and plenty of psychoanalysis of the characters. There really is something for just about everyone (unless you’re stubborn and decide to hate it on principle).
The characters are well-rounded and realistic, and the plot is beautifully laid out. The whole book flows from beginning to end, even those awkward scenes where you find yourself wanting to cringe away from the pages in sympathy for the characters flow seamlessly into the bigger picture. It really is a masterpiece, and I’d recommend it to any one.
Star Rating: ***** (I’d give six if I thought I could get away with it)
Out of Ten: 10/10