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The Bellinghman
Date: 2004-03-16 20:48
Subject: 19: Eoin Colfer - Artemis Fowl The Arctic Incident
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Author: Eoin Colfer
Title: Artemis Fowl The Arctic Incident
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Published: Puffin 2003
Pages: 288
Purchased: Heffers, Cambridge, 2003-12-??, £5.99
ISBN: 0-141-31213-0

Hmm, this was one of a bunch of books bought when we went to see LOTR:ROTK at the cinema in Cambridge. The rest were read over the new year period, before I started on this meme just over seven weeks ago. However, this got lost in the side table on the other side of the bed, so I only just noticed it.

Slightly more annoyingly, it's not the first Artemis Fowl book, but the second. I hate that, but it's not too much of a problem this time.

Artemis Fowl is that rarity, a genuine child genius and (apparently) master criminal in post-cold-war BritainIreland. And there are elves, kobolds, goblins, dwarves and other supposedly fictional creatures living beneath the earth. Except - these aren't the traditional figures of myth, these are high tech beings who've learnt how to adapt AAA batteries to their laser rifles. And their authorities hate Fowl's guts, believing him one of their greatest threats.

Add to this a plot where Artemis must recover his father from the Russian Mafiya, the Fairy Folk must ally with Artemis to find the truth behind the AAA battery smuggling, and fast and furious action, and you've got something that although aimed at kids is just generally good entertainment. Not deep, but not formulaic either.
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User: clanwilliam
Date: 2004-03-16 16:14 (UTC)
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Oh cool!

After reading those books, I mentioned to my mum on the phone that Eoin Colfer was from Wexford and had she any idea who she was. Followed by "but *don't* you remember him?" Apparently he was part of my eldest sister's gang in her late teens. Considering I was 8 when she left home for uni, no I don't remember him. But I remember his parents - we've got a rather nice picture at home by his dad Billy.

Not only was I dead chuffed to see that a) local boy makes good; but b) local boy who is former mate of sister's makes good; and c) local boy whose parents are long-time mates of the ma's makes good.

In general, even if Eoin Colfer's work was shite, I'd be pleased for him. The fact that he's superb (Artemis could only be 12 years old, after all, it's the most annoying, precocious age) makes me blissfully happy.

P.S. He's Irish, not British.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2004-03-16 17:29 (UTC)
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P.S. He's Irish, not British.

And there's even a scene where he comes up in Tara, if I remember correctly. Silly me, of course.

I'd have to say that it's remarkably unremarkable where everything takes place - well, not the Russian bits - I was going to say Europe, but then headed for something more specific, only to overdo it.
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