Sunday, 11 November 2012

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories—they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

I had come across "Artemis Fowl" many times before actually reading the book itself. After just flicking through the pages of the book a few times I simply deduced it was a waste of time and hardly deserved any attention. About two years later I was reminded of these books by my sister who is an avid fan of this series. Deciding to give it another chance I started reading it yet again though not with much enthusiasm. I found (not for the first time) that my judgement now is much different than it was some years ago.

Artemis Fowl is 12-year old criminal mastermind who has bamboozled even the cleverest of psychiatrists  He is wholly determined to restore his family fortunes which have been greatly depleted since his father(Artemis Fowl Senior) went missing. Nonetheless even Artemis doesn't know the consequences of his plan which can easily cause an inter-species war. However when he captures Captain Holly Short a member of the 'Fairy People' he finds out that he isn't the only one with brains............

Artemis Fowl is shown to be a intelligent boy who has no care for anyone else except himself. However as the story unwraps we find out that he does care a lot about his mother and even Butler. Although he is obsessed with making money he is shown to think that family came before it. Unlike most people he doesn't believe that his father is dead and he waits eagerly for the day his dad will return.

Butler is Artemis's man-servant and is an expert in all sort of fighting skills. Like all Butlers he was trained to be a body-guard for the Fowls since the age of 10. Although he is shown to be devoid of emotion he does care about Artemis and has learned not to show any surprise at Artemis's wild schemes. In Artemis's own words:
"Butler here, my ...ah...butler, has a Sig Saucer in his shoulder holster, two shrike-throwing knives in his boots, aderringer two-shot up his sleeve, garrotte wire in his watch, and three stun grenades concealed in various pockets. --Butler could kill you a hundred different ways without use of his armoury. Though I'm sure one would be quite sufficient."
Juliet is Butler's sister and a sort of maid for Artemis. Although she plays a minor part in the story she has a very engaging personality. Unlike Butler she is not used to Artemis's ways and usually does not believe what he says.

Angeline Fowl is Artemis's mother. After the disappearance of her husband she suffered a severe mental shock which caused her to start living in her own fantasy world. Artemis loves her a lot and is always hurt when she doesn't even recognise him.

Captain Holly Short is the fairy Artemis manages to kidnap. Forced by the law to obey his instructions (because she was in his house) she is restricted from leaving her room. However the LEP police officer cleverly manages to escape. She has a sarcastic but kind personality. She even helps Butler and Artemis's mom despite the fact that Artemis kidnapped her.

Julius Root is the head of the LEP Recon squad (the one which Holly belongs to). Often he is hard on Holly because she is the first female Recon officer and is a test case to see if more female faries can join. He cares a lot about Holly and goes through a lot of trouble to try to rescue her.

Foaly is a centaur in LEP Re-con who surpasses average intelligence. He enjoys antagonizing Root and is the only one who can get away with it. He has a secure position in Re-con because no one has more knowledge about technology then him. He is slightly paranoid and believes that human intelligence agencies are everywhere even in the Lower Elements. He wears a tin-foil hat to stop them from reading his mind but come on! a genius has a right to be slightly paranoid, doesn't he?

Mulch Diggums is a kleptomaniac dwarf who soon got tired of mining in his early life. He resolved to use his talents for another purpose namely digging and entering the human's land. Of course he had to give up his magic for this but he was ready for the consequences. His other 'talents' include dwarf gas and I am so grossed out about it that I'd rather not mention what it does. He was sent by the LEP to try and rescue Holly from Artemis's clutches.

This was a really great book, an awesome start to any series. Eoin Colfer has done a great job specially in developing the characters. Once you have started to read it you simply cannot stop reading it. The plot was great and even without it the story would still have been an enjoyable read. After the end of the book you still crave for more.Its lucky that there are sequels otherwise I would want to murder the author. Its a book you should read in one go because gaps between the book cause it to loosen its grasp on you.

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