Artemis Fowl #1
Title: Artemis Fowl
Series: Artemis Fowl #1
Author: Eoin Colfer
Published in English: 2001
Dansk titel: Artemis Fowl
Dansk Udgivelsesår: 2003
Finished Reading: May 2019
Genre: Fantasy & YA
This is my personal review without spoilers of the actual plot.
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’ve heard a lot of people talking saying this was good so I got curious and started reading. When I was at page fortysomething I thought about quitting, then again at page hundred and something I again, got the urge to quit and so forth.
Artemis fowl is the most unlikable main character there is, or, at least I think he is the main character? I had my doubts since I thought that Butler and Holly had more “screen time” than Artemis Fowl. Too many character’s are introduced and I ended up confused half the time.
The writing was bad! The dialogue seemed like a bunch of six year olds arguing about whose car is the coolest. In addition, I think the whole plot was poorly structured. I didn’t like how the author over – explained everything, he throws a lot of terminology, trying to seem knowledgeable but for the most part he actually just gets it wrong. He talks a big game but ends up looking stupid. A few examples of this: he talks about an impact hitting with “a ton of G force”, a character rocketing down a hallway at Mach 1, approximately the speed of sound, in a little hallway, yeah right. I know that J. K. Rowling had trouble with her math but this is just silly. The scene early on where he describes the translation of the unknown language on his computer is extremely simplified yet at the end when the translation comes out, not only is it grammatically perfect it’s all in rhyming couplets, even when he said that changes had to be made in order to fully understand it.
The good thing about fantasy is that you can make up whatever – add a million hours to a day or make green monsters walk the street but when you mix in realism as Colfer did in this book, it’s important for the authors to know what they are talking about; otherwise, they’ll just make a fool of themselves. He tried to come off well informed and technical and it failed miserably.
I think the people whom likes this is because of the nostalgia behind it. They read it as kids, thought it was super cool but as you grow up you tend to notice when thing’s doesn’t coexists with real life.
Fowl and a miss!