Book Reviews of Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, Bk 1)

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, Bk 1)
Artemis Fowl - Artemis Fowl, Bk 1
Author: Eoin Colfer
ISBN-13: 9780439356008
ISBN-10: 0439356008
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 280
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 212 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, Bk 1) on + 287 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
I've heard a lot about the Artemis Fowl books but didn't really know what they were about. So I found it very intriguing that we get the story from the point of view of the traditional "bad" side; the hero is a criminal mastermind (even though he is only 12 years old). And so I found myself rooting for both sides, hoping that they'd both win in some way. Good storytelling and exciting as well.
reviewed Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, Bk 1) on + 11 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
It was a very imaginative kids book, but I would not recomend it for anyone over the age of 12.
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Helpful Score: 1
My daughter loved this book!
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Helpful Score: 1
My kids love this book and so do I. Great gift for a 8 to 10 year old. This is book 1. I would wish list the rest of the series as soon as you recieve this book because by the end you'll want to read more.
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Helpful Score: 1
My children thought it was a great book!
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Helpful Score: 1
Great easy read. I love young adult fiction - fantasy is definitely still alive!
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Helpful Score: 1
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

I've been trying to find a new series to hold me over until the next HARRY POTTER book--and I've finally found it. Meet Artemis Fowl the Second, a twelve-year-old genius who doesn't want to go to school, is worried about his mother's fragile mental health, is preoccupied with his father coming back from the dead, and who is determined to add to his family's coffers by any means possible. In a word, Artemis is an evil genius, and you just can't help but love him. Or hate him. Or love to hate him. Or hate to love him. Or...well, you get the picture.

Artemis, along with his bodyguard/manservant/butler ironically named, of all things, Butler, Artemis sets out on his greatest, and most ambitious, scheme to date--discover the secrets of the fairy world, and relieve some of said fairies of their precious gold. After all, they have plenty to spare, and since Artemis Fowl the First lost a vast majority of their fortune, the Fowl family needs to pad the coffers.

So off Artemis sets on a world jaunt to discover the secrets of the fairies, and his ambitions and delusions finally pay off--he meets an alcoholic sprite who, in exchange for the return of her magic, lets Artemis get a good look at her Book. The Book, you see, contains all the mandates, rules, and regulations (along with a slew of secrets) of the fairy world--and now Artemis Fowl is able to hatch his nefarious scheme.

Artemis discovers that the fairies must adhere to very specific rituals to renew their powers, so along with Butler, he sets out on a stakeout to catch himself a fairy. Hoping, of course, that he can hold said fairy for ransom in exchange for some gold.

What Artemis didn't include in his calculations, however, was Captain Holly Short. A member of the LEPrecon Unit, Holly, although a small sprite, is very human looking--and can be extremely wily and dangerous. As Artemis implements his evil plan, Holly uses her military style background to hatch her own plan of escape. The results are both disastrous and hilarious.

I read ARTEMIS FOWL in one sitting. Once you get started on this story of the human world of the Mud People mixing with that of the magical beings who live below ground, you just can't stop! The magical quality of the book is that it is all too believable and so much fun! You envy Artemis his brilliance and at the same time you can't believe how undeniably evil he is. You pity him, and you despise him, yet you adore him. As for Holly Short, you love the fairy, admire her tenacity, yet hope at the same time that she spares the lives of Artemis, Butler, and Butler's sister, Juliet. I have to admit that I truly loved Foaly, the centaur in charge of computers and technical equipment. Actually, I loved all the characters of ARTEMIS FOWL, and can't wait to read the next book! Pick up a copy today!
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My 8 year old son who is a voracious reader LOVES this series.
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very good book. I recommend the entire series.
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I tried to read this one, but I couldn't find it interesting enough. I didn't like how it was written, so I only got a chapter in.
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Weird book. The title character, Artemis Fowl, is not developed as much as some of the "lesser" characters. Full of fairies and trolls and things like that, so it's a weird genre.
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First one in series and I enjoyed it. Will be getting more of them.
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Very enjoyable reading.
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"I can't wait to read the next one in this series" - Hannah age 9
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I got this for my child, but ended up reading it myself and running out to get the rest of the series. This book is funny, engaging, occasionally a little bit crude (the better to win over its target audience) and completely un-put-downable. It is complex enough for adults to enjoy while still being approachable for tweens and young teens. Colfer does a great job of using humor to draw young readers into an intelligent book.
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A mastermind and a genius and a millionare. He's only 12! He's on a mission to steal something no one has ever tried before. A good read especially if you teach a class of middle schoolers or even high school students.
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Started out a little slow, possibly because it was not at all what I thought it would be. The magical, yet technologically advanced fairies were interesting. The lead character, a little annoying because of his "genius" status, sometimes, and the whole idea of a mobster-in-the-making being the "hero" just doesn't sit right somehow. But, it's an interesting spin of some old folklore, so it does make for a good read regardless.
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Was an enjoyable read.
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My son loved it!
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Who is Aretemis Fowl? A genius. A criminal mastermind. A millionaire. And he is only 12 years old. Yest as crafty as he is, Artemis may have met his match in Captain Holly Short, an elf from the LEPrecon Special Forces, when he plots to steal teh richest treasure teh world has ever kown - the timeless treasure of the fairies!
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I haven't had a chance to read this book and I hear it's excellent. I just have too many books on my TBR!