Artemis Fowl byEoin Colfer, Viking, 0-67089-962-3
For some, Artemis Fowl is Ireland’s equivalent of Harry Potter. For others, it is more like a video game than a book, with its preference for snappy dialogue rather than characterisation and peppered as it is with up-to-date references to the Internet, digital technology, gratuitous violence and martial arts.
Nevertheless, the target audience seems to like the fact that Artemis Fowl, one of the Mud People (Colfer’s answer to Muggles), is a 12-year-old criminal mastermind. Fowl pits his wits against the Leprecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance) to steal fairy gold and restore the family fortune. Enter Captain Holly Short, a tough female elf who packs fairy hardware and is taken hostage in the Fowls’ Manor, set in North County Dublin ...
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