November 23, 2011

Review : Artemis Fowl and The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer

Title : Artemis Fowl and The Eternity Code
Author : Eoin Colfer
Reading Dates : 11 Oct - 14 Oct 2011
Artemis Fowl
From Amazon :
In this third installment to Eoin Colfer's funny, fast-paced, fairy-filled adventure series, boy genius and arch criminal Artemis Fowl once again can't resist plotting the perfect crime--and, once again, he can't keep from stirring up so much trouble that the fate of the entire fairy world teeters in the balance.

The once hard-boiled Artemis has softened a bit between his bestselling debut and the seat-of-your-pants Arctic Incident, and that trend continues in The Eternity Code: He's still plotting for a billion-dollar-plus payoff for the Fowl family, but now his enemies are human (chiefly Jon Spiro, a ruthless businessman Artemis tries to blackmail using stolen fairy technology) and he has to turn to his old adversary-turned-friend Captain Holly Short and cutpurse dwarf Mulch Diggums for help. The dialogue and action prove as smart and page-turning as ever this time around, with Artemis struggling to bring his faithful bodyguard Butler back from the dead before racing Mission Impossible-style to triple-cross the double-crossing Spiro.

Colfer's young antihero might be getting more likeable all the time, but that hasn't taken the edge off the Tom-Clancy-meets-Harry-Potter action. Artemis has to agree to a memory-erasing "mind wipe" from the People after helping them recover their technology, but only a foolish fan would count Artemis out after this blockbuster "final heist." Book four can't come soon enough.... (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes

Book Review of Artemis Fowl and The Eternity Code.

While I found The Eternity Code enjoyable it is also the first Artemis Fowl book in which I have something to quibble about.

I simply had a difficult time accepting that Jon Spiro could have at any time outsmarted Artemis. The man is just not intelligent enough to be a worthy adversary for Artemis. I thought it would have been much easier to swallow the thought that Artemis might be mellowing rather than that Jon Spiro could have been one step ahead of him at any time.

Other than that though, I still enjoyed the tale. This story certainly offers plenty of chances for Artemis to shine. Considering that Artemis usually has a good grasp of the psychological makeup of his opponents and allies, it is funny how he can be lacking in the most basic of social skills at times. Yet, again and again I find it is his ability to predict how everyone will react which helps in plotting his way to success.

And of course, the undeniable rapport forming between Artemis and his allies is always fun to watch. Reading how these disparate characters learn to work together had me chuckling most of the time.

In short, The Eternity Code is another enjoyable addition to the Artemis Fowl series.

My conclusions :

  • Would I re-read the book ? Yes.
  • Would I want to read the next book in the series ? Yes.
  • Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? Yes.
  • Who would I recommend this too? Fantasy readers.
  • For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Buy it.

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