Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer


Quite enjoyable, especially on audiobook. But then, I am a sucker for Irish accents.

ADDENDUM: The actual book is pretty readable, as young adult books go, but I still think the audiobook is better, if only because of the delicious accents. And really, it's a creative concept--the anti-hero is rarely seen in young adult literature. Artemis Fowl is presented as the villain, but that's really just an opportunity for the reader to watch him grow and develop in a way that a "good guy through and through" simply can't. Artemis' struggle with his own devious desires is more compelling than many an external villain. And Colfer is adept at creating amusing characters, who treat each other with annoyance undergirded by real loyalty and affection. Pretty complex relationships for a children's book, if you think about it.

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