The Book Review Blog: ARTEMIS FOWL

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At just twelve years old, Artemis Fowl is a criminal genius. No Scheme is too dastardly, no plot too devious. And he’s just discovered that fairies are real. Poor fairies. But these are not the cuddly creatures of bedtime stories. They are armed. They are dangerous. And when Artemis captures Captain Holly short for her fairy gold, he messes with the wrong elf. Holly isn’t armed but she’s incredibly dangerous and pretty annoyed with all the kidnapping. Artemis Fowl is about to find out that fairies fight back…

Now, to say that he is a criminal genius is sort of both an understatement and an overstatement. He is not some typical bad guy with eccentric plans. It is clear that Mr. Colfer wants us to root for him even though he is introduced as the bad guy by playing out his eccentricity in a genius and mastermind sort of way. No tragic back story is given(yet) but it is just described that his family is in this business. The fairies (or faeries if you prefer) here are not your typical old fashioned wood roaming ‘people’. Instead they are a civilisation far ahead of the human world and far below it. They were driven out from their original habitat by the mud men(humans). Now, the first discrepancy is noted that if the faeries are a superior race, they have better machinery, they have a longer life span and they have magic, why did they let themselves be driven out from the place they loved so much. The only reason Eoin Colfer provides that is of any merit is that the mud men breed like rodents and hence built up a large population in a short time. As they live deep in the earth, their police is called LEP or Lower Elements Police with its Reconnaissance unit, the one which handles earth missions is called LEPRecon and it is emphasized that this is the origin of the word leprechaun. The myth of gold of leprechaun is also explained as they love their gold very much and like to keep it to themselves as much as possible. Artemis is after that gold but he would have to match his wits against the fairies and their superior technology.
The characters include, an eccentric spoilt brat who wants gold and will imprison an elf(one of the Fae) for it. A LEPRecon officer Holly Short(it’s in the name) who is like the most generic solo female officer, she is discriminated against for being the only female, she is short(blah, blah, blah). A commander who appears to be against her, but secretly ‘Roots’ for her. A bodyguard with abilities matching those of John Wick and Ethan Hunt and is named Butler(so imaginative). The age-old resident centaur Foaly who is the tech and paranoia expert. A kleptomaniac dwarf Mulch Diggums, who has no magic. Artemis’ mother, who is ‘slightly unhinged’. And the wide variety of fairy weapons that are more dangerous than human weapons despite what the fairies would have us believe.

Rajyawardhan Singh Rathore

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