Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Artemis Fowl

First sentence: Ho Chi Minh City in the summer.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, all in one sitting.

In this story, there are two protagonists: A twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl, the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history, and Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaisance) Unit, a three-feet tall pointy-eared fairyfolk.

This is how the story goes: The young genius hatches a cunning plot to ransom from the fairyfolk their gold. To do this, he kidnaps a fairy who so happens conducting a ritual to renew her magick. But the thing is that the fairy is no ordinary fairy for she is one of the very few female officers in the LEPrecon unit. Following her capture, her senior officer, a very bad-tempered Commander Root, begins the search with the help of a very IT-savvy centaur named Faoly.

For a children's book, Artemis is a fantastic story. Full of sophisticated high-tech and fantasy stuff. Very imaginative too. Whether the rituals are cooked-up by the author or not, I did learn a bit about the fairyfolks. I especially like the idea of dwarfs eating up earth while tunnelling their way, and very efficiently 'release' them through the other end. Great plot and stuff like that. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series!