Sunday, March 9, 2008

Artemis Fowl heads north

Things have changed for antihero Artemis Fowl since the first book in the series. Now that his mother's feeling better and has taken control of the household again, Artemis no longer enjoys the immense freedom he once had. He finds himself at private school, facing yet again another psychologist. In the middle of the interview, he receives a phone call from Butler. Evidently some Russian mafiosi are holding his father (missing for more than a two years and presumed dead) hostage.

Meanwhile, in the faery realms, there are serious criminal issues to be dealt with. Captain Holly Short at first suspects Artemis of being the culprit, but once he's brought in and questioned, it becomes clear that he is innocent. However, his skills would be invaluable in catching the true troublemaker - and he, in return, requests their assistance in rescuing his father. Holly understandably has some trouble trusting Artemis (he did kidnap her in the first book, after all), and it is fun to watch the two characters come to an understanding throughout the course of the book.

I enjoyed listening to Nathaniel Parker narrate the first Artemis Fowl novel, and the second one was just as delightful. It was fun to watching the human/fae team attempt to work together, with often humorous results, and underneath there were also quite serious undercurrents as Artemis had to make incredibly difficult decisions in his attempt to rescue his father before time ran out, while holding up his end of the bargain with Captain Short and Commander Root at the same time. There is plenty of action and adventure, and not a little violence, which makes it a better choice for teen than younger readers. Artemis did start out as an antihero in the first book, but he is beginning to realize that the end may not, in fact, justify the means, and that life contains more shades of gray than pure black and white. I'm looking forward to listening to the next installment in his adventures.

The Artemis Fowl series (to date):
  1. Artemis Fowl
  2. Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident
  3. Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code
  4. Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception
  5. Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony

Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident (#2 in the Artemis Fowl series) by Eoin Colfer; read by Nathaniel Parker (Listening Library, 2004)

Other blog reviews:
Back to Books
Bookboxed
Otaka's Scoop
Outside the Outsiders

5 comments:

  1. Love the new look! I've only read the first Artemis book for a group read in '06 (I think) but I think I remember enjoying it. Glad you like this series!

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  2. Thanks, Ladytink! I had an assignment due for graduate school, so it seemed like a good time to fiddle around with my blog. :-)

    I think I enjoyed the second one even more than the first! I'm glad I went back and listened to it before continuing on with the series.

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  3. I sure wish I knew how to do that. Black is so boring :)

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  4. Oh, Ladytink - it's easy - I just picked a different template and then uploaded a photo - you know, kind of like the way you do when you are adding a photo to a post. Just go to layout, edit, and edit the top part - it asks if you want to add a photo. Try it! :-)

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  5. heyy! i've been reading the series but i cant find the opal deception and the arctic incident....if anyone knows where you can read this online plz help!!!:):)
    thanxxx:)

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