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Artemis Fowl

by Eoin Colfer

Disney-Hyperion | June 23, 2009 | Trade Paperback

Artemis Fowl is rated 4.6981 out of 5 by 53.

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius-and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn''t know what he''s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren''t the fairies of bedtime stories; these fairies are armed and dangerous.

Artemis thinks he has them right where he wants them but then they stop playing by the rules.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 0.75 in

Published: June 23, 2009

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1423124529

ISBN - 13: 9781423124528

Appropriate for ages: 10

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute book. Can't wait to read the rest of the series. Artemis Fowl was written by Eoin Colfer and was originally published in April 2003 by Disney Press. The story revolves around Artemis Fowl a very rich, genius criminal mastermind oh and did I mention that he is only 12 years old, and the son of an Irish crime lord. Artemis is doing his best to keep his family afloat; since the disappearance of his father his mother has rarely left her bedroom and is slipping more often into a delusional state, barely recognizing her own son. Artemis wants to ensure that the family continues to survive so with the help of his bodyguard he develops a plan to capture a fairy and hold her for ransom. He knows that the fairies have lots of gold and he wants it. After lots of research he finds a fairy nearby and captures her. The fairy, Holly had been out on duty trying to capture a rogue troll, but she is weak because she hasn’t recharged her magic and so she is taken hostage by the boy. She is not any old ordinary fairy she is part of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance) team which is a covert operation team that works to ensure that humans never learn about the fairies underground fortress. The LEP retrieval team underestimates Artemis because they don’t know his secret weapon is the holy book he tricked a fairy into giving him which gives away all their secrets. Will he get the gold that he demands in exchange for Holly or will a covert team swoop in and save her and spoil his plans? I enjoyed this book. I didn’t really know anything about it before I picked it up. I didn’t even read the synopsis before I started reading. So I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that Artemis was a “villain”. I like that he wants to do whatever he can to help his family and he is very loyal to his friends/workers. Throughout the book we see glimpses of Artemis becoming a nicer person. There are little instances where he makes a joke and laughs inwardly and I really liked that. You get to see that he is a boy after all. I also really liked the other characters in the book. It was interesting to think that there would be a whole police force for the fairies it was as if I was watching an action movie. There was the technology friendly Centaur Foaly and the mean Commander Root to name a few of the interesting mystical creatures living underground. I liked Holly though at times I found her irritating; I think that she will play a role in the future books so I look forward to getting to know not only her but the other characters more. Something I liked about the book was the code on the front cover and throughout the book. It is a string of Gnommish symbols that compromised a substitution cipher. It is pretty long so I didn’t take the time to figure it out myself. Since this book came out in 2003 it was easy to get the translation from Google. I think that this would be a good activity for a child to do after completing the book. I plan on picking up the continuation of the series this month (as aforementioned in my above TBR video). I can’t wait to see where it goes from here. Now that the final book in the series was released this summer it makes it easier to read the series knowing that you never have to wait for the next book to come out. Check out my blog for more reviews http://bibliophilesisters.wordpress.com/
Date published: 2012-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun read! Artemis Fowl was a fun, short read. I enjoyed reading it and it was a bit different from the other books about fae I have read lately. The fae in this series are living underground, near the Earth's core, because they can't really coexist with humans. Unlike other fae, these ones have very advanced technology. Most fae are nature lovers and can't touch iron, so this kind of goes against that. So a bit of a different twist, but a good one. Artemis is a 12 year old genuis, who is looking for a way to steal some faery gold. So he kidnaps one, which happens to be Holly Short, and randsoms her. I can really tell if as time goes on he feels sorry for Holly or not, but for a 12 year old kid, Artemis is pretty evil. Even though I enjoyed the story, I feel it didn't hold me. As in, I could just put it down regardless of where I was in the book. I had fun reading, but there wasn't the need to continue reading while wandering around my house. Regardless, I'm still going to read the second book in the series and see how I make out with that one. Hopefully I will get sucked into it more. Overall, this is a fun and quick read. It is well written and different from the normal story about fae. I would recommend it, since it is good, just didn't have me in suspense the whole time.
Date published: 2012-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Artemis Fowl Artemis Fowl: The criminal mastermind is always 2 steps ahead of you, no matter what you do. He is smart, brave, intelligent, arrogant, and cooler than I’ll ever be. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer is the best book, I’ve ever read. I don’t know how Eoin Colfer thought of it, but he has made a wonderful book. This book is extremely good because its an action-packed book that I couldn’t stop reading. The book started with action and the action never stopped. Artemis is a genius millionaire that can make war with anyone in less than 5 minutes. It was suspenseful because you couldn’t put the book down, EVER. The fast pace of the book kept me awake and reading all night. I read it in 3 days. It was funny and exciting because of the great descriptions Eoin Colfer gave. You may think that fairies are not real, but Eoin Colfer makes the fairies seem real and believable. This is not a traditional fairy tale since it involves real people, science and technology. I highly recommend this book to everyone because it was action-packed and it was that good. Read it and see if you agree.
Date published: 2010-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Domination Artemis Fowl Jr., a rich twelve year old genius. His father has dissapeared and his mother has fallen ill...that leaves Artemis to rome the world for an adventure. Goblins, fairies, dwarfs and all sorts of mythical creatures await Artemis. But when he kidnaps a fairy that will not just stay still, Artemis's skills and intelligence are put to the test.
Date published: 2008-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING SOOOO GOOD!!!!! i loved this book! It was really great! It was full of adventure and sometimes really sad. I feel bad for Artemis because his parents are never with him but he's a genius and this book was great! I loved it!!!!!!!!! Read it!!! It wasn't as confusing as the others. The best one, I love butler too. He seems really nice and willing to risk his life to help and save Artemis.
Date published: 2008-06-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What? I don't like criticizing authors' work. But I will make an exception for this book. I couldn't finish it. Just saying that is something. I didn't even get to page 100 when I abandoned it. Some of you might say it gets better or something, but I personally found this book boring. I might be completely wrong saying this and that maybe it DOES get better by the end. I will give it another chance, but for now, I don't like it at all.
Date published: 2008-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so engaging! After reading the Harry Potter books I didn't think I could find anything that would pull me into the pages again. Then I read Artemis Fowl! The characters are intriguing, funny and unique. The story moves at a wonderful pace, not too slow and not too rushed!
Date published: 2008-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome this was a gr8 book!
Date published: 2007-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read I really like this book, it was a good book. I liked it because it was very interesting.
Date published: 2007-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for any ages It was creative with great vocabulary. I was scepticle at the beginning with fairies and stuff but turned out to be the best book I have ever read. I would recomend it to anyone ages 5 or 35. It wouldn't matter anyone would love it.
Date published: 2006-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fairies+12 Year Old Criminal Mastermind+Flatulent Most people don't believe in fairies. 12 year old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl believes in them. And he wants there gold. In one of the best books I have ever read, Artemis Fowl and his huge bodyguard named Butler kidnap an elf named Holly Short. What he doesn't know is she is a Captain in the Lower Elements Police, or LEP for short, and the LEP want her back. They will need to use time fields, bio bombs and even a dwarf with gas problems. The dwarf is named Mulch Diggums and is my favourite character. Will Artemis succeed in his kidnapping plot to get gold? Or is there really good inside of him? Read this best seller to find out!
Date published: 2006-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An adventurous story filled with thrills & twists ARTEMIS FOWL is a name I still can't forget about, due to the exciting and incredible book by Eoin Colfer. There are four books in the series, and this is the first one, jam-packed with action, adventure, laughter and mystery. No doubt about it, you won't regret meeting this young, rich and smart criminal mastermind named Artemis Fowl with his bodyguard Butler and the fairies with their LEPrecon unit!
Date published: 2006-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great book A great read! I very much enjoyed the adventures of Holly. All the gadgets were really neat. Why has no one turned this into a movie yet?
Date published: 2006-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun for kids and adults This book was a lot of fun! It was sort of James Bond meets Harry Potter. There were some really cool gadgets described that you would get from James Bond, and the magical world of faries and trolls and such that you could get from Harry Potter. It was a very quick read. I neither like nor dislike Artemis Fowl (though I do wonder how that character got his name?). I'd be interested in reading more about Holly Short and Root though! Overall, a fun book, something that children would enjoy a lot!
Date published: 2006-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfull Book Eion Colfer is genius with this book, it grabs your attention at the very start and keeps going on strong. The dialect is intellegent and it has a smart storyline the whole way through. The charecters are believable and seem to come to life. This is by far one of the best books I've ever read.
Date published: 2006-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from artemis fowl artemis fowl is the best book I have ever read! I think everybody should read the artemis fowl series! Youll like it!
Date published: 2006-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!! Eoin Colfer is truly a genious he out did him self on this spectacular book. the characters and he has a way with words throughout the book. and the book was just a quick and easy read. also an excellent read!!! trust me the next one is even better!
Date published: 2005-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The first This is a great book and I loved it so much that i suggested it to my dad to read and now he loves the books to.
Date published: 2005-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Creation I extremely enjoyed this book. Colfer creates the Fairy world, Haven with an amazing ability to draw you into the place yourself. The secret message written on the bottom each page in gnommish is a fun thing to do if you like deciphering codes, and is well worth the work at the end.
Date published: 2005-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating book I love this book :D it just pulls me in, it's just amazing what Colfer creates. Just a mood and atmosphere that you can just picture in your head. Though question is that people in Italy are afraid of a troll thats about 3 feet tall. How can Butler get beat up by a Troll less then twice his size?
Date published: 2005-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome THis book is awesome buy it buy it buy it buy it buy it buyi t buy it
Date published: 2005-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW Looks like Harry Potter has a rival story
Date published: 2005-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from artemis fowl awsome book i just luv it!!!!! it's sooooooo cool
Date published: 2005-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awe-inspiring that a book can be this good! This novel is extraordinarily original! Yes a lot of novels have fairies in them, but how many authors give the fairies super-technology and ultimate resources? (exactly). Also there’s the main character that looks like the villain and the good guy. Awesome read ~ I totally recommend it!
Date published: 2004-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from simply amazing!^_^! Artemis fowl is one of the best books i've ever read it will grab readers and won't let them go.
Date published: 2004-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Too good to be true... I LOVED this book! It kind of got confusing because it's so long. The start wasn't so exciting, but praise EOIN COLFER!!! I want to read the third book next!
Date published: 2004-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, not Amazing, but good Artemis Fowl is a good story. It has a lot of twists and turns and I loved how Artemis was Always one step ahead of the fairies. The only is that- Why do the chapters have to be that long?
Date published: 2004-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! This book is excellent! It has a good story, memorable characters, etc. Now, obviously many people will have different opinions, but personally, this is one of the best books I have ever read. I plan on buying the boxed set with Artemis Fowl and Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident.
Date published: 2003-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amasingly good with fantabulous words it is a great book! posibly the best the book of the year next to Ravens End by Ben Gadd
Date published: 2003-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A SUPERB faery story Colfer has a knack for making myth seem incredibly real. I found this novel pleasantly fast-paced, very deep, and surprisingly funny. The characters are very well-wrought and believable. One almost suspects Captain Short and Commander Root to be human. Root is like something out of a 1950's cop movie. All in all, a superb read, worthy of international acclaim. In fact, I found this novel to be on a level with J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series.
Date published: 2003-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth Waiting For It starts off a little slow, but once you hit chapter five you'll love it. It is very witty and sarcastic. LOVED IT.
Date published: 2003-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is the best book! This was a totally super book! Best in the world by far! As soon as I read it I was hooked!
Date published: 2003-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Artemis Fowl is 1 of THE best books ever! It has all the elements of a great book. You should read it!
Date published: 2003-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Artemis Fowl is 1 of THE best books ever! It has all the elements of a great book. You should read it!
Date published: 2003-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!!!!!!!! Amazing. This book has everything anyone could ask for.
Date published: 2003-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from w00T!!! THIS BOOK IS AMAZING, IT DOESN'T HOLD A CANDLE TO HARRY POTTER . ARTIMES FOWL IS THE BEST VILLAN EVER!!!!! (SHOLD MAKE A MOVIE)
Date published: 2003-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This book is really amusing. It has a great twist about the fact that Artemis Fowl is only a 12 year old boy and not a fully grown man. The way the author describes him you can actually see that whatever Artemis thinks up it won't be good except for himself.The way that the author pictures the fairies in this book is quite different that in any other book because here they have tecnology and have lots of complicated rules. I think this book could end up being favoured by older people compared to Harry Potter because of all its excting and unknown twists. This book also gives off a good sense of humor that is absent in Harry Potter. The whole idea of using crimes in the story is very good. You can't predict this story it is always two steps before you like Artemis Fowl. I would recomend it to anyone who likes suspence and fantasy.
Date published: 2003-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Artemis Fowl Artemis Fowl books are great because they have creativity, yet they also keep it real at the same time. The book starts off at the 12 year old boy's estate and he is planning to hold a fairy from the underground fairyland hostage. His plan is simple but brilliant... In exchange for the fairy, he gets a load full of knowledge and handsome ransom . He soon finds out that fairies are not to be messed with and starts a full-blown war in his Fowl Mannor but he has his hulking manservant who only goes by the name of Butler. Butler is about 6'10, 320lbs and has been trained in many martial arts and has a impressive military history. In the end, not everything goes according to plan but you could say business had to be compromised for safety and personal reasons.
Date published: 2003-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Magical! I reluctantly picked up this book about a month after it came out in paperback, and I couldn't believe how fantastic it was! I finished reading it that day! And then I went out and bought the Arctic Incident the next day! I was amazed at how wonderful and exciting a book like this could be. I am 18 years old and a big Harry Potter fan, I was not expecting it to even compare,But WOW, did Eion Colfer ever deliver a fantasic, fast paced whirl-wind adventure exciting for all ages. I was also very surprised at how easliy this book made itself at home in my sacred Harry Potter collections newly vacant spot. I can't wait for the third book!
Date published: 2003-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You've Got to read it! This book is Smart and Funny! I've never in my life read a book Like this in like SOOOOO long! It's a great book, so go ahead and BUY IT! NOW!
Date published: 2003-03-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It could have been better...... I, personally, did not enjoy this book. In fact, the finest part of it was the cover (like they say, you can't judge a book by its cover!). Though the book is believed to be a 21st century fantasy, it's naught but a horde of fairies with computers. In this book, our ancient myths and legends are nothing but a cluster of undersized, ridiculous people. I also found it mind-boggling, that the fairy race, which is portrayed to be exceptionally clever and intelligent, could have been out-smarted by a twelve-year-old boy. The characters could have been more enhanced, the author didn't bring in enough physical or psychological aspects. The plot, too, was pretty feeble. The ending, which could have been better, ended up as our typical "happy-go-lucky" ending. Though the sci-fi was satisfactory, the fantasy, adventure, and romance were meager. You can still read the book if you desire, for my judgement may differ with others, however I do not recommend it.
Date published: 2003-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awsome I just started reading Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl:the Artic incident. And so far it is SOOOOOOOO cool with all the mobs and magic its a book for the godfather fans and harry potter fans and if you have happend to read the lion the witch and the wordrobe this book is right for you.
Date published: 2002-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Faboulous Fowl Artemis Fowl is a wonderful children's book that should be translated into many languages for all over the world , like Harry Potter. Harry Potter and Artemis are alike in their stories. They Both asociate with magic! Artemis Fowl is fabulous!
Date published: 2002-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best book yet! All i can really say is Eoin Colfer writes the best books like this one! I have never read anything more exciting than Artemis Fowl!!! I would rate it 10 out of 5! Once you start reading it you won't put it down! I've read it twice already and it hasn't got boring since! This book is great for all ages but mostly aimed at pre-teens such as myself! Great novel!
Date published: 2002-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Artemis Fowl is amazing! The book Artemis Fowl written by Eoin Colfer is an exciting, suspenseful and action packed book about a 12 year old boy named Artemis Fowl. He lives in a huge mansion with his butler, his butlers sister and his sick Mom. Artemis Fowl discovers another species known as Dwarfs, Fairy's, Trolls and so on, but their perception of humans are Mudpeople. All Artemis Fowl wants is to take a Fairy hostage 'till he gets great fortunes but the LEPrecon squad won't give the ransome just yet. They will use all there tactics to rescue the hostage. Will they succeed? Read Artemis Fowl to find out! By
Date published: 2002-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great book for your wait! I have just finished this amazing book about 2 days ago, lets just say I was pleased. The child Genious, Artemis Fowl, makes you love and hate him at the same time. It's almost like you hate to love him, but love to hate him ;). This book is a great read for those that are DEEPLY emirsed in the Harry Potter series, and for the long wait before Book 5 comes out.
Date published: 2002-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Good Book Artemis Fowl is such a great book~absolutely FACSINATING. I couldn't stop reading! Highly recommended for you to read!
Date published: 2002-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Artemis Fowl! This book is very good! It combines fantasy witha little bit of mystery and keeps you guessing right until the end!
Date published: 2002-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from mytholigie vs. tecnolligie this is a really good book i am the biggest fantasy fan and this is really neat. cause i also luv crime stuff. this is a book u need to add to your collection
Date published: 2001-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I read this book in one day, and I loved it! I've read Harry Potter too, (and loved it) but this is quite different. Unlike in Harry Potter, the main character in here is much more complex.
Date published: 2001-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! I am absolutely fascinated with this book! I have only read the first two chapters, but the book is great! In less than five minutes, I was hooked. The characters are fantastic, and everything is really with the times. I strongly suggest Artemis Fowl to all of you!
Date published: 2001-06-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Artemis Fowl For those Harry Potter readers and others. I have only read one chapter of this book and it is amazing, it makes you want to read more and never put the book down. Find out more on www.artemisfowl.com and you too can read the first chapter.
Date published: 2001-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Artemis could beat up Harry Artemis Fowl has just as much magic and adventure as Harry Potter, but the main character is so much better. He is tougher, smarter, and not a goody two shoes. This book moves so much faster than the Potter series. It has more going on, and the characters are great. I would recommend it to fans of Potter, but even more so to all those anti-Potter people out there who have been looking for something different. Artemis is definitely the anti-Potter!
Date published: 2001-05-03

– More About This Product –

Artemis Fowl

by Eoin Colfer

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 0.75 in

Published: June 23, 2009

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1423124529

ISBN - 13: 9781423124528

About the Book


Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius-and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories; these fairies are armed and dangerous.
Artemis thinks he has them right where he wants them.but then they stop playing by the rules.

From the Publisher


Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius-and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn''t know what he''s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren''t the fairies of bedtime stories; these fairies are armed and dangerous.

Artemis thinks he has them right where he wants them but then they stop playing by the rules.

About the Author

Eoin Colferis theNew York Timesbest-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series,Airman,Half Moon Investigations,The Supernaturalist,Eoin Colfer''s Legend of...books,The Wish List,Benny and Omar; andBenny and Babe. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.

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