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3.0 out of 5 stars Orion Fowl is a riot, but he sure wasn't Artemis, August 15, 2010
This review is from: The Atlantis Complex (Artemis Fowl, Book 7) (Hardcover)
Loyal readers of the series will notice almost immediately that Artemis Fowl is not operating at 100% for Book 7. Artemis suffers from compulsions, fear of the number 4, increasing paranoia and loss of touch with reality. Worst of all, when Artemis' ingenuity is most needed (as an old foe of the fairyfolk returns to power), Artemis' smooth-talking romantic hero alter-ego Orion surfaces and takes over as the dominant personality. Is everything lost for the fairy people?

By now, Eoin Colfer has his formula down pat, we have the expected non-stop action & adventure, laugh out loud humor (although some jokes were a bit stale) and inventive fairy-made gadgets that would delight any techno-geek out there.

Old favorites (the dwarf Mulch Diggins is still the scene-stealer) and the usual suspects return for this adventure, but even though Orion Fowl is a total riot and totally delightful in his own right, 'The Atlantis Complex' really suffered from the lack of Artemis Fowl himself. It's just not the same without the ole' Artemis around. It's funny if you think about it, Artemis is so awkward, stilted and unemotional, but this book proves that HE is the heart and soul of everyone around him. With Artemis trapped in his mind, the heroes are suddenly helpless and bumbling, always playing catch-up but not quite to the villain. I did enjoy the mind-trip of being able to spy inside Artemis' brain so that's a plus.

Another weakness for this book is that the plot is not as complex as usual; I've always enjoyed the unpredictable double-cross/triple-cross elements & the mind-twisting tricks that Eoin Colfer adds to the books, but maybe he's run out of steam this time around.

Eoin Colfer has said that there's only one book left to look forward to in the series, and as a longtime fan, I do hope that the final book will be worthy of the brilliance of the first book. Book 7 doesn't quite live up to my high standards, but it was still an enjoyable read.

p.s. To all those tickled by an Artemis/Holly romance, am I the only one going -ewww? Artemis is a 15-year-old child, while Holly is an adult elf (yes, she looks like a child, but still -ewww)
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Initial post: Aug 19, 2010 4:38:29 PM PDT
You are definitely not the only one. She even comments in this one that she's getting old because her magic sparks have turned amber. There's no way to set up an adult-teen pairing that isn't gross and inappropriate (to put it mildly) not to mention harmful to the teen.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2010 11:45:28 AM PDT
Couldn't DISAGREE more.

Artemis is wise beyond his years. He has been developing a relationship with Holly for a LONG time.

And love knows no boundaries. What they feel for each other is pure, not motivated by evil and certainly not creepy.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 24, 2010 2:55:14 AM PDT
RandomizeME says:
Seriously?! Seriously?! Artemis may be old beyond his years, but 15 is 15. Love definitely needs some boundaries. And I know it's an elf and it's all fictional, but a romantic relationship between a 15-year-old and an adult is creepy no matter how you look at it.

Posted on Sep 6, 2010 2:24:59 PM PDT
Eriyu says:
I just have to say to the people who think it's creepy... why? Really, honestly think about it and put it into words. Artemis certainly isn't being taken advantage of or anything, which is why most real-life adult/teenage romances aren't right in my opinion, so what does that leave as a logical reason? Being "gross" isn't an answer, and being "harmful" is only an answer if there's an explanation as to why. I'm honestly interested in hearing your answers. :)

Posted on Jan 2, 2011 11:36:59 AM PST
I find it interesting that while most people acknowledge that Holly is an adult, they forget that being an adult elf means that she is hundreds, maybe even a thousand years old! In book 7, it was mentioned that Turnball Root had bought the house in the 1800s, which I interpret as him being at least 1500 or so years old. I find the Artemis/Holly situation amusing, but I think Colfer realizes the complications if it were to go anywhere...who knows, maybe Minerva will appear in the final book. Although I hope not...that's just too cliche. 2 smart kids hooking up. ewww :P

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2011 1:17:17 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 2, 2011 1:17:36 PM PST
Eriyu says:
She's around eighty, if I remember correctly. They specifically say in one of the books. As for Minerva, I liked her while she was around, but after everything that happened with Holly? No, Colfer can't just go back on all that.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 2, 2011 3:13:58 PM PST
Eighty? That's better than what I thought :D I'd think that was pretty young for an elf, though. But I totally agree with you about Colfer not going back.

Posted on May 5, 2011 4:44:08 PM PDT
Sofii-chan says:
Well in my opinion it is kind of wrong but remember hat Artemis has a mind that is far beyond the knowlege of any person his age and maturity wise (even with the hormones) he can be catalouged in the same line as Holly. I would considere it wrong if it was just any human like in the 7th book (Root's brother and the pilot lady) and the elf was way too old for the human mind to handle, but please we are talking about Artemis here, although i would prefer it if he ended up with someone that aproximates his height and age, just saying. It would certanly do Artemis some good to have friends his age. :)
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