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Airman Paperback – May 5, 2009
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Author of the popular Artemis Fowl series, Colfer ventures into slightly different territory in this fantasy, which has the heft of historical fiction; a subset of characters whose physical attributes reflect their evil natures; dry humor; visceral horror; and swashbuckling action that keeps the story from becoming overly dark. Born in the basket of an air balloon, Conor Broekhart is sure he is destined to fly. But at 14, he accidentally witnesses the murder of his tutor and the sovereign of the tiny Saltee Islands where he lives, and everything changes.Villainous Marshall Bonvilain throws him into prison, convincing him that his family believes him guilty of the crime. Thus begins his new life as inmate Conor “Finn,” who devotes his considerable abilities to breaking out of prison. Colfer grapples somewhat awkwardly with a few literary issues here: should he, for example, allow his hero to commit murder? There are also huge time gaps that are distracting and occasionally stall momentum. Readers may not notice, however, with so much else going for the book. Grades 10-12. --Stephanie Zvirin --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Praise for Airman:'Swashbuckling high adventure . . . His strongest work yet' - Guardian'Better fun than this will be hard to come by' - The Times'A classic swashbuckling adventure' - Irish Independent ReviewPraise for other books by Eoin Colfer:'Wickedly brilliant' - Independent (on Artemis Fowl)'As ever, Colfer's story rattles along at a tremendous pace with a cast of eccentric and explosive characters' - Guardian (on The Supernaturalist)'Unputdownable' - Irish Times (on Half Moon Investigations) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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In y opinion, this book is amazing in every possible way, it has everything you could ever ask for in a book.
First let’s talk about the way it is written, it has different narrators, going from third person to first (especially when the characters are thinking), it is also place in a historical background, making everything more real and interesting, it also has several time jumps, this allows the reader to have different perspectives of what’s happening at the same time, and also attractive timeline.
Now talking about the story itself, I must admit that even when I thought it was about to disappoint me, something turned everything around, making the story even better.
It has the perfect combination between planning strategies, deceiving, science and technology, adventure, suspense, love between the main character and a girl and with his family, loyalty, friendship, morals, justice, and several other things.
It is also very important that the story is credible, and down to earth, I mean it is a novel, and it involves a degree of fantasy, but it is beautifully balanced.
The characters are well built and believable, they are neither too perfect and flawless nor really stupid to the point you get frustrated.
Ill finish this review by saying I couldn’t put down the book until I had read the last page. I really recommend this book, for all ages.
I loved this book, probably one of my favorites this year. Conner is a noble hero who often uses brains over brawn. The book easily takes you through many years in Conner's life and doesn't drag at all. The supporting characters are well developed. Fencing, flying, and daring rescues and escapes make this one exciting book. In some ways it reminded me of the Count of Monte Cristo and other classic literature, except in