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Artemis Fowl The Last Guardian Hardcover – Deckle Edge, July 10, 2012
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Even teenage masterminds have some downtime to read. Here Artemis Fowl shares some of his favorite books and what he likes about them.
- Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
- Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
Tom Sawyer is generally credited with being the brains of this juvenile outfit, but he was a mere buffoon compared to Huck. Tom with his fence painting con thought small while Huckleberry could see the big picture.
Nice Gothic artwork and Miller's Batman shows us that sometimes you have to be bad to be good. A nice motto to live by.
Adams puts forward some interesting hypotheses and sometimes his predictions have actually come to pass. And even when his ideas have been proven wrong they were mildly amusing to read.
A classic tome, nicely written apart from Dickens' characteristic overuse of adjective and adverb. All very realistic until the last chapter when Sydney Carton sacrifices himself for another. Highly unlikely given the man's character. To give one's life for another when both bodies contain roughly the same amount of energy? I fail to see the point.
Of course this book should be entitled The Adventures of Captain Hook. What a character? The perfect villain. Sadly Barrie bowed to conventional storytelling by allowing the Pan character to vanquish James Hook, but in real life I'll wager that the Captain would prevail.
Bringing a long-running series to a close is always tricky—no fan is ever entirely happy after all that buildup. All in all, though, Colfer has rounded off this final book about the not-always-likable Artemis Fowl in a way readers will appreciate, right down to the clever last lines. The principle characters are all there, and the overall feeling is uncharacteristically touching. Don’t worry—there’s still all the adventure and snarkiness the series is known for: ingenious gadgets; humorous sidekicks, like the perpetually gassy Mulch Diggums; and faeries who kick . . . well, you know what. But this is an ending, after all. The plot centers around nemesis Opal Koboi’s plot to open a gate that will release not only long-buried warrior faeries bent on revenge against the human race but actual Armageddon. The Fowl’s Irish estate is at the center of the action, and Artemis, Holly, and Butler’s plans fizzle until Colfer’s antihero makes himself sacrificial bait. A definite winner. Grades 5-8. --Karen Cruze
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Top Customer Reviews
This is another of those books with a redeemable bad-guy protagonist. We shouldn't, but we do root for him, at least in some way, shape or form. In the natural (or "typical") way of things, that would mean the antagonists are good guys, who we're hoping won't succeed, at least not 100%. I haven't tired of this formula just yet, plus Colfer has handled it well and crafted a fast, short read that doesn't give you much downtime to reflect on any potential faults.
I found this book to be very similar to Jonathan Stroud's The Amulet of Samarkand with its snarky protagonist, its magic-in-a-modern-setting, its fantastical creatures and its infusion of light-hearted comedy (Things slowing down due to necessary exposition? Throw in a fart joke!).
You can tell Colfer did a bit of research into mythology and magical beings, as we see some creature attributes from the old traditions. For instance, I like his portrayal of a burrowing dwarf.
He also had fun with meshing the modern aspects with these old notions, technology with mythology. I've not always been a big fan of that genre (parts of the Ralph Bakshi movie "Wizards" annoyed me the first time I saw it), but Colfer balances and blends the two together pretty well, almost seamlessly.
This was a very good conclusion of the series. Of course it has the villan Opal Koboi and all of the characters from the previous books that you have come to love.
I always hate to spoil the story in a review, so I will not get into the plot line. The book opens with Artemis finishing up treatment for the Atlantis Complex that he had at the end of the last book. Opal Koboi has figured out another way to escape and she is headed to Artemis' home.
From there the action does not stop. Artemis is very different from the 11 year old master criminal he was in the first book. He is older, more responsible and much more self-less in outlook. He now has a whole group of people that he feels responsible for, not only his family and the Butlers, but also Holly, Diggums and a number of other fairies. His age and the change are really the star of this final book.
Overall, this is one of the best endings to a young adult series I have read.
Colfer takes advantage of having developed all his characters over so many books. He doesn't waste time with backstory; we all know them well enough. At the same time, the characters are almost too familiar. They don't surprise us anymore, even when they do extraordinary things. I wonder if maybe the series went on one book too long. Don't get me wrong, this was my favorite series growing up, but I'm not sure if there was really reason enough for one more story.
Despite a certain basic predictability, the plot is quite original, and the story has all the usual twists and turns, technology and myth, and all our favorite characters have their place. There are new characters as well. We learn a little more about Artemis's brothers, and we learn more about the Warlock fairies who first appeared in book five. The chief villains of the story are more vicious than anything we've come across before. All previous villains have been sort of funny, but these ones are just evil. It's a natural turn for an author trying to lend an extra bit of gravity to a story that must bring the series to a close, but it definitely feels like a different kind of Artemis Fowl book.
The ending is final, no doubt about that. Was it satisfying? That's an entirely personal judgment. All I can say is, I don't regret one moment of the time I've spent pouring over these books, and I don't think I'm alone.
Too short,(no pun intended). I had waited so long for another Fowl adventure, I wanted it to go on a bit more.
Seemed a bit over edited. There were a few too many dead ends(no pun intended), and was somewhat lacking the usual depth of a fowl book. these two issues might be related.
Things I liked.
The usual characters and more were all in action. The story line followed the series beautifully. Artemis has evolved seamlessly, and has faced his maturity in a way that retained much of the boyish charm we originally fell in love with. All of the back stories had a good depth of thought put into them, although I would have loved to see them play out more.
I really liked the book, but simply wanted more of it. Maybe Its simply a hook to get me really wanting the next one. If so, well played because I am wanting and waiting.
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THE LAST ONE? I understand that authors sometimes have to actually end their series . . . but I like it better when they don't.Read more