- File Size: 5975 KB
- Print Length: 324 pages
- Publisher: Disney Hyperion (August 7, 2009)
- Publication Date: August 7, 2009
- Sold by: Disney Book Group
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002KP6DW2
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,784 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The once hard-boiled Artemis has softened a bit between his bestselling debut and the seat-of-your-pants Arctic Incident, and that trend continues in The Eternity Code: He's still plotting for a billion-dollar-plus payoff for the Fowl family, but now his enemies are human (chiefly Jon Spiro, a ruthless businessman Artemis tries to blackmail using stolen fairy technology) and he has to turn to his old adversary-turned-friend Captain Holly Short and cutpurse dwarf Mulch Diggums for help. The dialogue and action prove as smart and page-turning as ever this time around, with Artemis struggling to bring his faithful bodyguard Butler back from the dead before racing Mission Impossible-style to triple-cross the double-crossing Spiro.
Colfer's young antihero might be getting more likeable all the time, but that hasn't taken the edge off the Tom-Clancy-meets-Harry-Potter action. Artemis has to agree to a memory-erasing "mind wipe" from the People after helping them recover their technology, but only a foolish fan would count Artemis out after this blockbuster "final heist." Book four can't come soon enough.... (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes --This text refers to the paperback edition.
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Artemis has used his ill-gotten fairy gadgets to create an electronic device the same size as, and a gazillion times more complex than Rubik's Cube. There's just one drawback - and of course it's a BIGGIE - it provides an access route to the Lower Elements, endangering the fairy way of life.
Having accidentally handed the cube on a platter to Jon Spiro, a ruthless American businessman, Artemis is faced with the challenge of his life, but he's helpless without the good folk of Haven City - plus reinforcements.
This time, Artemis needs two strong women behind him to make him look good - the fairy of his dreams, Captain Holly Short (a Sandra Bullock/Kim Possible mix) and Juliet Butler (a Lucy Liu/Uma Thurman type). Teamed with the dwarf digging sensation, and Haven City's resident centaur genius, Artemis still has to use every last ounce of his cunning and intellect to formulate a retrieval plan, while surprises lurk around every corner.
Can Jon Spiro break the Eternity Code before Artemis can retrieve the cube?
Can Artemis survive this last encounter?
Can the LEP mind wipe make Artemis forget his friends and adventures?
Can Artemis give up his life of crime and become a part of a normal family unit?
The first three answers will be revealed to you as you read this book.
The last? Yeah right!!
There's never a dull moment in this book, and it's Colfer at his funniest.
Amanda Richards, October 12, 2004
The dynamics between Fowl and The People remain entirely unchanged and unimaginative; Holly and Foaly hate him/love him/help him - surprise, surprise, surprise. The stereotypical goons, the painfully failed attempts at "smart" dialogue, and the crappy two-dimensional character that is Butler's sister Julie cannot alter the fact that this is just another boring high-tech caper. We've got Neil Stephenson writing those much better. While the notion of bad-guy-meets-bad-guy is promising enough, Spiro is just such a pathetically developed cliche of a figure that we don't really care what happens to him or who he manages to hurt.
The only remotely interesting angle in this book could have been the change for the better that appears to have taken place in Fowl's father, but Colfer himself appears so surprised by that twist that he doesn't quite know what to do with it. Instead he trots out Mulch Diggums and his flatulent getaways, a couple of new gizmos and some sadly predictable special effects. He can't even be bothered to kill off a single character to keep things moving - Rowling showed that much courage and more in Order of the Phoenix.
After book two I had expected Colfer's problem to be the fact that we were starting to like his bad guy crime hero too much, but instead we simply have no reason to care about him any which way. What a sad waste.
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Is Butler bullet proff? Is Holly the cutest elf? Read on to find out
This is Artemis as we've never seen him before - foiled! Or is he?
Colfer just keeps you reading as you keep turning over the pages ("Just one more page and then I'll turn out the lights") to find out just how the boy genius gets out of this mess!
As usual he is ably supported by poor LEPrecon officer Holly and of course technical wizard Foaly!
If you thought Colfer couldn't possibly improve on Books 1 and 2, think again! This is even more outrageous in its ingenious plotting and scheming than the others!
Will Artemis be back? I for one certainly hope so!