While the book is written by an author whose writings are usually for the "young adult" crowd, this is definitely not one of those! What it is, however, is proof that fantasy can still be enjoyed by adults, and not just the "nerdy" types! Don't care for Tolkien or the Dungeons & Dragons-type stuff? No worries! The main non-human characters are only non-human by biology; their characterizations are as real and "human" as it gets - and so is the humour! I enjoyed this as much as I have any book on any level, or any genre. I'll keep buying Colfer on his name alone, until (read unless) he ever faces.