Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox

Just bought it today and stayed up till now to finish reading it. Overall, another typical Artemis Fowl book, although it must be said the humor keeps getting a bit duller by the installment. Artemis’ own jabs at himself can only get so funny. Good ‘ol Mulch still provides the reliable laugh, I still remember Book 1. Farts are deadly.

Also, one can’t really shake the feeling that Eoin Colfer is kinda trolling us fans here a bit, with the whole time paradox plot, especially when it ends up full circle back to book one. I mean, well, I always thought that Artemis was one-of-a-kind, but now here’s him being thrown in a predeterminal causal loop which kinda feels, well y’know, getting trolled.

Then there was also the issue of the romantic tension between Arty and Holly in the book, somewhat inelegantly introduced in like, after 5 books and 8 years together, not to mention after putting in Mary Sue character Minerva in the last book, only to have her not mentioned at all this time. I was actually hoping for more development on that angle.

Finally, to solidify the feelings of getting “trolled”, a certain megalomaniacal genious fairy is back out on the loose, at the ass-end of the book. Oh boy….

11 Comments

  1. Shavelle Said,

    August 17, 2008 @ 6:20 am

    Wow, I didn’t even know that the next book was out, I will have to hunt it down. Though, I find it strange to hear that Minerva is not even mentioned in this one. I was under the impression that she would become a major character. Oh well, I’m still looking forward to it.

  2. Jimmy Said,

    August 17, 2008 @ 6:36 am

    oh god i love artemis fowl, but no one online i know reads it. awesome.

    I can see the humor fading, but it’s still a solid read with some laughs.

    Yeah, I actually really liked Minerva, I hoped she would appear, but alas, I guess it couldn’t be helped with half the book occurring over the span of 10 seconds.

    I can’t really see Artemis ending up with Holly romantically thought. The romantic tension was a product of Holly’s transformation into a teenager.

    The Opal Koboi twist was awesome, I really did not see that coming, with her being involved in the thing. D:

    I didn’t really get the sense of trolling, but I see what you mean. Apparently Eoin Colfer says this is the last Artemis Fowl book in three years. :(

  3. Hei Said,

    August 17, 2008 @ 7:22 am

    I got the book just a few weeks ago and sad to say Eoin Colfer said that he isn’t going to write another Arty book for 3 years like Jimmy said.
    Meanwhile we need to wonder if Artemis will end up with Holly and what happened with Minerva.
    Also I personally miss Juliet we haven’t seen her since the Eternity Code :[ so it’d be great if they brought her back.

  4. Belle Said,

    August 17, 2008 @ 9:25 am

    Considering Opal’s magic was supposed to be pretty much gone when we last saw her, I felt that bit of the plotline was a bit of a, well, plothole. Otherwise, it was good and solid, but a bit dry. Book 4 was the last one I felt fully delivered–but it’s a much better series than most.

  5. Rakugakid Said,

    August 17, 2008 @ 10:26 am

    I had read the book just last week. Been waiting for a long time for it.
    I hope Artemis can complete the Ritual and get some magic of his own, I think it will be really gay if he could.
    And I wished he could get the younger Butler to go with him to the future, Butler could do some heavy damage but its probably impossible.

  6. nutcase23 Said,

    August 17, 2008 @ 1:05 pm

    wait, there’s another book? Time to scour the bookstores…

  7. blissmo Said,

    August 17, 2008 @ 1:13 pm

    I never liked this book, tried reading it once or twice, but never understood it. You should read City of Bones, I strongly recommend it :D

  8. Furuba Said,

    August 17, 2008 @ 2:02 pm

    I’m with nutcase23 o_o but i still need to get my hands on the latest keys to the kingdom series *shakes fist* no money after buying breaking dawn T_T lol

  9. DrmChsr0 Said,

    August 17, 2008 @ 4:19 pm

    OH SNAPZ

    PIME TARADOX.

  10. Infestor51 Said,

    August 17, 2008 @ 9:52 pm

    I was planning to borrow this from the local library, though I’m a bit disappointed when you said Minerva didn’t get mentioned. I was hoping the story would expand on the relationship between Artemis and Minerva.

    @Jimmy: What? Last book in three years? Aww…

  11. wolfx Said,

    August 19, 2008 @ 2:24 pm

    I only read the 1s book…i even bought the graphic novel! XD

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