- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Puffin (7 April 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 014133911X
- ISBN-13: 978-0141339115
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code Paperback – 7 Apr 2011
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The third instalment of high-tech, criminal whizz-kid adventures set in the fairy-magic-filled world of Master Artemis Fowl may be reassuringly familiar but it is also bulging with author Eoin Colfer's trademark wit and thrilling seat-of-the-dwarf-pants adventure. Following on from Artemis's opening encounter with the fairy underworld in Artemis Fowl and its thumping sequel Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Encounter, The Eternity Code takes the books' eponymous young anti-hero, who with each successive adventure turns out to be a little less bad after all, on his most dangerous mission yet.
Artemis and his bodyguard Butler have set up a meeting in Chicago with dangerous international businessman Jon Spiro. In his latest eager attempt to make money, using a priceless futuristic cube of purloined Fairy gadgetry that can do just about anything, Artemis has underestimated Spiro and arrived at the rendezvous under-prepared. Big mistake. It is an ambush, and though Artemis escapes with his life, Butler is mortally wounded.
The cube may be lost but Artemis refuses to accept his friend's demise and quickly deep freezes Butler in the restaurant kitchen. He calls on the only people he knows who might be able to get him back--Holly Short of the subterranean Fairy police and her race's super-advanced technology. Holly and Artemis must find a way to bring Butler back from the dead and retrieve the lost Eternity Cube that could change the balance of power between humans and fairies forever. It is a Herculean task and the price exacted upon Artemis for such assistance is very high indeed.
What Colfer's latest plot may lack in depth or sophistication is more than made up for by the sheer verve and energy of his settings, characters and action. These books are very entertaining indeed and hugely readable, and once you're a Fowl fan you'll be hooked until Artemis decides to go straight. Recommended for ages nine and above. --John McLay --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The Eternity Code is poised for worldwide domination (Funday Times)
It grips like an electromagnet until the last word (The Independent)
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Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code re-unites all of the characters from the first two novels, such as the hulking Butler, genius centaur Foaly, flatulent dwarf Mulch and the exasperated police chief Julius Root. ...Eternity Code is also written in the same vein as the other books; at face value it is funny and gloriously inventive, yet it also tells a very powerful message about the importance of conservation, and looking after our planet. The 'People' (fairies) are constantly amazed and disgusted at the antics of the surface-dwelling 'Mud Men' (humans).
Though one might have expected that the formula might have grown old by the time that this series became a trilogy, the quality and wry humour of Eoin Colfer's writing really sets it apart from the competition. It is consistently hilarious and exciting, and the ending really leaves the series open for more instalments, in a genuinely original way that could see the next book written from a very different angle. Exciting stuff.
Eoin(pronounced 'Owen') Colfer is a fantastic author, and my message to him is that i don't want him to stop writing about Artemis Fowl...ever,his other books are just as good, don't get me wrong about that, but Artemis Fowl is probably his best books ever and i love reading them and im sure his other fans will agree too, that you can't replace Artemis just as you can't replace Eoin...he is one of the best if not THE best.
anyway back to the book. can i just say that these books can be read stand alone, but i would suggest (for the younger readers) having a fair knowledge of the other books just to help, and it does generally make the books more enjoyable too, the books are not confusing if you havn't read the previous ones, just like for example a TV series,eg.Doctor Who, you watch an episode but havn't watched the previous episodes, its like that with the books really. (i'm not comparing these books to Doctor Who) you don't have to but it does help.
so about the book. i don't want to give any spoilers so im gonna type what it says:
Artemis Fowl has constructed a powerful new supercomputer using stolen fairy technology, and the last thing he needs is for it to fall into the wrong hands. So, when it does fall inot the wrong hands - those of ruthless tycoon Jon Spiro - Artemis knows he must recover the device or the consequences will be dire, for humans and fairies alike.
With danger all around and his bodyguard indisposed, Artemis turns to Captain Holly Short of the Lower Elements Police(LEP) for help.Read more ›
As a 23 year old fowl reader ( I am sure most would be too embarrassed to admit to this ) I must confess I almost peed my pants! This book is electric! I voraciously, systematically and obsessively flew through the pages in one sitting. I believe it to be one of the best works of fiction, for children…
It is a shame Colfer is so often hidden in the shadows of the “Harry Potter” phenomenon. Artemis is truly a new way of approaching children’s literature. Goblins and Elves being a common ground for both authors in no way suggests that they are any more alike than Chalk and cheese. Both are story telling Gods but nothing beats that Irish wit. This is praise indeed as I am often found with my nose in the Potter pages.
Artemis is a criminal with the IQ similar to that last seen in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. He is a couple of years older and that ruthlessness has been put aside by lady conscience. However: fairy magic, Butler family woes and some dubious negotiating could change all this forever…
Enter the ‘C Cube’. A revolutionary piece of fairy/human hybrid technology and the stakes are higher for the pale faced mudboy than they have ever been before. Juliet reminds me of a high kicking Bruce Lee with great hair and accessories to boot. This is not a book to miss.
But did the fairies make a mistake? I believe psych evaluation compiled by J. Argon for the L.E.P. will identify some sort of conclusion in time. Colfer get writing we all want to know!!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the books and this is known exception I was 15 when I first read this I am now 17 and it is still goodPublished 1 month ago by Ashley gray
Brilliant and enjoyable, one of a series onto the next one. Recommended to adults and children, reminiscent of Harry potterPublished 2 months ago by P.Sahin
i bought this for my grandson and he loved it now has the complete set bought with birthday moneyPublished 4 months ago by Mrs. Brenda Wilburn
I loved these books as a youngster and that's not changedPublished 5 months ago by kimbetley jackson
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