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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (27 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141317418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141317410
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) is the New York Times best-selling author

of the blockbuster Artemis Fowl series as well as Airman; Half Moon

Investigations; The Supernaturalist; Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books;

The Wish List; Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He was born in

Wexford on the southeast coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four

brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher,

historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first

developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with

gripping Viking stories inspired by history that he was learning in

school at the time.

Eoin got his degree from Dublin University and qualified as a primary

school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he

and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi

Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published

in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been

translated into many languages; a sequel followed in 1999. In 2001, the

first Artemis Fowl book was published worldwide to much success -

shortly thereafter he left teaching to concentrate fully on his writing.

To this day, Eoin has written 6 Artemis Fowl books which have sold over

12 million copies worldwide.

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Taking a break from his wildly successful Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer delivers another punchy, superbly readable novel with all of the trademark qualities that have earned him so many fans. The Supernaturalist is inventive, dramatic, delicately witty and positively hip.

Satellite City, a vast twenty-five million people plus satellite-controlled metropolis in the third millennium, is home to Cosmo Hill. This 14-year-old orphan, a "no sponsor", inhabits--or rather "survives" in--an orphanage called the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys. There are only three ways out of such a miserable establishment: adoption, death or escape. The average life expectancy is 15 years. Cosmo has a year left. At best.

When his chance comes to escape during a transportation crash, Cosmo grabs it and flees into the unknown city. But he is tracked by a zealous guard and falls from a tall building. Accidentally, of course. As Cosmo's life force ebbs away, apparently sucked out by a strange blue parasite, he is rescued by a motley crew of kids. They're on a mission, and Cosmo is drafted in to help them. It's a whole new dangerous beginning…

Colfer has carved out a funky little genre all on his own: he writes exciting adventures that are funny and futuristic, page-turning and realistic. They're not fantasy, but his books are fantastical. They've got a bit of magic about them, without being overtly magical in the Harry Potter sense.

Artemis Fowl has been described as "Die Hard with fairies". The Supernaturalist is heralded as The Matrix meets Ghostbusters. Colfer has a golden touch at the moment and this is another priceless nugget. Suitable for ages 10 and over. --John McLay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Reads like The Matrix crossed with Oliver Twist -- The Times

This story is for anyone who enjoys the wilder side of technology and is Eoin Colfer’s best book yet -- Mail on Sunday --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Chrestomanci VINE VOICE on 28 Jun. 2004
Format: Hardcover
As you are no doubt aware, "The Supernaturalist" is the latest book by Eoin Colfer. I won't bother with a synopsis, (you can read Amazon's own above - no point in reiterating it here). Let's get right to the point. If you're an Artemis Fowl fan and haven't read it yet, then the question you'll want answering is: is it as good as the fantastic Fowl series?
The answer is not a simple yes or no. The most honest reply would be to say that it is entirely different. For a start there's absolutely no magic - it's more science fiction, (though science fantasy would probably be a more accurate description). However, like AF it's full of futuristic high-tech gadgets and is incredibly imaginative and witty. There are plenty of laughs, thrill, spills and impossible adventures to keep you turning the pages, long after midnight!
Speaking personally, I didn't find Cosmo - the main character - as compelling/unique/vibrant as Artemis - but clearly Colfer is going for an entirely different protagonist here. He's far more the hapless under-dog than the wise-cracking evil genius. Supporting characters are fun, but I failed to bond with them - though the Bartolli baby (a 28 year-old man in a 6 year-old body is an imaginitive creation and great fun). The style is very action/comic book - and as ever the dialogue is superb.
So, dear Artemis Fowl fan, should you splash out on a copy or not? The answer is an unqualified YES. A great book, well worth reading - just be sure to approach it with an open mind, knowing it's taking a different (and at times slightly more mature) tack. Don't expect another Artemis ... just enjoy it for what it is!
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Catherine O'Brien on 9 Aug. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book, it's as simple as that. No, it's not Artemis Fowl, but that's a good thing. I appreciated the chance to read a new Eoin Colfer book that was about something else for a change. Not that I've got anything against Artemis, he's great, but this was great too.
The story is exciting, fast paced and full of unexpected twists and turns. I challenge anyone not armed with spoilers to predict the ending, it just can't be done. I enjoy a story like that, one that isn't too predictable, but looking back or re-reading after you've finished, there are many clues that you don't pick up on first time around. Or that I didn't, anyway. I read it again almost as soon as I'd finished the first time, and I enjoyed it just as much the second time around.
The characters are all unique in their own way, although some are better than others. I personally found the main character, Cosmo Hill, much less interesting than Ditto (my favourite) and Stefan.
I don't see how anyone could not like this book, it is fast paced, funny and at the same time moving. Its version of the future is scary because sometimes it looks like the nightmare world in which it is set is where we are really headed.
I really hope there is a sequel, or even more than one, the way that it ends definitely leaves the possibility open. If there is one, I hope it will feature Ditto more heavily, he is the most interesting character not only in this book, but in any I've come across for a while. I really want to find out more about his history, and of course find out what the other creatures he mentioned are. Right now I'm hoping for more books following on from this story more than I am for another Artemis Fowl book. So, I've got my fingers crossed for a sequel, who's with me?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Fembat on 20 Mar. 2005
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Eoin Colfer is an author of childrens books, but he writes the kind of story that can be appreciated by adults too - assuming they can appreciate a light hearted fantastical tale that is. He writes this kind of tale so well that your eyes are carried along the lines without effort, and the story skids along so fast that it is quite impossible to pause for breath, and before long you are finished, and left thirsting for more.
The book is set in the future, a polluted future full of supernatural entities. A future where "no sponsors" (orphans) are used as lab rats for big corporations.
In the opening chapter we meet a few needy souls. Cosmo Hill, inmate of the Clarissa Frayne Institute for Parentally Challenged Boys, who at fourteen is having to stand down his cherished dream of being adopted. Along with the realisation that the orphanage was slowly killing him with product testing came the realisation that there were only three ways out - adoption, death or escape. With the first unlikely, the second undesirable, the only real option left was to escape. Within seconds of failure Cosmo is saved by an unlikely bunch of misfits - the supernaturalists.
I can understand why there is so much interest in this book, I can see it translating onto the big screen very well. It is a simple story, with numerous twists and turns, well told. If you enjoyed Eoin's previous works then you are just as likely to enjoy this. If you are blessed with a young imagination, and enjoy a good story well told, then give it a try, you may like it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "dingalingfairy" on 23 Oct. 2005
Format: Hardcover
Well I stand corrected because i thought that Eoin Colfer would flop without Artemis but this book is pure, total genius. It's actually really unpredictable (although there are various hints throughout as to the ending). I love the characters, there are a wide variety of personalities, from Cosmo's slightly awkward sweetness to Stefan's relentless self-loathing. The plot is just as mental as any of the Arty books, but actually i think this could just have (shock horror) slightly more potential, although Colfer seems to be making a habit of some things. I have to admit, i wasn't expecting much but this book was brilliant and i absolutely LOVED it. Bring on the sequel (you could smell it at the end) because this plot deserves one, unlike many of the books I've read recently.
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