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Its Artemis, but not as we know him
on 18 December 2006
Having simply adored the previous Fowl books, my anticipation was at Fairy-pitch for the latest addition to this fantastic series.
Colfer has great ability as a story-teller; he can beautifully craft a narrative in a succinct, concise and hilarious style - what he does in a few pages takes most other fantasy authors chapters apon chapters.
But the Lost Colony seemed very padded for a Artemis Fowl book.
Firstly, there was alot of character building, especially within the Imp/Demon world of Hybras. Normally Colfer's characters (old or new) have a vibrancy and charisma, but I was left cold by the pre-pubescent No.1 and his bullying tribe.
Secondly, Colfer never really got to grips with Artemis' supposed nemisis, Minerva Paradizo and her place in the story. I was looking forward to someone who could give Fowl a run for his money, but this never really materialised. Although there were fleeting moments of this, I felt Colfer missed an opportunity to beguile Artemis for a change.
The passages with Diggums & Short were brilliantly crafted, and the introduction of Doohdah Day was Colfer at his finest - the small pixie driving a nuclear suped-up child's car around a French Chateau was worth the admission fee alone.
Perhaps the development of Artemis, the fact his criminal past is seemingly behind him has taken some of the bite out the story. And I'm worried that Artemis' new-found magical abilities will make writing another Fowl book even more difficult.
But I have faith in Colfer's undeniable genius. The background to the Battle of Talite was superb and I am desperate to know how on earth the Mud-Men forced the Fairy's underground. There is plainly much more to come from this series.
When you have so much to live up to, it must be extremely difficult to re-produce brilliant sequel after brilliant sequel - but that is what I have come to expect from Eoin Colfer and his case-study genius, Artemis Fowl.