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Nickel vs. Artemis Fowl?,
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Nickel Plated was on my wishlist the moment I heard it compared to Artemis Fowl. 12-year-old Nickel shops the bad guys, specifically pervs and paedophiles, while dealing (homegrown) pot on the side. Immediate verdict? It was good, it kept me reading, and it did indeed evoke something of Artemis Fowl. However, Nickel - the protagonist - has a level of vulnerability that young Fowl never did. Nickel is very aware he is 12 years old, very aware of his emotions and emotional needs - that is, in fact, at the very core of what this story is, because it is Nickel's history that drives his character and shapes his motivations. Unlike Artemis Fowl, he is an ordinary boy (albeit in extraordinary circumstances), armed with the determination to survive and help others to do so.
The story deals with very dark issues, such as child abuse and paedophilia, but the author handles it sensitively and intelligently. Without giving the ending away, I like that it didn't fall into cliche. Nickel's character is believable, likeable, and sympathetic, as are the supporting cast - it's not an over-long book, but a LOT happens.
On the other side, there were times when I became frustrated with the writing style - whether it was deliberately written for effect or otherwise, the inconsistent pronoun-dropping threw me, as did the superfluous descriptions and the many phrases I didn't understand, that seem to be some kind of local lingo or 'kidspeak'. Aside from that, though: a solid read whose sequel I definitely look forward to.
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Initial post: 6 Apr 2011 10:09:21 BDT
I haven't read Artemis Fowl, but I can tell you that the lingo you find hard to understand is from 40s/50s noir private detective stories. Try reading some Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett- they're fantastic.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2011 01:54:33 BDT
Thanks for the heads-up - I'll definitely look into them!
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