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on 19 September 2016
After how much I enjoyed the last couple of Artemis Fowl books, this one was a big disappointment.

The main problem I think, was the whole premise of Artemis losing his mind to Atlantis Complex. Artemis, with his genius and his insanely complicated but ultimately successful plans, is very much the key to these books. Without his scheming and the knowledge that, somehow, he was three steps ahead, everything fell short around it.

The threat and the bad-guy didn’t feel like they had the same high stakes as other books have had, even though, in theory they were. Even the chemistry between Holly, Foaly and Mulch felt lacking without Artemis in the middle of it all.

The only part I was really keen on was Butler and the return of Juliette.

A disappointing installment in a usually fun and entertaining series.
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on 7 August 2010
Not nearly as good as the others in the series. Artemis spends most of his time unconscious or with a different (and not better) personality. Butler and Mulch Diggums are given very little to do.
Previous outings have had me laughing out loud but this one was hard work.
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on 28 December 2010
There are certain series that take off and leave you wanting more, Artemis Fowl has been one such for me. And I have not been disappointed - until now. I can only describe The Atlantis Complex as a lazy novel, written possibly because his publisher said it was time for another in the series whilst the author has been off doing other things maybe? Well, whatever the motivation, a poor addition can only tarnish this otherwise excellent series and it remains to be seen whether Colfer has the appetite and desire to get this series back on track. One should perhaps read The Atlantis Complex because there will be references to it in subsequent episodes, but that's about it. If he does write another it has to be a ripper, so lets hope so.
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on 28 September 2010
The Artemis Fowl series rivals many of the great literary inventions of the last 50 years. This is due to inventive concepts, page turning suspense, delicious characters, devilishly humour and arguably, most important of all, consistent brilliance, book in, book out.

The thing with Fowl books are, you get the feeling, even a few pages in, that it is going to be a wild ride. However, 30-40 pages into Atlantis Complex I started to worry - where was excitement, invention and bubbly current of previous stories? 100 pages read and I was definitely concerned, this is an Artemis Fowl novel isn't it? And finally, the time came when I was closer to the end than the beginning, and I knew, this was going to be a turkey.

Yes, the bit with Butler and Juliet in Mexico was fun, but the story felt very estranged from itself. The parts didn't seem to fit and the magic fizzled out. This mostly stemmed from the fact that Artemis and his amazing genius plays very little part in the book. The narrative with the Irish teenager was either OCD driven or Orion dominated. We have come to expect the plots and plans of Master Fowl as the hallmarks and driving force of these stories, but The Atlantis Complex lost this drive and suffered as a result.

There was little character development, an uninspiring villain, and really, if you aren't committed to this series, you can miss this one out completely - I said so.

No.8 is rumoured to be the final outing for Artemis. Please Eoin, take your time with it. Don't listen to your publisher's deadline demands, as you obviously did with Atlantis. Find the core of these wonderful books again, that which is the wit and genius of Artemis Fowl and go out with a Neutrino's BANG!
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on 28 September 2010
I may be 28 years old but im still very much a child at heart, so was very excited to read the new Artemis Fowl. The last three books were excellent, but this, this was just lazy and smacked of a fast cash in, Eoin Colfer you should be ashamed.
The split personality was annoying and the running joke about a bivouac was just not funny.Artemis deserves better we deserve better for our hard earned cash.
Mr Colfer please deliver.
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