Artemis Fowl was written with children in mind but I think, after reading it, that if you are an adult and you like to read childrens stories then you will also like Artemis Fowl. Just look at the Harry Potter books - they were originally written for children and look how many adults are reading them! So Artemis Fowl isn't really any different.
This is the kind of book you would keep on your shelf and go back to re-read in the future. It's good old-fashioned escapism fantasy. Full of a boy trying to be older (how many kids want to be older than they are?) and full of fairies and leprechauns.
The story is really straight-forward. 12 year old Artemis Fowl is determined to restore the family fortune after his father spent the bulk of the family money on a shipping scheme in Russia which left him dead and Artemis's mother half-crazy. Fowl Junior discovers that fairies really do exist and he comes into possession of their "operating rules" which shows him how to be in control of them. So he kidnaps one of the fairies and holds her to ransom. The fairy's Retrieval Squad move in to rescue her and all kinds of chaos and mayhem ensue.
The book has some really great funny characters and I guarantee you will be laughing. Commander Root reminded me of the actor J K Simmons (the guy who plays the Daily Planet editor in the Spiderman movies). I hope when the planned Artemis Fowl movie comes out that Simmons gets a call. The Root character seems to have been written just for him.
The graphics in this novel are well drawn and it was nice to put faces to the characters, although they were drawn in a kind of "Manga" type way with contorted type bodies (heads bigger than the body, that sort of thing). Whatever happened to the old-fashioned Stan Lee Marvel comics way of drawing?
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