Jun 28, 2019Gcatflann rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed reading this series. The reader was a little weird, though. He read with a different tone and accent than I had in my head when I read the books and it just wasn't as good. I recommend reading the books if you can, not the audiobooks, but the audiobooks weren't terrible. Just not as good as the hardbacks/ebooks. I will say, over time the audiobooks have grown on me, and they really aren't a bad way to start off your Artemis Fowl experience.
In response to all those saying it's unrealistic: It's fiction. It's a children's book. It's FANTASY (mixed with a tad of sci-fi, but only a tad). Yes, I agree that doesn't excuse it from following the rules and even fantasy must make sense, but I don't think it breaks any of the rules it sets. A kid genius? Yes, probably unrealistic (genius on Artemis' level, at least). It's still fiction, so it's acceptable. Fairies? Certainly unrealistic. It's still fiction, and so it's absolutely acceptable! Fairy technology? Unrealistic, but innovative in the genre. Guess what? Still fiction! Yes, some of the explanations are a bit like "I see what you're trying to do here but I really, really don't think that's how it works," but Colfer is trying to make the fairies seem advanced and like they are disproving things that humans believe.
ALL THAT TO SAY. Yes, it's unrealistic, but only in the most purposeful and artistically skillful way. Colfer does a lot of things merely for laugh value, but because of his skill it works! Forget about the 'unrealistic' bits, because guess what? Colfer did it for a reason, he wrote those bits intentionally! The grand finale for the series, for example, seems extremely far-fetched, but that is for a reason! Colfer's big thing is emphasizing Artemis' genius, and one of the ways he does that is by writing the improbable.
I liked it a lot.
Some people think it's unrealistic, and in certain ways it is, but that is intentional.