Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox, Eoin Colfer

Sorry for the long absence, Bookstravaganza fans! Travel does that to you. I’m back in the wintery world of Canada now, and the 24-hours of travel from Italy to here were very kind to me, reading-wise. So here we go!

I started reading the Artemis Fowl books when I was younger — I don’t remember how young, but I feel like I got them from the Scholastic Book Orders. Remember those?

Colfer keeps churning out Artemis Fowl novels, and I’m grateful, because A) I adore Fowl and friends, and B) my little brother, who is a picky reader, also likes the Artemis Fowl books, so that’s always an easy way to get him to read more.I don’t know if I would recommend the Artemis Fowl books to someone my age. I whole-heartedly support people of all ages reading Young Adult literature — it’s a highly underrated genre. But the Fowl books are probably a bit too YA to get into as an adult unless you started reading them as a kid. Also, they are not getting better: the original three novels form a really brilliant trilogy, and everyone after them has felt like a weird, tacked-on ending. But somehow, they’re still really good. The series as a whole would have been better at only three books, but books four through seven are still awesome.

So in conclusion: buy Artemis Fowl (or any of Colfer’s novles) l for the young reader on your Christmas list this year.


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