Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Better Than Percy Jackson!

Artemis Fowl:  The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer
(Adolescent Fantasy)

Oh, Artemis, how I have missed you, waiting these long months for another book.  And you, my little evil-genius, did not disappoint!

In this latest installment of the Artemis Fowl series, all of the gang has returned.  Butler, Holly, and Mulch Diggums plus a few new fun characters make this the best one yet.!

If you're not familiar with this series, shame on you!!  The main character, Artemis Fowl, is a young boy who is much too clever for his own good and spends most of his time trying to take over the world in some form or another.  Standing in his way is the entire Fairy Kingdom, led by Holly Short of LEPrecon, short for the Lower Elements Police.  In the 7th book, a new enemy emerges who is both evil and tragic and determined to triumph over both Artemis and all of Fairykind.  While normally the readers aren't supposed to root for the bad guy, this one pushed quite a few of my heart strings and besides, the main character is also an evil genius so sometimes it's hard to figure out just who to root for.

Normally, Artemis would quickly squelch such a dastardly plan but he has developed the Atlantis Complex, a debilitating mental illness that causes paranoia and other strange tics.  Soon, Artemis becomes his own worse enemy and the entire character list is fighting to see who will ultimately triumph.

This book was so much funnier than the others as Artemis continues to develop as a character and is turning into his worst nightmare:  a caring human being who occasionally makes mistakes.  To see the unraveling of such evil genius to what lurks underneath is surprising and gripping.  I have never understood why this series isn't as popular as the Percy Jacksons.  Artemis will always be my first go-to for a fantasy ride of epic proportions.  Fortunately, this book leaves hints there might just be another installment on the way!

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