Artemis's mother has contracted a deadly disease -- and the only cure lies in the brain fluid of African lemurs. Unfortunately, Artemis himself was responsible for making the lemurs extinct five years ago. Now he must enlist the aid of his fairy friends to travel back in time and save them. Not only that, but he must face his deadliest foe yet...his younger self.
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Fans of the previous books will be delighted to see familiar characters with a few new additions. One of the things Colfer does best is developing his characters. Readers have seen Artemis grow from an awkward megalomaniacal child into a young adult with a conscience. His relationship with Holly Short has grown over the years, and The Time Paradox allows a glimpse at possible romantic feelings between the pair.
While there is a bit of an environmental moral to this story, it's mostly a fun and entertaining read that is sure to be a hit among young and old.
The danger with this, of course, is that the novel turns out a little like one of those Zelda games, where each game is essentially the previous game fed through a blender. Every tried and true element of the Artemis Fowl series turns up somewhere, but the precise mechanics of the plot are mixed around. There are moments which conjure up images of Colfer sitting at his desk, ticking off a list of "things my fans like" which has been compiled over the course of the first five books. (Like the completely arbitrary kiss between Artemis and Holly. What's that all about?) Still, I suppose I shouldn't knock the Fowl formula too much; it does make for an enjoyable novel.
There is, however, one key Fowl element in short supply here. Action and humour may be fun, but my favourite part of an Artemis Fowl novel has always been the genius schemes, full of second-guessing and complex twists. With two Artemis Fowls on the loose, I expected plenty of these – but somehow, Colfer's premise doesn't quite elicit the level of highly intelligent mayhem that it should. Time Paradox is certainly clever – every time I found myself thinking 'this needs to be trickier', Colfer stepped it up a notch – but at the end of the day, it just didn't manage to get quite clever enough.
For Fowl veterans, Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox can be summed up in four words: more of the same. It may not be Colfer's best, but it's still good fun.
In Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox, the titular character’s mother has fallen deathly ill with a strange and seemingly incurable disease that the
It’s Artemis’ fault the thing went extinct in the first place. And his parents have both been environmentalists all along, especially his former supercriminal father. Really.
Here’s my biggest problem with the book: it reads like Colfer found out that the Green movement is popular now and wasted no subtlety in targeting that audience. The book’s main villain is the leader of The Extinctionists, a group dedicated to wiping out animal species so as to leave more resources for humans. The whole thing is so anvilicious that it’s hard to take seriously.
I was also disappointed with the shoe-horning in of Mulch Diggums the Dwarf. It felt very forced–as if Colfer just couldn’t stand the idea of leaving out the fart jokes this time around. Plus, a few of the plot twists were a little too out of nowhere.
Apart from that, though, the story isn’t so bad. It’s got its twists and turns and I admit to gasping aloud near the end. There aren’t any horrendous breaches of Time Travel rules, and the whole thing is fairly tight and explained. The writing style is as easy to read as ever and tough to put down. And, frankly, it’s nice to go back and see the bastard that Artemis used to be, in the form of his ten-year-old self. The villain protagonist of the first book was one of its charms, and that element has been missing in the later books. Thankfully, most of the bad-fanfic traits that I was afraid of were avoided–Miss Sue from the last book didn’t show at all, and the twins only appeared as lighthearted fun for a few minutes, rather than taking over the story.
If you’re a newcomer to the series, don’t start here. It’s certainly not the best that Colfer has put out. But if you’re a fan and you get a chance to read it, the story is mostly engaging and the writing is fine. The Artemis Fowl series still has some spark to it.
A coded message runs along the bottom of each page; I have no idea what it says.
The explanation of how clever Artemis is grates rather than makes me think "Oh yes"
That said, it's still a fun romp and well worth a read if you liked the earlier books.
Personally, I found the time travel explanations (not that it existed, but how things happened) just...well, convoluted for lack of a better word. It's very confusing. And the villains are a bit over the top. One of the things I enjoyed about the first few books was how the sides weren't clearly drawn -- neither Artemis nor the fairies were completely "right," and you could see things from each point of view. Also, the author seemed to expect a certain amount of sophistication from his audience to be able to figure out that Artemis is not as tough as he pretends to be, but there are people he cares about and fights for. The first three books especially (from what I remember) are like that, but The Time Paradox seemed to say things bluntly about the characters rather than letting the reader figure things out for himself. It was a light, fun read but these things bothered me and kept me from really falling into the story and loving it.
Reidel's voices fit the characters nicely.
Ever since I was younger, I’ve loved reading the Artemis Fowl series. I think Eoin Colfer is an amazing writer, and I’ve always enjoyed his works. Ever since his first Artemis Fowl book came to shelves, I found the way he wrote very interesting,
Normally, I like to read books that fall around my level of difficulty. By no means was the language and development of the plot in this book difficult, but when reflected on, reveals a much bigger and more important picture that stumped even me at times. I’ve read Colfer’s entire Artemis Fowl series so far, and seeing as this is the sixth book and counting, I still love to read them. It doesn’t matter how old the reader is, anyone can get a kick out of reading this type of a book; it’s definitely not just restricted to the younger audience. I still remember a scene from the first book that was written so well, that it remains one of my favorite sections I’ve ever read.
To write this book off as simply for children would be a mistake. I’m 17 years old, and still get entranced by the fantastical story and characters. I would recommend not only this book, but this series to anyone who wants to have a great time and be surprised by the end of every chapter. This book falls into place with an amazing series, written by an even greater author, one that deserves to be among the ranks of J. K. Rowling and other similar writers. It astounds me how Harry Potter is so widely known, and yet Artemis Fowl still lurks in the shadows.
However, the one thing that made me continue reading this book was its impressive use of description. Every page at least a quarter of it was used by describing settings, objects, and characters that vividly invade your mind and created its own image in your head. The book slowly began to feel like a movie rather than words on a page. However, the words that were used were very simplistic. They could describe the scene and what was happening but there were not colorful adjectives and no words that jumped of the page and really stood out. This made the book a very simple read and felt like I was watching a simple cartoon show versus something that was actually challenging my mind and entertaining it.
However what really disappointed me with the book was the point of view that it was depicted through. It based around how a 12 year old was acting throughout the whole story. It was very childish and immature and it got even more unrealistic as the book went on. The Time Machine did a great job describing what was going on throughout the whole book with the time traveling aspects and really made the book interesting and entertaining to read. My choice book was definitely a little too simple for what I was looking to read. Next time I will definitely pick a much more mature book to read next time.