Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox

On the car ride back from my vacation I had a chance to finish the sixth, recently released (July 15th) Artemis Fowl novel, The Time Paradox.

Just like the previous six books, this one is full of wit, action, and cool gadgets. Plus this one, like the fifth, has the added integument of time travel. Although unlike the fifth, were there's only a small part of the novel centered around time travel, its the main theme for the Time Paradox.

This book was good, but, and I hate to have to admit this, not quite as good as the others. It happens to all things eventually. When you reach a point in a series were the sequels start loosing the grip the previous installments had on you whether by bad plots, overusing the idea, etc.

My only (very) small problems with the book was the lack of Foaly and Butler in the story, and (BIG SPOILER) the once again re-return of Opal Koboi. Although, if its in the past, can it count as a return?

All in all, the Time Paradox was still really enjoyable and a great read. If there's another book after this one I will definitely read it. I really liked seeing how Artemis, a sort of anti-hero, has changed over the course of the series for the better. And you still get a dose of the evil Artemis when he must deal with his ten year old self when Artemis goes back in the past. Also, if there are any people who like to pair Artemis and Holly (I'm neutral on the pairing) then you are in for a surprise (of the good variety). This makes me wonder if Eoin Colfer is listening to all those crazy fangirls of fanfiction.net though.

SUMMARY: (From the book)
After disappearing for three years, Artemis Fowl has returned to a life different from the one he left. Now he's a big brother, and spends his days teaching his twin siblings the important things in life, such as how to properly summon a waiter at a French restaurant.

But when Artemis mother contracts a life threatening illness, his world is turned upside down. The only hope lies in the brain fluid of a silky sifaka lemur. Unfortunately, the animal is extinct, due to a heartless bargain Artemis made as a younger boy.

Though the odds are stacked against him, Artemis is not willing to give up. With the help of his fairy friends, the young genius travels back in time to save the lemur and bring it back to the present. But to do so, Artemis will have to defeat a maniacal poacher who has set his eyes on a new prey: Holly Short.

The rules of time travel are far from simple, but to save his mother, Artemis will have to break them all and outsmart his most cunning adversary: Artemis Fowl, age ten.


Karl Halliday said...

It currently doesn't have a name - it is just known as the 'Muse cover band'. Though, I was in a band called Necronica a few months back. But the band eventually disbanded.

Mella said...

I can't wait to read this book!

I agree with how we see Artemis change over the series of books but I think it is great to change with the character. It makes reading the stories so much more real. =D

Which book do you like best out of the series?

flowers-in-the-kitchen said...

oh my days, i cant believe you've heard of her!! if i ever quote anything by her to my friends or family they have no idea what im on about. her poems make me look at things differently

wow i cant wait for this book, im a bit sad that you said it wasnt up to his usual standard though, it seems like alot of authers are like that nowadays, i found the latest max ride book a bit iffy too. Still, i cant wait =]


Andrew Clarke said...

If you like the Artemis Fowl series, or fantasy novels involving suspense, can I suggest one to try? "Outcasts Of Skagaray" is an action adventure fantasy, about young characters and the bad issues and situation they have to deal with. For a free preview, go to www.threeswans.com.au and see the sample chapters. I would love to hear what you think of it. Best wishes in any case.

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