Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception: 07/10/06
I enjoyed the first two Artemis Fowl books a great deal and the third one was good enough
to make me finish. The forth one (The Opal
Deception) my husband managed to finish but I'm
going to give up on it. I've come to realization that I don't like any of the characters
and the world just isn't interesting enough for me to put up with annoying characters.
Harry Potter had the same effect on me. Books one through three were great. Book four
had its moments but the drama of the school competition seemed forced. At book five, I gave
up at the halfway point. I put the book down two years ago and haven't had the desire to
open it up and finish it. My more forgiving husband went on to purchase book six and read
it. I suspect he will purchase and read book seven as well.
My problem with both series is that the characters didn't grow much. Harry continues to
be afraid of his aunt and uncle and put off by many of the students at school; Snape remains
nasty; Draco is as cocky as ever, etc. In the fourth book some scenes were repeated within
pages of themselves so that even the plot refused to move along. How many scenes of detention
does one need to get that Prof. Umbrage has it in for Harry?
In the Artemis Fowl books, Artemis managed to grow some over the first three books, going
from missing his father to learning about the fairies and finally knowing how to conquer
them and having to decide if his obsession with the fairies is worth the effort or if he
should humble himself to more mundane capers. Colfer though must have felt threatened by
the potential of having Artemis and Holly working on the same side so he hit the reset button
in book three and book four starts with Fowl mind-wiped and acting the same as he did in
the start of the first book. So he's back to the annoying little prick that I didn't like
in the first book. I really don't want to have to wait for him to go back to what he had
learned over the course of three books!
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