I have been listening to the Artemis Fowl series and have gone through everyone and thought that they were great. This one strays into downright weird territory. The book was fine until the end. Without giving it away, I would say that the ending was not in character with the rest of the series. It also seemed like it was rushed and did not make a lot of sense. Artemis and gang once again save the world but the soul inhabiting the bodies didn't work for the ending. I am glad that I listened to it but am unsure about my 8 year understanding the whole concept. Like I said the ending where Artemis gets "Rescued" is strange at best.
This is an interesting book that is performed great by Bronson Pinchot to perfection. It is easy to forget that one person is doing all the voices and he keeps in character throughout. This book gives us a look at the world if magic were a reality, the confusion it causes and how things might have been different for us all.
The Author does a good job of pulling the reader in and quickly educating him or her in the nuances of a world in which people have magic powers. Not everyone has the same power so it is a little like the TV show "Heroes" where normal people discover their particular gift and strive to master it while fighting to survive.
It is a great adventure that fires the imagination.
If you like adventure/war stories with a classic (Sam Spade) feel where a secret society takes on Magic filled Imperial Japan, you will love this book.
Yes, The good guy would win. The boy would be saved
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No, I used to read Grisham expecting to experience a sense of hope at the end not hopelessness. If I want to be depressed I'll read the news.
John Grisham is a good storyteller and several of his books I have enjoyed immensely, but it seems that lately he has taken a more cynical and depressing approach where, it seems the bad guys win. This book was obiviously written to express Grishams opposition to the death penalty (or at least it seems so). The book cannot have a happy ending because the death penalty still exists and everyone who is for it is a heartless opportunist. In this book Grisham paints even the victims parents as almost glad to have a
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