Eoin Colfer (eoincolfer.com) is the New York Times best-selling author of the Artemis Fowl series, Airman, Half Moon Investigations, The Supernaturalist, Eoin Colfer's Legend of... books, The Wish List, Benny and Omar; and Benny and Babe. He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.
Gr 4-8-Artemis Fowl is not himself in Eoin Colfer's latest addition (Hyperion, 2010) to his delightful series. He is counting his words and obsessing over the number five-because four, of course, means death. When Artemis sets up a meeting with several representatives from Fairy kind to propose a plan to save the planet, his longtime friends, Holly and Foaly, quickly realize that Artemis is suffering from a mental disorder known as Atlantis Complex, which typically strikes guilt-ridden fairies. Battling obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, and, worst of all, an alternate personality named Orion, Artemis must depend on his cohorts more than ever as they battle a deadly foe determined to escape from fairy prison at all costs. Nathaniel Parker effectively portrays both Artemis and his alternate persona, and ably captures the novel's plentiful humor and its occasional affecting moments. Although a bit of a departure from the typical Artemis episode, listeners will feel like they have gotten to know Artemis a little better and will be rooting for him more than ever.-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
In the seventh Artemis Fowl title, the 15-year-old mastermind focuses his ingenuity on global warming while struggling with a devastating illness. After Artemis invites four fairy friends to Iceland for a demonstration of his latest invention, the Ice Cube, it becomes clear that he is suffering from the Atlantis Complex, which manifests as obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, and multiple personalities. If this weren't enough to worry about, a spaceship crashes and disgorges amorphobots programmed to kill. Colfer keeps the action moving with laughs and gadgetry as he bounces between several plotlines that spotlight peripheral characters. A treat for series fans. Booklist"