Rial powers to remove Mr Colfer from any relation to Mr Adams lovely work If he wants to write his own dull crime fiction with some fairies thrown in to snag people who are waiting for better fantasy books to be published that s his business but the thought that someone would allow him to besmirch one of the great sci fi series of all time makes me want to snatch him up along with L Sprague deCamp and August Derleth and make them all live in a world like the ones they created a world which is a pale shadow of what it should be where every conversation is stilted every person dull every jest flaccid where fire is merely lukewarm spattered blood pepto pink sunsets an overwrought cacophony by Thomas Kincaid where food is ash in our mouth where every story starts in a white room and where loving a beautiful woman just feels like clutching The Sea and the Mirror your own calloused hand in the dark asou play out the long faded fantasies of a false nostalgic Jean Baudrillard, Art and Artefact youthMy List of Suggested Fantasy Books Artemis Fowl Artemis Fowl Book 1By Eoin ColferNarrated By Nathaniel ParkerI borrowed this book from the library I figured everyone in the world has read this but me and thought I would catch up What a hoot Loved it I don t know what I thought it was going to be but I didn t expect a 12ear old genius villain My goodness I thought it was great The fairies dwarves trolls and the silly things that happen I giggled so much It was so silly I can see why kids love this book I am definitely going to read If my grandkids haven t read these I am going to tell them about it Funny The narrator was wonderful with all the variety of voices from the fairy girls to dwarves Each different and interesting wonderful job i managed to decipher the code written below the book so for those who are interestedread onTHE PROPHECIES OF OHM PHLEGM POT CLEANER TO FROND ELFEN KING I AM OHM PHLEGM POT CLEANER TO THE KING BUT I AM MUCH MORE THAN THAT FOR I SEE THE FUTURE WRITTEN IN THE PHLEGM FOR CENTURIES WE PIXIES HAVE READ THE PHLEGM BUT I AM THE BEST THERE HAS EVER BEEN MY VISIONS ARE GENERALLY OF LITTLE IMPORTANCE I FORETELL OUTBREAKS OF TROLL POX OR GAS SPASMS AMONG ELDERLY DWARFS BUT SOMETIMES EVEN A POOR POT CLEANER CAN SEE WONDROUS THINGS A VISION CAME TO ME TWO MOONS AGO WHEN I WAS GAZING DEEP INTO HIS MAJESTY S OWN PHLEGM POT I WAS HEATING THE POT OVER A FLAME WHEN THE SIGN APPEARED THIS VISION WAS MORE VIVID AND DETAILED THAN ANY I HAD PREVIOUSLY SEEN BECAUSE OF ITS IMPORTANCE I DECIDED TO WRITE IT DOWN FOR POSTERITY AND SO I CAN SAY I TOLD YOU SO I SAW AN AGE WHEN THE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DRIVEN UNDERGROUND BY THE MUD MEN THIS IS WHAT THE PHLEGM TOLD ME IN THIS TIME ONE SHALL COME AMONG US FOWL BY NAME AND FOUL BY NATURE A MUD MAN UNLIKE ANY OTHER HE SHALL LEARN OUR SECRETS AND USE THEM AGAINST US I SEE HIM NOW AS PLAIN AS DAY HIS FACE IS PALE HE HAS DARK EYES AND RAVEN HAIR YET IT MUST BE A MISTAKE FOR HE SEEMS A MERE YOUTH SURELY NO MUD BOY COULD OUTWIT THE PEOPLE BUT NOW I SEE THAT THE BOY IS NOT ALONE HE IS AIDED BY A FORMIDABLE WARRIOR SCARRED FROM A THOUSAND BATTLES THIS FOWL SHALL HOLD THE PEOPLE TO RANSOM FOR THEIR MOST PRECIOUS POSSESSION GOLD AND IN SPITE OF ALL OUR MAGIC THERE IS A CHANCE THAT HE WILL PREVAIL FOR HE HAS DISCOVERED HOW TO ESCAPE THE TIME FIELD UNFORTUNATELY HOW THE STORY ENDS I CANNOT SAY BUT THERE WAS MORE TO SEE THERE IS ANOTHER STORY TO COME SOMEONE WILL BRING THE PEOPLE AND MUD MEN TOGETHER THE WORST OF BOTH RACES THIS FAIRYS GOAL IS TO GRIND ALL THE CREATURES OF THE EARTH BENEATH HIS BOOT AND WHO IS THIS TRAITOR IT IS NOT CLEAR BUT HE SHALL START A WAR UNLIKE ANYTHING THE PEOPLE HAVE EVER SEEN THOSE WHO WERE ENEMIES SHALL BE UNITED AGAINST HIM AND FOR THE FIRST TIME THERE WILL BE MUD MEN BELOW GROUND I HAVE ONE CLUE TO HIS IDENTITY A RIDDLE GOBLINS SHALL RISE AND HAVEN SHALL FALL A VILLAINOUS ELF IS BEHIND IT ALL TO FIND THE ONE WHO SO DISAPPOINTS LOOK YE TO WHERE THE FINGER POINTS INSTEAD OF ONE FACE THIS ELF HAS TWO BOTH SPEAK FALSE AND NONE SPEAK TRUE WHILE PUBLICLY HE LENDS A HELPING HAND HIS TRUE AIM IS TO SEIZE COMMAND I KNOW IT S NOT VERY PLAIN IS IT I DON T UNDERSTAND EITHER BUT PERHAPS IN THE FUTURE ALL WILL BECOME CLEAR LOOK FOR A POWER HUNGRY ELF WHO HAS A FINGER POINTED TO HIM DURING OUR TALE AND SO THIS IS OHM S LEGACY A WARNING THAT MAY SAVE THE WORLD FROM TOTAL DESTRUCTION THERE S NOT MUCH TO WORK WITH I KNOW THE DETAILS ARE A BIT SKETCHY MY ADVICE TO YOU IS TO CONSULT THE PHLEGM IT MAY BE THAT YOU ARE SENSITIVE I HAVE BURIED THIS PROPHECY WITH MY PHLEGM POT IF YOU ARE NOT FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO WORK AS A POT CLEANER THEN THERE IS USUALLY A SUPPLY OF PHLEGM EVERY TIME YOU HAVE A COLD HERE END ETH THE FIRST PROPHECIES OF OHM BUT BECAUSE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF MY VISIONS I SHALL REPEAT THE PROPHECIES ONCE MORE IF YOU HAVE JUST BEGUN TO UNDERSTAND THE TEXT THEN READ ON IF YOU HAVE WORKED OUT THE ENTIRE MESSAGE THEN CONGRATULATIONS NOW GO AND SAVE THE WORLDthis was 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at least times It s the setting the fantasy sci fi crossover mix the humor and the good oldfashioned badass smartass character trope that make this series an entertaining read I ve so far read no children books author who made such a mix and I would in general like to see tech and Sci Fi there instead of just fantasy all the shelves up and downThe tech is not broken down to ridiculous simplicity but not too complex and perfect for speeding up and slowing down the plot some character development problems dialogues and motivations could be hidden innuendos to grown up readers something Rick Riordan loves to do to and most important this *Is Something That Can Really *something that can really kids into reading because it s no standard fiction but something with hearth and soul that dares to be defiantIt unites reflection space for male and female readers combines different genres and oh my gosh has a message in it From now on I am reflecting on why people some friends just a joke I don t have social contacts and great human beings that s really ridiculous get bite reflexes when reading children s books so it might get a bit controversialI don t get it why people always tend to overreact if there is a harmless message in a book that doesn t say anything racist extreme dangerous but criticizes human nature and is pro environmental protection instead It s not as if it was recruiting and brainwashing for dangerous political or religious ideologies it s about saving the planet and being critical regarding other humans intentions and society in generalAdults bashing children books authors for having a positive agenda towards a better world should possibly debate with their real political opponents I don t care about politics any except everything progressive that doesn t do harm from whoever it comes just focus on the future in the form of the next generations the environment and science instead of highly subjectively interpreting and seeing perfidious conspiracy theory stuff in books for 9 to 15 Traité de neuropsychologie clinique de l'adulte, Tome 2 - Rééducation year oldsThe funniest thing is that this is no metaphysical blah blah about any kind of not so important not clear philosophical faith stuff that doesn t matter it s the only living space we have and the author is damn right to describe us as what we are and what we doOther critics seem to have problems with villain characters who aren t honest and law abiding because kids reading books will become criminals with such bad role models not with such great ones as the kids watching political debates and TV in general and playing computer gamesOr finally the character design and credibility of a book that should be understandable to I have to overemphasize and repeat myself kids small humans not adults is sooo bad that the book deserves just one star Come on man really Rick Riordan Derek Landy anything without too critical content is superb but as soon as something one doesn t like is integrated the book is bad and the artificial error searching and cherry picking begins Probably time for a bit of self reflection and priority settingOr do they wish to offend kids by doing as if they were stupid by just telling them that all is happy go lucky unicorns rainbows glitter lollypops and stuff and that all humans are friendly just as the adults do to avoid critical thinking By breeding the next population of opportunistic no brainers all problems are worseningTropes show how literature is conceptualized and created and which mixture of elements makes works and genres uniue Artemis Fowl Artemis Fowl 1 Eoin ColferArtemis Fowl is a series of eight science fiction fantasy novels written by Irish author Eoin ColferArtemis Fowl is the first book in the Artemis Fowl series It follows the adventures of Artemis Fowl a twelveear old criminal mastermind as he kidnaps a fairy for a large ransom of 24 carat gold with the help of his bodyguard Domovoi Butler and his sister Juliet Butler to restore the Fowl family fortune After multiple attempts by the LEP Lower Elements Police fairy police including sending a dwarf called Mulch Diggums it concludes with Artemis finally releasing Holly Short the elf fairy whom he kidnapped and having his mother cured of madness in exchange for half of the gold that he had stolen from the fairies Also the kleptomaniac dwarf Mulch Diggums erroneously presumed dead has taken some of the returned half of the gold and escapes to the US 1 Artemis Fowl2 The Arctic Incident3 The Eternity Code4 The Opal Deception5 The Lost Colony6 The Time Paradox7 The Atlantis Complex8 The Last Guardian 2006 1 1382 454 1385 1386 1387 1389 1391 1392 9789643690847 21 1 1385 9648557020 99c Kindle sale Oct 11 2018 A solid amusing start to this YA fantasy series about a twelve ear old millionaire evil genius Okay he s not really evil but he is into criminal heists especially since the family wealth is gone his father has disappeared and his mother is mentally ill out of touch with reality So Artemis having used his brilliant mind to figure out that fairies are real decides to restore the family fortune by kidnapping a fairy and holding him or her for for ransom Fairy gold that s the ticketNow Artemis and his assistants are up against the military and police forces of faerie The resulting conflicts are both funny and tension filled It s kind of like Mission Impossible with a magical element and a hidden society of magical folk Recommended I ve read the first four books got them in a paperback set and enjoyed all of them. En wat op grote weerstand stuit van het in verhalen en legenden zo lief afgeschilderde elfenvoik Zwaarbewapend en uitgerust met de modernste computertechnologie trekken de elfen ten strijde vastbesloten de misdadige plannen van Artemis in de kiem te. .book at least
review Artemis Fowl.
I had heard some mothers in a bookstore talking about Artemis Fowl and how good it was so I finally gave in and bought the first book Summary Artemis Fowl is a child geniusbillionairecriminal mastermind who has discovered that fairies and the like are real and is seeking to exploit them He does this by kidnapping a LEPrecon for Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance The Lower Elements live underground having been driven there by the Mud People or humans I decided that the book was not good in the first few pages The writing is not up to par Some of the dialogue seems like it came from two six ear olds arguing about whose laser gun was better when in fact all they have are cheap suirt guns A child s imagination is an amazing thing but the words they use to describe their imagination is uite another In addition to the bad writing and dialogue the plot is also poorly structured But what makes me really angry about this book is the attempt to brainwash kids through literature I am not opposed to teaching children morals and values through stories in fact that is the way it has been done for centuries but this book goes above and beyond what is acceptable The author Eoin Colfer is trying to teach children to take care of the environment by contrasting the ideal encourage friendly fairy society with the evil polluting dirty dolphin and puppy killing human society In attempting this he appears to be repulsed by not just pollution but of the whole human race Keep in mind that Mud People is the Fairy term for human being a term that seems to come straight out of Nazi propaganda against Jews When characters in Harry Potter called Hermione a mudblood it was clear those characters were evil In Artemis it is the most likeable most good character that uses that term Mud People to describe humans Let me share some additional passages with ou If the Mud People knew about leprechauns they d probably take steps to stamp them out Pg 33 Mud People bred like rodents Pg 50 The Mud People destroyed everything they came in contact with Pg 50 The only good thing about going to the toilet was the minerals being returned to the earth but the Mud People had even managed to botch that up by treating the stuffwith bottles of blue chemicals Pg 50 She could see the pollution in the dolphins bleaching their skin white and giving them red sores on their backs And although she smiled her heart was breaking Mud People had a lot to answer for Pg 68 The smell of death and pain lingered in the blood swabbed decks Many noble creatures had died here died and been dissected for a few bars of soap and some heating oil Humans were such barbarians Pg 105 The Mud People had greased the hinges of the whaling boat with whale blubber Was there no end to their depravity Pg 106 Mud People have been stealing from us for millennia Why do ou think we live underground Pg 120 unless the Mud People had learned to coexist with other species And if history had taught any lessons it was that humans couldn t get along with anyone even themselves Pg 125 I d say there was some human blood in The Lego Architect you In describing a fairy who was a little trigger happy Then later he apologized because it had been a deeply offensive insult Pg 128 No one built weapons of cruelty like the Mud Men Pg 265 I recognize that the types of humans described in the above passages do in fact exist but not all humans are like that and we are getting better But a 7ear old reading this book can t help but come away with a deep loathing for all the other humans who are killing dolphins and destroying the Earth And again I think that teaching kids to take good care of the other is a movie endeavor for a work of fiction This book just appears to go way too far But A Grammar of Kham you know what I would like to do now I would like to debate Mr Colfer s accusations on humanity using the fairy world he created for her book First a basic history of human fairy relations according to Colfer Fairies descended from Pterodactyls and lived peacefully on earth for many millennia until the humans evolved The fairies called these humans Mud People because they lived in the mud The humans apparently could not help but try and kill the fairies Cuz humans are b evil by nature Instead of fighting or teaching the humans the fairies withdrew underground and ceded the surface to this new evil species that would spend the next thousands ofears systematically destroyingand all that the Fairy folk love The fairies live underground going deeper and deeper as we humans mine and drill and The fairies only return to the surface to replenish their magic Now answer me this if L Amour Fou de Dieu you care about something wouldou fight for it or would ou run and hide Me I would fight for it and it seems that the fairies would too They don t want to see living creatures destroyed That is the basis for the plot of the book but for some reason the fairies decided to hide while the mud people destroy the earth that they care about so muchI say fight but there might be other options Education sharing of technology etc All we know is that they are not fighting or doing anything really The fairies complain about our destruction and pollution of earth However the main fairy in
the book at one point uses gasoline powered wings they strap onto their backs Now grantedbook at one point uses gasoline powered wings they strap onto their backs Now granted were an old pair of wings all the newer wings are solar powered but the fact that they had at one point used gasoline and are still using gasoline in older modeled wings indicates that they are partially responsible for the green house gases and other pollution associated with drilling and refining oil They only switched to solar recently The main fairy also complains about the human s sewage treatment What would the fairies propose that we do with our sewage besides treating it so it doesn t breed disease that isn t just harmful to humans We create so much that the earth cannot biodegrade it uickly enough to keep disease from breeding *In It Now If We *it Now if we the magic power to heal like the fairies then maybe we could just let it return to earth naturally and get healed from any adverse effects However the fairies won t share even healing magic with the mud people At one point author says that no one builds weapons of cruelty like the humans et throughout the book Colfer describes fairy weapons like a Neutrino 2000 which is a platinum nuclear handgun that has three settings scorched well done and crisped to a cinder It seems like a pretty cruel weapon for just one person to weild Not only that but the gun will continue to work for well over a thousand Signaler un problème years so not only canou use it to kill many things but should Un monstre dans les céréales you die or lose it it will continue to work in the hands of others for a millenium But the worst weapon the fairies have invented which seems much cruel than anything humans haveet created is a Blue Rinse which is a biological bomb that destroys only living tissue leaving the landscape unchanged Can Nam you imagine All the benefits of Hiroshima without all the bad side effects like destroying a city And what s worse is that while we have used the nuclear bomb only twice the fairies use the blue rinse on rare occasions That sounds a lot freuent than twice I don t know aboutou but it sounds like the fairies are just as capable as humans in the production of weapons of cruelty But this whole reviewargument is stupid There are no fairies with magic powers and if they do exist they have decided not to help us So it is up to us humans to work things out on our own While there have been some bad things in our past what matters now is our present and what we do from here on out and I would like to say that in spite of it all we are doing a pretty good job Humans are good creatures created in the image of God We are imperfect but on the whole we are all striving for perfection every day And that is all I have to say about that Want to meet the guy who s smart enough to take over the world Well he s twelve Painting Landscapes from Your Imagination years old And his name is Artemis Fowl I have two words for this book GREAT FUN Ifou are at all Lippenbekenntnisse young at heart orou just want to read something different from Chasing McCree Chasing McCree your usual fare then check out this book Artemis will keepou entertained with his hijinks At the age of 12 Artemis is keeping his family afloat as they suffer from grief at the disappearance of Artemis Fowl Sr his father His mother has retreated into delusions and barely leaves her room The family is on the brink of bankruptcy but not for long if Artemis has anything to do with it Assisted by his faithful bodyguard a very large deadly intimidating man would do anything for him Artemis decides to steal his very own fairy to hold for ransom his very own pot of gold He doesn t realize that Holly is just as dangerous as he isWhen LEPrecon Lower Elements Police reconnaisance the covert Fairy organization policing the faery creatures that have retreated underground to get away from humans comes looking for Holly he has to fight off a siege on his house of supernatural creatures such as a troll don t want to be in their way a dwarf with flatulence from ingesting rocks and soil when he burrows his way through the earth and a centaur genius who is LEPrecon s euivalent to MI6 s and a whole slew of highly trained deadly fairies I picked this book up on a lark looking for something different to read And boy was I rewarded This book will make Impossible Things you laugh and keepou enthralled for hours Although this is perfectly suitable for a oung teen or a pre teen it s also sophisticated for an adult to enjoy and a must read for lovers of Faery From the get go it appears Artemis Fowl is going to be about Artemis Fowl a criminal boy genius with Sherlock Holmes like powers of deduction but then bomb suad esue faeries take over the story and we end up spending just as much time if not reading about them That s fine since they re interesting and their story moves with a good dash of fun and excitement This is another of those books with a redeemable bad guy protagonist We shouldn t but we do root for him at least in some way shape or form In the natural or typical way of things that would mean the antagonists are good guys who we re hoping won t succeed at least not 100% A 81% Very Good Notes Ironically it s the supernatural characters that follow familiar archetypes while the humans are strange and atypical Colfer has described this series as Die Hard with fairies which is a reference to an old. Artemis Fowl is een twaalfjarig crimineel meesterbrein belust op macht en geld en immer in gezelschap van zijn boomlange bodyguard Butler Wanneer Artemis erachter komt dat iedere elf een magisch boek bezit steelt hij een exemplaar fotografeert het en. Hollywood joke After the phenomenal success of that movie a lot of writers started pitching their scripts as Die Hard with blank such as Speed Die Hard on a Bus or Air Force One Die Hard on Air Force One or as the joke goes the unfortunate who wanted to make Die Hard in a buildingIf ou have actually seen Die Hard ou might recall Hans Gruber the wealthy cunning erudite European villain played by Alan Not Just Snape Rickman But in this book the European criminal is the main character suggesting Colfer views the movie in the same light as Barney Stinson of How I Met Your Mother Hans Gruber Charming international bandit In the end he dies hard He s the title character So already we have some interesting choices going on but many s the good idea buried by poor executionIn some ways telling a good story is like telling an effective lie ou have to know Criminal Juries in the 21st Century: Psychological Science and the Law (American Psychology-Law Society Series) your limits Like the old writer s adage from Faulkerou ve got to kill Callisthnie - La musculation globale your darlings Those overly clever ideas and indulgences have to go if they don t fit which they usually don t If an author gives in to the urge over explain or get too fancy he s going to trip himself up and Colfer often does He throws around a lot of terminology trying to seem knowledgeable to lend credibility to his little fantasy story but he usually gets it wrongHe talks about an impact hitting with a ton of G force which is nonsense G Force already has a built in unit of measurement which is Gs not mass The process of acceleration can be described in mass but it would have to be compared to the acceleration of gravity on Earth or Gs which Colfer fails to do It would be like describing the speed of a car as fourteen feet He also describes a character as rocketing down a hallway at Mach 1 which is the speed of sound 768 mph Moving at this speed for a tenth of a second the amount of time it takes for our brain to react enough to blink a person would travel 112 than the length of the hallway described Yet he still has his character looking back adjusting his visor and fretting about whether he will make it through the door Not to mention that someone accelerating to Mach 1 within the length of such a hallway would suash them like a bug at 350 GsHe also describes a seasoned bodyguard who refers to the spin kick as pointless and flashy While jumping spinning kicks may fall into this category a simple spinning back kick is both an effective and basic tool for a martial artist and one which is often used in competition in many full contact disciplinesEarly in the book he goes to great lengths to describe the computer translation of an unknown language The entire process is extremely simplified which is fine but then when the translation comes out not only is it grammatically perfect it s all in rhyming coupletsI always feel frustrated by authors who see the Young Adult label as an excuse to write a thoughtless cliche book full of simple mistakes I don t think giving kids badly researched misinformation is going to turn them into better readersAnd these are all details that could have been easily glossed over Anyone who knew what the terms meant would have seen they were wrong and anyone who didn t know them would find them meaningless One of the benefits of writing Science Fiction or Fantasy is not having to explainourself not having to be an expert in everything And the Ass Saw the Angel you talk about You can just waveour hand and give some mumbo jumbo and that s fine we can suspend our disbelief as long as our story s goodWhich is why when an author writing a fantastical story tries to inject realism it s important for them to know what they are talking about otherwise they ll just make themselves look foolish for no good reason Instead of leaving well enough alone Colfer tried to come off as well informed and technical and failed miserably A good author doesn t telegraph their ineptitude they hide it but that means a good author must be aware of their limitsHe also goes on a rather condescending diatribe about how Ireland is the most magical place and Irish mythology is superior to all other myths because Ireland is the birthplace of all magic Not only is this a rather insensitive view it s also short sighted since the book is full of myths which have their basis not in Ireland but in Scandinavia dwarves elves and trolls The original people of Ireland were short and dark haired with their own complex mythologies All the redheads of Ireland are descendants of Scandinavian invaders who brought their myths with themBut even after this bit of out of place nationalism Colfer never actually ends up using any Irish myth in the story It s all very generic stuff Except for a few place names there is nothing uniuely Irish here His depictions of fairy creatures do not demonstrate any Gaelic origin indeed the only thing mythic about them are their names and pointed earsI m not saying Colfer should be tied to old traditions or that he shouldn t create his own versions of myth but it hardly makes sense for him to go on and on about the greatness of Irish magic if he s not going to bother actually using any of it The statement is also incongruous with the fact that his protagonist is named after a character of *Greek myth and a female *one at that but my annoyance with the misappropriation of the name *myth and a female *one at that but my annoyance with the misappropriation of the name is my own onus *at that but my annoyance with the misappropriation of the name Artemis is my own onus bearThere s also some eco propaganda mainly in the form of attacking human beings for ruining everything which once again is condescending over simplified and adds nothing to the bookThe characters are unremarkable just clich s taken from buddy cop movies and played straight no surprising depth no twists no masterful strokes of characterization just what ou d expect from a techno spy thriller Which is somewhat unusual since this is nominally a fantastical book but the fantasy elements are rarely touched upon Mostly the fairies operate with military commando suads and superior technology There is nothing particularly magical about themWhen magic is used it tends to be either to be a simple solution to patch over plot conflicts or a macguffin to cause conflicts in the first place As I ve mentioned before using a magic as a systematic problem solver tends to make it feel a lot less magical and a lot like an author s crutch This is especially apparent when the magic is portrayed aside eually fantastical technologies that serve roughly the same purposeIf an author is going to use a lot of convenient bits of magic and technology so they don t have to think much about the plot I m going to expect them to provide some sparkling unusual characters If they act stupidly or out of character in order to move the plot move along conveniently then that plot should at least be exciting and unpredictable Colfer s plot is standard We do get the villain s point of view often than in many stories but that just reminds us how Fowl has little depth than a James Bond villainAnd if I get convenient plot solving clich characters and a standard story I need something else to make it worth reading I had heard that in this book the special element was supposed to be humor but I did not find this book humorous in any way I m not saying that it tried to be funny and failed I m not saying it was full of bad jokes which I rolled my eyes at This book did not even attempt to be funny There was no clever observation and nothing surprising Without the ability to surprise Nationalism: Critical Concepts in Political Science you no author will be able to deliver any humorThere is a uite long series of repeated descriptions of a dwarf pooping rock explosively but this was not presented in a humorous or surprising way it was rather matter of fact but not wry enough to ualify as deadpan The entire book is suffused with a tone of irreverence but the tone never achieves anything There are no moments of punctuation where the irreverence boils over it is just a constant even presence in every scene description and bit of dialogueIt rather reminds me of a common problem of fan fic authors instead of being funny or exciting or having interesting characters or surprising plot twists they will instead imply that they are doing those things through character reactions and overstated narration Colfer constantly implies that eventually he will just pop out and Bam Be funny but luckily it proves to be an empty threat The problem is ifou spend all Marx Demystifies Calculus Triangle Papers your time promising to be funny or exciting it just makes it clear thatou aren t actually delivering on that promise It was easy to see what Colfer wanted this book to be or delusionally thought it was but it was also to see how often and predictably it failed The cover is also ugly and cheap and I came across some errors in the text but I won t blame those on the authorAll in all a straightforward cliche little story It s a fast read and not insultingly bad just poorly structured predictable and forgettable There are some promising concepts there but they all end up buried under pointless asides misused jargon and the constant promises of an interesting story that never arrives And as I wrote this review I discovered something disturbing Colfer has been hired to continue the Hitchhiker s Guide series I find this terribly confusing Douglas Adams was one of the most insightful clever unpredictable philosophically sound satirically acerbic and all around nice guy writers that I have ever read Yet here is Colfer in no regard funny with no insights to give characters unremarkable dialogue predictable plot convenient philosophical outlook insulting unable to capitalize on an interesting concept and enough of a self absorbed jerk that he ruins even simple stories by trying to impress people with references to things he knows nothing aboutMr GaimanI know Girl With No Job: The Crazy Beautiful Life of an Instagram Thirst Monster you are a Goodreads author and one of Adams fondest fans so I must askou how could To Dream in the City of Sorrows you let this happen to me If there is anyone who should be continuing Adam s series it s Stewart Lee and if there were any two people who should continue it it s two Stewart Lees Butou are also a great and talented author and surprisingly enough capable of being tremendously funny No one appreciates than I do the subtle and shocking wit of not writing a very funny book until six novels in but I love the swerve of building up a career as a serious minded somewhat disturbing author of heavily allusive horror and then suddenly kicking out something really funnyBut I m losing my train of thought Dear Mr Gaiman this The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Epidemic Cover-up Volume Two year for Christmas please useour magical autho. Mailt het naar zijn Mac Op ingenieuze wijze kraakt hij de code van het magische boek en ontdekt zo een manier om de elfen hun befaamde goud afhandig te maken Hij slaagt erin kapitein Holly Short de eerste vrouwelijke officier van de elfBI te ontvoer.