The Lost Colony (Anglais) Belle reliure – 1 août 2009
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Fast-paced, tongue-in-cheek, with some laugh-out-loud jokes (Sunday Times )
Fast, funny and very exciting (Daily Mail )
Folklore, fantasy and high-tech wizardry . . . Hugely entertaining (Observer )
Artemis is a brilliant creation (Anthony Horowitz, author of the Alex Rider series ) --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .
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Now the time spell is unraveling, and demons are beginning to materialize without warning on Earth. If humans were to find out about them, all fairies would be exposed. To protect themselves, the fairies must predict when the next demon will materialize. But in order to do so, they will have to decipher temporal equations so complicated; even a great brain like Foaly can’t understand them. But he knows someone who can: Artemis Fowl.
So when a very confused demon imp appears in a Sicilian theater, Artemis is there to meet him. But he is not alone. There is someone else who has unlocked the secrets of the fairy world and managed to solve complex mathematical problems as only a genius could. And she is just twelve years old. . .
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As THE LOST COLONY opens, Artemis is fourteen years old and experiencing the uncomfortable pangs of puberty. While that alone is enough to keep most teens busy for a few years, Artemis has to contend with his surging hormones while trying to save an entire fairy race as it teeters on the brink of extinction. But it's that kind of multitasking that has made Artemis Fowl an international sensation.
THE LOST COLONY has all the elements that Fowl fans have come to expect, including a dizzying array of fairy-issue gadgets, danger whizzing past our heroes from a variety of sources, ingenious plans, and a bodyguard who is as loyal as he is lethal. This book also includes a few new characters who were, for the most part, likeable and fun. The one notable exception is a twelve-year-old French girl who could give Artemis a run for his money in the genius category. She is pretty, rich, and highly annoying. I often found myself wishing that one of the other characters would "accidentally" dunk her in a sewer, or shave her head, or something equally unpleasant. Is it wrong for me to have feelings of aggression toward a fictional character? No, I don't think so. And you'll understand what I mean once you read the book.
Fans of the ARTEMIS FOWL series will not be disappointed in this newest adventure.Lire la suite ›
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Slightly longer this time around, the book has Artemis tracking demon activity on the time-displaced island of Hybras. The time spell which keeps Hybras stuck in oblivion is beginning to unravel and Artemis is busy investigating how to fix it when a 12-year-old French female rival (and love interest) kidnaps an insecure, classically educated demon, just as he manifests on Earth, right under Artemis' nose. Not knowing what trouble she has started, Artemis must break into her chatau, travel to Taiwan and match wits with her psychotic security in the Taipei 101 Tower to get the demon back before travelling to Hybras to fix the time spell with Captain Holly in tow.
I especially like the relationship between Artemis and Holly. Once enemies but now close friends. And the ending, not only including an imaginative and pretty damn cool twist, in which they become a part of each other forever (not giving anything away) was a nice touch.
As usual it's packed with ultra-technology that always seems realistic now matter how far-fetched, the typical amount of globe-trotting and the right amount of humor.
Artemis Fowl is definitely the best fantasy boy-hero. Harry Who?
Way back when humans and fairies were fighting over the island of Ireland, the eighth fairy family, the Demons, refused to go live underground with the others, instead choosing to take their island home of Hybras into another time dimension until they were ready once again to attack the humans. Unfortunately, something went wrong with the transfer, and the whole island, demons and all ended up in Limbo. However, even time spells don't last forever, and as it unravels, demons begin appearing in the present, and even Foley can't work out exactly where the next one will pop up.
As you may have guessed, Artemis has already figured it out, and starts staking out the sites where demons are due to appear, but is thrown for a loop when he realizes that someone else has done the math, and that the demon he's been stalking has been demon-napped under his very nose. To make it worse, his new rival is a girl, albeit a very pretty one.
Book five has all the elements for an exciting read, including time travel, volcanoes, mercenaries, magical creatures (including a Yoda-like Warlock), and weapons - lots of weapons. There's also the code that runs along the bottom of each page, and I can tell you that it has to do with scrolls, demons and the slapping of rude body parts, but the rest is up to you to find out.
Another great addition to the Artemis Fowl series from Eoin Colfer, certified genius.
Amanda Richards, September 17, 2006
The Artemis Fowl series has five books so far
1 Artemis Fowl
2 The Artic Incident
3 The Eternity code
4 The Opal Deception
5 The Lost Colony
The Lost Colony came out in the UK in August and a friend who works at bookstores who got me a copy.
The Artemis Fowl books aren't popular for their depth or their detail, they are known for their fast pace and fun adventure. If you haven't read the previoius books, you may find this one tough as a starting point, but this isn't a deep book and there's no deep thought required, so you may be able to step right in. To catch you up, Artemis Fowl II is the son of a European crime lord, Artemis Senior. At the beginning of the first book, Artemis's father disappeared, along with the family's fortune, which sent his mother into a catatonic state.
When Artemis, along with his friend and bodyguard Butler, discovers the existence of fairies, he decodes their book in order to capture one. The fairie he eventually captures is Captain Holly Short, and capturing Holly is what gets the entire LEPrecon force after him.
In The Lost Colony, Artemis Fowl is dealing with another child prodigy, a new race of the fairy people and battling his own puberty. As a grown up reading Artemis Fowl, I enjoy it because it takes me a way to a new reality. The plot twists and turns as Artemis thinks on his feet to avoid another disaster - with the aid of Butler, Holly and Mulch along with some new characters.
Moments after arriving in Borders and seeing the fifth Artemis Fowl, that privileged book slot had been filled.
And all I can say is...wow! I've always loved this series, ever since I discovered it about a year or so ago. But this is really incredible...I mean, how many authors can pull off a character that spouts synonyms during crises?
I was a bit shocked in the end, with the whole time-change...ah, but I shouldn't say anything. Goodness knows I've checked reviews on Amazon before buying a book and had a major plotline ruined...
Just buy this book. And while you're at it, get the others, too.
P.S. I've always wanted to make a list of books that SHOULD be turned into movies but AREN'T, and this seems like an okay place, especially since many Amazon browsers want more titles to read. So...
1. Underland Chronicles (Get Luxa and Ripred right)
2. Shadow Children (Get Trey and Jen right)
3. Artemis Fowl (Get Holly, Artemis, Root and Butler right)
4. Books of Pellinor (Get Cadvan right)
5. Young Wizards (Get Dairine right)
6. Prydain Chronicles (The Disney movie THE BLACK CAULDRON does NOT count.) (Get Gurgi, Eilonwy, and Fflewddur Fflam right)
7. The Dark Is Rising (um, actually, they ARE making this into a movie. Yay! Same studio that did Chronicles of Narnia, I think...)
8. The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy (Get Emily and Marak right.
And now, for books that have been (or will be) made into movies that you need to read anyway, if you haven't already:
1. Harry Potter
2. Lord of the Rings (any person who has not read this by their fifteenth birthday is severely deprived and should contact their local Social Services immediately.)
4. Chronicles of Narnia
Maybe that will help sustain you until the next Artemis Fowl book!
Rating: Very Good
And this might be the best entry in the series to date.
There are many reasons for this. First, there were at least three places where Colfer could have stopped writing, wrapped the book up, given it a different title, and shipped it off to his publisher and wait to collect his (surely) generous royalty checks. But he didn't. He took us from climax to climax as if we rode a roller coaster, each one at least as exciting and breathtaking as the last - if not more so. Second, Colfer introduces a magnificent new character, Minerva, a 12-year old girl who is quite similar to the 12-year old Artemis we met in the first book. Artemis has a nemesis. Third, and perhaps most importantly, Artemis himself has changed. He is fully in possession of a conscience now, is 14-years old, and finds himself quite uncomfortably pubescent.
As always, Colfer writes in a very loose third-person omniscient voice, hopping from character to character. This is dangerous, unless the author has a firm grasp on all of the elements of his story. Luckily, Colfer does. It's a rare author that can take us into the enemy camp, show us who they are, how they live, their blueprints for whatever foul act they plan to commit, and still leave the pages of the book dripping with tension.
The demands that Colfer places on Artemis are staggering, and by extension the demands he places on himself as a writer are similarly so. To not violate Artemis' core-identity, yet have him find his way with the use of a moral compass, is virtually unthinkable. But Colfer did it. Artemis grew, he changed, but yet he was still Artemis at heart. Brilliant, conniving, and, when need be, ruthless. Ruthless...and still a good guy? Yup.
I'm thankful that Colfer didn't take the easy way out, and that he pushed himself harder and further than I've seen him do yet. If this book is any indication of what we can expect from the next - I'm holding my breath. Thankfully, Colfer writes quickly, so it shouldn't be too long of a wait, and I won't find myself in a morgue somewhere. <grin>