“whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Phillippians 4:8

As a preteen/young teenager, I loved the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. I loved the magic, Holly, the snotty smart kid, and BUTLER. He is the best of all the characters. With the upcoming film adaptation, I’ve been thinking about reading the series again. I’m also always on the lookout for books for my kids. When at a little bookstore in Park City, I found the first book in the series (Artemis Fowl) and picked it up. As I read it again, I realized that I never actually read the first book. How I missed that one, I do not know. But I liked it.

It’s funny reading books from my childhood as an adult. Everyone seemed so much older and refined when I was little. Now reading it as a thirty-year-old, I see the characters a bit differently - probably closer to the way the author actually envisioned them. I’m also finally seeing the characters at the beginning of their arc, so they’re bound to be different.

Here’s what I like: this story is creative. It takes some normal fairy lore and uses it, and then it builds on it and twists it and makes it something new and awesome. I love the technology, the politics, and Butler. I also have a soft spot for Artemis. He is the way he is because of who his parents are and what they deal with, and as the series goes on he gets better.

Overall, this book is great. I will say that there is some very mild swearing. Like. Maybe two uses of a biblical bad word. Maybe one. But that’s it. This book is one that has both strong male and female characters, and I love it. Get your kids (or self) to read it before the movie comes out in August.

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