Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Artemis Fowl: The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer; Read by Nathaniel Parker

I just finished listening to this 7th volume in the Artemis series.  When I read the first book a few years I really disliked Artemis and I find it interesting how much that has changed over time.  Colfer has done a nice job creating a unique, intriguing, not-at-all perfect character that has changed for the good without changing to the boring.  In this episode, Artemis is facing the greatest challenge of his life.  He has developed Atlantis Complex, a disorder generally found in guilt-ridden fairies.  The Complex leads to obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia and, worst of all, the development of an alternate personality named Orion.  The Orion character lends itself to plenty of humorous moments as he constantly declares his unending love and devotion to Captain Holly Short of the fairy police.  Of course, throughout the book, the usual cast of characters are battling a dangerous foe - this time a maniac determined to escape from fairy prison at all costs.  Holly, Foaly, and Butler get a little more play time in this outing as Artemis struggles with his illness and the fear that he will lose his mind completely.  I always enjoy the fast pacing of this series and especially liked this episode as it added some new dimensions to Artemis Fowl.

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