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Ice-cool ArtemisArtemis Fowl The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer 304pp Puffin Just a year after Eoin Colfers Artemis Fowl captivated a host of young readers winning the author the largest advance ever for a new childrens novelist and a bevy of prizes its sequel Artemis Fowl The Arctic Incident takes up the drama for we are now in an era of never-ending stories Not for the technically faint-hearted this is a hectic fusion of real imaginary and fairy gadgetry From laser guns to mind-wipers through battery-powered craft and anti-radiation suits they make the work of James Bonds Q look like childs play Helped by the addition of fairy magic which makes anything possible Colfers invention is limitless as the schoolboy anti-hero teams up with his former enemy Holly Short and her fairy police force Colfers fairies are not the gossamer-wing type but dressed to kill and willing to do so Despite mistrust the two sides must work together as the fairies need Artemiss help against the notorious Bwa Kell - a kind of diminutive triad - while Artemis needs fairy help to reach the depths of Russia and outwit the Mafiya who are holding his father hostage In Artemis Fowl Colfer blended Irish mythology with James Bond adventure to make a sparkling and tightly plotted fantasy about fairies and humans squaring up to one another the larger scale and more complex structure of The Arctic Incident retains the sparkle but lacks the focus Colfer has embellished and increased his good-copbad-cop cast of goblins fairies and elves all of whom are crossing and double-crossing each other in a series of plot strands that require absolute attention for fear that the memory wipe be turned on the reader by mistake When Colfer returns to the central drama - Artemiss trip to rescue his father - he gets back on track ending the book with a most satisfying stakeout in which Artemiss choice of action reveals that
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