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The Time Paradox: Artemis Fowl, Book 6

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Artemis faces younger self in madcap, befuddling adventure.

Book Eoin Colfer Fantasy 2008
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The sixth Artemis Fowl book has a fun but sometimes befuddling madcap adventure vibe with wild millionaire villains, secret laboratories, and all sorts of time-travel weirdness. For readers who like nothing to be predictable or explained -- the sci-fi crowd for sure -- there's much to enjoy. For fantasy-focused readers who want more fairy lore, there's less here for you, though all the old friends from the series are back: Holly Short, Mulch Diggums, Foaly, and more. It's nice to have the old Artemis -- that is, the younger Artemis -- back in the story, too. His antisocial antics are just more fun, even if we're supposed to be rooting for the present, more conscientious Artemis to win.

What will befuddle the reader isn't just how time travel works, how it's changed the past and future, etc. It's also how author Eoin Colfer stages some of his action at key moments in The Time Paradox. He's careful about showing us the souk in Fez, Morocco, but many other action scenes lack this clarity of detail. This kind of writing takes time, but it's worth going back again and again to make everything vivid and clear. That way readers are only confused when they're supposed to be.

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