The ten second book. That’s all you get, but it’s the long kind of ten seconds. Before the ten seconds begin the reader meets a Kraken. I genuinely didn’t know about Krakens before last October or thereabouts, but ever since, they have popped up everywhere. I believe that by placing his Kraken in Finland, Eoin Colfer was fulfilling a promise to feature Finland in one of his books. If only he had got the sauna right…
Not to worry. Having outwitted the world’s best – or worst – criminals, there’s not a lot left for Artemis to do, except fight his own younger self. And when he does, you realise what a lovely boy he has grown into over the years. Artemis at ten is, well, interesting.
I’m convinced Eoin has got his time travelling a wee bit wrong. But, who cares? I loved Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox. It could count as the best one yet. It was almost as though Eoin regretted having given Artemis two little brothers, as he immediately dispensed with them by hurling Artemis back eight years in time.
The two Artemises (Artemii?) test their brain powers over the last Silky Sifaka Lemur of Madagascar. N°1 turns up to help, and quantum zombies are always a bonus in a story. Older and newer versions of Butler and Mulch Diggums make for interesting situations. “We’re all mad here.”
All great fun. And then there’s the kiss. We’ve been waiting for that, and now it’s over and done with. Fabulicious.
And “I think this merits more than a wow”. It does, but what can I say? Wow.