As promised earlier this week, I've started Eoin Colfer
's first Artemis Fowl novel, Artemis Fowl
. Though the news may be old hat to young readers, the novel is a delightful blend of police procedural, science fiction and fantasy.
Here's my favorite bit so far, with a question to follow:
Anyone who can squeeze world-weary fictional-cop attitude into a paragraph about elves and fairies need not rely on the other world for magic. We adult readers can enjoy the knowing weary-cop reference. The question of the day is: Do young readers get references like that, too, or do they just enjoy the story because it's so much fun? In more general terms, does a book that appeals to children and adults alike appeal to both groups in the same ways?
"Holly Short was lying in bed, silently fuming. Nothing unusual about this. Leprechauns in general were not known for their geniality. But Holly was in an exceptionally bad mood, even for a fairy. Technically she was an elf, fairy being a general term. She was a leprechaun, too, but that was just a job."
© Peter Rozovsky 2007
Irish crime fiction
Labels: Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer, Ireland