“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

If You’ve Got The Time, We’ve Got The Paradox

It’s a little-known (or cared about) fact that the Crime Always Pays elves are, in fact, trans-dimensional escapees from the ever-evolving lunatic asylum that is the world of Artemis Fowl (right). As you might expect, they tend to keep an eye on all things Eoin Colfer-shaped, and the latest news to blippity-blip across their radar is that Artemis 6 (Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox) is to be released next July 15, that it will feature a villain called Dr. Kronski, and that the twins’ names have been confirmed as Myles and Beckett – it being no small coincidence, of course, that Colfer’s brand of absurdist humour has much in common with the work of Myles na gCopaleen (aka Flann O’Brien) and Samuel Beckett. Quoth Mr Colfer-shaped thusly:
“I’m working on Artemis 6, which involves a lot of time travel, which you have to be clever and careful about, as to not contradict yourself. I did a bit of time-travel in the last book, well, it wasn’t really time travel, more dimensional travel, and you have to be really careful with that.”
You certainly do. It’s like juggling hot trout, that blummin’ time / dimensional travel malarkey …

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