Praise for Declan Burke: “Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “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.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Cry Fowl, And Let Slip The Imps Of War

Chastised by Ann via the comment box last week on the basis that we haven’t been linking kiddie-crime supremo Eoin Colfer on Crime Always Pays, we had two choices: we could slink away to a corner with a pointy hat on, or we could plug Eoin’s latest, Artemis Fowl and the Lost Colony, and then make with the whole corner-‘n’-pointy-hat deal. So here goes: The Lost Colony is the fifth in the Fowl series, and finds Artemis battling the twin evils of homicidal imps and puberty. Naturally, it’s been garnering the usual raves, to wit: “The cinematic scope of the cycle of stories is only added to here with the high action, time-bending finale … I’m twenty years older than the target audience, but to me and the more expected reader, Artemis Fowl is rollicking entertainment,” says John Lloyd over at The Book Bag, while Kay Weisman of Booklist, via, is equally impressed: “As always, Colfer delivers not only continuous action but also witty wordplay and dialogue, understated humour, and plenty of magical technology and gadgetry. A must for kids who have enjoyed Artemis’ previous escapades.” Okay, that’s us away to the corner for the day. Damn pointy hat … it’s such a good fit.


Ann said...

You do look good in that hat. But I'm so pleased you saw sense and mentioned Eoin. Didn't realise you'd be quite so compliant.
And next time you start thinking about the hat, will you mention Halfmoon, please, as he is much more "crime" than Artemis, although Artemis is a criminal so maybe it is crime after all.
Well done.
But remember, I'll be looking...

Critical Mick said...

Hey, Dec!

Ye fergot to mention that Colfer's short story "Taking on P.J." is the cracker that opens the Irish crime collection, Dublin Noir.

Editor Ken Bruin did well to tap Colfer for this task. The pair of gurriers in that short did more than take on P.J. They put Colfer on my radar. The guy writes tight, funny exciting scenes. I'd love to see what he can do with a full-length crime thriller.