It is no secret that I have fallen in love with the Artemis Fowl series. I have listened to the audio books of all seven released novels and anticipate the release of the eighth and last installment next year. Thus, I was pleased to discover The Artemis Fowl Files.
Of course, I had to actually read this book myself. Scandalous! What with it being full of puzzles and diagrams, it doesn't really lend itself to the audio book format, even though I would have loved to hear Nathaniel Parker narrate the short stories.
There are two short stories in The Artemis Fowl Files, 'LEPrecon' and 'The Seventh Dwarf.' I loved reading the first because the story had been mentioned in The Atlantis Complex and in fact featured three significant characters from that novel, not including the main fairy characters from the series.
The second story is meant to be the first time Artemis meets Mulch Diggums. I found this a little confusing, since I thought that the first time they met was in The Arctic Incident. Befuddlement aside, it was a great read.
Despite ordering my copy from the UK's Book Depository, I did notice that the spelling seems to be rather American. I'm not quite sure why this is. Did I order an American edition of the book? Oh well, never mind.
Included in this book is the language of the fairies, Gnommish. The alphabet is given along with a few pages that you can decode. It took me a while and some assistance to do so but before long I had it cracked. I think I'll soon become quite the expert.
The puzzles were lots of fun, although I could not figure out what Seven Across was for the crossword. I'm probably just being dense. Wait, I just figured it out. Took a while but I got there! There is even a quiz to see what kind of fairy you are most like or if you are definitely human. I think I see myself as a Pixie. I'm short with big eyes, pointy ears and I aspire to literary world domination.
The Spotter's Guide to the Fairy People is fun but it seems to focus a bit too much on certain fairy folk. For instance, the elf criteria seem to be a description of Holly. Of course, this is a compilation of information from Artemis Fowl himself, from earlier on in the series, so it makes sense that these are his gathered impressions of what he has seen of the People.
Apart from the short stories, what I most adored was the interviews with the main characters of the series and with Eoin Colfer himself. Want to know Artemis' favourite book (of the week) or the genre of books and films Butler indulges in when he gets some personal time? How about Eoin's tips to aspiring authors?
To top it all off, I cannot fail to mention Artemis' report card. All the notes from his teachers are just divine. You have to wonder if his mother ever actually got to read any of it.
If you want to discover more from the Artemis Fowl series, I recommend The Artemis Fowl Files. Regarding the timeline of events and whereabouts in the series you should read it, I suggest after either The Eternity Code or The Opal Deception. Of course, if you have read all seven books like I had, snatch it up right away.*