Six Degrees of Kool Books returns to my blog with the Princess Bride. It took me forever to think of who I’d pick from it’s awesome assortment of characters, and then to what could I compare? Every single character had me dipping back into the wonderful story worlds of Harry Potter and Tales of Goldstone Wood, which, we’ve already seen.
But then I thought of Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer.
Oh yes… The teenage criminal mastermind and Vizzini. Now, I’m not sure how I settled on these two, but I was making good use of one of my favorite brainless activities, washing dishes. Ha!
So Vizzini. Criminal genius, hired by the king to kidnap Buttercup to start a war.
Artemis Fowl, criminal mastermind at age twelve, kidnaps a fairy for ransom.
They both are short, geniuses, criminally inclined, and have hired bodyguards. Except, Butler is like Fezzik, Dread Pirate Roberts, and Inigo all rolled into one. And there’s definitely the humorous, off-bent, turn-the-fairy-tales-on-their-heads in both of the stories.
And that is where their similarities stop.
Artemis is cool and collected as he orders Butler about and discovers that fairies are nothing like the ones in bedtime stories. He kidnaps a fairy for ransom and the adventure begins. The unlucky victim: Captain Holly Short, the first and only female assigned to the elite LEPrecon branch of the Lower Element Police. She is a spit-fire of a fairy and a forgetful one too. Her powers include healing, making herself invisible to humans, mesmerizing others, and she’s good with her laser gun, but procrastination made her vulnerable, and Artemis captures her. LEPrecon Commander Julius Root comes to her rescue. A father-like fairy whose temper makes his face turn beet red. He’s gruff but has a heart of gold. And then we have Foaly, a sarcastic, brilliant centaur, who is the LEP’s technical adviser, chief of surveillance, and inventor. But with all their advanced fairy technology, they can’t enter the house to carry out their mission. It’s against the law of the People, and they’d be stripped of their magic. Thus Commander Root brings in Mulch Diggums, a thieving dwarf who burrows through the ground by eating dirt, but watch out for his backside. You never want to be downwind of that one. He agrees to help because they’ll shorten his prison sentence, but he plans on escaping anyway, so it’s all for show, really. He’s the only one who can enter the human dwelling, since he had already broken his magic and the law of the People a long time ago. Even so, Artemis Fowls proves to be a formidable opponent.
You’d think one as cold-hearted and calculating as Artemis would be hard to love, but glimpses of a softer side sneak through his callused ways, especially around his ailing mother. Especially as the series continues.
Of course, if Artemis Fowl ever found himself in a Battle of Wits, he would totally win.
If you’d like to play, all you have to do is select one of the characters from Artemis Fowl and find another character who reminds you of them. And then post your own 6 Degrees of Kool Books the following Tuesday on your blog. Don’t forget to let us know, so we can visit. 🙂