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Re: Books similar to artemis fowl?

Postby Multiverse » Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:30 pm

I looked through the thread, and it seems like this hasn´t been mentioned yet: The Secrets Of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott. Like AF, its basic settings build upon the human tendency to misunderstand things, transforming magic, etc. to 'stuff of legends'. It hasn´t got the sarcastic/witty remarks that´re constantly seen in AF, but if you´ve got as much as a basic historical knowledge, you´ll recognize a few characters over the course of the series. So far there´s four books - The Alchemyst, The Magician, The Sorceress and The Necromancer, but a fourth, The Warlock, will be available in a few days. ;)

And I support those who mentioned Skulduggery Pleasant - it does have a whole lot in common with AF. :)

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Re: Books similar to artemis fowl?

Postby cezen » Thu Jun 23, 2011 3:51 am

Started reading through the first book of the Secret of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel.

This was a couple of years ago.

Closed it in disgust at the horrible writing and cliched way they used magic. This near the beginning of the book. Can't remember much except that it was really bad.
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Re: Books similar to artemis fowl?

Postby Tenzen12 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 4:17 am

The Stainless Steel Rat series from Harry Harrison. Similiar humor, pacing and genial characters. I somewhere even read AF is considered to be succesor of TSSR. also you can get graphic novel if you want .

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Is it coincidence or colfer read it? I would realy like to ask him.
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Re: Books similar to artemis fowl?

Postby Multiverse » Sat Oct 15, 2011 9:01 pm

cezen wrote:Started reading through the first book of the Secret of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel.

This was a couple of years ago.

Closed it in disgust at the horrible writing and cliched way they used magic. This near the beginning of the book. Can't remember much except that it was really bad.


In all honesty, I felt that way, too, to begin with. However, by that point I´d started feeling the same way about the first AF (you know, a not-quite-finished universe, etc.?), and I was also reading the Danish translation of it (which takes away most of the wording skills, anyway), so I made it through. By the end of book two, I was kinda caught by it.

You´re right, though, it is cliched. I just like it anyway, somehow. There´s an entertainment value just in keeping together all the loose ends. :laughing:
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Re: Books similar to artemis fowl?

Postby JetDragon1656 » Fri Apr 06, 2012 3:32 am

sherlock holmes!!!!!!!!!!!! :shiny:
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Re: Books similar to artemis fowl?

Postby artificialGenius » Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:11 am

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Shadestar wrote:Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks is SLIGHTLY similar. But better, if you ask me. It starts when 7 year old Cadel Piggot gets caught hacking... and then his... Well long story. I can't describe it any other way than 'awesome'. Also, I have been meaning to read HIVE, but haven't gotten to it yet.

It was okay.
I personally didnt like it that much.
I mean, the school just emptied throughout the book. Because of dumb reasons. There was that bad smelling boy, who just seemed purposeless.

This is an old post, I know... But I'd just like to say, Gazo (said bad-smelling boy) gets a LOT more purpose in the later two books and the school sort of stops being THAT relevant after the first book.
Also recommending Evil Genius forever because it's amazing.

Ender's Game is also quite good, though I haven't read any of the sequels except Ender's Shadow (and that was a while ago anyway). I want to read Alex Rider, which I heard is somewhat similar, but I haven't yet since I can't find the first book.
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Re: Books similar to artemis fowl?

Postby artytwin » Thu Jul 26, 2012 10:50 am

jon218 wrote:i liked a book called revenge of the shadow king. it is about some kids that find out that their world is being attacked by oberon the shadow king. i also liked inkheart it is about a girl and her dad who read stuff out of books. they accidenntally read out a villan and have to escape him.

does that shadow king book happen to be about a kid called charlie bone? dont feel like googling it and finding out XD

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Re: Books similar to artemis fowl?

Postby Merv Simestra » Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:04 pm

artytwin wrote:
jon218 wrote:i liked a book called revenge of the shadow king. it is about some kids that find out that their world is being attacked by oberon the shadow king. i also liked inkheart it is about a girl and her dad who read stuff out of books. they accidenntally read out a villan and have to escape him.

does that shadow king book happen to be about a kid called charlie bone? dont feel like googling it and finding out XD

Hello there. :) No, Revenge of the Shadow King is the first book in the Grey Griffins series, which I happen to like. Though those books are kind of creepy.

I don't really know of any similar books to Artemis Fowl that I've read though. Unless maybe you count the manga I like. It's kind of obvious which one it is. :>
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Re: Books similar to artemis fowl?

Postby GMontag » Sat Jul 04, 2015 7:05 am

It's for an older audience than AF, but The Dresden Files have a similar magic/cop dynamic, with Harry Dresden the wizard, who is a police consultant for a largely skeptical (of magic) Chicago police force, set in a mostly normal-looking United States, except for magical events and beings that aren't recognized as such by most of the population. Much heavier on the fantasy components than AF generally is, but the "rules" for magic, and the overall world, are also much more well-developed.

Also, while it's certainly not what I would call "explicit," Dresden does have a lot of elements that would not be suitable for younger audiences.


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