I spent a large section of the book in denial, which softened the blow somewhat when I got to the end of the book, but it was still a big surprise. For some reason I always imagined Root present at whatever big confrontation would be at the end of the series, and then he's killed halfway through, which made me hate Opal Koboi (but not her truffles, because they are a very yummy plot device). I think the scene from the graphic novel when Holly isn't allowed to attend Root's funeral is really well-done, because it actually looks sad, what with the reflections on the glass and Holly crying and the false sunset and Foaly's speech and they way Artemis does grieve but pretty clearly has no idea what to say.
I said you were smart, Mud Boy. I was wrong; are exceptional.—Qwan
Which do you think seems more suspicious? An alien-looking craft hovering in the yard of a country home, or a floating doorway with a centaur standing in it?—Domovoi Butler
We can only change the future, not the past or present.—Artemis Fowl II
I'm trying to care, Artemis. But I thought it was all supposed to be over when the fat lady sings. Well, she's singing, but it doesn't appear to be over.—Holly Short