I was away on vacation and had no idea the book was coming out so imagine my suprised joy when I discoverd that it was out the day after I returned home!!
Ofcourse I finished the book the very same day. Nao I'd love have discussed all the bits that gave me tingles and giggles and overall general happiness! But no one has metioned it in their Fics...none that I've read anyway. Sadly not even my best friend who actually introduced me to the AF fandom and used to be an avid reader has read the book yet! I have no-one to fangirl with.
So I've turned to you fanfictioners!! Give me your views on the newest book! Did you like it? Love it? or completly hate it? The whole Orion thing being way over the top for you? Did it make you smile, giggle or scream in rage? Most importantly did you feel like eating a cookie?
There is going to be a seperate topic for the pairings and one for dear lovely Orion. ^_^7/22/2010 #1
I'll be someone you can definately fangirl with :D
I loved Orion. Oops, I hope this doesn't start crossing with my post on the other thread.... *blushes*
I thought he was top. You can trust Colfer to add that kind of comedy and get away with it. As much as I love the characters, I wasn't too much of a fan of the split locations of the action. Sometimes, I need an AH fix and that wasn't coming fast enough with page-loads of story about Butler/Juliet then Turnball.
Mulch was brilliant as usual. Same goes for Foaly - nice to see him in the field for once :) I think I'm going to have to read it again, more slowly, to appreciate it more. It seemed like Colfer held back on the action a bit - after all, they were basically in the same pod from start to finish. A nice change of dynamic though - Orion was definately the way to go. I only wish Colfer had included that 'long talk' that Holly promised Artemis about Orion's professions of love. A cliffhanger ending, maybe he'll take off where he left off next time? Here's hoping.7/29/2010 #2
Yes! i am not Alooooone! *happy dance*
Okay I think The Wonder that is Orion just needs a thread to himself! XD
Im also found the Butler/Juliet scenes quite annoying aswell! So much so that I considered skipping them altogether... Which is practically sacralige!(sp?) I don't know...Overall I loved the book and usually I adore the Bulter/Juju sences but this time the whole scene change thing made the plot kinda distorted!
Yes the Butlers are considered main characters and deserve their screen time and yes the baddie deserves his evil plot line but somehow during all the focus on that I feel that enough attention was not payed to Arty! Never mind that he wasn't there for over half of it.... It was a little less epic than usual!!
I don't know what Colfers been up to writing other peoples books lately but he better focus on his own next time!!
|a Happy Psychosis
I loved that book. I just loved it.
Kidding, kidding. I thought Orion was BRILLAINCE personified, even if there were some moments you just wanted to facepalm because of him. Also, whats cool is that because Orion is just an extension of Artemis' subconcious (Good Gods, I sound all scientificalifiedish) that means...... THE FEELINGS FOR HOLLY ARE REALLY THERE!!!!!! *Epic FanGirl scream*
And I seriously legit lol'd at the "I'm the nut! I'm the nut!" dance of Arty's. And again when Mulch said "Nothing out of the port hole window, Captian. Except and angry squid looking for his little nut." And again when Butler got attacked by a rabid baby. And again when...... Well, you get the picture.8/11/2010 #4
It was the ocd thing that really sold the book for me, I couldn't stop laughing (although it creeped me out at times too). It's been a few weeks since I read it so I might be misremembering, but isn't this the first book without Artemis having formulated a brilliant plan at the end for everyone to follow? (he just made the switch and left everything up to Orion (; ) Interesting change of book formula, but then, Eoin Colfer never did manage to disappoint on that front, at least not for me.
Oh, dear Orion... so annoying, but that was what I loved about him! I wonder if he'll still exist/play a role in the final book. The ending really was left kind of open, so do you think Artemis will still be battling Atlantis Complex? (will Orion show up again?)10/11/2010 #5
Finally other people who've read this book! I ordered it last week and read it over the weekend and no-one else seems to have mentioned it at all! People are still talking as if the Time Paradox is the latest book D:10/29/2010 #6
The fact that the next (and last T^T) book comes out next year seems to have escaped everyone aswell!10/30/2010 #7
Hm. I seem to outvoted.
I, for one, found the book to be distinctly dreadful; I find that Mr. Colfer's quality of writing has dropped with his last two books (being The Time Paradox, and the subject of this thread: The Atlantis Complex). His attempts at humor fell flat each time, and his not-at-all-subtle nudging of Artemis towards Holly was more annoying than it was adorable. It was good to see Foaly out of his element for once (even though I did not particularly enjoy seeing him like that; there are certain types of characters that should not be placed in certain situations, period).
Turnball was both an unexpected pleasure and a bothersome disappointment; while it was wonderful to have a bad guy show up that WASN'T bloody Opal Koboi (something which was actually pointed out in the book, to my ironic glee), the fact that he wasn't original/new was a downer, as was his entire character in general. It tried to pull him off as a crazy/dedicated/sad/do-anything-for-love type of screwed-up genre character, and it failed at it. His trick with Runes was interesting, but it was something that had never been mentioned before!
In my opinion, the best part of the entire book was the brief paragraph that mentioned the Ho Chi Minh sprite.
I'm still a loyal fan, Colfer, but you need to up your effort. And we're all still waiting for that damn movie!11/27/2010 #8
It's interesting, I've heard a lot of people say they loved the series, but didn't think the later books starting with 5 or 6 weren't as good. There's been such a divide on this that I think it must have to do with taste rather than quality (because the later books go by a different formula than the first few, the people who are more attracted to the type of book the earlier ones are are bound to be disappointed). Personally, I didn't fall in love with the series *until* the Time Paradox, which I thought was a step beyond the other books in most areas including dramatic buildup, plot concept, character building/character relationships, etc. The fact that the series does not simply reuse the exact same basic plot formula for every book and the way you can see the progression of the characters relationships from book to book also really appealed to me.
I know a lot of people were sort of mad to see Artemis acting like a mental case and not his usual always-one-step-ahead self, but I really liked that about AC – getting to see Artemis so different from how he usually is was strangely amusing. For me at least, Atlantis Complex is the funniest book so far. (But it was nice to have a break from Opal though, like you said. I suppose she'll be back in the final book, though... Eoin Colfer will have to do something really out of the ordinary with that to keep it interesting, I think)11/29/2010 #9
It's funny and really interesting to see all the different types of veiws people have about this! ^_^
I will say one thing though, complaining that Artemis is out of character recently actually holds no truth because Colfer is the actual author and Artemis being his character anything he makes Arty do is actually in his character. OOC only really counts in Fanfics :D I know it's obvious but i just though I'd point it out.
Also I like what Rocket Axxonu said about character development...Artemis can't remain the cool-collected-coming out on top-evil genius-sans the scruples-eleven year old forever can he? I mean he's like what eighteen? nineteen now?? Abeit in the body of a sixteen year old or something @_@.....I mean he has to well....GROW UP right?
I for one like him in new uncomfortable situations and written by Colfer too which just because he is the author makes it more believable!! I have to say Time paradox was my favorite by far and Opal Deception and Atlantis Complex compete for second place.
Though I'm completly taken by Orion and my more sarcastic side didn't particularly like the latest villian, my sappy romantic side thought it very prophetic about Arty and Holly...Only I have a feeling and I hope to God I'm right that being who they are they'll somehow be able to deal with all the inter-race hang ups and somehow make it work. Very far reaching my hopes I know but a girl can dream right?? :D11/29/2010 #10
Lol, well, I have to disagree about authors being unable to make their characters act OOC just because they are the author. for example, I'm a (wannabe) author and I write stories about my own characters, but if I suddenly make a character who is usually quiet start throwing punches and acting completely different for no reason, then it would still be OOC. but yeah, Eoin Colfer is a professional and probably wouldn't make mistakes like that. (: on the other hand, a character can be made to appear to act 'ooc' but it is not really ooc if there is a legitimate reason for it (such as in AC, where Artemis has a psychological disorder)
I admit I don't have high hopes for Artemis and Holly being together at the end of book 8... The series hasn't been much about romance for one thing, and there are lots of issues with inter-species relationships. but if Artemis and Holly were really in love, I think they would just have to accept the sacrifices and hardships that came (and would do so willingly). luckily there is still fanfiction though. (;
but no matter what, I very much hope that their relationship is at least addressed and remains a theme for the final book. I will be very upset if it starts out assuming something like: 'holly likes trouble now and they are going steady, and artemis now only likes holly as a friend' but, that being said... I trust Eoin Colfer to make a great book (whether I like the ultimate outcome in the story or not) so I don't think he'll do that without believable buildup first (:12/07/2010 #11
I'm a little late to this party but I just finished this book today after finally getting around to reading it and just had to put my two cents in. First of all I absolutely loved crazy Artemis. It makes sense that with his IQ and experiances he would develop some sort of mental problem if not PTSD or something similar. It was also a great character leap. While he has been progressing towards an actual human being with feelings him developing atlantis complex brought his character growth to the forefront. Orion was just amazing and gave the fangirl in me many more a/h moments than I would have expected. I loved how Holly knew that Artemis couldn't shoot her and of course the flirting was great. This book also had some of my favorite quotes and now I just can't wait for the next book although I'm sad to know it will be the last...I'm curious to see how Artemis turns out, it's been a long journey since the first book.3/15/2011 #12
Lol you're ot that late!! Plenty still havn't read it! ^_^
And that an interesting angle on whole Orion thing you have there! It will be a very sad day indeed when the last book is out T^T3/16/2011 #13
*Falls from the sky*
ORION WAS HILARIOS!!!!!
Orion:"Hello, Noble steed!"
Foaly:*face palm*5/14/2011 #14
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