Author Rating: A

Plugged (read 7/27/12) Highly recommended

OMG! OMG! The jacket blurb compares Colfer favorably to Donald E. Westlake, something which generates negative alarm bells with me because so many make that claim and so few ever live up to it, but — holy cow — Colfer is brilliant!

On New York’s 8th Avenue you know exactly what kind of street you’re walking. The flashing billboards and windows stacked high with lingerie-clothed mannequins never let you forget it. The smell of lust rises from the pavement and the door handles are coated with grease and guilt.

And Another Thing… (read 8/12/12) Recommended

Through happenstance, I discovered that in 2009 an author who is not the deceased Douglas Adams had published this sixth novel in Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxytrilogy in five parts.”  I was a little disappointed because I didn’t find it nearly as entertaining as Plugged, but I’m glad I read it if only for historical interest.   If you haven’t read the Hitchhiker’s Guide you are less likely to enjoy this, but if you have it’s not a bad bit of light entertainment.

Colfer is also author of the eight-book Artemis Fowl science fantasy series, “starring teenage criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl II.”

Artemis Fowl (read 8/15/12) Recommended

Yes, well, it is perhaps more entertaining if you’re a Young Reader age 9 to 12, but also I’m not so keen on the inherent unpleasantness of the main character for whom the first book and series is named.  I’m still recommending it though because it’s not actually terrible and I wouldn’t want to discourage others from giving it a go.  I probably will not continue with the series myself, however.