Books for Boys, a Postscript

I recently posted a list of some books that might be enjoyable reads for boys who are not quite ready for high school reading (or want a lighter, more relaxing read). Several of our commentors chimed in with their own recommendations, many of which we also enjoyed.

Artemis Fowl wasn’t one of them. They have been recommended by many people whose taste and opinions we respect, so the Head Girl read the first book, and she was astonished at how much she disliked them. She found it quite distasteful.

Among other things, she said there was a lot of thinly disguised environmentalist propaganda. Human beings are, typically and not very originally, the villains (although the elves resort to the nuclear option, which was odd). She didn’t find the writing level quite up to the snooty high standards to which we aspire.

We don’t generally object to fantasy just because it’s fantasy, so it wasn’t that. A friend explained that the main character did start out as reprehensible and unpleasant, but that he grew on you after a while. We thought the same might be said of a wart with equal recommendation (Don’t be offended- that was funny!)

Which is not to say that we’ll think any less of our friends who do enjoy them. But the Artemis Fowl books won’t be on our bookshelves or our lists of recommended reads.

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