The past week I've been a reading maniac. My current obsession: Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl series.
Wow, Colfer can write. I understand now why Artemis Fowl is so popular with middle grade boys, and why our local library shelves three books per title.
So many aspects of the books are working. Snappy dialogue. Memorable characters. Smart, witty omniscient narrator. Richly conceived fantasy world. Laugh-out-loud humor. Great opening chapters. Oh, and last but not least, bigger print and white space. (Something this reader truly appreciated when reading after the girls settled in for the night.)
I am now offically obsessed with analyzing what went right with these books.