Books by Eoin Colfer

Irish writer Eoin Colfer made himself world famous with his Artemis Fowl novels, a hugely popular series the author describes as “Die Hard with fairies.” His other output includes several other fantasy series and a gig writing And Another Thing, the sixth book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. Now, for something completely different, Colfer steps away from his youth-oriented work to deliver the crime caper Plugged, due out in August. With caustic Irish humor, bloody violence and a profane imagination, Colfer’s newest puts him in the ranks with the likes of Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen and Ken Bruen, who helped inspire Colfer’s foray into crime fiction.


ONCE UPON A PLACE by Eoin Colfer
edited by Eoin Colfer, illustrated by P.J. Lynch
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2017

"An eclectic collection for adventurous readers. (foreword, contributor bios) (Anthology. 11-14)"
An opening note from Colfer identifies this anthology as his project as (former) Laureate na nÓg to bring Irish children's literature to Ireland and abroad. Read full book review >
THE GAUNTLET by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Ideal for readers who are breathlessly awaiting the next film in the Marvel superhero franchise. (Adventure. 8-13)"
With no time to assemble the Avengers, Iron Man must save the world solo in this fast-paced adventure novel. Read full book review >
IMAGINARY FRED by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Not the solidest piece in the looking-for-a-friend genre. (Picture book. 3-6)"
An imaginary person has needs of his own. Read full book review >
THE HANGMAN'S REVOLUTION by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"A grand yarn told with a wink and kitted out with high stakes and broadly drawn characters for maximum fun. (Science fiction. 11-14)"
Undoing the catastrophically altered present wrought in The Reluctant Assassin (2013) requires further immersion (not just figuratively) in Victorian London's noxious stews for teenage, time-traveling special agent Chevron Savano. Read full book review >
THE RELUCTANT ASSASSIN by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 7, 2013

"A ghoulish thriller: melodramatic and tongue-in-cheek, sometimes both at once. (Science fiction. 11-14)"
Colfer opens a new series that promises to be every bit as brisk and violent as Artemis Fowl—this one featuring travelers using steampunk-style time machines for (usually) evil purposes. Read full book review >
SCREWED by Eoin Colfer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2013

"Colfer's work is entertaining and expertly judged. His terse, muscular prose makes even a car chase seem like a new idea, and his McEvoy is a durable raconteur."
This comic thriller sends a hard-luck New Jersey club owner tumbling through a mad, mad world of assorted nuts. Read full book review >
THE LAST GUARDIAN by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 10, 2012

"A fitting end to a brilliantly conceived and developed series. (Fantasy. 11-14)"
In his eighth, greatest and (billed as) final exploit, Artemis Fowl finally puts paid to archnemesis Opal Koboi while also saving humanity from extinction, but at a steep price. Read full book review >
PLUGGED by Eoin Colfer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Others will find the goings-on funny enough to forgive anything."
Colfer's adult crime-fiction debut—after his bestselling Artemis Fowl YA series—introduces a big, brash, bawdy, balding anti-hero. Read full book review >
AIRMAN by Eoin Colfer
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2008

"Laced with explosions and sudden violence, well-stocked with ugly customers and replete with cliffhangers, this high-flying page-turner will keep readers riveted to their seats from opening gunshot to final sword thrust. (Science fiction. 12-15)"
Set at the end of the 19th century, this savage, enthralling melodrama pits a young would-be aviator against a high official so fiendishly clever and evil that his name—Bonvilain—seems a drastic understatement. Read full book review >
HALF MOON INVESTIGATIONS by Eoin Colfer
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2006

"A sub-theme of 'information is power' is cleverly embedded in the fast-paced romp, while the ending leaves a trail for future investigations. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Combine Sam Spade's manner, Encyclopedia Brown's curiosity and Columbo's deductive tenacity—that's Fletcher Moon, kid crime-solver. Read full book review >
THE LEGEND OF SPUD MURPHY by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Spud—er, Angela—Murphy is not a stereotypical librarian by any stretch, and young readers will hoot over Will's wry narration. (Fiction. 7-12)"
Being one of five brothers isn't easy on Will Woodman. Read full book review >
THE SUPERNATURALIST by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2004

"Most memorable are the corporate and police structures and weapons (including a slug shot that wraps its victim instantly in cellophane, requiring a vat of acid for removal) and the intriguing, philosophically elusive nature of the blue supernatural creatures. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
In the future's Satellite City, where everything's controlled by an enormous satellite, a plot-twisting adventure includes supernatural creatures, a disenfranchised band of Supernaturalists, and abundant use of futuristic weapons. Read full book review >
THE WISH LIST by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"A lightweight and moving chuckler. (Fiction. 11-14)"
An abused teen and a bitter old man find affection and redemption in this heartwarming . . . slapstick comedy? Read full book review >
ARTEMIS FOWL by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"Readers familiar with Sherlock Holmes, as well as an array of modern fantasists from Roald Dahl on, will find plenty of homage paid in this savagely funny page-turner. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A 12-year-old Irish crime lord takes on the realm of Faerie to recoup his family fortune in this madcap leap aboard the Pottermania bandwagon. Read full book review >
ARTEMIS FOWL by Eoin Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2001

"An exhilarating Celtic caper that stands very nicely indeed on its own merits. (Fiction. 11-14)"
In this sequel to Artemis Fowl (2001), the intellectual brilliance and total lack of scruples of the eponymous hero have enabled him to use his father's criminal empire to accumulate a vast fortune. Read full book review >