Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Book Review #74
Airman by Eoin Colfer
Rating: one star (out of four)

Conor Broekhart lives on a small island governed by King Nicholas Trudeau. Conor's days are spent with his tudor and playing with princess Isabella.  But Conor's real passion is flying.  All Conor's life he's dreamed of flying.  He spends massive amounts of time and energy pursuing his obsession.  That changes when he discovers a plot to overthrow the king and becomes tangled in the mess and branded as a traitor, being sent off to work in the diamond mines on little Saltee.

I decided to read this book because I saw that my friend had read it and given it 5 stars....so I was curious.  I've read some of the artemis fowl books, but I wasn't impressed, and I thought that they were awfully violent. I really could have cared less about any new books Eoin Colfer had published, but I had read his Supernaturalist book and it wasn't too bad, so I decided to give this book a try. 
     In the beginning I found the storyline to be pretty interesting, I kept reading because I wanted to know what would happen at the end, but when I finally got there, I was disappointed. I really thought it was annoying how the main character, Conor kept getting stuff thrown at him - all the time.  It seemed like he could never really rest because something was about to happen, which was a little tiring for me.  Even though I do approve of exciting and thrilling books, I do think that there are such things as "too much excitement" and this book crossed the line.  
     I do know not what it is about Eoin Colfer but he always seems to include a decent amount of violence, and it really is rather unnerving.  Everybody is constantly being brutally beaten up. Also, the bad guys are always BAD TO THE CORE, and Conor can usually tell what they are thinking by the look in their eyes (something I thought was unrealistic and slightly aggravating).
     Conor, that's another interesting aspect; I really thought that he was just a little too perfect. He was handsome, brilliant, athletic and loved by a princess - what more could he want? To me, the author describing him as such only made me like him less, I wanted someone that I could relate to. 
     The reason this gets such a low rating is because I just could not bring myself to group it with the "two star" books, it just didn't seem quite up to par, while I thought it was an okay book without any language or adult content, I didn't enjoy it enough to recommend it to friends. I just don't really care for Eoin Colfer's writing style, his characters and the way they are portrayed just bugs me, but if you are a fan, you'd probably like this book.


  1. Yes, I do wear two toe rings, one silver, one gold.
    (for those of you who are confused, take a look to your right and you will see my "about me" section that the toe ring comment is pertaining to.)

  2. This is the only page that comes up when you Google "conor broakhart".

    Anyway, I just finished this book and liked it a lot (more than Half-Moon Investigations, but not nearly as much as Artemis Fowl, The Wish List, or The Supernaturalist). I love Eoin Colfer. :)

    This book reminded me of Ender's Game when he was in prison. You know, a child forced to kill people in order to survive, that sort of thing.