The other Artemis: The Time Paradox

I finished reading Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox yesterday. Did I mention that Eoin Colfer just keeps getting better? I think this one is the best Artemis Fowl yet. And there are enough loose ends, or should I say “story threads,” to make another book look all but inevitable. If you want to see an excellent example of raising the stakes and conflict escalation, read this book. There is both internal and external conflict, with the added complication of (gasp!) puberty. The text was sprinkled with clues that when I first read them, I thought, “Well, that’s a nice detail.” Then when the event they were connected to happened, I thought, “How could I have not seen that coming?” There was a major plot twist that I never guessed, although I should have. In this story, where Artemis has to go back in time to rescue the last remaining Silky Sifka lemur (from his younger self, no less), has a little bit more punch when it comes to green issues, but it is never done in a heavy handed or preachy way. Another thing that I think is done exceptionally well is how the character of Artemis Fowl grows and changes over time. Character development arc, they call it.
I decided that I don’t do enough for charity. I used to buy the food pantry bags from Kroger all the time, but since they moved them, I almost always forget. I sit in the car for at least 20 min, 5 days/week waiting to pick up my daughter from school. I knitted two children’s sweaters (with matching hats, even) as Christmas presents using that time. I have a huge stash of yarn & fabric (and beads, now that you mention it), so I thought I would start to knit/crochet sweaters, afgans, pet accessories and/or shawls for various charities. Lion Brand yarn has a tool for finding charities that want fiber-based contributions. For patterns not to use, I consult Stitchy McYarnpants’ Museum of Kitschy Stitches.