Spud was inspired by the idea that children often believe every story about adults no matter how outlandish. The kids believe that Spud is an ex-army child catcher, even though she may not be quite so exotic.The next full length Artemis book is due Summer, 2005.
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I have been doing some searches about Artemis Fowl. There is a fourth book coming out in October 2004, The Artemis Fowl Files, but it looks like a collection of stories, not a sequel to the story. Penguin UK has this blurb:
Artemis Fowl's confidential files have been discovered in his safe at Fowl Manor. Ever since his first contact with the fairy People he has kept a locked dossier. Now you too can share the secrets: Two FABULOUS stories: 'LEPrecon' - The story of Captain Holly Short's move from Traffic to Recon, and how she became the first female officer to serve under Commander Julius Root. 'The Seventh Dwarf' The World Book day story, featuring Artemis, Butler,Holly, and everyone's favourite kleptomaniac dwarf, Mulch Diggums. EXCLUSIVE! Interviews with major characters including: Artemis, Holly, Foaly, Mulch and Eoin Colfer himself TOP SECRET! Coded extract from the Fairy Book for you to translate FASCINATING! Fairy-spotters section - could you tell a troll from a goblin? CONFIDENTIAL! Technical diagrams of Foaly's top inventions And much more?
There is also supposed to be a movie in the works but plans to film it in Ireland have taken a hit due to the exchange rate of Euros and Dollars... (according to message boards devoted to Artemis.) Reading all the posts, it would appear that Tom Felton is the fan favorite to play Artemis. Perfect!
Eoin Colfer has a website with the key to the coded messages in the books.