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Mister Monday (Keys to the Kingdom, Book 1) (2003 original; edició 2003)

de Garth Nix (Autor)

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Arthur's life is saved by a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock, but bizarre creatures from another realm are determined to take the key even if it means killing him.
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Títol:Mister Monday (Keys to the Kingdom, Book 1)
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Mister Monday de Garth Nix (2003)

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I'm pretty sure that Arthur died. He had a massive asthma attack, and, as his oxygen starved brain struggled its last, he hallucinated all of the rest. How else do you describe just how ... odd this book is.

That being said, I liked it. It's weird. Garth Nix really does his Proper Nouns. Everything felt like it Meant Something, although we never quite got a perfect idea what Anything was. Most of them were close enough though; so it goes. It's quick and the action picks you up and pulls you right through the story. When it's over, there's something of a feel of getting off a roller coaster, but in a good way.

Final thoughts: Is this series really going to take place over a week (Earth time)? All righty then.

Let's do it. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Yeah, this one did not live up to my expectations. Maybe if I was like 10 years old this would have been a fun and interesting read, but for me, it was just boring, and this coming from someone who generally enjoys YA. I won't be continuing the series. To be honest, the only reason I even tried to finish it was because I needed it for a challenge. ( )
  starslight86 | Jul 20, 2021 |
{First in The Keys to the Kingdom series; children's, YA, fantasy, adventure} (2003)

It certainly gives the old imagination a workout and maybe I was in the mood for something easier.

The Great Architect created the House out of Nothing, created the Secondary Realms (of which our universe is one) to support it and then she went away, leaving her Will and seven trustees to keep things running. But the trustees wanted power and so tore the Will into pieces and scattered them through creation.

They had tried to destroy the Will, but that proved to be beyond their power. So they broke it, in two ways. It was broken physically, torn apart, with the fragments of heavy parchment scattered across both space and time. It was broken in spirit because not one clause of it had been fulfilled.
If the treacherous Trustees had their way, no clause of the Will would ever be executed. To make sure of this, all seven fragments of the Will had been hidden with great care.
The first and least of the fragments was fused inside a single clear crystal, harder than diamond. Then the crystal was encased in a box of unbreakable glass. The box was locked inside a cage of silver and malachite, and the cage was fixed in place on the surface of a dead sun at the very end of Time.
Around the cage, twelve metal Sentinels stood guard, each taking post upon one of the numbers of a clock face that had been carved with permanent light in the dark matter of the defunct star.


A small piece of the Will has somehow escaped and tricked Mister Monday, one of the trustees, to give one of the Keys to the Kingdom to a mortal; a boy called Arthur Penhaligon. And now Mister Monday wants it back so he sends his minions after it, which causes a plague in our world. So Arthur, knowing that he's the only one who can save his adoptive parents, friends and the whole world, ventures into the House.

3.5 stars

This was a re-read for me, although I didn't remember any of it - par for the course for me, these days. This is the review I wrote on 13th December 2012:

The first in The Keys to the Kingdom series; in the children's / YA section.

The Will of the Great Architect was sundered and scattered across the universes, and the Trustees have usurped its power.

Seventh-grader (13 year old?) asthmatic Arthur Penhaligon was supposed to die, just after Mister Monday, a Trustee and the Master of the Lower House, gave him a strangely shaped Key. But Arthur didn't die, and now the Key belongs to him. Mister Monday (depicting the sin of sloth), however, wants his Key back, and sends his minions into our universe to try and get it back from Arthur. As people around him start to fall sick, the only way Arthur can save the ones he loves - and the rest of the world - is to go into a mysterious house that only he seems to be able to see, and try to stop the plague at its source.

This book was a real page turner, well written, with strange events happening thick and fast. The inside of the House is fantastic, and it doesn't behave like a normal house; travel between floors is by lift, but there are no physical lift shafts, and a room can look like a garden or a city or the side of a volcano. I should think this story hits target audience fairly well. Although events are wrapped up quite neatly at the end of this book, there is obviously more to the overarching story - and I've already borrowed the next in the series, Grim Tuesday.

Read March 2021


{I know I've reviewed this before and posted it both times but they seem to have disappeared. Reposting 30/6/2021}
  humouress | Jun 30, 2021 |
This novel is a dark, steampunk fantasy set in modern times. This book is one in a series, and they are all named after a different day of the week. In some regards, this is like a darker version of Harry Potter for a slightly older reader (8th or 9th grade).

Lessons on Identity and Strength
https://www.facinghistory.org/resource-library/standing-democracy/blending-and-s... ( )
  KylerJones | Apr 25, 2021 |
Garth Nix introduces a new hero, Arthur Penhaligon, and a new and fascinating realm for readers to explore. Arthur is an unlikely hero, a scrawny asthmatic boy who is less than excited by the opportunity to be the one Chosen to quest and conquer a fantastic other-world. Mostly, he just wants to go home. But, he makes the most of it, and with the help of Suzy Turquoise Blue, a very brave and impressive companion, he faces the villain Mr. Monday. ( )
  EmScape | Apr 8, 2021 |
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