Mister Monday

Mister Monday

Book - 2003
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After Arthur Penhaligon's life is saved by a strange key, mysterious things begin to happen to home as others try to get the key back.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Scholastic, c2003
ISBN: 9780439551236
0439551234
Branch Call Number: J FIC Nix 3558jv 1
Characteristics: 361 p. --

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DJDJ_at_NiiVmusic
Jun 30, 2016

This whole series is great.

LibrLdyMapleValley Jan 23, 2015

Arthur Penhaligan has a problem. Actually he has several problems. The most ordinary of his worries is his severe asthma that makes his life seem very fragile. Another more ominous problem is an otherworldly stranger named Mister Monday who says he wants his key back. The Key. Arthur has no idea what he's talking about but Mister Monday gave Arthur the mysterious key to hold for just a little while. He was sure Arthur would die right away from a terrible asthma attack and then the key would come right back to Mister Monday safe and sound. But it doesn't work out that way because Arthur does the unexpected and gets better. This really makes Mister Monday angry because now he can't get his precious and powerful key back from Arthur without a lot of hard work. Mister Monday hates hard work.
Now Mister Monday and his vicious followers will stop at nothing to get it back. The dog-faced creatures that work for Monday are not only hunting for Arthur but they are spreading a plague wherever they go. It's up to Arthur to find a way to stop them and the only answers are locked in a huge house that only he can see. He has to go into The House in order to solve the mystery of the key and find a cure for the plague that threatens all life. If Arthur thought he had trouble before, it's nothing compared to what happens once he's inside The House and time is running out.
This book is unique, creative and intense. A real page turner filled with fabulous villains and one hapless hero. Once again Garth Nix has created a wondrous and terrifying universe filled with adventure. Mister Monday is the first in the series Keys to the Kingdom.

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cynthia94066
Apr 17, 2013

Great start to the series, but it gets weird by book four, alas. It's just not as vivid as Sabriel's world.

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Borrobil
Oct 15, 2012

I recommend this book for fans of steampunk and clockpunk. While it may not be perect, this book is still worth reading.

Nix' strength is in the plot and concepts. His ideas for the Architect, the Will, and the Improbable Stair are original and thought-provoking. His concepts have a lot of intellectual merit. He explore everything from evolution to creationism, from teleology to the space-time continuum. there is a lot of surrealist imagery in the novel, like the Old One chained to the clock. This book is like a drug trip.

This book gets off to a bit of a rocky start. Its lead is poor; "It was arthur's first day at his new school and it was not going well." The first chapter is boring, flavourless, and does not engage. Nix then goes on to vomit up information; his clothes, his asthma, gym class, new school, new town. All this information within three paragraphs, expresssed in an uninteresting manner. Granted, the prologue of the book was quite good.
Arthur's character is an absolute cliche, even a Mary Sue. He's a nerd ith no friends, the new kid in his town and school. All platitudinous characteristics for a main protagonist. He was no personal characteristics except for his asthma. His persona could really use some beefing out.
Nix' writing skills are a bit weak. He seems to have devoted more attention to the plot than the writing, something I don't like. he's fond of cliches such as "shot like a rocket."The dialogue is awkward and unnatural. I found Arthur's parents to be unrealistic.
His mom is a rich, famous doctor and his dad is a rich, famous rock star. Everyone he meets is amazed when he says he's he son of a famous doctor or rock star and they give him specail treatment for being their son. These concepts are foolish and unreasonable. His rock star dad is downright corny.
The second book in this series, Grim Tuesday, is better.

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Thorn2000
Dec 17, 2011

This book is incredibly interesting, strange and imaginative. The series follows a young boy named Arthur penhaligon who passes out on a lap of his new school's running track. He is visited by two strange beings or "denizens" and from then on his life is never the same. During his time in "the house" he must defeat the morrow days and collect the keys to the kingdom to save the universe from the void and the nithlings. This may sound complicated but I would rate it as one of the best books I have ever read. MUST READ!!!!!!!!

5/5

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andreareads
Jun 19, 2011

I was liking this at first, but then it got too surreal for me. The setting and protagonist's challenges seemed strange, arbitrary, unpleasant. It reminded me of the artwork of Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali: interesting, but not some place I would like to spend a lot of time. Read Nix's The Seventh Tower series or The Old Kingdom series (Sabriel etc.) instead.

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Teyfor8Wyoma
Jun 17, 2010

I found this book boring.

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tia_cheetahs15
Apr 23, 2010

Not a huge fan of this book so far. Creative and yeah, but not all that entertaining. Don't get me wrong, it is a good book. But some others may find it sac-religious.

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m_kitti
Mar 16, 2010

A great read different from other books I've read.

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andreareads
Jun 19, 2011

Arthur's father was a musician. He was a very good musician, but not always a very commercially minded one. He wrote brilliant songs and then forgot to do anything with them.

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andreareads
Jun 19, 2011

He looked at the notebook. It had hard covers, bound in green cloth that reminded him of old library books. There was some type embossed on the cover. Golden letters that slowly swam into focus and rearranged themselves. Arthur blinked a couple of times as the letters climbed over one another and shoved others out of the way to make room so the words would be spelled properly.

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