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Mister Monday [Reading] ➼ Mister Monday By Garth Nix – Liversite.co.uk Arthur Penhaligon s first days at his new school don t go too well, particularly when a fiendish Mister Monday appears, gives Arthur a magical clock hand, and then orders his gang of dog faced goons t Arthur Penhaligon s first days at his new school don t go too well, particularly when a fiendish Mister Monday appears, gives Arthur a magical clock hand, and then orders his gang of dog faced goons to chase Arthur around and get it back But when the confused and curious boy discovers that a mysterious virus is spreading through town, he decides to enter an otherworldly house to stop it After meeting Suzy Blue and the first part of the Will a frog looking entity that knows everything about the House , Arthur learns that he s been selected as Rightful Heir to the House and must get the other part of the clock hand in order to defeat Monday That means getting past Monday s henchmen and journeying to the Dayroom itself Thankfully, Arthur is up to the challenge, but as he finds out, his fight seems to be only one seventh overWith a weapon wielding hero and a villain who doesn t make Mondays any nicer, Nix s Keys to the Kingdom launch is imaginative and gripping After an action packed crescendo to the book s middle when Arthur finally learns his destiny Nix keeps the drama going and doesn t let it fall By the end, you might be winded from all the fantastic explanation, but you ll definitely be salivating for what s to come.


About the Author: Garth Nix

Garth Nix was born in in Melbourne, Australia, to the sound of the Salvation Army band outside playing Hail the Conquering Hero Comes or possibly Roll Out the Barrel Garth left Melbourne at an early age for Canberra the federal capital and stayed there till he was nineteen, when he left to drive around the UK in a beat up Austin with a boot full of books and a Silver Reed typewriterDespite a wheel literally falling off the Austin, Garth survived to return to Australia and study at the University of Canberra After finishing his degree in he worked in a bookshop, then as a book publicist, a publisher s sales representative, and editor Along the way he was also a part time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve, serving in an Assault Pioneer platoon for four years Garth left publishing to work as a public relations and marketing consultant from , till he became a full time writer in He did that for a year before joining Curtis Brown Australia as a part time literary agent in In January Garth went back to dedicated writer again, despite his belief that full time writing explains the strange behaviour of many authorsHe now lives in Sydney with his wife, two sons and lots of books.



10 thoughts on “Mister Monday

  1. Becky Becky says:

    I remember picking this book up because I liked Nix s Abhorsen trilogy so much, but this one is kind of a big letdown after the greatness that was Abhorsen It s just a run of the mill mid grade fantasy quest Arthurian Christian symbolism story And to make matters worse, for me anyway, is that it is just so whimsical and overly descriptive Two things I dislike on their own, but in combination STABSTABSTAB Also, I pretty much just hate stories where the magic has no logic or rules or structur I remember picking this book up because I liked Nix s Abhorsen trilogy so much, but this one is kind of a big letdown after the greatness that was Abhorsen It s just a run of the mill mid grade fantasy quest Arthurian Christian symbolism story And to make matters worse, for me anyway, is that it is just so whimsical and overly descriptive Two things I dislike on their own, but in combination STABSTABSTAB Also, I pretty much just hate stories where the magic has no logic or rules or structure and everything is possible because magic It makes me twitchy and annoyed and puts me in a book throwin mood Blah At least it was a quick read But mostly skimming 16 pt font doesn t take that long So, yeah, this one Not for me


  2. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Mister Monday The Keys to the Kingdom 1 , Garth NixMister Monday is the first novel in the Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix The other books in the series are Grim Tuesday, Drowned Wednesday, Sir Thursday, Lady Friday, Superior Saturday and Lord Sunday Mister Monday is afflicted with the deadly sin of Sloth On Earth, a boy named Arthur Penhaligon the main character is at a new school He collapses during an outdoor cross country run during gym because of his severe asthma Two of h Mister Monday The Keys to the Kingdom 1 , Garth NixMister Monday is the first novel in the Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix The other books in the series are Grim Tuesday, Drowned Wednesday, Sir Thursday, Lady Friday, Superior Saturday and Lord Sunday Mister Monday is afflicted with the deadly sin of Sloth On Earth, a boy named Arthur Penhaligon the main character is at a new school He collapses during an outdoor cross country run during gym because of his severe asthma Two of his schoolmates, Ed and Leaf, stop to help him use his inhaler before running to get help While waiting for help, Arthur notices two strange looking men materialising out of thin air They discuss a key and whether or not to give it to Arthur One of the men, Monday, doesn t want to give it up because he needs the key in order to continue his reign, but the other man, Sneezer, convinces him to as the Will states Monday must give the key to a suitable heir but after Arthur dies, Monday will once again regain control of the Key Persuaded, Monday agrees to relinquish control of the key, which is shaped like the minute hand of an old clock, although he quickly becomes suspicious of Sneezer, who apparently never showed much intelligence before Sneezer and Mister Monday then fight and disappear in a flash of light In their place is a slim book which Arthur puts in his pocket In his hand, he holds the key which Arthur finds helps him breathe As his teacher and school nurse approach, Arthur hides the key and passes out Arthur wakes up in a hospital bed, tired Ed and Leaf, the brother and sister who helped him, come and visit Leaf comments that she had seen an old man pushing a bath chair with a young man in it obviously Sneezer and Mister Monday Ed, however, had not seen Monday and Sneezer, but claims to have seen a bunch of men with dog like faces digging up the field Arthur asks them if anyone had seen the key he buried in the field and they say no, but promise to visit him soon Shortly afterward, they have to leave so Arthur can take a shot In pain, Arthur pushes his hand under the pillow, only to have his fingers touch the key, which has appeared there magically 2012 1390 302 9789645668721 1392 21


  3. Res Res says:

    The one where dangerously asthmatic Arthur gains possession of a clock hand that embroils him in a conflict with supernatural agents one that takes the form of a strange journey in one realm, and a deadly plague in another.This was wildly original and yet also boring, which takes some doing Part of the trouble was the writing, which was often clunky and weighed down with unnecessary details Part of it was the plotting sometimes the rules and complications were just right, but other times t The one where dangerously asthmatic Arthur gains possession of a clock hand that embroils him in a conflict with supernatural agents one that takes the form of a strange journey in one realm, and a deadly plague in another.This was wildly original and yet also boring, which takes some doing Part of the trouble was the writing, which was often clunky and weighed down with unnecessary details Part of it was the plotting sometimes the rules and complications were just right, but other times they seemed arbitrary, put into place just to create some suspense The dinosaurs couldn t get in, but now they can, because he s changed the boundaries Can t use it until midnight What if I don t wake up in time Arthur gets involved in the supernatural doings in a way that s evenaccidental than it usually is in these kinds of books the object is quite literally put in his hand by someone he doesn t know, and after that happens, he lets us know that he s often gotten in trouble in the past for his curiosity, something that we saw no sign of until a motivation was needed I realize that the rules of POV are a lot stricter in slash than they are in regular fiction, but the POV shifts here really bugged me 95% of the book is told in Arthur s POV, and so it s really jarring when we go out of it for three paragraphs just so we can learn something that Arthur doesn t know Maybe they get better as the series goes along, but I don t think I ll be bothering 2007 Locus poll Sir Thursday 5 YA SFF


  4. Audrey Audrey says:

    This is Garth Nix s series for middle grade There s a book for each day of the week, so that s quite a commitment as far as a series goes I found it very creative, unpredictable, and fast moving with solid writing and interesting characters Re read to refresh my memory before continuing the series.


  5. katie katie says:

    Okay, so I was all set to love this book Like REALLY LOVE IT I picked it up a few weeks ago but had to return it to the library, but because I was so SET TO LOVE IT etc., I went out and bought my own copy to take to New Zealand I just didn t believe a bit of it I thought the dialogue was rubbish Arthur came across really nothingy to me I loved the actual concepts, but it felt badly executed I m bothered, because it could ve been so fantastic, and I heard an interview with Garth Nix the o Okay, so I was all set to love this book Like REALLY LOVE IT I picked it up a few weeks ago but had to return it to the library, but because I was so SET TO LOVE IT etc., I went out and bought my own copy to take to New Zealand I just didn t believe a bit of it I thought the dialogue was rubbish Arthur came across really nothingy to me I loved the actual concepts, but it felt badly executed I m bothered, because it could ve been so fantastic, and I heard an interview with Garth Nix the other day and he sounded so wonderfully lovely and just my sort of bloke, but ARGH Maybe I just don t get it I feel like I have to justify myself with this, because it seems so universally loved But then, I m not a Sabriel et al fan either, so Anyway, none of that really matters because I managed to lose the book somewhere between Te Anau and Dunedin Perhaps it was my subconscious at work, SAVING ME FROM FINISHING IT I hope so


  6. ➹ƓℛἎℂℰ⚡(on hiatus) ➹ƓℛἎℂℰ⚡(on hiatus) says:

    4 stars This is one of the books which I thought to be boring at first and set it down to read some other time And months later when I picked it up again I was up all night So I guess it basically depends upon mood I definitely want to continue with the series.The world the Garth Nix has created is eccentric , peculiar and full of surprises It will surely take your imagination to next level I loved the concept, which was definitely unique and highly creative and the characters were great 4 stars This is one of the books which I thought to be boring at first and set it down to read some other time And months later when I picked it up again I was up all night So I guess it basically depends upon mood I definitely want to continue with the series.The world the Garth Nix has created is eccentric , peculiar and full of surprises It will surely take your imagination to next level I loved the concept, which was definitely unique and highly creative and the characters were great too Especially Suzy And Will view spoiler Until it took a human form I always thought of it as he Lol hide spoiler Some might say that the series is for children but I enjoyed is nonetheless My favorite genre currently is YA though I d definitely recommend it At least give it a try


  7. Kogiopsis Kogiopsis says:

    It s Garth Nix Was there ever a chance I wouldn t like it That said, I wouldn t have read this book let alone bought it if not for a glowing recommendation from the great and wonderful Cillian BB And so here s a big thank you to her, because while my mind wasn t quite blown, I am glad not to have missed out on what seems a fantastic series.My primary reservation about the Keys to the Kingdom series is its target age group and yes, I know that s silly, because how could the man who wrot It s Garth Nix Was there ever a chance I wouldn t like it That said, I wouldn t have read this book let alone bought it if not for a glowing recommendation from the great and wonderful Cillian BB And so here s a big thank you to her, because while my mind wasn t quite blown, I am glad not to have missed out on what seems a fantastic series.My primary reservation about the Keys to the Kingdom series is its target age group and yes, I know that s silly, because how could the man who wrote Sabriel ever create something puerile and immature And rest assured, fellow readers, that he has not While on the surface a simple if rather bizarre adventure story, Mister Monday has a great distinction in that it is the only book i have ever read where one of the things that compels me to read the sequels was the symbolism and allegories Buton that later and I promise not to write an AP Lit essay on the subject, even though it s definitely possible.First, there s the hero, Arthur Penhaligon Let me say that again Arthur PENHALIGON PEN HAL IGON.Now, quick, tell me which figure out of legend he probably resembles If you said King Arthur , you d be right.Not that this is a bad thing To the contrary a well executed twist on Arthurian legend can be great fun, and for me personally it s quite a draw There s definitely an element of the legends in this Arthur s quest, though it remains to be seen how large an element it is so far it s very interesting.Outside of his name, Arthur is quite a good lead Asthmatic and very much limited by hit, smart, shy, and courageous what s not to like One thing, actually, and that is I never got a sense of Arthur s hobbies What does he do when he s not in school or the House Hopefully that question will be answered later in the series.And then there s Suzy Blue, who Arthur meets inside the House I don t want to spoil anything, so I ll content myself by saying she s a typical Nix heroine, even if she s not in the spotlight smart, capable, and determined Give her time and she could stand proudly beside Sabriel.The world of the House itself comes next, and boy, this must have been fun to write The basic idea is that the House was created by the Architect to watch over the Secondary Realms that She also created Yes, God is a girl Garth Nix is awesome, or have I mentioned that already Inside the House, it seems, anything is possible For a writer, that s surely like the best playground ever build And boy, does Nix ever play the world of the Lower House is a strange, wonderful, and sometimes scary hodgepodge of quasi automatons, elevators that look like rays of light, traffic in sicknesses, windows into the age of the dinosaurs andFrom Mister Monday s antechamber, filled with the tents of those who ve been waiting centuries to the audience, to the lightless depths of the Deep Coal Cellar where a being that may or may not be a reference to Satan is chained, the House has it all and this is just the lower levels I can t wait to seeof it in later books.And that, of course, brings me to the symbolism I admit, I got a little wary when the Old One enemy of the Architect was first mentioned There was a part of me that worried it was going to become some trite moralizing story, with a big conflict between Good and Evil brewing, and that s kind of it but not quite The Old One isn t really the Devil he sa combination between a primeval force of chaos and Prometheus, and he suffers He also doesn t seem likely to be a major player later If I m right, the conflict is between Arthur and the Trustees who betrayed the Architect s trust, and so instead of being about Good and Evil it s about simple corruption and forgiveness There are shades of gray, and they are marvelous.Now, the Trustees This is what really intrigues me There are seven of them, named after days of the week The first and least is Mister Monday, this book s villain One of the characters identifies rather self righteously his problem as sloth So will all the other Trustees be defined by the Seven Deadly Sins view spoiler And, since Monday s downfall matched the classical punishment for his sin, will the others hide spoiler Also, do Mondays suck because their caretaker is lax It would be a good explanation, I think.This book feels to me like a blend of the His Dark Materials Trilogy and the Pendragon series, and I quite enjoyed it In fact, the day I finished it I went looking for the sequel in the bookstore of a small town I was passing through, and I would have bought it but they had only one Nix Book in the whole store and it was one I d never heard of For shame, for shame I ll get Grim Tuesday somehowP.S The mention of virulent flu outbreaks in the past and Arthur s fear of losing those he loved to a plague made the atmosphere almost dystopian I almost forgot to mention that


  8. Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms (Book.Enchantress) Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms (Book.Enchantress) says:

    4.5 Silver Starswith Golden SparksRTC after re readin the gap between waiting for Pendragon sometimes a bit confusing in plot or scene, with an interesting world building I could give it 5 stars, which I didn t maybe I will in next re read, who knows 4.5 Silver Starswith Golden SparksRTC after re readin the gap between waiting for Pendragon the secrets of Nicholas Flamel I found this series, intriguing cool sometimes a bit confusing in plot or scene, with an interesting world building I could give it 5 stars, which I didn t maybe I will in next re read, who knows


  9. Zoe Stewart (Zoe& Zoe Stewart (Zoe& says:

    I enjoyed this just as much as I did the last time I read it, which was probably 10 years ago A quick, easy read, with an enjoyable plot Turns out I like middle grade as an adult if I read it when I was part of that age group Hopefully, this continues with the few I never read back then


  10. Harold Ogle Harold Ogle says:

    The book starts off great, and then devolves into very dull and pedestrian YA fiction I bought it from our local used book shop on the strength of the first several pages, in which the world is established The beginning reads like a saga or a good role playing session there is an incredibly powerful artifact called the Will which must never be used but cannot be destroyed So the powers that be have split the Will into seven parts, and scattered those seven parts across all of creation We se The book starts off great, and then devolves into very dull and pedestrian YA fiction I bought it from our local used book shop on the strength of the first several pages, in which the world is established The beginning reads like a saga or a good role playing session there is an incredibly powerful artifact called the Will which must never be used but cannot be destroyed So the powers that be have split the Will into seven parts, and scattered those seven parts across all of creation We see that one segment of the Will has been taken to the last few moments of the universe, contained in a time bubble on the surface of a neutron star within an unbreakable box in the center of an eldritch clock face, guarded by twelve wardens who resemble nothing so much as Simmons Shrike The jailers visit periodically, to survey that everything is contained properly The Will is so powerful that even its segments are fully sentient, and by careful and patient subterfuge, the segment manages to trick one of the jailers into inadvertently helping it to escape It then sneaks into and possesses the jailer, manipulating him further to convince Mister Monday of the title into bestowing one of his keys of power the minute hand of a clock you can tell that clocks and Time are a big motif onto a mortal But when we get to that point, the story collapses into mediocrity.There s two major categories of problem I have with the book at this point First, the plot is such a rote copy of the template for modern YA fantasy novels that there is no tension, surprise or delight in reading it YA novels like this one feature a lowly junior high school student who is an outcast and or misfit usually from a broken home who stumbles across some amazing object that bestows astonishing powers upon the bearer The kid wrestles for some time with this, at first denying it, then letting his curiosity often fueled by desperation engendered by some external threat lead him to using the object to go to Another Place, where he spends some time bumbling around until he meets the Plucky Native The Plucky Native serves as a guide, then later a friend and or romantic interest The kid is still in denial about being the Chosen One, but when the Plucky Native is kidnapped threatened, he has to step up and own his powers so that he can save his friend lover The big bad guy makes an appearance, usually to try to reclaim the object that the kid has They fight, and all looks bad for the kid until he pulls some clever reversal and defeats the bad guy Then the kid tries to resume his normal life If you ve read any fantasy YA books in the last twenty five years, you ve seen this plot again and again The setting of this book is so imaginative, but the plot seems produced wholly by a template.The second major problem I have with the book is that the protagonist is singularly unlikable and unrelate able Reading Mister Monday, I had no sympathy for or connection with the kid Instead I found him whiny and irritating throughout


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