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

by Garth Nix

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Title:Mister Monday (Keys to the Kingdom, Book 1)
Authors:Garth Nix
Info:Scholastic Paperbacks (2003), Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
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Mister Monday by Garth Nix (2003)


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The House was built from Nothing, and its foundations rest upon Nothing. Yet as Nothing is forever and the House is but eternal, these foundations slowly sink into the Nothing from which the House was wrought, and Nothing so impinges upon the House. In the very deepest cellars, sinks, and oubliettes of the House, it is possible to draw upon Nothing and shape it with one's thought, should such thought be strong enough. Forbidden in custom, if not in law, it is too often essayed by those who should know better, though it is not the high treason of treating with the Nithlings, those self-willed things that occasionally emerge from Nothing, with scant regard for Time or reason.

When Arthur collapses with an asthma attack during a cross-country run on his first day at a new school, he is drawn into a supernatural conflict by bureaucrat Mister Monday.

A friend at work has lent me this series and I found the first book quite complicated for the lower age range of YA. Still, I will carry on to Grim Tuesday and see how I feel after book two. ( )
  isabelx | Jun 9, 2015 |
A 1001 Children's book. Audio. Arthur sets out on a quest to unite the two hands of a clock in an attempt to stop a plague from destroying the people of Earth. ( )
  debnance | Jun 1, 2014 |
1st in the Keys to the Kingdom series. Interesting, complicated. Grim foes, touches of humor, an ordinary young boy who does extrodinary things because he must. A unique story. ( )
  LoftyIslanders | Apr 5, 2014 |
This book is about a kid named Arthur who has just moved to a new town. When gets to school the P.E. teacher makes him run laps even though he has major asthma. When he almost dies people appear and give him a book and a minute hand looking key. He then is taken into a strange world called the house and announce the rightful heir of the throne. He go's on a journey to take the hour hand and set things right.

This book was decent enough and followed the plot triangle. It ended knowing there was a second book and a good conclusion for that. The story also keeps it to were the beginning is not a boring long piece but got quickly to the point. I found it fun to read and would say it was decent. It had some parts that were very technechal like the names of a creature. ( )
  ConnorE.b4 | Mar 18, 2014 |
I'm rereading through the series (listening to the audio, actually) before I read Superior Saturday. On rereading this, I have some questions and observations that occurred to me. I'm not sure if any of these are answered later, because I don't remember all the details (which is one reason for rereading).

- How does the first fragment of the Will escape? Somehow it got out of that unbreakable box & crystal. Did it have help?

- Who are the two men who took the inspector away after the fragment escapes? They push the top right button in the elevator. Does that mean they are from Lord Sunday? Or are they Saturday's men?

- I notice that when the inspector is thinking about punishment, he worries that he might be made corporeal and sent to the secondary realms as a baby for his punishment. That means that denizens can become mortal, I think. Is this significant?

- Why doesn't Mister Monday know that the key will help Arthur to be able to breathe better? It probably saved Arthur's life to be able to breathe for those few minutes until help came, which certainly thwarted Monday's plan to give the key to someone who would immediately die.

- Why can only Leaf and Arthur see Mister Monday and Sneezer? And only some people can see the Fetchers: Arthur, Leaf, Ed, and the school librarian. Leaf can smell the Fetcher's smell on the people who are ill, and no one else can, not even Ed. Is Leaf somehow special?

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Edited to add: Finished the reread and enjoyed it as much as the first time. I'm surprised - I had remembered Arthur as being fairly weak in the first book, and become stronger as the series progressed - but I had forgotten that even in this first book, he stood up to the Will. ( )
  SheilaRuth | Aug 23, 2013 |
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Seven days. Seven keys. Seven virtues. Seven sins. One mysterious house is the doorway to a very mysterious world -- where one boy is about to venture and unlock a number of fantastical secrets. This is another thrilling, triumphantly imaginative series from Garth Nix, the best-selling author of The Seventh Tower, Sabriel, and Lirael.
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Best-selling author Garth Nix creates a magical world and an intriguing mystery in this new blockbuster series.

Seven days. Seven keys. Seven virtues. Seven sins. One mysterious house is the doorway to a very mysterious world -- where one boy is about to venture and unlock a number of fantastical secrets.
This is another thrilling, triumphantly imaginative series from Garth Nix, the best-selling author of THE SEVENTH TOWER, SABRIEL, and LIRAEL.

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Arthur Penhaligon is supposed to die at a young age, but is saved by a key that is shaped like the minute hand of a clock. The key causes bizarre creatures to come from another realm, bringing with them a plague. A man named Mister Monday will stop at nothing to get the key back. Arthur goes to a mysterious house that only he can see, so that he can learn the truth about himself and the key.… (more)

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