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Time Stops for No Mouse (The Hermux Tantamoq Adventures #1)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  2,390 ratings  ·  187 reviews
Hermux Tantamoq is an ordinary, hard-working mouse, living in an ordinary metropolis. But when adventuress and aviatrix Linka Perlfinger walks into his watchmaker's shop, his life becomes anything but ordinary.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 27th 2003 by Speak (first published 1999)
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Nov 24, 2008 Julie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Julie by: Alex
It’s difficult to write a positive review about a book that had me thinking about stopping through the entire first half. Most of my dislike focused on the too-cute outlandish names and the too-detailed narratives of the main character’s daily routine. However, about halfway through I got interested in the mystery, and after that it was a quick read. It certainly helped that there was a lot more action so there were fewer painfully slow descriptions of Hermux’s meals and clothing.
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Ilana Waters
Oh. My. God. Words cannot describe how much I loved this book. Which is kind of pathetic, since I'm a writer. ;-P And for someone who doesn't read mysteries, if you can get me interested in one, you know it's good!

Michael Hoeye's work is an example of world-building at its best. In a realm like-our-own-and-yet-not, his plot is immediately engaging. The adult characters in the book, sly humor, and universal themes (such as "what is real beauty?") will make this a fun read for grown-ups as well as
Jun 05, 2009 Erika rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Someone by the age of 14.
The cover of this book caught my eye from the very first moment I laid my eyes on it. For me the cover is selling as much as the resume on the back. And I did bring this book and the two others in the serie with me home from the library.

It is now three years since I read the book, and I've grown older and wiser since then. Therefore I can only give this book two stars.

The plot was good. And exicting too, but when you consider my age at that point, which was 14, it did really match my way of thi
Dit vond ik een erg leuk boek voor kinderen vanaf een jaar of 10. Alle personages zijn dieren, het merendeel muizen, ratten, hamsters en mollen, maar ze gedragen zich net als mensen. De namen zijn heel ingewikkeld, en in het begin vond ik het moeilijk iedereen uit elkaar te houden. Ik hield een lijst bij, met de bedoeling de Engelse namen op te zoeken. Dat deed ik pas aan het eind van het boek, en wat bleek? Ze zijn bijna allemaal min of meer hetzelfde in het Engels. Er was wel één naam waar ik ...more
I guess I can't resist another mouse tale. Hermux Tantamoq is a mild-mannered work-a-day mouse who lives a quiet life working in his watch repair shop. Despite his apparent averageness, he has an extraordinary sense of optimism. When an exotic and beautiful aviatrix (you gotta love that word) drops off a mess of a watch, Hermux is smitten. He dutifully repairs her watch in a timely manner (nudge-nudge). But when she neglects to pick up the watch, Hermux begins to worry. He becomes especially sus ...more
It's been quite a while since I read this book so I can't really say much about it. I didn't really like it when I read it, though. The main reason why I didn't really like the book much was because I didn't get why the characters had to be mice. This won't seem like a big deal to most people but it seemed to me that the characters could have been humans and everything else would have stayed exactly the same. Well, almost everything else. At one point I decided that the characters could just be ...more
I quite liked this book. The story is really good, and though at some points it had me a little lost and confused (character names, conversations etc), I always managed to find my way back. The characters are cute, especially the watch-maker. Conspiracy in the beauty industry! It packs quite a few laughs, so I'd recommend this to someone who needs mild amusement.


Reading this months, maybe years later, I've changed my mind. Bit undeserving of the 4 stars I gave it, so I'm giving it 3 instead.
Jennifer A.M.
Sep 26, 2007 Jennifer A.M. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Young readers and those who enjoy a good clean adventure
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This is a fabulous series for young readers. I read them as an adult, but thoroughly enjoyed the humor and the detail put into these books. A great read alound series. The main character is Hermux Tantamoq, a watchmaker, who gets sucked into these fantastic adventures along with his lady mouse love (did I mention he is a mouse) and a plethera of other rodent type creatures. They solve mysteries and crimes and there is always a happy ending. I am looking forward to the next in the series which is ...more
A cute story about a watchmaker mouse who gets dragged into corporate espionage! The book could have been shorter. There were long passages that could have been more concise, and the story moves slowly. Some of the dialogue is mundane and could have been shortened.

I liked the character of Hermux! He's thoughtful and brave and cautious and quiet and always getting caught up in wishful thinking. He's quite a charming mouse! I liked his little gratitude journal entries, focusing on the small-but-i
Alexis Drake
Hermux Tantamoq, professione orologiaio.
Linka Perflinger, professione avventuriera e scavezzacollo.
Tucka Mertslin, regina della cosmesi.
Cosa hanno in comune questi tre personaggi? Una storia e… il fatto che non sono umani, ma topi.
Il tempo non si ferma per i topi è un romanzo per ragazzini in cui si mischiano molto agevolmente avventura, brivido e suspense, in una storia in cui gli umani, per una volta, non c’entrano niente.
La cittadina di Pinchester infatti ospita rispettabili topi, scoi
In a world not so different from ours, a society made up of rodents and other small mammals thrives. Michael Hoeye adeptly weaves a story of adventure into the otherwise ordinary life of mouse watchmaker Hermux Tantamoq in Time Stops for No Mouse.

Having originally read this novel many years ago, and rereading it several times over the years, including as an adult, this is a novel that can intrigue readers of all ages. With a fast pace and jaw-dropping twists, it easily captures and holds one’s
When I was about to grab another school book, not sure whether Jonathan Swift or Shakespeare, I thought to myself "on no, not again". I wanted to read something light, something nice, something designed for children that teases your imagination just a little bit and lets you read few chapters before sleep every night. And I have to sa that "Time Stops for No Mouse" was a great choice.
I have purchased this book when I was about ten years younger than now and loved reading it, however I did not re
Great book for younger readers (and a fun romp even for us old 'uns). The book opens with Hermux being jolted out of his comfortable life by a demanding (and dashing) aviatrix (gotta love that word!). She vanishes, and from then on it's Hermux trying to solve the mystery and save the girl. The writing is simple and accessible and the chapters are short. And despite its simplicity, the world and Hermux linger in your mind after you finish the last page. Enjoyable!

P.S. There's a scene in this book
I can't imagine for whom this chapter book was written. My first impression was The Devil Wears Prada with small mammals. It wasn't until page 73 that the story got interesting. The use of 'linoleum', 'straight razor', 'abacus', 'accordion', and 'propeller plane' allows the writer to place the story in some undefined past time. Perhaps this is to protect it from aging. The use of animals instead of people allows the concept of stereotypes to be applied to multiple species: rats, moles, gophers. ...more
Hermux Tantamoq is an average watchmaker living an average life until the adventurous aviatrix Linka Perflinger comes into his shop to get her watch repaired. Then life becomes and exciting adventure!

Thought the character and place names are strange and sometimes you have to slow down to figure out the pronunciation, the action and suspense is non-stop. There is enough description to form an image in your mind of the characters, locations and actions and still keep you wanting to read more.

I too
Mollie Reeder
The Hermux Tantamoq Adventures were my absolute favorite books when they came out, read over and over again (especially Sands of Time, which is hands-down my favorite).

They're a bit odd, an acquired taste perhaps, and maybe not for everyone. The first book may require some patience to get its plot kicked off - but is well worth the investment as it turns into a downright thriller.

The heroes are all animals (the titular character being a mouse) who live in an anthropomorphic rodent world full o
Time Stops for No Mouse is a very very good book. You can tell Micheal Hoeye put a lot of effort into this book. So much detail in the characters and so much detail on the surroundings, that it made me feel like I was actualy there. Hermux sounds like a very calm and submisive mouse, that I wish I was that calm. Miss. Perflinger is a very beautiful mouse. That is how Mr. Hoeye described her, as I said, he is very good at describing his characters. I rate this book a 5 star review, because the de ...more
When my adorable 4th grade neighbor asked me what my favorite subject in school was, and I told him about my life long obsession with reading, he eagerly pressed this book into my hands. What better endorsement do you get than that (especially when he said his favorite subject is P.E.)? This was charming. Gentle but adventurous. A hero that makes novice mistakes, but they don't really bother you because you can relate. Quirky anthropomorphic characters. I would put the target audience as 8 to 10 ...more
Hermux Tantamoq is a watch and clock maker and fixer - a mouse whose life is orderly and neat. Then he meets an adventurous mouse - a beautiful woman who, before Hermux can even sense it happening, plunges him into a mystery that involves a bad guy with a wonderful name - ALL the characters have wonderful names and wonderful personalities!! - and more adventure than Hermux expected. He's up to it though, and the short cliffhanger chapters help keep everyone interested until the end! Totally perf ...more
Kate Coen
I adored reading about Hermux. The Hermux Tantamoq Adventures were some of the only books that I read to my younger brother that actually held his interest. The writing style is very engaging and the characters are fantastic. While there are definite lessons learned, the books aren't at all 'preachy' or boring. My brother used to get so excited for the next chapter, he would make necklaces with letter beads (his was Hermux, mine was Tucka). I would recommend this book, as well as the rest of the ...more
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JG (The Introverted Reader)
Hermux Tantamoq is a quiet, rather shy watchmaker who just happens to be a mouse. His world is turned upside down when the lovely Linka Perflinger walks into his shop and asks him to repair her watch. She never returns to pick it up, even though it seemed to be important to her. When a suspicious-looking rat comes in asking for it, Hermux knows Miss Perflinger must be caught up in something dangerous. He sets out to find her and save the day.

I liked Hermux a lot. I think he and I would get along
Turned out this book is not very re-readable, so I'm lowering my rating.

Hoeye has come up with an intriquing premise (mice, you say? Of course they're not as boring as we have thought!). Sadly that impression only lasts as long as a few pages from the start, because these characters... are not mice, in much the same way Erin Hunter's animal characters are not cats or dogs.
It's possible that I'm simply setting the bar too high after reading about these rabbity rabbits, but I like these kinds of c
Maybe I was predisposed to be a fan of mystery-solving mice after having seen The Great Mouse Detective so many times in my childhood, 'cause this good-hearted, donut-connoisseur watchmaker mouse has been very close to me ever since the eighth grade when I had the wonderful, borderline life-changing fortune of finding this book.

Hermux is a highly endearing ordinary-mouse-turned-successful-detective-hero-mouse. I remember being so delighted with his very sophisticated taste in clothing & food
Haley  *Good friends are like stars* #Morethanmarriage
Hermux Tantamoq is an average mouse who runs a watch shop. In the world of Time Stops For No Mouse, all the characters are animals and there are no people. Anyway, his ordinary life suddenly becomes a lot more interesting when a pilot named Linka Perflinger comes into his shop to have a watch fixed. He immediately falls in love with her. Later, a suspicious looking rat comes in and tries to claim the watch. Hermux is soon dragged into a puzzling mystery; a world of intrigue and secrets.

It sounde
Hermux is just an ordinary watchmaking mouse who leads an ordinary life, that is, untill the fearless aviatrix Ms. Linka Perflinger visits his shop requesting an emergency rush repair of her wristwatch. When a sharp-tongued rat comes to his shop and to pick up Ms. Perflinger's watch, Hermux knowa something is wrong. As Hermux works to figure out what happened, he gets in way over his head with his detective work and will have fur-raising encounters.

Hermux is one of my favorite book characters be
The first time I laid eyes on this book, was on a hardback copy in a charity shop when I was 7. I think I've re-read it at least 4 times since. At first I found it hard to follow but being the stubborn reader I am,I kept on and fell in love with the story. Even when I re-read it, I fall over and over again for the story of this mouse with strange neighbours, a love of food and a pet ladybird :D
This was a super-interesting book. This one was amazingly thrilling and creepy at the same time. I remember the first time reading it when I was younger, scared the beejeezes out of me =/

This time reading it, it was even better and entertaining. It moves at a nice pace, not too fast, not too slow. It was full of action and mystery. Of course, what's a book without some romance? I thought it was ultra-cute how Hermux falls in love with Linka from the first moment he meets her!

Terfle is so cute! I
Questo s che un bel libro! Firmino di Sam Savage non mi era piaciuto per niente, arrivando persino ad infastidirmi. I topi di Hoeye, invece, sono simpaticissimi, soprattutto il protagonista Hermux. Mi sono piaciute le descrizioni della vita quotidiana di questi piccoli roditori umanizzati, un po' meno la scelta dei nomi dei personaggi: davvero troppo complicati. ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Michael Hoye's Hermux Tantamoq was a compelling and unlikely hero, and a delight to follow. the ending was sweet.

The climax felt a little like a parade of loose ends being tied up, but it was so amusing that I didn't mind the neatness of the conclusion. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment.
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