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Mister Monday (The Keys to the Kingdom #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  22,955 ratings  ·  1,028 reviews
On the first day , there was mystery.

Arthur Penhaligon is not supposed to be a hero. He is, in fact, supposed to die an early death. But then his life is saved by a key shaped like the minute hand of a clock.

Arthur is safe - but his world is not. Along with the key comes a plague brought by bizarre creatures from another realm. A stranger named Mister Monday, his avenging
Paperback, First Printing, 361 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Scholastic (first published January 1st 2003)
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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
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
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
Harold Ogle
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 ...more
I'm not sure what to say about this book. I liked it enough that I'm planning on reading the second in the series, but I don't really know why. It was a little bit tough to get through the first half (maybe more) but I perservered and the story seemed to grow on me. That being said, I don't feel the author did a great job of helping the reader to identify, or even care about, the main character(s). I guess the mysteriousness of "The Will" has me intrigued and I've liked other books by this autho ...more
All in all a good read. With the idea that there are other realms that can and do have connection to this life isn't a new idea. The way in which it is presented however is new. As Arthur finds out that sometimes you have to do the hard things in life not only for yourself but for others, he discovers his own growth.
This book started off really well but became less interesting as it went along. It seemed to be leaning towards a children's book as opposed to being young adult and some of the dialogue in particular reflected this. I must admit to skimming some of Arthur's very long journey to find the hour key and I found the conclusion when it eventually arrived to be less than satisfying. An okay read but I will not be rushing out to get the sequel.
Po re-readingu mám tuhle sérii snad ještě radši než před tím :)
Barbara ★
Arthur Penhaligon suffers from asthma and has been hospitalized many times. During a gym class at a new school, he suffers so badly that two of the students decide to get help and leave him alone. While he is alone, Mister Monday and Sneezer appear out of nowhere and gift Arthur with a clock minute hand which Arthur calls the key. They do this because they believe Arthur is going to die and they can immediately get the key back. (Mister Monday must relinquish the key as The Will dictates but the ...more
Angelya (Tea in the Treetops)
Review originally posted on The Oaken Bookcase on 27/7/2012.

I listened to the audio version of Mister Monday from Bolinda Audio, borrowed from the library.

Arthur Penhaligon is just an ordinary kid – that is, until he suffers a supposedly fatal asthma attack and a strange man, Mister Monday, appears out of nothing and chooses him to be the Heir to the Keys to the Kingdom, for a little while at least. But Arthur doesn’t die like he’s supposed to, and when the people around him start dropping from
Kapitánka Nemo
Artur Penhaligon je astmatik, který se právě přestěhoval do nového města. Avšak hned první den neproběhne tak, jak by měl normální školní den proběhnout. Artur při hodině tělesné výchovy málem zemře kvůli astmatickému záchvatu, ale zachrání ho pomoc spolužáku a ještě jedna, o hodně důležitější věc.... Klíč. Věc, která vypadá jako hodinová ručička.
Zjevil se mu totiž pan Pondělí se svým věrným sluhou Kýchalem. Kýchala však posedla část Vůle Zakladatelky. Přinutila ho, aby poradil panu Pondělí, že
Zele Butt
Mister Monday, the first of seven novels from Garth Nix, is a fantastical fantasy adventure which utilizes imagination.

Adventure fiction has always been a part of my childhood, from Gulliver’s Travels to The Famous Five. Amongst these beloved treasures is a series of books that should be read by every child, The Keys to the Kingdom. Within this series of books, Mister Monday introduces the world of dog faced security guards, ceramic komodo dragons that come to life, and an adventure that every c
May 22, 2007 Sarah rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Science fiction readers, especially the Harry Potter audience

Mister Monday is the first book in a 7-part series (one for each day of the week). The first five books are currently available. I was dubious about reading this book because I thought it would be another Harry Potter rip-off. Its turned out to be a quite an exciting read. Young teenage boy becomes a "chosen one" of sorts, and needs to avoid destruction while gaining power over part of "The House", a place where all worlds meet and should be ruled over by laws put in place by The Architect, a m
BJ Rose
This was my first Garth Nix book and it won't be the last, especially since I want to see what happens on the other days of the week. And I have to admit that I probably liked it so much because it was so well narrated. I've found that I enjoy most fantasy books more when I listen to them rather that read the print copy. I think that's partly because I'm doing some mundane, boring task while I'm listening to this story of strange and often bizarre things that take place in an other-worldly situa ...more
Aj na treti rereading rovnako uzasne a prekvapive... Garth Nix mi proste vyhovuje po vsetkych strankach. Uzasne prostredie, zaujimave postavy, naprosto dokonale... Davam styri hviezdy, lebo dalsie diely su vraj uzasneeeeee....
Co mi vsak vadilo je ceske vydanie, kniha je na omak dokonala, ale rozculovali ma ilustracie, ktore boli rozhadzane v texte len tak ledabolo... bez ladu a skladu... A strasne sa mi nepacili, nemaju podla mna v sebe tu hravost MIDDLE GRADE FANTASY, je mozne ze po desiatich r
Merril Anil
A bit of Harry Potterish

This book will be a great treat to the harry potter fans because the elements are all in there and offers a whole lot of magic and innovative characters. The whole book is about time and days and the guardians of the time. The concept is new and can be a bit hard. The book started really smooth and nicely and as things progressed, the plot thickened as so did the nuisances and intricate details of a different world where days of the week are personified and it kind of w
James Helgren
right now i am on page 175 when Arther had met the Will and Suzy. They almost got completly squashed when a elavator suddenly stopped! They are also getting chased by man eating dogs wearing coats and bowler hats. AWKWARD!!!!
Had to hang on to my hat to keep up with what was happening. Very fanciful, but very fun. Quite adventurous and unique. Enjoyed the series.
It's not the Abhorsen series, which is hard to beat. But I decided to try it after reading those and seeing "Garth Nix" on the cover. I have somewhat mixed feelings. I can't fault the author's inventiveness, and I love how his hero is just average, pushed by intestinal fortitude and not super powers. In fact, when the book opens, he's just about to die. He just keeps pushing onwards.

Bibliophiles will love the way Nix spins a tale around the power of words, quite literally. Those with very strict
If you are looking for a new series after finishing the Percy Jackson series, this one may fit the bill. Much like Percy, Arthur is put into the position of fighting to save what he didn't know existed. Arthur is an unlikely hero that is thrown into something he wasn't ready for, but I love how he steps up to the challenge. He is completely scared, but he decides that he must over come that and battle on. I really liked how well he thought on his feet. I always think that in difficult scary situ ...more
First Look: 4/5 This looked so cool. I loved the concept, and the cover was cool and slightly creepy at the same time. Just goes to show you that you can't judge a book by its cover. Argh.

Setting: 1/5 It didn't make any sense. I was so confused. Yes, it was all explained in logical terms, but still. It just felt so out-there. I couldn't believe a word of it. Not for one minute. I had trouble imagining it, because it just felt so incredibly random. It felt just thrown-together. The characters wo
Wendy Browne
Twice I picked this book up from the library, and twice I returned it, unable to get much further than Arthur Penhaligon’s step into the mysterious house. However, because I did like the concept behind the Keys to the Kingdom series, I took advantage of the audiobook and finally managed to get through it. As a result, I can’t say I’m overly impressed, but I am intrigued and am not opposed to continuing the series through the full “week.”

This is a story about The Will of the Architect and its att
Charles Streams
The start of this book had me very excited; I love storylines where a young "outcast" is set as the hero. Arthur has asthma, which wasn't my favorite "struggle" for a protagonist to have, but still different and interesting enough for my liking. Unfortunately, and this is just my own personal opinion about books like this (I felt the exact same way about The Dark Is Rising Series), the world that Arthur enters is so strange and without rules that it's just too unbelievable for me. As with Will S ...more
Mister Monday - Book One of the Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix. (Fantasy; Young Adult)

Reason for Reading? After not really enjoying Jim Butcher's work, I wanted to read something that was both light and that I knew I'd enjoy. I knew this book fit the criteria. Also, I read this book almost five years ago now, in my first year of university. I have not, however, read the following books in the series, despite the fact that books two and three have been sitting neglected on my bookshelf f
Jennifer Hughes
This was an interesting bag to me. My 10-y-o brought this audiobook home, and I ended up listening to it in the car. While this has a fast-moving, exciting plot, it also has some disturbing and dark elements. Is it a YA or a children's novel? There were some really scary parts and also a character who is tortured daily that just didn't jibe in a book for these audiences. The fact is that I am the only one of all the listeners in the car who thought it was worth finishing.

There are also some thi
Garth Nix.

Už jen toto jméno slibuje kvalitu.

Vezměte do ruky první svazek, pokochejte se nádhernou obálkou, užívejte si skvěle padnoucí ilustrace a ponořte se do prvního příběhu série Klíče od království - knihy Pan pondělí. :))

Pro začátek - toto není kniha pro náročné čtenáře, kteří si chtějí užít parádní epickou fantasy. Je to spíše kniha pro mladší čtenáře, přesto - přesto je to úžasný příběh! Jedinou věc, která autorovi opravdu nesmí chybět, je fantazie. A té má konkrétně tento autor více než
John Kirk
I recognised the author's name, although I haven't read any of his stuff before. I didn't realise that this was intended to be a children's book, and there are some books in that genre which also appeal to adults (e.g. Harry Potter), but that wasn't the case here. It passed the time, but it's nothing special, and I certainly won't pay for the rest of the series.

This book involves a stock plot: a young boy discovers that he's "The Chosen One", so he now has special talents without doing any actua
Hmm, another series that I wanted to like, but I'm not quite sure. I have mixed feelings about this book. I would almost rate it a 2.5.

After reading it, I'm not quite sure I really like the protagonist either. Maybe he's just not that believable. Or maybe I just wanted him to act differently sometimes.

I'm also unsure whether I like the book or not because it seems to somewhat try to mirror the creation in a sense and it says straightforwardly that there is no life after death (which I don't be
My relationship with Australian author Garth Nix is an odd one. My first introduction to Nix was in middle school when I attempted to read his famous Sabriel novel after being relentlessly urged to do so by friends. I couldn't get further than one hundred pages. It was so excruciatingly boring that I had to stop -and I rarely give up on books that after I've begun them. Considering my taste in literature, Nix's books should fit perfectly with my preferences, but something about them just falls s ...more
Henry S
I recently read book 1 of The Keys to the Kingdom, Mister Monday. This book is definitely one of my favorite books. It has action, drama, suspense, violence, and pretty much being an awesome book. I definitely recommend this book to any one who wants a breath taking, action packed series. Examples of what has been said:

Suspense: Arthur gets thrown into the deep coal cellar and might not be able to escape!!

Action: The final battle between Arthur and Mister Monday, When he first gets the key, w
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