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Mister Monday (The Keys to the Kingdom #1)

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Fantasy master Garth Nix dreams up a world where time mixes with place -- and one boy must enter it to recover one of seven all-powerful keys -- in this first mind-bending installment of The Keys to the Kingdom.

Arthur Penhaligon's first days at his new school don't go too well, particularly when a fiendish Mister Monday appears, gives Arthur a

ebook, 384 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Scholastic, Inc. (first published January 1st 2003)
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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 ...more
Dec 02, 2007 Res rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff, locus_poll
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
Apr 11, 2007 katie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
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
Dec 16, 2011 Harold Ogle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
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
Feb 04, 2010 Jamie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 19, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Jan 13, 2012 Muchomůrka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 07, 2013 Zele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 15, 2014 Phrynne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 31, 2011 Wealhtheow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wealhtheow by: Gremlin Jane
Arthur has such terrible asthma that his main ambition in life is just getting a next breath, so when a magical key is pressed into his hand and he becomes imbued with extraordinary powers, he's more than a bit nonplussed. There's little time to ponder, however, and Arthur quickly learns how to use the key while being chased through his school by dog-faced men in suits. All too soon Arthur is lost in a magical realm where no one and nothing is as it seems. Through it all, Arthur never loses sigh ...more
Aug 05, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exciting fantasy adventure; can't wait to read the rest of the series!
aPriL does feral sometimes
If Harry Potter had been raised as a fundamentalist Christian, and someone gave him LSD, a story like this might result, especially if he studied the myths surrounding King Arthur (originally an English Christian myth).

Even though I thought the fantasy elements were whimsically fun and interesting, most of the characters are disguised heroes and villains from the Bible. Although apologists try to make the case the author was using tropes from Joseph Campbell's world mythology books, which I have
May 25, 2015 MadameMelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Mehr 3,5. Aber er hat einfach den Garth Nix-Bonus ;)

Es fiel mir stellenweise schwer, die Handlung zu verstehen, weil einfach so viele Wörter drin vorkamen, die mir absolut fremd waren - ist ejn guter Freund ;)

Doch abgesehen davon war die Handlung spannend und es gibt einen fiesen letzten Satz, bei dem ich mir nur dachte: eigentlich war das jetzt so klar und darüber hab ich mich eh gewundert :D
Sep 23, 2015 Onka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english, mg
Čítala som zopár veeeeeľmi pozitívnych recenzií od ľudí, ktorých názoru dôverujem, no napriek tomu sa musím priznať, že som nečakala, že sa mi bude Pán Pondelok až tak páčiť!

Na prvý pohľad sa zdá, že pôjde o klasickú MG sériu, so všetkými cliche vecami, čo k tomu patria - ťuťko hlavný hrdina - check, zaujímavý fantastický svet - check (akože ten dom bol čisté psycho!), dej plný bezbrehej akcie - check.

Za normálnych okolností by som knihu zavrela už niekde v polke a kašľala na zvyšok. No po celý
James Helgren
Feb 16, 2010 James Helgren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!!!
Mar 17, 2012 Judies rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Po re-readingu mám tuhle sérii snad ještě radši než před tím :)
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
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
May 22, 2007 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I liked this book. I thought it was cute. I would recommend this book to those in the middle or younger grades. I'm not sure that this is quite a young adult book. I'm sure that everyone can enjoy it, but the writing is slightly simplistic.

I disliked Arthur because his character was not strongly developed. Garth Nix wanted a hero, so let's make someone who is willing to save the world. Garth Nix wanted the reader to sympathize with the main character, so let's make someone who is an orphan. Oh,
Jan 14, 2011 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
This book was odd. I sort of enjoyed it, but it seemed weird and sort of disjointed, and I still have absolutely no idea how the whole hierarchy of the world actually works, what the point of said hierarchy is (recording the history of the secondary worlds? why?), and what the rightful heir was actually supposed to do in Creator's original plan. And if a mortal is so ill-suited to hold the keys, then why are the rightful heirs supposed to be mortal? I really don't understand this whole system. B ...more
Jan 15, 2014 Toria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
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Garth Nix was born in 1963 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 typewriter.

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