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Grim Tuesday by Garth Nix
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Jun 08, 10

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The second installment in the Keys to the Kingdom series, Grim Tuesday picks up right where Mister Monday left off, mere hours after Arthur has returned home for what he thought would be a five or six-year break. Unfortunately, time in his realm does not equate to time in the House. To top it all off, the phone call warning him of mischief afoot gets cut off, leaving him only half in the know. Talk about a lot of creativity. Garth Nix has loads of imagination in this hero journey. I was tickled and intrigued by the plenitude of literary and mythological allusions that are twisted in fun ways. For instance, each protagonist is a day of the week and possesses one of the Seven Deadly Sins (Mister Monday, Grim Tuesday, etc.). They are opposed by each paragraph of The Will personifying a complimentary virtue (frog/fortitude, bear/prudence). It's interesting to me that a virtue that is taken to excess can be as imbalanced and wrongheaded as a vice. I've read the first two books in the seven-book series and quite enjoyed the fast-paced romp through an amazingly imaginative world
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