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Grim Tuesday (The Keys to the Kingdom #2)

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This second thrilling installment of The Keys to the Kingdom, by internationally acclaimed Australian author, Garth Nix, delivers high-energy, visually stunning adventure fantasy of dazzling scope and originality. Arthur Penhaligon is supposed to be in bed - after all, it's only twelve hours since he saved the world. But there's no time to rest. Grim Tuesday has laid claim ...more
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Published July 1st 2004 (first published January 2004)
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Kogiopsis
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Garth Nix just never lets us down, does he?

Grim Tuesday, the second (as one might expect) in the Keys to the Kingdom series, is as solid a fantasy as its predecessor, Mister Monday. It was, in fact, almost better - but unfortunately its primary strength was counterbalanced by a weakness, so it gets the same four as the first.

That strength was this: the first book had little in the way of consequences. No one got seriously injured who didn't deserve it. (view spoiler)
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Tabitha Olson
May 11, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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After _Mister Monday_, I was hoping the author would take _Grim Tuesday_ a step further and really draw the readers into the story. I wanted to know more about the House and the Will, and see Arthur and Suzy really grow as characters. Unfortunately, none of those things happened. Arthur and Suzy seem exactly the same as before, the drive behind the story is exactly the same (Arthur needs to get the Keys in order to save his family), and that made the story very predictable and boring. Disappoint ...more
Barbara ★
This series is really cute and especially designed for boys under the teen level. It just has so many creative elements and events that would appeal to the younger set. That being said, I loved it as it's rather different from what I usually read and great for listening in the car.

Arthur Penhaligan, a normal person in the 7th grade, was somehow selected to become the rightful heir to the Keys to the Kingdom (a universe adjacent to Earth that can be accessed through a monstrous house that only Ar
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Nikki
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this series back to back is definitely better than the piecemeal way I was reading them when I read them as they came out (briefly as that lasted). There's no space between the books -- minutes at best between the end of Mister Monday and the beginning of Grim Tuesday. So it's nice to read them in one go. (It's also nice to read them on the appropriate days. I'll be greatly amused if I can keep that up all week.)

I didn't remember this book as well as Mister Monday, but I'm pretty sure I
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Anthony
Jan 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quarter-one
The book "Grim Tuesday" is a truly amazing I was fortunate enough to find and read after finishing the first book of this amazing series. "Grim Tuesday" is a book like no other, with the features of every fantasy book like magic, and friendship, but still uniquely its own.
The book is about a boy named Arthur who happens to be in an outside gym class one day. He is phsically weak, and gets an asthma attack which proves to be almost fatal. He is abot to die, but a man appears in front of hi and
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Max
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 ...more
Jaemi
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.

When mysterious men appear across the street with a Sold sign, and his father receives a call that he ow
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Wealhtheow
In the midst of a fatal asthma attack, Arthur was given a smidgen of magical power. Using it, he was able to not only survive the attack, but also stage a revolution against the languid Mister Monday. After claiming Monday's powers for his own, Arthur granted them to a Steward so he could return to the mortal world to continue living life as a child. But the second Monday ended, Tuesday began--and Grim Tuesday was fearful that Arthur would do to him what he'd already done to Mister Monday. And s ...more
Baal Of
Jul 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
Fun and light, but also pretty creative with the worlds and the magic, but not with any kind of coherent magic system. Fairly straightforward and predictable, and very little character development. I was disappointed that Arthur once again gave the key (the second one) over to Dame Primus, which is so obviously going to go very badly at some point. Why doesn't he give it to Suzy, who has been nothing but loyal, smart, and resourceful? Still, it's decent enough fantasy aimed at children, and I pr ...more
M.C. Crocker
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grim Tuesday is the second book in a series of seven known as the Keys to the Kingdom series each book named after a day of the week. The first book Mister Monday was a book I reviewed a long while ago. I had a desire to go through and finish the series but needed to re-read the first two and a half books in order to do so. In my review of Mister Monday I expressed that I was bored and kept tying to remember the events of this book as the events of that book. Coming to this book I knew there was ...more
Angel Kleist
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response: I really enjoyed this book. Garth Nix did a good job putting it together and making it close to unpredictable. Most of the book just made me not want to put it down. He also did a good job making it visual so it was easy for me to follow it and make a picture of what is going on in my head. I also really enjoyed this book because it’s not slow and it flows nicely. The only thing I didn’t really mind was earlier in the book and a little way through the book it was a little hard ...more
Elizabeth
I liked that this book assumed you had read Mister Monday. Mister Monday felt like all set up, and it would have been irritating if the author had rehashed all that information again.

This also means the plot and story line were much more straight forward in Grim Tuesday. Grim Tuesday is very greedy. He has enslaved the denizens of the house and brought the Far Reaches, and the rest of the House, to the point of ecological disaster with over mining of Nothing from which everything is made. Grim T
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Jenben8426
Sep 07, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I'm not a huge fan of the series all in all, but I am the type of reader that if I start a series I must usually finish it unless it has *bad* content in it. I think there is a good underlying story of a young boy picked to be a hero and must face obstacles in order to--basically--save the world. However, I feel that the author, Nix, tends to be a tad bit boring. Arthur's world is our own except a little further into the future. I find myself a little confused because Nix doesn't always describe ...more
Martine
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk
This book is like a catchy tune you heard on the radio that one likes without knowing why and while being full aware that there are better pieces of art. At least I can tell what I disliked about the books. It's Arthur. I feel no connection to him whatsoever, although I used to have asthma when I was younger – how can that be?
Well, it's a fact that Arthur Penhaligon is not the most complex main character that a book can have. Not the worst one, but there is not much to look at, to be honest. He'
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Julie
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arthur Penhaligon is an ordinary boy whose life changes when he has a near-fatal asthma attack while running during PE. Just as he is about to lose consciousness he is given a key by a mysterious man. The man, Mr. Monday, has determined that Arthur is about to die, but with the benefits of modern medicine and his inhaler, Arthur survives and sets off an adventure quest to search for 7 keys of a mysterious house. Each quest involves battling 7 Morrow Days who are the trustees of the house and rep ...more
Henry S
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recently I read Grim Tuesday, Book #2 of The Keys to the Kingdom series. It is extremely interesting. First off, Arthur Penhaligon's family is being taxed to the maximum level by Grim's Grotesques, for example, there house is being "sold" to the grotesques. Second of all, Arthur has to go back to the house and defeat Grim Tuesday in order to save his family! Then he gives both keys to the will! If I had to go through the whole story... You would be reading forever!

I am currently reading Drowned
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Karen
Feb 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great book in the Series. I like how Garth Nix introduces new characters as each day proceeds and yet there aren't to many characters to keep track of. The stories finish themselves and yet you know that Arthur is going to have to go back to the House to help put it back in order.
Each book builds upon the previous building to a climax that will end with Sunday. The story uses allies, friends and cunning to get the will that has been misused. Can't wait to get into the next book. I am gl
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Jessica
Apr 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit
I love the characters in this, from Arthur to Suzy Turquoise Blue and Dame Primus. And the new characters for this one: The Second Part of the Will and Captain Tom were great. If these books have a flaw, it's that the title characters (Mr. Monday, and Grim Tuesday in this one) barely have a presence. They are talked about, but only show up briefly in the actual narrative. The books would be more menacing if we had more time with the Days.
Erik
SUPER!!!
Úplne skvelé je na tom to, že aj keď má kniha rovnakú zápletku a základnú osnovu - ARthura utorok vyzve, artur sa musi branit, artur musi dostat kluc - kniha vyznieva uplne inak ako pondelok. A za to Nixovi kvitujem. Mám úplne taký pocit, akoby Nix za tie roky nazbieral nenormálne množstvo nápadov, a teraz to sem všetko dáva... Čo je najlepšie - nepôsobí to ako nepodarený zlepenec, ale všetko dokopy úžasne zapadá:)
A Artura práve pozvala Lady Streda na lančon! Čo môže byť lepšie:)
Jo Woolfardis
[Quick review from memory until I re-read and re-review at a later date:

The whole series is probably my favourite Garth Nix series, but after my Abhorsen re-read I'm worried I'll find this series too childish for my adult tastes. I don't recall the exact book, but the series as a whole is quite a vivid memory.]
Totoro
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
i liked the first book better
overall a nice book to read
Jerry
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had trouble following this one.
Tasha
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am currently re-reading this series as I haven't yet managed to finish it, I vaguely remember reading Superior Saturday but haven't read Lord Sunday.

You can find my full review for Grim Tuesday here: https://abhorsenslibrary.tumblr.com/p....
Amy Bird
This series continues to be lovely. I really like that so far each morrow day is caught up in one of the seven deadly sins. Grim Tuesday as an avaricious capitalist was a perfect villian, but also he just mines and builds and collects treasures because he likes it. It's possible to see one's self in him, which is appropriately damning, I think.
Joe Kessler
This sequel felt like a formulaic retread of the first novel in the Keys to the Kingdom series, which was already a pretty generic fantasy adventure story. I'm still waiting for that Garth Nix magic that I love from his other books, but for some reason this series just isn't clicking for me.
Steve Center
The Arthur continues to buffer against his destiny.
Daniel Austera
Not as strong as book #1.
Hannes Delbeke
better than monday but still a bit of a drag sometimes
Elizette
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Mark Savoldi
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the first, lots more movement.
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Keys to the Kingdom (7 books)
  • Mister Monday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #1)
  • Drowned Wednesday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #3)
  • Sir Thursday (The Keys to the Kingdom, #4)
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“I suppose you could call me...Soot," said the thing. "Yes...Soot. I have breathed it, lived in it, and eaten it for so long that it is a fitting name."
"Eaten it?" asked Suzy. "Why eat soot?"
"Boredom," said Soot.”
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“It is taken care of. Nothing will not break into my Pit or the Far Reaches! I cannot speak for the other parts of the House, but we have Nothing well in hand here. I understand Nothing as no one else does!
- Grim Tuesday”
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