Keys to the Kingdom Mister Monday Garth Nix BOOK ONE SCHOLASTIC INC. New York Toronto London Auckland Sydney Mexico. Garth Nix - Keys to the Kingdom 1 - Mister Monday. Scanned by Highroller. Proofed by Apocangel. Made prettier by use of EBook Design Group Stylesheet and. Book one in a blockbuster series, The Keys to the Kingdom, by the internationally acclaimed Garth Nix. Moving between our familiar world and bizarre other.
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Persuaded, Monday agrees to relinquish control of the key, which is shaped like the minute hand of an old clock, although he quickly becomes suspicious of Sneezer, who apparently never showed much intelligence before. Sneezer and Mister Monday then fight and disappear in a flash of light.
In their place is a slim book which Arthur puts in his pocket. In his hand, he holds the key which Arthur finds helps him breathe. As his teacher and school nurse approach, Arthur hides the key and passes out. Arthur wakes up in a hospital bed, tired. Ed and Leaf, the brother and sister who helped him, come and visit. Leaf comments that she had seen an old man pushing a bath-chair with a young man in it; obviously Sneezer and Mister Monday.
Ed, however, had not seen Monday and Sneezer, but claims to have seen a bunch of men with dog-like faces digging up the field. Arthur asks them if anyone had seen the key he buried in the field and they say no, but promise to visit him soon. Shortly afterward, they have to leave so Arthur can take a shot. In pain, Arthur pushes his hand under the pillow, only to have his fingers touch the key, which has appeared there magically.
A week later, Arthur returns home but Ed and Leaf have not kept their promise to visit him. When he gets there, he uses the key to open the book, which is called The Compleat Atlas of the House and Immediate Environs, and learns that the House a giant, polyglot-fashioned building that he passed when going home has an entrance called Monday's Postern.
That night, he is visited by one of the dog-like "Fetchers" mentioned by Leaf earlier. He is saved by his ceramic Komodo dragon in which he had placed the Key. During the next day at school, he finds himself being pursued by the Fetchers again. Before being excused from gym class, a friend of Leaf's hands him a printed out email which explains her and her brother's absence.
Apparently, they have caught some sort of virus and have been placed in quarantine. Leaf notes that she can smell the same stench from the Fetchers on those in her family but no one else can smell it. Arthur seeks sanctuary in the school library to figure out the Atlas and hide from the Fetchers.
During this brief time, he reads up on the Fetchers and finds out that they are vulnerable to salt. His research is interrupted when Monday's Noon, a servant of Mister Monday who proves to be more powerful than the Fetchers, shows up. He attempts to attack Arthur and inadvertently starts a fire in the library. However, Monday's Noon can only attack him between the hours of noon and one o'clock and Arthur manages to evade him until then and Noon disappears.
Unfortunately, Arthur still has to contend with the Fetchers who have managed to steal away his Atlas during his struggle with Monday's Noon. He escapes to the kitchens and finds salt to destroy them. During this time, the fire department and the bio-containment and quarantine team, who believe the new virus that Ed and Leaf's family are suffering from has originated from the school, arrive.
Arthur realises that the Fetchers must have caused the disease and notices that the smoke from the burning library is spelling out a message for him to get to the House. 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 child will be sorry to miss.
The main character is Arthur Penhaligon, an asthmatic 12 year old boy who has an asthma attack and discovers he has been chosen to become the Rightful Heir of the House, by the conniving Mister Monday.
Throughout the series, and especially in Mister Monday, the reader gets to see Arthur struggle and try to cope with his asthma, and with the knowledge of a world only he seems able to see. The main storyline of The Keys to the Kingdom is of Arthur trying to defeat the Morrow Days, the criminal key keepers of portions of the House, which is the centre of the universe. Mister Monday takes place in the Lower House and deals with the deadly sin of sloth. It is in this novel that Arthur starts his adventure and learns about why he has been chosen, and who exactly controls what happens in his world.
In the second half of the book, the reader learns, as well as Arthur, about the history of the House and the mysterious Architect.
The vivid imagery and excellent description of characters and the surroundings invites young readers to share in the construction of an incredible universe. Suzy Turquoise Blue, a cockney girl who becomes a close friend of Arthurs, and is a funny and charismatic character that brings a sense of light heartedness to the adventure. The writing is simply written and thought evoking in asking the reader to participate in the mysteries, and the description and characterization are second to none as the reader can fully relate to the multiple characters introduced during the first book.
Garth Nix has done a marvellous job in writing an incredible fantasy adventure that will last through the ages. The appropriate age range for Mister Monday would be — Ages 9 and up This book would be best being read out to a class, if it was read out then it would be suitable for ages 7 and up.
Psi v cylindrech: Bylo ticho. Jan 16, Jamie rated it it was ok. 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 I'm not sure what to say about this book. I guess the mysteriousness of "The Will" has me intrigued and I've liked other books by this author enough to keep going. View 2 comments. Feb 11, James Helgren rated it it was amazing. They almost got completly squashed when a elavator suddenly stopped!
They are also getting chased by man eating dogs wearing coats and bowler hats. View 1 comment. Sep 12, Amanda Pearl rated it it was amazing Shelves: I'm re-reading these for nostalgia.
This is a great middle grade fantasy series, excellent use of the days of the week and seven deadly sins. This review and more can be found on Living for the Books This book is very different from what I usually read and there's kind of a backstory to why I ended up reading it. I was at the library with my boyfriend and I really wanted him to read The Raven Boys because it's my fave, so I agreed to read a book that he picked out for me.
Yeah, our reading tastes are not the same. It's not that I didn't want to like this book, it just isn't for me. Even when I was younger, I probably wouldn't have pick This review and more can be found on Living for the Books This book is very different from what I usually read and there's kind of a backstory to why I ended up reading it.
Even when I was younger, I probably wouldn't have picked up the book because I was even more of a cover snob and the main character was a boy ew boys - middle school me probably. Anyway, onto my actual review. This book wasn't necessarily bad, it just isn't something that I usually enjoy. While I have read some really good middle grade books, the majority of them don't appeal to me because I find it more difficult to connect to the characters.
Arthur isn't an unlikable character, but I couldn't really connect to him. His sole motivation seemed to be curing people of this virus and while that's not a bad motivation there wasn't really any insight into who he was as a person, other than he's a decent human being that doesn't want people to die. The plot of this book was kind of confusing.
I'm not really sure why the Will needed to do what it does because the real world seemed fine. The weird world that Arthur goes to doesn't seem to be in the greatest of shape, but there wasn't really anything outright wrong with it, I think. The book also kind of just throws you into the world without much help, except for the info dumping that occurs sporadically, but always during or right before it's most convenient.
The rules of the world don't seem to be clear and seem to allow for pretty much anything to happen, especially if it'll move the plot along. The side characters all seemed to have ridiculous names that I found distracting. At one point, Arthur says that one of his siblings was named Eminor and is a musician, but he changed his name and I just found that so ridiculous.
What kind of a name is that, at least go with Melody if you're trying to go with a music name. The side characters were all just kind of weird and honestly not really important for the most part, except for maybe Suzy. Suzy gets a lot more page time than most of the other characters, aside from Arthur, and she would have been a great character if her dialogue wasn't so bad.
She's supposed to be from the time of the bubonic plague, but sometimes she talks like she's from the s or like she's from the south. It didn't really make much sense. The story was definitely creative and I could see many middle grade readers really enjoying this book, but it wasn't my cup of tea.
I don't really plan on continuing this series, mainly because there's seven books, unless they get a lot better. May 01, Andrea rated it liked it Shelves: This was a decent book, but it didn't really capture my attention. I think listening to the audio didn't help in this case as I kept getting distracted by a million other things. Arthur was a decent narrator and I liked him a bit since he reminded me of my younger brother with his asthma problems.
I also haven't read many books with a main character having asthma so that was different and unique. The world that Arthur falls into, was weird and strange.
I liked it but I didn't really understand h This was a decent book, but it didn't really capture my attention. I liked it but I didn't really understand how it worked. Again I think this is because I had a hard time paying attention.
I liked Leaf and I was happy she tried to help Arthur when he collapsed from asthma. I wanted her to be more involved than she was. At least Arthur makes allies in the other world. I was glad that Arthur wasn't a push over, the villains kept trying to steal the key back from him, but he didn't give in.
In fact, he got help and came up with a half plan to make things right. 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 Arthur Penhaligon suffers from asthma and has been hospitalized many times. Mister Monday must relinquish the key as The Will dictates but there is nothing that says he cannot take it back.
However, the key actually helps Arthur breathe and saves his life.
Arthur thinks the whole thing is a hallucination from oxygen deprivation but when the police and ambulance quarantine the school, he starts to believe that something weird went down. Thus starts a bizarre adventure with dastardly villains Mister Monday to be exact, as well as his evil minions and danger at every turn.
Arthur is immediately swept up into the House and into a very strange situation. Of course, Arthur's only goal is to find a cure for the plague that has shut down his town and return home but The Will has other plans for Arthur.
This is a really interesting story from Garth Nix, an author I've never read before but will definitely be reading again Jun 25, Wealhtheow rated it really liked it 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 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.
Through it all, Arthur never loses sight of his consideration and empathy. This is a really fantastic fantasy book. There are some sincerely creepy and scary parts, and I was actively afraid for Arthur. The magic system is intricate and interesting, with a lovely Victorian flair to it.
And Arthur himself is a wonderful, engaging main character, who immediately felt to me both realistic and likable. Feb 05, Karen rated it really liked it. 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.
Sep 21, Riley Redgate added it Shelves: Jan 14, Gina rated it really liked it. 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.
Aug 05, Jerry rated it really liked it. An exciting fantasy adventure; can't wait to read the rest of the series! Aug 12, Eva rated it really liked it Shelves: Not quite on the intricate levels of Sabriel etc. Looking forward to the rest of the series! Nov 15, Jitka rated it really liked it Shelves: Doch an seinem ersten Tag an seiner neuen Schule erleidet er einen schweren Asthmaanfall.
Meine Meinung: Arthur Penhaligon ist dabei als sterblicher Mensch - und dank seines schweren Asthmas: Mit ihm zusammen entdecken wir Das Haus, das mehr als ein simples riesiges Haus ist: Und er begegnet Montag und dessen Untergegebenen: Ich freue mich schon auf Arthurs Konfrontation mit Dienstag und den folgenden Tagen.
Aug 22, Annie rated it did not like it Recommends it for: First Look: 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.
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 First Look: The characters would run into a setting-related obstacle, and then--BOOM!
Hey, guess what? There's actually an insert-something-way-too-convenient that we can use to get out of this dangerous situation! Not okay, people. The book begins with him whining about how he has to move to a new school, and so on. And then he nearly dies from a slow jog. I started out hating him, and didn't stop. To me, he came off as whiny and incompetent.
He was slow to figure things out. He was selfish and ordered people around, when he wasn't cowering in sheer terror. He didn't seem realistic at all. I got no sense of personality from him whatsoever. The other characters weren't any better. I'm sorry, but I couldn't take the Will seriously as a Suzy just seemed super-hyper and jumpy one minute, and ancient the next.
Mister Monday wasn't scary at all. Or sloth-ish, for that matter. I didn't like any character except for Leaf, but she was only in the book for a chapter or so. This plot had so much potential, but in the end it just didn't work.
Like the setting, it didn't make much sense and felt almost random. It didn't flow like it should. It was fast, yes, but I got bored anyway. Because I didn't care one bit. I didn't care that the characters were facing certain death. I didn't care that a plague was killing everyone, because I was never given a reason to care.
It's not good when certain death and fast-paced action is simply boring. Personification of the days of the week? Twice as brilliant! Unfortunately, it didn't follow through.
I'm serious. There was soooo much telling in this book, and hardly any showing. I could hardly picture what was going on throughout the entire thing. The dialogue felt awkward and realistic.
It moved way too fast. There's a whole list of things, both major and small, that I could list here, but let's just sum it up: I did not like the writing at all. It just felt disconnected and TOLD me what was going on instead of letting me experience the story for myself. This book took me over a week and a half to read.
Folks, a week and a half. My average time to read a book hovers around days. Not good. Atheist remarks along the lines of "Life after death? We just turn back into nothingness and never go to Heaven 'cause there's no heavenly being to go to!
Total Score: And maybe I'm not. I don't know. Maybe I just didn't like it because school started last week, and cut all my reading time down so it took me forever to finish. Maybe I was in a bad mood whenever I read this. But, still, it didn't work. The writing just told me everything that happened. The characters weren't the least bit likable or realistic.
The plot had so much promise, but it just fell flat in the end. Just goes to show that you can't judge a book by its cover. Not recommended at all. Keep that in mind as you read this to yourself. Apr 29, Rebecca rated it it was ok. I'm going to be honest I was more than a little dissapointed with this book, but mostly I think I was just very confused for most of the time. The main character is Arthur, a boy who gets dragged into a situation he knows nothing about and has to go on a dangerous mission to find out what's going on.
Arthur is a very strange character who gets pulled into something he knows little to nothing about. He is very unsure and stumbles for most of the way. There are some secondary characters but honest I'm going to be honest I was more than a little dissapointed with this book, but mostly I think I was just very confused for most of the time. There are some secondary characters but honestly I was so confused I can't say any of them grabbed me.
The storyline was complex and confusing to me pretty much all of the way through. I might reread this at a later date to see if my mind can tackle the complexity of the story but I can't say for sure right now.
The pacing is OK but I didn't really notice it that much because I couldn't tell what was going on in the story. Mar 04, Amber Scaife rated it really liked it. Arthur is a boy in a new town facing his first day in a new school, but his what-to-worry-about priorities sort themselves quickly after Mister Monday pops in out of thin air and hands Arthur a minute hand-shaped key.
Adventure and danger follow, and Arthur finds himself in The House, an unthinkably huge and rambling place that stands outside of time and place and where all things are recorded and filed away.
Think Harry Potter as an asthmatic muggle, plopped down into Spirited Away. So, yeah, pr Arthur is a boy in a new town facing his first day in a new school, but his what-to-worry-about priorities sort themselves quickly after Mister Monday pops in out of thin air and hands Arthur a minute hand-shaped key. So, yeah, pretty good. Mehr 3,5. Oct 13, Phrynne rated it it was ok.
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 26, Mehrshad Zarei rated it liked it. Ok Ok The fact that I feel like I cannot remember, understand, or explain all of the details about what is going on is probably what makes this lose a star. It's, at times, unnecessarily complicated for a basic sort of plot line: