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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 avengingOn 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 messengers with bloodstained wings, and an army of dog-faced Fetchers will stop at nothing to get the key back - even if it means destroying Arthur and everything around him.Desperate, Arthur ventures into a mysterious house - a house that only he can see. It is in this house that Arthur must unravel the secrets of the key - and discover his true fate....

Title : Mister Monday
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ISBN : 9780439551236
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Number of Pages : 361 Pages
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Mister Monday Reviews

  • Becky
    2019-04-14 15:12

    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 structure and everything is possible because magic. It makes me twitchy and annoyed and puts me in a book-throwin' mood. Blah. At least it was a quick read. But mostly skimming 16 pt font doesn't take that long. So, yeah, this one? Not for me.

  • Res
    2019-04-20 15:46

    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 they seemed arbitrary, put into place just to create some suspense. ("The dinosaurs couldn't get in, but now they can, because he's changed the boundaries!" "Can't use it until midnight! What if I don't wake up in time?") Arthur gets involved in the supernatural doings in a way that's even more accidental than it usually is in these kinds of books -- the object is quite literally put in his hand by someone he doesn't know, and after that happens, he lets us know that he's often gotten in trouble in the past for his curiosity, something that we saw no sign of until a motivation was needed. I realize that the rules of POV are a lot stricter in slash than they are in regular fiction, but the POV shifts here really bugged me; 95% of the book is told in Arthur's POV, and so it's really jarring when we go out of it for three paragraphs just so we can learn something that Arthur doesn't know. Maybe they get better as the series goes along, but I don't think I'll be bothering. (2007 Locus poll: Sir Thursday #5 YA SFF)

  • katie
    2019-04-10 21:10

    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 other day and he sounded so wonderfully lovely and just my sort of bloke, but ARGH. Maybe I just don't get it! I feel like I have to justify myself with this, because it seems so universally loved. But then, I'm not a Sabriel et al fan either, so. Anyway, none of that really matters because I managed to lose the book somewhere between Te Anau and Dunedin. Perhaps it was my subconscious at work, SAVING ME FROM FINISHING IT. I hope so.

  • Kogiopsis
    2019-04-23 14:15

    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 wrote Sabriel ever create something puerile and immature? And rest assured, fellow readers, that he has not. While on the surface a simple (if rather bizarre) adventure story, Mister Monday has a great distinction in that it is the only book i have ever read where one of the things that compels me to read the sequels was the symbolism and allegories. But more on that later - and I promise not to write an AP Lit essay on the subject, even though it's definitely possible.First, there's the hero, Arthur Penhaligon. Let me say that again: Arthur. PENHALIGON. PEN HAL IGON.Now, quick, tell me which figure out of legend he probably resembles!If you said "King Arthur", you'd be right.Not that this is a bad thing. To the contrary - a well-executed twist on Arthurian legend can be great fun, and for me personally it's quite a draw. There's definitely an element of the legends in this Arthur's quest, though it remains to be seen how large an element it is; so far it's very interesting.Outside of his name, Arthur is quite a good lead. Asthmatic and very much limited by hit, smart, shy, and courageous - what's not to like? One thing, actually, and that is: I never got a sense of Arthur's hobbies. What does he do when he's not in school or the House? Hopefully that question will be answered later in the series.And then there's Suzy Blue, who Arthur meets inside the House. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll content myself by saying she's a typical Nix heroine, even if she's not in the spotlight - smart, capable, and determined. Give her time and she could stand proudly beside Sabriel.The world of the House itself comes next, and boy, this must have been fun to write! The basic idea is that the House was created by the Architect to watch over the 'Secondary Realms' that She also created. (Yes, God is a girl; Garth Nix is awesome, or have I mentioned that already?) Inside the House, it seems, anything is possible. For a writer, that's surely like the best playground ever build. And boy, does Nix ever play - the world of the Lower House is a strange, wonderful, and sometimes scary hodgepodge of quasi-automatons, elevators that look like rays of light, traffic in sicknesses, windows into the age of the dinosaurs and more. From Mister Monday's antechamber, filled with the tents of those who've been waiting centuries to the audience, to the lightless depths of the Deep Coal Cellar where a being that may or may not be a reference to Satan is chained, the House has it all - and this is just the lower levels! I can't wait to see more of it in later books.And that, of course, brings me to the symbolism. I admit, I got a little wary when the Old One - enemy of the Architect - was first mentioned. There was a part of me that worried it was going to become some trite moralizing story, with a big conflict between Good and Evil brewing, and that's kind of it but not quite. The Old One isn't really the Devil - he's more a combination between a primeval force of chaos and Prometheus, and he suffers. He also doesn't seem likely to be a major player later. If I'm right, the conflict is between Arthur and the Trustees who betrayed the Architect's trust, and so instead of being about Good and Evil it's about simple corruption and forgiveness. There are shades of gray, and they are marvelous.Now, the Trustees. This is what really intrigues me. There are seven of them, named after days of the week. The first and least is Mister Monday, this book's villain. One of the characters identifies (rather self-righteously) his 'problem' as sloth. So... will all the other Trustees be defined by the Seven Deadly Sins? (view spoiler)[And, since Monday's downfall matched the classical punishment for his sin, will the others? (hide spoiler)] Also, do Mondays suck because their caretaker is lax? It would be a good explanation, I think.This book feels to me like a blend of the His Dark Materials Trilogy and the Pendragon series, and I quite enjoyed it. In fact, the day I finished it I went looking for the sequel in the bookstore of a small town I was passing through, and I would have bought it - but they had only one Nix Book (in the whole store!) and it was one I'd never heard of. For shame, for shame. I'll get Grim Tuesday somehow...P.S.: The mention of virulent flu outbreaks in the past and Arthur's fear of losing those he loved to a plague made the atmosphere almost dystopian. I almost forgot to mention that.

  • Harold Ogle
    2019-04-17 15:01

    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 see that one segment of the Will has been taken to the last few moments of the universe, contained in a time bubble on the surface of a neutron star within an unbreakable box in the center of an eldritch clock face, guarded by twelve wardens who resemble nothing so much as Simmons' Shrike. The jailers visit periodically, to survey that everything is contained properly. The Will is so powerful that even its segments are fully sentient, and by careful and patient subterfuge, the segment manages to trick one of the jailers into inadvertently helping it to escape. It then sneaks into and possesses the jailer, manipulating him further to convince Mister Monday (of the title) into bestowing one of his keys of power - the minute hand of a clock (you can tell that clocks and Time are a big motif) onto a mortal. But when we get to that point, the story collapses into mediocrity.There's two major categories of problem I have with the book at this point. First, the plot is such a rote copy of the template for modern YA fantasy novels that there is no tension, surprise or delight in reading it. YA novels like this one feature a lowly junior high school student who is an outcast and/or misfit (usually from a broken home) who stumbles across some amazing object that bestows astonishing powers upon the bearer. The kid wrestles for some time with this, at first denying it, then letting his curiosity (often fueled by desperation engendered by some external threat) lead him to using the object to go to Another Place, where he spends some time bumbling around until he meets the Plucky Native. The Plucky Native serves as a guide, then later a friend and/or romantic interest. The kid is still in denial about being the Chosen One, but when the Plucky Native is kidnapped/threatened, he has to step up and own his powers so that he can save his friend/lover. The big bad guy makes an appearance, usually to try to reclaim the object that the kid has. They fight, and all looks bad for the kid until he pulls some clever reversal and defeats the bad guy. Then the kid tries to resume his normal life. If you've read any fantasy YA books in the last twenty-five years, you've seen this plot again and again. The setting of this book is so imaginative, but the plot seems produced wholly by a template.The second major problem I have with the book is that the protagonist is singularly unlikable and unrelate-able. Reading "Mister Monday," I had no sympathy for or connection with the kid. Instead I found him whiny and irritating throughout.

  • Jamie
    2019-04-21 13:52

    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 author enough to keep going.

  • Audrey
    2019-04-09 21:49

    This is Garth Nix's series for middle grade. There's a book for each day of the week, so that's quite a commitment as far as a series goes. I found it very creative, unpredictable, and fast moving with solid writing and interesting characters.--------------------Re-read to refresh my memory before continuing the series.

  • Erika
    2019-04-11 19:52

    This review and more can be found on Living for the BooksThis 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 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 1900s 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.

  • Zele
    2019-04-18 14:58

    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 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. Through Arthur’s adventures, he comes across many funny and likeable characters, such as Suzy Turquoise Blue who accompanies him for most of his journey, and a talking fragment, that takes the form of a frog, named the Will that guides Arthur. 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. The secondary characters are vibrant to say the least; Monday’s Noon, a servant of Mister Monday, appears as a scary henchman that would scare even grown adults with his ferocious attitude and actions: 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 upThis 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. This book in particular will spark many imaginations for creative writing and will also help further the children’s skill set in being able to describe, question and explore.

  • Muchomůrka
    2019-04-26 22:03

    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 má Klíče - menší i větší - předat dítěti z druhořadé říše, který je na krajičku smrtí. Po smrti totiž klíč dostane zase pan Pondělí. Avšak po předání menšího Klíče začíná mít pan Pondělí podezření. Uvědomí se, že něco je špatně. A tady začíná celý příběh..... {TOTO NEBYL SPOILER!! SPOILER VYPOVÍDÁ DĚJ PŘÍBĚHU, KDYŽTO TOTO JE OBSAH PRVNÍCH 5-TI STRÁNEK...}Knížka se mi moc líbila... Líbily se mi ty steampunkové detaily... Ty příšery... Prostě dokonalé! Psi v cylindrech :D :D U toho jsem se nasmála...Připravila jsem si jednu ukázku, která není nic zvláštního.. Ale když jsem tyto odstavce četla, uvědomila jsem si: Toto je ta správná ukázka... Úžasná! A taková steampunková!! :D A přesně pro to mám strašně velkou slabost :) Komisář se narovnal a pomalu si odšrouboval pravou ruku. Zastrčil si ji za opasek, potom si z kabátu vytáhl ruku o mnoho podivnější. Tato neměla prsty, jen široké ostří jakoby ze sekáčku na maso. Našrouboval si ji na zápěstí. Jakmile pevně držela, sekáček se rozechvěl a tak rychle rozkmital, že z něj byla jen ocelová šmouha.Komisář se opět předklonil a přiblížil zbraň k Arturovu zápěstí. Chlapec vykřikl, ale než stačil něco udělat, nebo se ho dotkla čepel, Klíč mu z nenadání vystřelil z ruky jako šíp. Vnořil se komisaři do hrudní kosti, vyletěl mu ze zad a vrátil se Arturovi do ruky.Nevyřinula se žádná krev. Komisařovu tvář opanoval lehce zmatený výraz. Vstal a ustoupil a odněkud z těla se mu ozvalo skřípění ozubených převodů. Potom se mu zevnitř roztrhl modrý kabát a z hrudi mu zůstala ochable viset rozbitá pružina. Tu hned v zápětí následovalo rachocení spršky ozubených koleček, která se vysypala za zničenou pružinou a dopadla na zem.Komisař pomalu sklopil hlavu, aby se na sebe podíval, pozvedl nezměněnou ruku, aby se dotkl hrudi, potom strnul a z koutků očí a z úst se mu vyřinul slabý čůrek stříbrné tekutiny.Bylo ticho.- str. 138

  • Barbara ★
    2019-04-13 18:45

    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 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. He has the help of Suzy Turquoise Blue and The Will (in the form of a frog). 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 2, Grim Tuesday to be exact as soon as the library coughs it up.

  • Karen
    2019-04-10 20:48

    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.

  • James Helgren
    2019-04-01 19:50

    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!!!!

  • Wealhtheow
    2019-04-17 20:01

    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 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.

  • MadameMelli
    2019-03-30 22:02

    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

  • Phrynne
    2019-03-31 16:03

    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.

  • Riley Redgate
    2019-04-21 16:48

    one of my favorites ever, which derailed my moving process because i had to reread it! what a brilliant, offbeat fantasy - it truly feels magic

  • Gina
    2019-03-29 16:14

    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.

  • Jerry
    2019-04-24 22:01

    An exciting fantasy adventure; can't wait to read the rest of the series!

  • Eva
    2019-04-16 19:01

    Excellent! Not quite on the intricate levels of Sabriel etc., but as it's for younger readers that's to be expected. Looking forward to the rest of the series!

  • Jitka
    2019-04-15 21:01

    Po re-readingu mám tuhle sérii snad ještě radši než před tím :)

  • Mehrshad Zarei
    2019-04-01 16:51

    خوب بود ولی تصمیمی به خوندن جلد های بعدش رو ندارم.و به نظرم این کتاب برای تا ۱۵ ساله ها مناسب میباشد.امتیازم به این کتاب ۳.۵ هستش

  • Kenya (ReviewsMayVary)
    2019-04-11 16:49

    Ok Ok... let's see. 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: loser kid with no friends is granted powers and has to save the world. Or two, as the case may be. But it's quick moving and mostly interesting. It's short, so I will definately give it at least one more book before I decide how I really feel about it. I'm most looking forward to Arthur's almost friends, Leaf and Ed.

  • Annie
    2019-03-26 19:55

    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 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! Yay! Not okay, people.Characters: 1/5 I couldn't like Arthur, either. 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...frog. 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.Plot: 2/5 This frustrates me so much. 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.Uniqueness: 4/5 I have to give it points in this area. Personification of the days of the week? Brilliant!* Throw in the Seven Deadly Sins while we're at it? Twice as brilliant! Unfortunately, it didn't follow through.Writing: 1/5 So. Much. Telling. Wow. 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.Likes: Um...Not-so-great: 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 3-4 days. Not good.And...there were some rather atheist remarks in this book. Atheist remarks along the lines of "Life after death? Pshaw! We just turn back into nothingness and never go to Heaven 'cause there's no heavenly being to go to!" This does not do anything to help me like this book.Total Score: 1/5 I feel like I'm not being fair to this book. 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.*I can't exclaim "Brilliant!" without using a British accent. Keep that in mind as you read this to yourself.

  • Anni (Tea in the Treetops)
    2019-04-13 20:06

    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 a mysterious “sleepy plague” he must venture into the strange world of the House to find out what on earth is going on.Mister Monday is the first part in a seven part series following Arthur’s adventures in the world created by the Architect. The first few chapters were a little slow, but once Arthur had decided he had to get to the House that only he can see, the action is almost non-stop throughout the rest of the book.Garth Nix loves to describe everything in detail, often through dialogue between characters. While that can get a little slow in some areas, it creates a vivid picture of the new world and what is going on within it. The characters of Mister Monday are unique and rather comical – in fact I think this book would make a brilliant animated series or film! Arthur is an unlikely hero, being a rather small asthmatic boy, but he steps up to the task admirably. He meets Suzy Blue along the way, who sounded to me like a sort of scruffy urchin but ends up being a most steadfast and loyal companion.I really enjoyed listening to Mister Monday. It has been a long time since I read Garth Nix’s Sabriel series and the only other work of his that I’ve read recently was A Confusion of Princes, which I didn’t enjoy as much as I’d hoped to. Mister Monday was a delightfully different world altogether, and the non-stop action left me feeling a little worn out by the time I reached the end! I think the pacing of the audio version was a little off-kilter – I felt that each scene may have gone on a bit long, and later realised that it was probably because you can read with your eyes faster than speaking aloud, so the audio book slows the pace down a little.Mister Monday would be a perfect read or listen for middle-grade readers (or adults that enjoy a “younger” story!) who love the sound of adventure, magic and a slightly twisted and weird other world!

  • Chrissie
    2019-04-08 20:15

    I read this book in 2003 and kept up with the series up until Superior Saturday. I've always regretted not finishing it. So I'm now reading them again in hopes to make it through to Lord Sunday. I remember this series being dark and metaphysical. I also remember being really impressed with Garth Nix's ability to create such interesting and intricate universe(s) along with a hierarchy of time and space governed by a type of Feudalism. Then he tosses in the seven deadly sins and the mysterious Will, a document that dictates how things should run, and in the middle of this mess is a 12 year-old-boy who now has the very big job of preventing this dystopian order to continue.This book certainly isn't for everyone, but it's definitely for me! I adore Garth Nix and I'm quite at home in his metaphysical reimaginings of how the universe works.The second time reading this felt like revisiting a forgotten friend. I put this series right up there with Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. Another one of my absolute favorites. So glad I picked it up again.

  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    2019-04-10 16:47

    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 read from cover to cover - twice, I felt as if I was reading a more intense Nardia adventure with more overt and complex biblical imagery. All Christian beliefs came from older religions, and the Bible is a collection of stolen stories from old cultures around the Mediterranean Sea. It seemed to me 'Mister Monday' includes only those religious tropes which were stolen by Christianity from the older religions. The book is aimed at 9-12 year olds. Christian kids probably adore the book. But I do not believe this is a general world myth introduction for kids.

  • Onka
    2019-04-09 16:13

    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 čas, čo som to čítala, som mala pocit, že v celom príbehu pôjde o viac. Stále ma to ťahalo ďalej a ďalej a hoci nie som jedna z tých, čo maratónia celé série na posedenie (po čase ma vždy začnú nudiť), asi v tomto prípade spravím výnimku. Ja proste musím zistiť, o čo tu vlastne ide!!! Navyše, očakávam mega super záludného záporáka! Či si len zase raz robím plané nádeje...?

  • Jain
    2019-04-14 13:48

    This book was pure joy. The characters were strong, and the mythology was compelling. I love the strong Victorian influence seen in the denizens of the House. The thematic elements, overall, were just amazing. The hero undergoes a dramatic transformation following very closely the lines of the traditional hero's quest. I love that it begins with the hero undergoing symbolic death and journeying to the underworld, then concludes with him bringing back hidden wisdom and power. The only critique I could offer is that the main character eventually shows far too much discernment for his age, but it's almost completely covered for between his background and the unusual circumstances he finds himself in.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-16 15:02

    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 mysterious feminine being that seems to be the Creator of everything. The House has become corrupt and our boy hero Arthur Penhaligon takes on all sorts of creatively devised challenges to try to gain power over the Lower House, currently ruled by the despot Mister Monday.