12-year-old asthmatic Arthur Penhaligon was supposed to die that Monday. That's why the unfulfilled Will -- created by the Architect, broken by insubordinates -- managed to infiltrate the body of Mister Monday's butler and convince his master to hand half of his clock-hand-shaped key to Arthur. Mister Monday does so, believing that he will be able to quickly retrieve the key back after Arthur dies and thus fulfilling the Will.
However, once Arthur accepts the key, he is mysteriously tied to it as the rightful heir to the Will. The key heals him and gives him powers, but throws him into a frightening strop with Mister Monday, who infiltrates the world as we know it with a deadly plague and scary dog-faced Nithlings. In order to save the human race and discover the answers to his many questions, Arthur enters a House that only he can see.
This brings him to another world, one whose main object is to keep records of everything that is happening in our universe. There, he befriends Suzy Blue and the Will, who is in the shape of a frog in this world. Monday and his cronies are determined to take the key back from Arthur, though, and so Arthur must endure many trying episodes on his journey to claim the other half of the key from Mister Monday.
MISTER MONDAY begins a series that looks to be extremely interesting. Fans of high fantasy or science fiction will appreciate this book.
I actually loved this series. Garth Nix's idea of the world was very origional and it was very entertaining to read. Lots of twists and turns. Any 8 year old would love this book.
Good book by a popular writer. If you like books like this, try Cornelia Funke. :)
YA book, but I like the genre and the author (author of Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen trilogy). This first book in the series is way out there on the imagination scale--there's not many realistic details in this story!
I read this book years ago, when I was thirteen. It kept my attention and I couldn't put it down! I highly recommend this book for young adults/teens who enjoy fantasy.
great book my 13 year old grandson loves it. his favoriate is angel experiment by patterson
This is the story of a young boy who has severe asthma. His attacks are frequent and debilitating, often landing him in the hospital. While tale is not as imaginative as the Abhorsen series, I think it merits reading. (I think that this series must be aimed at a younger audience than Abhorsen.) Arthur meets a man named Mister Monday who gives him a large minute hand in the belief that he is dying and he will then get the hand back. Unfortunately for Mister Monday, Arthur survives as the hand strengthens his lungs, courage and determination to live a normal life but not before he has many adventures and makes new friends. Arthur enters a strange house that only he can see where he must discover for himself the secrets of the hand and learns that he must obtain the hour hand as well. There is action, adventure, magic and excitement sure to pique the interest of the young reader and hopefully, encourage him/her to read the rest of the series.
Fun YA fantasy, interesting world-building, sympathetic kids. Lots and lots of allusions to myths and creation stories - Nix must have had fun with this one. Fast read.
Sorry didnt read it. Was a gift.