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Book Title: Grim Tuesday|
The author of the book: Garth Nix
Date of issue: 2004
ISBN 13: 9780007175031
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 561 KB
Edition: Harper Collins
Read full description of the books Grim Tuesday: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)[Arthur's asthma was even partly alleviated by his new power! And even the loss of time wasn't a problem. (hide spoiler)] That changes here. Grim Tuesday is an excellent example of a quest novel in which the hero must truly bleed and suffer to achieve his goals, in which plans don't go perfectly even when they work, and in which victory, once achieved, seems to have been genuinely earned.
The flaw, though, is that the victory is not as hard-fought as the one. Things went a lot more neatly in this book and the titular villain, Grim Tuesday, was not nearly as scary as Mister Monday. There was, over all, less emotion involved in the book, it seemed: while the starting point (Arthur alone in the House, trapped in the Pit no less) could have been an opportunity for great pathos and tension, it was wasted by something which did smell rather of deus ex machina. A large section of the plot was just executing a plan and while there were small hitches, it basically went the way it was supposed to. (view spoiler)[And then there was that bizarre part with the Helios, which while cool was not necessary nor relevant except possibly as foreshadowing for later books. (hide spoiler)] While I read most of this book in half a day, I can't say that I flew through it because it was really more of a glide - Nix's prose and plotting moves the reader along smoothly, like they're sitting on a conveyor belt. In his better-paced books, it's more of a roller coaster, so I was somewhat disappointed.
The things that I identify as strengths of the series concept are here, though: the wild creativity that a setting like the House enables is running gleefully rampant, and there's even a reference to a famous work of literature finagled in here which I appreciated very much. I'm not up to date enough on middle-grade fiction right now to judge how it compares to the field - except to say that it's without a doubt superior to the endless Warrior cat books - but this book is definitely better than a lot of YA novels nowadays. So take heed, YA fans: if you're disappointed with your library's crop of paranormal romance, wander on into the children's section and look for this series. You will not regret it.
Read information about the authorGarth 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.
Despite a wheel literally falling off the Austin, Garth survived to return to Australia and study at the University of Canberra. After finishing his degree in 1986 he worked in a bookshop, then as a book publicist, a publisher's sales representative, and editor. Along the way he was also a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve, serving in an Assault Pioneer platoon for four years. Garth left publishing to work as a public relations and marketing consultant from 1994-1997, till he became a full-time writer in 1998. He did that for a year before joining Curtis Brown Australia as a part-time literary agent in 1999. In January 2002 Garth went back to dedicated writer again, despite his belief that full-time writing explains the strange behaviour of many authors.
He now lives in Sydney with his wife, two sons and lots of books.
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