"Never underestimate the power of a good story."
Good advice…especially when a story can kill you.
For most people, the story of their lives is just that: the accumulation of time, encounters, and actions into a cohesive whole. But for an unfortunate few, that day-to-day existence is affected - perhaps infected is a better word - by memetic incursion: where fairy tale narratives become reality, often with disastrous results.
That's where the ATI Management Bureau steps in, an organization tasked with protecting the world from fairy tales, even while most of their agents are struggling to keep their own fantastic archetypes from taking over their lives. When you're dealing with storybook narratives in the real world, it doesn't matter if you're Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, or the Wicked Queen: no one gets a happily ever after.
Indexing is New York Times best-selling author Seanan McGuire’s new urban fantasy where everything you thought you knew about fairy tales gets turned on its head.
©2013 Seanan McGuire (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
Nothing I love more than a well-rounded character and intense plot.
I got caught up in my life, so Indexing took me by surprise when I saw it on the Audible homepage on Tuesday.
Narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal.
And I was like, Toby Day and Henrietta (Henry!!) Marchen* cannot have a similar voice, that would be weird.
But it wasn't that weird after a while. In fact, I kind of like it. Kowal's familiar hard-boiled cadence transported my brain into a similar, but entirely new, world.
Imagine the most powerful magical force in the universe was a neutral, non-corporeal non-entity that existed to do nothing but complete fairytales over and over again with whoever was handy. Now imagine that in order to combat the ever-invasive narrative (think of it as kudzu!), there's a government agency called the ATI - a little like the X-Files!
Every person has the potential to be drawn into the Narrative. Every fairytale has an index number, every tale is indexed and classified. And everyone, absolutely everyone, who has been drawn into the Narrative, is watched for the rest of their lives. Because when fairytales activate... there's a lot of collateral damage. There's no such thing as a real Ever After, or when there is, it's not good.
Indexing is a compilation of serial novellas, much like McGuire's "Velveteen Vs." series. I found the beginning to be very thrilling. It lagged a little in the middle, but picked right back up at the end again. I didn't realize it was a serial until afterwards, so parts of it felt extremely disjointed, and I was wondering if I just kept missing parts (I didn't!)
The thing I most love about McGuire's more recent work is her easy inclusion of LGBT characters. It always feels natural in her word, as natural as the magic that drives the plot.
Can't wait for the next one :)
*Loving the continued feminine full name with a masculine nickname trend. LOVE IT.
Enjoy the adventure
“Indexing” is entertaining, but the storyline is similar to TV series such as “The X-Files” and “Warehouse 13”. Federal agents attempt to solve mysteries and keep the public oblivious to the dangers.
The book is clever and provides different explanations on the meaning of Fairy Tales. There are moments when solving Fairy Tale crimes was ingenious. Unfortunately, my favorite story “The Three Little Pigs” was not included and I have always suspected those pigs were up to more than just home construction.
I like mysteries (particularly British ones, historical fiction and nonfiction, science fiction and fantasy.
I had known that this was originally sold on Amazon as part of their serial program. I wasn't interested because I don't like getting stories in dibs and dabs. I want it all at once. So when I saw the Audible version at a good price I bought it. (Hope no one in marketing decides that the world wants serial Audible books.)
The serial structure though as made this into an episodic story as the author tried to make each segment a satisfying story while encouraging readers to keep going. I'm not sure she was successful with this although I did enjoy listening to the entire book. It just felt a bit choppy and she ended up introducing a potentially important character near the conclusion.
Not my favorite McGuire but worth listening to. Mary Robinette Kowal as usual does an outstanding job with the narration.
The “Indexing” by Seanan McGuire is truly an innovative story. A must read-to clear your pallet of the “same-o, same-o” books on the shelf. Refreshing and defining new tale that must be told. Great Job! I recommend it highly.
Seanan has always had a love of and interest in fairy tales. It shows through in glimpses in her other stories, and more clearly on her website, but in Indexing, she has finally found a way to really showcase it.
There are some similarities between this book and her other series, but it is very much unique, and it may actually supplant the October Day series as my favourite if it continues to be as good.
There are a number of plot twists, some of which I saw coming, some of which I did not. The narration is, as always, excellent, but I had to give it a 4 out of 5 for the "Nova Scotia accent" sounding like someone Irish. I'm not sure how one could describe our accent, but it's certainly not that.
If you've enjoyed Seanan's other books, try this. If you've never read anything by her before, and are a fan of fairy tales... buy this book. Heck, no matter what you like, buy this book. It's a fun ride, and you won't be disappointed.
Listen mostly to urban fantasy and suspense/thrillers but also enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, adventure, classic, modern, spiritual or general literature. And I always like a bit of romance in any of my stories.
I liked this book a lot. I wanted to give it 5 stars but in the end I couldn't quite do it. The story is very original, the characters well developed, and I found the performance added to the book even more (though people who have issues with women doing men's voices may disagree). Unfortunately it is a difficult story to pull off. The rules of the world seem to always be changing making it difficult to keep up. By the end I had to just listen and see how it ended. So while it kept me engrossed in the story it left me feeling a little frustrated so I had to drop it to 4 stars.
I've listened to all of the Toby Daye books (by this combination of author/narrator), and generally speaking, it's a combination that works well (except for some inconsistent pronunciation).
Though not my favourite series of books, I much prefer Toby Daye to Indexing - though the combination of bureaucracy and magic appeals to me, there just just something flat about the execution of the story here.
This was originally released as part of the Kindle Serials program, and this fact does account for the repeated information (several facts are introduced and reintroduced and reintroduced) - it doesn't grate as much when you listen to it spread out over a period, but if you listen to the whole thing in quick succession, it can seem a little like an endless loop.
My suggestion - listen to one episode/case of this at a time.
Devourer of all books fantasy
I have pretty much loved everything I have read by Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant. This book was no exception to that. This is such an incredibly creative idea and I really enjoyed it.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was really well done. The narrator does all of the voices really well and also does an excellent job conveying emotion. I really enjoyed listening to it a lot.
Basically the concept behind this book are that fairy tales are real and they are trying to take over our reality. These fairy tales driven by The Narrative create chaos and pain wherever they appear.
Enter Henry and crew, Henry (short for Henrietta)is a leader in an ATI field team. The ATI tries to get to these fairy tale incursions and stop them before than can hurt people. However lately things have been getting out of hand and there are way more incursions than normal. On top of all this Henry is an inactive Snow White, and things are pushing her in a way that just might drive her fairy tale to active status...this is something Henry really wants to avoid, she really doesn't want to end up in a glass coffin.
I loved this book, the premise is awesome and interesting. There are tons of creative fairy tale retellings woven throughout the story. It is fast paced and a very engaging read. Most of the chapters start with a new fairy tale incursion and we hear a bit from the person being affected, then we go back to hearing from Henry and her teammates.
Henry (and all of the side characters) all have a very interesting issue to deal with. The Narrative wants them to do something that will ruin their lives, but they have to resist. Some of the characters, like Henry, have been able to sidestep their fairy tale and live reasonably normal lives. Still everyday Henry struggles with the love of bluebirds, an urge to eat poison apples, and the fear that she will someday cave in to her fairy tale and end up comatose in a glass coffin somewhere.
The way the characters have to constantly struggle to avoid their Fairy Tales is fascinating. They try to make the best of the urges that drive them. For example the almost-wicked stepsister is excellent at sniffing out evil. Still it is a constant struggle for them to use their strength...but not get too close to their Fairy Tale.
The story ends well and has an incredibly well done plot. I just really enjoyed this book.
Overall another outstanding and very creative novel from Seanan McGuire. If you love urban fantasy and fairy tales I would recommend reading this. If you are a McGuire fan definitely pick this up. I loved it and really hope they are future books featuring Henry and her crew.
The story was just not to my taste, the fairy tales element. Some of it was a little predictable, the characters a little too...wooden.
When snow white ate the apple. Don't want to spoil anything by saying more about it.
Mostly all I care about an audiobook is that the story is good and the narrator doesn't get in the way. But this book is worth listening to just for the narration. It is MASTERFUL. The way she switches voices between Snow White and Henry was amazing. And her Snow was just so dead on. I was drawn into a story I didn't care that much about by the masterful narration and I highly recommend this book.
It was just such a different take on fairy tales, every minute was interesting.
"Why is this book so cheap? Its cool and original!"
I am a big fan of Seanan McGuire's work and if you have not read any of their stuff and you enjoyed this, then I would highly recommend that you do.
This is definitely a start to another cool series Seanan captures again with wonderful detail a world within a world, a complex balance of great characters both good and bad, a rich and multifaceted female protagonist is again used to bring the whole thing together, read splendidly by Ms. Kowal
This is a dark yet very enjoyable take on the whole world of make believe, from fairy tales to urban legends and more. This book is so cheap I assumed that it would be poor................I assumed wrong!!
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