"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.
I really thought the premise for this book was interesting but I was just unable to connect or care about any of the characters. They were rather flat and one dimensional. They lacked depth. In one part the the book the author attempted to switch back and forth from different characters perspectives. The attempt, while an interesting attempt failed to add anything to the story telling. This concept could have been amusing if written by Scott Meyer or deeper if written by Marissa Meyer but just fell flat with this author. I won't be buying the next in the series
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.
I think the only thing that messed with my head was when I found out too late in story that Sloan was 5'11" in her stocking feet! Goth girl CHECK Pissed off at the world CHECK Marathon runner CHECK 5'11" errrrmm.... ANYWAY! Loved the modern-day characters. LOVE LOVE the diversity! Before I say the next, steam punk CHECK and plenty of well placed straight folks appropriately strewn across the narrative (no pun intended). It was super funny, super drama-just-right, super interesting, super clever, and all around a good time. So glad there's another one to follow. Maybe there we'll find our missing L in the LGBT alphabet soup. Go public servants looking bad-ass in their Men in Black, tailored suits. Very cool.
I just loved this book! It was original and had a great narrative voice which suited it well to audiobook format. Mary Robinette Kowal does a great job narrating. Though I wasn't a fan of her male voices, she did a fantastic job with the female ones, particularly the two main characters of Henry and Sloane.
Fairy tales must be the "in thing" as I have seen lots of books lately playing off this genre (not to mention the TV shows). This book puts an interesting twist on fairy tales which makes it even more enjoyable than your standard fare. The cast of characters is great. I especially love Henry (a Snow White) and Sloane (a wicked stepsister). The interplay between these two had me chuckling.
I'm not sure if the author has plans to write more books for these characters but I hope she does. This one was very entertaining. I highly recommend it!
SM seemed to spend the first third of the book explaining her premise - over and over. I got it the first time! Then when the story finally started to take shape, she still kept pounding in the concept, which got very dull. I needed the thread of the story to come through sooner.
I liked her performance - that was one of the things that kept me going.
Interesting concept - in fact I liked the concept, but she was so busy making sure we understood the world she created, that not alot happened in it, until half way through. Interesting characters.
I really like Sean McGuire - but this one is trying too hard. She spent ages explaining her concept, which I understood the first time - it was like a book about this great idea, but it took half the book for any story to come through. I almost thought it was a series of short stories around a concept. Eventually I realised it all came together, but I came very close to not bothering.
I have been trying to listen to this book for weeks. I enjoy urban fantasy, but I am really having trouble getting beyond the smarmy narration. I should have bought the book.
This was one of the books that I looked forward to while driving -- it kept my interest and was fun. (Sometimes I start a book that sounded really great in the description, but is just so-so, and really a pain to get through.) Usually I just go along for the ride as far as the narrator goes, I don't pay much attention to whether they are good or bad, unless they are awful. A few have gotten through my consciousness as being very good, an addition to the experience, but this is the first time I really stopped to think about how much talent it takes to do this job well. Mary Robinette Kowal has unparalleled talent: how do you make it clear who is speaking when all the audience gets is voice? Ms Kowal changes personalities on the fly using just her voice, and it has never been clearer who is speaking; this has always been a problem at times with even the best narrators, but with Ms Kowal you can "see" who is talking because the personality conveyed is so different in each case.
The difference between the two main female characters is so startling, it is fast and entertaining, and the "bad girl", Sloan was so bad and cool, I have been secretly wishing I could have the choice of using her voice and personality for my Amazon Echo. Well, sometimes -- she cusses a lot, but somehow it suits her. (Amazon chose very, very well the voice/personality it uses for the Echo, but maybe someday, we can choose others for variety.)
I saw the second book in the series is at a low price for members; I couldn't believe it -- I can afford to buy it without using my credits. It is mine now!
I liked the premise and expected to enjoy the story, but it just never came alive for me. I don't even know what to pin it on really. The narrator was good, in fact she's probably the only reason I kept listening. Some of the characters were interesting, but as a whole it just never sparked for me. I wish the whole book had been from Sloan's POV. Her sections were definitely my favorites.
I can be summed up in one word. Handsome, intelligent, honest, humble, brave, exciting, fun, kind, trustworthy, sexy! All these words work.
Is this really a book? It seems like a bunch of short stories. Most chapters close a case and contain little snippets of a larger story arch. It almost felt like I was listening to a season of a TV show.
This story had a lot of potential. I wanted to like it. I liked the characters, but the plot was weak. I liked the book enough to finish it, but not enough to buy any other book by this author.
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