SUMMARY ✓ Indexing (Indexing, #1)


SUMMARY Indexing (Indexing, #1)

Indexing (Indexing, #1)

U're dealing with storybook narratives in the real world it doesn't matter if you're Snow White Sleeping Beauty or the Wicked ueen no one gets a happily ever afterIndexing is New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s new urban fantasy where everything you thought you knew about fairy tales gets turned on its head There are fairy tale princesses living amongst us They don't know it and lead normal lives until one day the narrative pushes them over the edge and they snap Then unless they find their prince uickly people will die It's Henrietta's job to head off fairy tale incursions before any serious damage is done and lives are lost She's a Snow White with serious attitude and she's helped by Sloane a wicked step sister who is in a constant battle with her inner homicidal maniac who wants to murder her co workers The rest of the team really don't matter Henri and Sloane are the stars Indexing was first released in a weekly serialised form Because of that the story doesn't progress conventionally What begins as short vignettes are gradually stitched together until about the 60% mark when it becomes a typical urban fantasy I have to be honest I enjoyed this book for one reason Sloane Winters If I take her out of the picture I would probably say the book is a bit too long and doesn't really work outside of that serialised format But she's in there and is so much fun I can forgive everything else If I could just get her parts in a book 5 Starswith everything else 3 Stars

REVIEW ´ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ☆ Seanan McGuire

“Never underestimate the power of a good story”Good adviceespecially when a story can kill youFor 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 m At the end of the day McGuire needs to stop turning in first drafts Either that or hire a new editor because the one she has is about as rigorous as a kindergarten teacher I hesitate to say first grade because I know how Mrs Bauman was about penmanship back in the day It could also be that I like my lines neatly drawn; a book is a novel and a serial story is something read in short installments allowing time and life to fuzz details between episodes Books are not tv series and tv tells mini stories within each week while keeping in mind an overall direction barring cancellation so never plan too far ahead I realized format incompatibility when I read Bookburners The Complete Season 1 and Indexing is even less effective That said I enjoyed Ilona Andrews' serial Clean Sweep so it just goes to show you that there are exceptions then again the Andrews reworked it before releasing as a book Indexing tries to make allowances for people joining the series at different points providing a bit of exposition in every installment It's usually and dismayingly the same exposition such as Jeff was a type XX a shoemaker who makes the best footwear and Sloane was almost wicked and couldn't be trusted to go on cases by herself Snow White I mean Henrietta and her team of almost fairy tale types excepting former journalist Andy investigate fairy tales in the making The 'narrative' can hijack certain situations and force almost fairy tale types to act in ways they normally wouldn't as the 'narrative' plays out an archtype or less It's a great premise that would be entertaining with better writing The first section is a Sleeping Beauty variant then a Goldilocks and a Cinderella McGuire does eventually weave in a larger plot that helps hold the overall narrative together sort of Mostly There's a lot of narrative fuzzy area and I suspect a bit of ret conning early on Henri is described as literally 'white' while later she is thankful she didn't entirely lose all melanin along with items that May Be Foreshadowing but end up not useful when not being entirely sure where one would like to go or for how long I imagine To make it sound vaguely X Files like fairy stories are given a number and then all the types are kept together in an Index This is a totally pointless device since the reader has no actual index and McGuire has to have her characters say awkward things to each other like You think she's a four fifty?' Henri asked sharply 'No I don't think she's Cinderella because we don't have the step sisters I totally made that dialogue up but that's almost exactly how it goesThe challenge with working with character archetypes is you know archetypes As in these characters are supposed to think and perform along a particular trope when the narrative forces them While we should know it as the reader Henri also constantly reminds us usually right after Sloan says something mean But it also means characterization for everyone by Henri and Sloan is generally weak existing only enough to surprise perform a needed story function information Tension VillainHonestly I should probably give up on McGuire because her habit of telling over showing drives me bonkers except every four years or so she'll come out with a home run for me There are absolutely great kernels of fun in here I liked Andy dealing with the talking frog who offers to get a lost object the description of Mr Reynard's den and the smell of apples being a trigger for knowing Henri is near a dead person When McGuire describes a storybook scene it's fabulous So there's that My attention wandered when trying to read; I think me pacing reading like a novel just doesn't work But then I'm not a tv watcher eitherBut yay me Another one off the TBR list In the spirit of McGuire I'll just turn in my first second draftIf you are going to tell me that there is an actual index you are only the insert large number person to do so I am still not impressed by this as a device since it is not a well known thing and is thus narratively intrusive if the characters all know it why do they have to refer to it? 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Seanan McGuire ☆ 8 SUMMARY

Emetic incursion where fairy tale narratives become reality often with disastrous resultsThat'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 yo 45 starsBloggers and journalists have discussed at length the sudden popularity of serial novels and not succeeded in finding a reason for it Serial novels have a long tradition but for a time it seemed that they were almost forgotten Dating all the way from 19th century they played a monumental part in creating the so called popular literature In other words they helped books find their place in popular cultureFrom what I've been able to find out Penguin and St Martin's in particular seem determined to give serial novels a new life But it wasn't until both Ilona Andrews and Seanan McGuire wrote theirs that I started believing this project would actually succeedIndexing was first published in a serial format on The readers paid for the whole thing right away and downloaded a new part when it became available Since it wasn’t available to international readers at first I had to wait for the completed novel to be published for which I ended up being thankful since I’m not known for my patience and the story is very compelling Don't mistake Indexing for a fairy tale That's not at all what it is Instead it's a story about sentient malevolent narratives As for the characters McGuire took the whole concept of archetypes and built upon it using her vast knowledge on fairy tales and literary theory and combining it with extraordinary imagination to turn old stories into something we've never seen before Whatever Seanan McGuire writes be it under her own name or as Mira Grant has her trademark combination of extensive research and wicked sense of humor Worldbuilding wise Indexing is perhaps one of the most interesting things I've ever readLike most of McGuire’s novels Indexing is cleverly subversive serving a healthy helping of social activism with the already interesting story McGuire always makes her point but never in a way that could make her readers uncomfortable Her messages are subtle but clear whether they’re allegories or straightforward in this case the point was made through a very sympathetic transgender character Indexing is a product of superb intelligence and vast imagination and as such it’s worthy of your time It pushes the boundaries of its genre and it certainly pushes readers to expect from genre fiction


10 thoughts on “Indexing (Indexing, #1)

  1. says:

    At the end of the day McGuire needs to stop turning in first drafts Either that or hire a new editor because the one she has is about as rigorous as a kindergarten teacher I hesitate to say first grade because I know how Mrs Bauman was about penmanship back in the day It could also be that I like my lines neatly drawn; a book is a novel and a serial story is something read in short installments allowing time and life to fuzz details between episodes Books are not tv series and tv tells mini stories within each week while keeping in mind an overall direction barring cancellation so never plan too far ahead I realized format incompatibility when I read Bookburners The Complete Season 1 and Indexing is even less effective That said I enjoyed Ilona Andrews' serial Clean Sweep so it just goes to show you that there are exceptions then again the Andrews reworked it before releasing as a book Indexing tries to make allowances for people joining the series at different points providing a bit of exposition in every installment It's usually and dismayingly the same exposition such as Jeff was a type XX a shoemaker who makes the best footwear and Sloane was almost wicked and couldn't be trusted to go on cases by herself Snow White I mean Henrietta and her team of almost fairy tale types excepting former journalist Andy investigate fairy tales in the making The 'narrative' can hijack certain situations and force almost fairy tale types to act in ways they normally wouldn't as the 'narrative' plays out an archtype or less It's a great premise that would be entertaining with better writing The first section is a Sleeping Beauty variant then a Goldilocks and a Cinderella McGuire does eventually weave in a larger plot that helps hold the overall narrative together sort of Mostly There's a lot of narrative fuzzy area and I suspect a bit of ret conning early on Henri is described as literally 'white' while later she is thankful she didn't entirely lose all melanin along with items that May Be Foreshadowing but end up not useful when not being entirely sure where one would like to go or for how long I imagine To make it sound vaguely X Files like fairy stories are given a number and then all the types are kept together in an Index This is a totally pointless device since the reader has no actual index and McGuire has to have her characters say awkward things to each other like You think she's a four fifty?' Henri asked sharply 'No I don't think she's Cinderella because we don't have the step sisters I totally made that dialogue up but that's almost exactly how it goesThe challenge with working with character archetypes is you know archetypes As in these characters are supposed to think and perform along a particular trope when the narrative forces them While we should know it as the reader Henri also constantly reminds us usually right after Sloan says something mean But it also means characterization for everyone by Henri and Sloan is generally weak existing only enough to surprise perform a needed story function information Tension VillainHonestly I should probably give up on McGuire because her habit of telling over showing drives me bonkers except every four years or so she'll come out with a home run for me There are absolutely great kernels of fun in here I liked Andy dealing with the talking frog who offers to get a lost object the description of Mr Reynard's den and the smell of apples being a trigger for knowing Henri is near a dead person When McGuire describes a storybook scene it's fabulous So there's that My attention wandered when trying to read; I think me pacing reading like a novel just doesn't work But then I'm not a tv watcher eitherBut yay me Another one off the TBR list In the spirit of McGuire I'll just turn in my first second draftIf you are going to tell me that there is an actual index you are only the insert large number person to do so I am still not impressed by this as a device since it is not a well known thing and is thus narratively intrusive if the characters all know it why do they have to refer to it? A better device would have been to put the Index in the front of the book like a map frontpiece or in the beginning of each chapter like with uotations


  2. says:

    Actual rating 25'Once upon a fuck you people' I muttered Indexing is like the X Files if the X Files were about fairy tales instead of aliens and monsters without the underlying MulderScully sexual tension between the agents It's the premise of a thousand other TV shows comic books and movies A secret government agencies designed to keep people in the real world in the dark about what's really going on The agency in uestion here is the ATI Management Bureau ATI being short for Aarne Thompson Index an index used to measure and keep track of real life fairy tale manifestations The agency in this serial operates under this premise all fairy tales are real Snow White Jack and the Beanstalk etc All of them They may not always be accurate to the Grimm version but they exist and they manifest themselves in the real world The ATI Management Bureau's jobs is to keep these manifestations under control so that normal humans don't get pulled into them and overwhelmed by them This is a world where Sleeping Beauties can be raped while comatose where a Pied Piper can pull thousands of rats and vermins from the city sewers where evil stepsisters can be killer The ATIMB's job is to keep us safe and unaware of these manifestations so that we can sleep easy in our warm beds at night with our children dreaming about Sleeping Beauty being awakened by a handsome prince's kiss instead of dying from a actual Sleeping Beauty's uncontrolled manifestationa four ten manifested in a small beachside community and no one noticed She put the whole town to sleep and this is the real world which tends to be pretty straightforward about things like 'humans need to eat' and 'if you sleep for three weeks without any medical treatment of any kind you will die' By the time the four ten herself died breaking the spell cast by her presence no one lived there anyThe ATI have codes for every manifestation; for example a 709 is a Snow White manifestation a 410 is a Sleeping Beauty a 280 is a Pied Piper etc The agents themselves were previously part of a manifestation themselves or else had their story averted Our main character Henrietta Marchen yes her last name means fairy tale in German is the child of a manifestation as well as one herself She is a 709 a Snow White but not one of the lovely Disney creatures you see walking around the park smiling and posing with children Henry does have an affinity for woodland creatures and a tendency to make flowers grow on carpet not an entirely useful skill but that's where the resemblance endsWe're too pale and our lips are too red and we look like something out of a horror movie that didn’t have the decency to stay on the screenThis book is not a book but an e novella delivered through a Kindle subscription every two weeks We first meet Henry and the ATI as they're investigating a case In the first two chapters we're introduced to the ATI given a rough idea of what they do and we meet the other members of the team including Sloane an averted Wicked Stepsister with the pain in the ass attitude to match The first few episodes were really boring; I never really bought into the premise of the ATI and I was still pretty fuzzy on the premise of the ATI Management Bureau itself After the first three episodes or so we get into of a groove with each subseuent episode telling the story of a case After the first two episodes things picked up The cases are amusing short an interesting spin on the original fairy tales It gradually becomes less X Files and Fringe I think the concept of the ATI works best if you don't think too much about the agency or the concept and instead focus on the interpretations of the fairy tales themselvesEpisode 1 and 2 introduction of the ATIMB a Sleeping Beauty and a Pied Piper as well as the recruitment of a new team memberEpisode 3 A Red Riding Hood case with bearsEpisode 4 Sloane's continuing story as the Wicked StepsisterEpisode 5 just released a few days ago and I've yet to read itIt's just not too successful a premise altogether Maybe it's just me; I have yet to meet a Mira GrantSeanan McGuire character I actually like I never really felt connected to any of the team members or to our narrator even if the author does her best to give us a sad backstory on most of the agents This may be due to the fact that the novella is still so short and only in its fifth installment and there hasn't been time for anyone to develop a personality Rest assured they all have bad backstories As previously mentioned these are not Disney movies with the associated happy endings These fairy tales are much GrimmerCome on you guys knew that pun was coming from a mile awayIn summary this series is just ok If you want alternative retellings of fairy tales there are better ones out there I would suggest you reach for one of the excellent anthologies edited by Ellen Datlow et al before resorting to this


  3. says:

    My rating 25 of 5 starsIndexing was first released as a Kindle Serial and was a bi weekly mini party every Tuesday considering how eagerly I awaited the latest installment The first episode is epic and I can’t even begin to express my love for it The introduction to this fairy tale world was perfection It got a full 5 stars from me and set the bar extremely high for the subseuent stories This fairy tale world was extremely similar in scope to the graphic novel series ‘Fables’ but in comparison I found the characters were vibrant and witty and infinitely entertaining Each Kindle serial for the most part managed as a stand alone and didn’t leave you too exasperated with having to wait another two weeks for I say ‘for the most part’ because something happened around episode 8 out of a total of 12 that took the series into a total nosedive but I’ll get into that in a minuteThe ATI Aarne Thompson Index Management Bureau is a covert government agency that monitors fairy tale manifestations and prevents them from getting out of control According to Wiki The Aarne–Thompson tale type index is a multivolume listing designed to help folklorists identify recurring plot patterns in the narrative structures of traditional folktales so that folklorists can organize classify and analyze the folktales they research This index system is used as the basis for classifying manifestations that happen in the real world where children are born predisposed to being a Sleeping Beauty or a Snow White or even a Pied Piper If unleashed their fairy tale influence could wreak havoc on the world All manner of fairy tales are covered Peter Pans and Cinderellas Donkeyskins and Beautiful Vassilisas a Mother Goose Wicked Stepsisters Billy Goats Gruff The Showmaker and the Elves etcSo what worked well? Personally I loved the combination of fairy tales and urban fantasy that ultimately made up this story It was imaginative and creative and really enjoyed the details that went into this Each individual was given a bit of back story although I believe this could have been further expounded on to showcase their growth While I didn’t end up preferring one character over another they all as a whole really added life and charm to this storyIn the end though I was left ultimately disappointed When thinking back on the story as a whole I think it was easy to overlook the choppy feel of the writing since we’re only given bits and pieces at a time If read as a whole I think it would have been far obvious and apparent that the story lacked a fully fleshed out plot and was really rather feeble It didn’t feel as if it was planned as a full novel and was instead planned out as each episode was written Ultimately the ending felt strange and disconnected from where it seemed like the story was going and left me with far unanswered uestions than I likeEpisode 1 5 starsThis is not only immensely entertaining but incredibly original LOVE THISEpisode 2 4 starsEpisode 3 35 starsEpisode 4 4 starsDUN DUN DUN All other episodes wrap up rather nicely but this one had an unfortunate cliffhanger And I only get an episode every 2 weeks? GAHEpisode 5 45 starsEpisode 6 4 starsEpisode 7 45 starsEpisode 8 3 starsEpisode 9 3 starsEpisode 10 2 starsEpisode 11 25 starsEpisode 12 2 stars


  4. says:

    45 starsBloggers and journalists have discussed at length the sudden popularity of serial novels and not succeeded in finding a reason for it Serial novels have a long tradition but for a time it seemed that they were almost forgotten Dating all the way from 19th century they played a monumental part in creating the so called popular literature In other words they helped books find their place in popular cultureFrom what I've been able to find out Penguin and St Martin's in particular seem determined to give serial novels a new life But it wasn't until both Ilona Andrews and Seanan McGuire wrote theirs that I started believing this project would actually succeedIndexing was first published in a serial format on The readers paid for the whole thing right away and downloaded a new part when it became available Since it wasn’t available to international readers at first I had to wait for the completed novel to be published for which I ended up being thankful since I’m not known for my patience and the story is very compelling Don't mistake Indexing for a fairy tale That's not at all what it is Instead it's a story about sentient malevolent narratives As for the characters McGuire took the whole concept of archetypes and built upon it using her vast knowledge on fairy tales and literary theory and combining it with extraordinary imagination to turn old stories into something we've never seen before Whatever Seanan McGuire writes be it under her own name or as Mira Grant has her trademark combination of extensive research and wicked sense of humor Worldbuilding wise Indexing is perhaps one of the most interesting things I've ever readLike most of McGuire’s novels Indexing is cleverly subversive serving a healthy helping of social activism with the already interesting story McGuire always makes her point but never in a way that could make her readers uncomfortable Her messages are subtle but clear whether they’re allegories or straightforward in this case the point was made through a very sympathetic transgender character Indexing is a product of superb intelligence and vast imagination and as such it’s worthy of your time It pushes the boundaries of its genre and it certainly pushes readers to expect from genre fiction


  5. says:

    35 starsFull review on my blog and on my BL pageWith a little character development and a little less repetition this was originally written as a serialized novel which explains that problem this would have been even betterHowever this has a great concept and I particularly liked the last episodes especially the one in which Henry's brother appears Great twist on the Red Rose storySloane managed to be my favourite character I loved her brutal honesty even if it does border on the homicidalFirst time I enjoy reading about a Wicked stepsister character Definitely wouldn't mind if there was a follow up to these characters stories


  6. says:

    The I think of this book the annoyed with it I get It isn't bad in itself but it left me with an aftertaste of wasted opportunities and rushed writingThe core concept is solid fairy tales are sort of real They impose themselves onto reality and try to twist it hoping to get reenacted Unfortunately they sometimes fail and then you have Sleeping Beauties entering comas and dying before their prince ever gets to them and taking entire villages with them or Snow Whites poisoned by apples even in the most absurd ways And that's great I love the premiseIt is the job of a particular organization to stop fairy tales from doing much damage Our heroes are a normal guy a Snow White who is doing her goddamned best to avoid all apples and ignore bluebirds and flowers on her carpet a Wicked Stepsister who is trying very hard not to kill people a Pied Piper and a Shoe making Elf None of them started out as fairy tale characters they're real people whose lives have been twisted so they'd fit into stories and now they're suspended with their stories incompleteNow the narrative style is annoying The author wrote Snow White as a first person character while every bit in the story that isn't hers is written in third person It feels weird like the narrator is omniscient but very uncertain about whether they really ought to be It annoyed the hell out of me to read I saw Sloane in one para and Sloane was seen by Snow White in the next Why did Seanan McGuire choose to do this? Why? Whyyy?Another thing when I started reading this I didn't know the story had initially been written as a series of episodes but the fact became painfully obvious when we got an exposition in the first chapter then a similar exposition in the second chapter and so on I think a good round of editing to remove the plethora of expositions would have helped a lotWhile the first chapters were mostly consistent and uite clever at times the latter half of the book didn't add up I was perplexed by the explanation that Snow White was actually the old myth of making a sacrifice so winter goes away is this like some widely known theory or something? If it is why didn't I know it? If it isn't why isn't it better explained? What's the connection aside from dying and winter?Rose Red is also brought into the story which feels awkward since she's actually transgender and that's well everything about her Him Whatever Rose Red was born a girl found his gender identity as a guy managed to put his story on hold by not being girly enough to be a princess then proceeded to not be a part of this plot in any way shape or form RR was abandoned before you can say Rose Red is only here to include transgender peopleReadable entertaining and memorable but also annoying than other books I've read lately


  7. says:

    Where “once upon a time” doesn’t lead to “happily ever after”Fairy tales are real And that’s not a good thing Do we really want whole towns falling asleep for 100 years because a Sleeping Beauty’s story has gone active? In this book fairy tales are like a constantly mutating force of nature that’s trying to manifest in our “real” world so of course there's a secret government agency the ATI Management Bureau whose agents spend their time running between potential story disasters in the struggle to keep us all safe Most of the members of the team we follow have had their own lives almost derailed by fairy tales there’s a Snow White who’s haunted by the smell of apples and pursued by determined woodland creatures a cobbler elf who’s constantly trying to make fix or organize things an evil stepsister who has to suppress her natural urge to kill other team members and a Pied Piper who’s new on the job and is having a hard time adjusting to her changed reality The book has an urban fantasy tone that’s light on romance somewhat dark often funny and very imaginative Seanan McGuire knows a lot about fairy tales myths and nursery rhymes which she uses to great effect As a bibliophile I can’t resist a good “stories are real” motif another example being Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series Indexing began its life as a Kindle Serial with chapters released every few weeks but I listened to the audio version narrated by Mary Robinette Kowal who is fantastic at giving each character a distinctive voice a great boon since I was “reading” while driving


  8. says:

    There are fairy tale princesses living amongst us They don't know it and lead normal lives until one day the narrative pushes them over the edge and they snap Then unless they find their prince uickly people will die It's Henrietta's job to head off fairy tale incursions before any serious damage is done and lives are lost She's a Snow White with serious attitude and she's helped by Sloane a wicked step sister who is in a constant battle with her inner homicidal maniac who wants to murder her co workers The rest of the team really don't matter Henri and Sloane are the stars Indexing was first released in a weekly serialised form Because of that the story doesn't progress conventionally What begins as short vignettes are gradually stitched together until about the 60% mark when it becomes a typical urban fantasy I have to be honest I enjoyed this book for one reason Sloane Winters If I take her out of the picture I would probably say the book is a bit too long and doesn't really work outside of that serialised format But she's in there and is so much fun I can forgive everything else If I could just get her parts in a book 5 Starswith everything else 3 Stars


  9. says:

    Thank you Elena for reading this or I would never have known about this gemI would highly recommend this to anybody who likes fairy talesIn the middle of reading so many fairy tale retellings this was something so different and excitingAll the fairy tales are true there are many people who are dormant fairy tale characters just waiting to go active and there is a government department which works to control these outbreaksSome points which I think will enhance the experience of anyone reading this1 Do read the fairy tale mentioned if possible both the Hans Christian Andersen and brothers grimm version or do a google search to find a basic summary2 The Aarne Thompson is a real thing and it is fascinating


  10. says:

    First of all what a great concept taking The Aarne–Thompson Index a catalogue of folktale types used in folklore studies as the bases of a procedural index used by a special unit dealing with narrative incursions Henry short for Henrietta Marchen is a Snow White type and also a leader of this special unit who must stop fairy tales from disrupting the fabric of our world She is a tough cookie with a tongue in cheek attitude and a lot of sass Another sassy character is Sloane the wicked step sister type There is Jeff the archivist which has some romantic entanglement with Henry Andy the least memorable character and rounding up the team is the rookie Demi who is a pied piper type Every chapter reads like an episode of CSI only with fairy tales instead of bodies However I have a minor complaint about the flow of the story which was rather choppy probably because it was originally released as a kindle serial


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