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From over and this one might not have a happily ever afterIndexing Reflections is New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s continuing new urban fantasy where everything you thought you knew about fairy tales gets turned on its headThis book was initially released in episodes as a Kindle Serial All episodes are now available for immediate download as a complete bo Oops I should have realized that I forgot a May book but I didn't recall that until I went to clean up my downloaded books I tend to delete off the ones I've already finished That should tell you something about how much of an impression this book made I love Seanan McGuire's writing I really do but she is so very prolific and I think that sometimes the things she writes could bear with a little time a little polish a little effort to diverge from what has gone before Part of why she can write so uickly is that everything she writes is to a degree of a piece with everything else she writes She bends and breaks tropes but she does it in the same way which means that you end up with adverted trope stock characters which writing those words out looks insane but doesn't make it less true It's frustrating to a degreeand well boring to a degree and sadly Indexing likely due to its serial nature gets the least polish of all That's not to say I didn't like it I very much wanted to be in Sloane's head and I was delighted to get that opportunity If this whole book had been the Adventures of Sloane I'd probably have rated it at least 4 stars but it's not and Henry's parts were not particularly fun to experience I'd likely pause before deciding to start a third round of this particular series Bad Things in the Night should have realized that I forgot a May book but I didn't recall that until I went to clean up my downloaded books I tend to delete off the ones I've already finished That Mountain Man (Men of Lake Tahoe Series, should tell you Diana (Sunfire, something about how much of an impression this book made I love Seanan McGuire's writing I really do but Blue Crush (Blue, she is At Home in India so very prolific and I think that The Woman in the Wall sometimes the things War (The Four Horsemen, she writes could bear with a little time a little polish a little effort to diverge from what has gone before Part of why Flight of the Piasa she can write The Golden Vortex so uickly is that everything El Jarron Azul she writes is to a degree of a piece with everything else Sovereign of Stars (The She-King, she writes She bends and breaks tropes but Fall of Paris she does it in the Mastering Search Analytics same way which means that you end up with adverted trope Loaned stock characters which writing those words out looks insane but doesn't make it less true It's frustrating to a degreeand well boring to a degree and Gertrude McFuzz and The Big Brag sadly Indexing likely due to its Heal Your Life Now serial nature gets the least polish of all That's not to Bondage For Sex say I didn't like it I very much wanted to be in Sloane's head and I was delighted to get that opportunity If this whole book had been the Adventures of Sloane I'd probably have rated it at least 4 The Monster in the Backpack stars but it's not and Henry's parts were not particularly fun to experience I'd likely pause before deciding to The Cruisers (Book start a third round of this particular You Owe Me a Murder series

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Reflections (Indexing, #2)

“For her to love me she had to be willing to kill me Anything else would show that her heart was untrue”The struggle against not so charming storybook narratives isn’t the only complicating factor in Henrietta “Henry” Marchen’s life As part of the ATI Management Bureau team protecting the world from fairy tales gone awry she’s juggling her unwanted new status as I really need Serials to pick up another installment Such a cool world and a great cast of characters I need at the very least a real and satisfying conclusion that ties everything up D

REVIEW Reflections (Indexing, #2)

A Snow White dealing with a potentially dangerous Pied Piper and wrangling a most troublesome wicked stepsister along with a budding relationship with Jeff her teammateBut when a twisted vicious Cinderella breaks out of prison and wreaks havoc things go from disenchanted to deadly And once Henry realizes someone is trying to use her to destroy the world her story becomes far Enjoyed this one a little then the first book of the series 375 stars Sloane is really starting to grow on me but the main character just seems to bland Aside from character issues the world building is incredible set in a modern like world with government agency to protect citizenry against living fairy tales This book gives a small glimpse of the people fighting fairy tales in the past


10 thoughts on “Reflections (Indexing, #2)

  1. says:

    I really need Serials to pick up another installment Such a cool world and a great cast of characters I need at the very least a real and satisfying conclusion that ties everything up D


  2. says:

    We're both agents for the ATI Management Bureau an organization dedicated to keeping stories from eating the world It's in our motto even In aetermun felicitas vindactio Defending happily ever after Fairy tales are not for children and they don't care who dies They never haveHello everyone My name is Amy and I am a hopeless Seanan McGuire fangirl I am not the kind of fangirl who insists everything her author writes is pure gold; the lady has written plenty I do not adore cough Incryptid cough But what I do adore I adore A LOT And this series? Yeah I adore Mainly I adore stompy boot wearing story punching all around mean woman Sloane Winters but really the whole caboodle is in for some total fangirl loveWhy I am making this admission again right now? In all honesty this series has issues To begin with both Indexing and its seuel Reflections were released originally as part of the Kindle Serial program with twelve episodes apiece released two weeks apart then collected together in a single book McGuire is uite familiar with episodic work and has referred to each of these books as seasons so that gives you an idea of how our author is approaching them Conseuently there is a certain amount of recapping and repetition going on in episodes That's is probably a lot less noticeable when read two weeks apart but about the third time our protagonist's ghastly complexion was described here I was pretty well over it In addition I get the feeling the timelines on these things are pretty tight with less time for polish I didn't notice it so much in the first book but in this one there was some seriously creaky prose in places as well as some authorial tricks that were rather transparent Half the book is the result of a seriously stupid hero move on the part of our protagonist At one point there is a good bit of exposition via dialogue in which the whole reason we fear our villain is explained to well a veteran of the bureau Did I mention the repeated references to the ghastly complexion? For the first uarter of the book I really thought I was going to have to give this thing two starsSo why did I give it four? The writing got better and the book just hits too many of my own personal sources of glee for me not to love it This is the story of a Snow White in command of an MIB like team of a homicidal Wicked Stepsister a love struck Shoemaker's Elf a teenage Pied Piper and a normal guy who have to face down a weaponized fairy tale Weaponized Fairy Tale While under HR review Gingerbread houses and hotels alike will be destroyed The nature of archetypal literature will be explored A story will reach for self improvement And Sloane Winters will kick some people in the head By the end of the book I was smiling stupidly giggling with evil joy and just generally having a great time All I can saw after that kind of fun is that I really hope we see another season of this series coming our way again soonAs I have said elsewhere McGuire is not really a good author to do that 'jump into the middle of a series' thing that some people like to do All power to you if you want to read this one but you really should start with Indexing For one thing it actually is a better book For another thing do you want to miss a moment of weaponized fairy tales? No no you do not11216I can't believe it but I managed to hold off on this until now The Kindle Serial run is complete and the full book is now available for your reading pleasure


  3. says:

    “Fairy tales are deadly capable of rewriting reality in order to get what they want and what they want is rarely good for anybody who’s not on the short list for a happy ending Fairy tales are not for children and they don’t care who dies They never have”Fairy tales have a habit of endangering people The people trapped in the narrative of some stories have to be locked away so they don’t pose any danger to society Obviously the people who are locked up don’t want to be They didn’t ask to be part of a fairy tale; it was thrust upon them For the first time ever someone managed to break out of the special fairy tale jail which shouldn’t have been possibleI liked this better than Indexing The storytelling improved greatly Like Indexing this was a serial where each chapter was released every two weeks Seanan McGuire obviously learned how to use this format effectively The story was cohesive and wasn’t as choppy It jumped into the story right awayHenry finally began to seem like a person beyond being born Snow White and being a workaholic She does remind me of Toby Daye because she is a hero type and runs head first into danger without considering the conseuences She’s way bland than Toby although I liked her better in this Sloane’s history was revealed I fucking love her She’s mouthy and bitchy in a manner that is entertaining than obnoxious Despite being an evil stepsister she’s loyal to her friends The friendship between Sloan and Henry is interesting They should hate each other but it’s an opposites attract type of situation Aside from the two of them the rest of their ATI crew is in dire need of character development Some of them have funny lines every now and then but they still don’t feel essential to the storyThe end left things open for another book There wasn’t a cliffhanger but not everything was thoroughly explained What are the ramifications of the events that occurred? How will Sloan and Henry deal with what happened to them? I’m hoping there will be a third book eventually


  4. says:

    These are so much fun If you like fairy tales and urban fantasy this is a must read Not sure if a third installment is to come but I would than welcome it Next time though I'll definitely read it as intended with a new story released every couple of weeks It was a lot fun doing it that way with the first book


  5. says:

    Enjoyed this one a little then the first book of the series 375 stars Sloane is really starting to grow on me but the main character just seems to bland Aside from character issues the world building is incredible set in a modern like world with government agency to protect citizenry against living fairy tales This book gives a small glimpse of the people fighting fairy tales in the past


  6. says:

    Overall the world building is great The story is blah The main problem is that is told from three viewpoints third person Henry and Sloane Henry is really a Snow White type and Sloane is a wicked step sister or at least that is how she started While a good argument can be made that a wicked step sister in general and Sloane in particular is very close to the evil stepmother type that inhabits Snow White and McGuire does point this out that doesn't example why the points of view of Sloane and Henry sound and read so much like one person There is no change in voice You literally cannot tell This might be interesting if it was actually played with in the story but it's not And it is really really jarring


  7. says:

    Oops I should have realized that I forgot a May book but I didn't recall that until I went to clean up my downloaded books I tend to delete off the ones I've already finished That should tell you something about how much of an impression this book made I love Seanan McGuire's writing I really do but she is so very prolific and I think that sometimes the things she writes could bear with a little time a little polish a little effort to diverge from what has gone before Part of why she can write so uickly is that everything she writes is to a degree of a piece with everything else she writes She bends and breaks tropes but she does it in the same way which means that you end up with adverted trope stock characters which writing those words out looks insane but doesn't make it less true It's frustrating to a degreeand well boring to a degree and sadly Indexing likely due to its serial nature gets the least polish of all That's not to say I didn't like it I very much wanted to be in Sloane's head and I was delighted to get that opportunity If this whole book had been the Adventures of Sloane I'd probably have rated it at least 4 stars but it's not and Henry's parts were not particularly fun to experience I'd likely pause before deciding to start a third round of this particular series


  8. says:

    I think it's probably getting pretty old by now me saying that I really liked a book or that I absolutely loved it but I usually do Maybe I'm just not that picky I don't know? Or maybe I just get lucky? Or maybe I'm an easy reader if that makes sense? xDBut I really do like this series which is only two books so far and I actually don't know if that is all there is planned for it or not A lot of it is Mary Robinette Kowal's narration which I think she does perfectly but I also just really love the concept of the story of a government agency trying to save the World from stories


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    ★ ★ ★ 12 This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader Okay I've already published entries on the individual chaptersepisodes So here I've collected them all in one handy dandy and long post and then added a few thoughts on the book as a wholeEpisode One Forbidden Doors ★ ★ ★ Fairy tales are not for children and they don’t care who dies They never haveSeanan McGuire's Indexing is back and it's like we never left It's been a few weeks since the team saved the world but the ATV's investigation into the matter isn't uite finished They've got one hurdle to get through a series of interviews with a HR Department shrinkIt's a nice little narrative device we're reintroduced to the characters or new readers are introduced get the last series recapped and interpreted from a couple of angles we get to see how the team's reacting to the rather dramatic turn of events they lived through and get ready for what's next Since there are an estimated eleven episodes to go through you know going in that things are going to go pretty well for the majority of them Sure there's a chance that one or two will be packed off somewhere for some treatment or observation but the team as a whole will be fineIt's a lot like a lot of TV season premiers actually There were a couple of highlights for me Sloane made me laugh hard at her apologetic for keeping Henry around and I liked pretty much everything else she did here I probably enjoyed Demi than I have before The time we spend with Jeff the he threatens Sloane as the series' most interesting andor entertaining character I hope and sorta fear that we get to spend a little time with Dr Ciara Bloomfield in her professional capacity she'd be fun to have around; if it's about her personal life I can't imagine that'd be prettyReally not much to talk about here this is why I don't normally do chapter by chapter writeups Still I like the world characters and the whole serialized novel thing Happy to have it backEpisode Two Broken Glass ★ ★ ★ So having reassembled the team reviewed the events of the last book and refocused both readers and characters to their mission it's time to get the ball rolling on this seasonOnce again McGuire introduces the AFI team to a problem that seems sort of light hearted at first investigating a House that Jack Built complete with lines like Sloane had managed to locate the cat that chased the rat but with some dark undertones But before we get too far into it Henry and the crew are interrupted and have to swing off in another direction And this direction is a doozy the prison to hold the Fairy Tales who've fully manifested in a bad for society way has a jail break It's not just any jail break either because the Narrative has seemingly done something impossible along the way But I'll let Henry spell that part out to ya I'll just say that I really like where this is goingOn the one hand I thought what we learned about Demi in the previous episode helped us understand her better and demonstrated her commitment to the causeteam So when many of the same notes where struck this episode I wasn't thrilled but what we heardsaw this time was different enough to justify it Seriously Demi is either going to be a superstar in the AFI or when she turns and stabs everyone in the back it's going to hurt a lot I'm hoping for the former am trying to ready for the latterElise the escapee is either going to be a great Big Bad for this season a great underling solider for a better Big Bad or a nice warm up for the next few weeks until we get to the Big Bad Mid sentence there I thought of several other options for Elise's role Whatever that role ends up being I think I'm going to enjoy herOverall it's of a set up chapter than anything else but it was very promising and entertaining Which is good enoughEpisode Three Brotherly Love ★ ★ ★ Now this is what I'm talking about A solid solid entry We get Henry's brother back; we get a good contained story yet with serialized elements that we'll see play out; we see fallout from Episode 2; and thanks to Elise's particular brand of magic we and the characters see something new There's an incursion near the school where Henry's brother Gerry teaches Thankfully it has nothing to do with him it's just near him It's also near his school and the children in it children who it should be said are the primary targets of the incursion So Henry and her team are dispatched to wrangle with the press school administration and whoever or whatever is out there wanting to snack on kidsThe solution to this comes a bit easily but the challenge to this episode isn't solving eh narrative incursion it's in figuring out just what's going on how this is the result of Elise's escape and then trying to see what the impact is going to be on Henry's team the stress on Demi and Henry this episode in particular We don't see Elise at all just what she's done but that's enough Other than the ending coming a page or two earlier than I'd expected I thought this one worked pretty well We've only had 15 episodes of this series and already McGuire is playing with the conventions I like that Some people would wait until the third book to mess with things like this but why wait? Go for it while you can Especially if you can tell good stories while re writing your own rules and that's exactly what McGuire has done hereEpisode Four Split Ends ★ ★ ★ This is one is hard to think about as an individual episode There's some plot advancement yes But mostly this is about the team getting some new intel evaluating it and then coming up with a plan to get information there are some unorthodox moves reuired to obtain this but if they're going to get anywhere towards capturing Elise before lives are lost they're going to have to make themThe new information they are given is huge It's not unexpected for the reader and you could make the case that Henry should've been expecting it But it's than believable that she wouldn't have Yes this installment is mostly about investigation and not busting heads or messing with narrative incursions or anything So it's hard to discuss but it is really well executed what the reader and Henry learn is interesting and thought provoking Not only about the case they're working on but we get a better understanding or at least the beginning of a better understanding of how the whole Fairy Tale narrative functions There's suspense there's Sloane being Sloane there's a cliffhanger ending Not easy to write about but easy enough to read and start waiting on the next chapter maybe urgently than I'm used toEpisode Five Sleeping Beauty ★ ★ ★ ★ Henrietta Marchen was a perfect exemplar of her kind Her skin was white as snow and never tanned or freckled; the best she’d ever been able to accomplish was a violent burn that turned her entire body as red as her lips which were the color of fresh drawn blood Once in the third grade she had gotten in a fight with another student who insisted on calling her a clown She had blackened both his eyes and he had mashed her red lips back against her white teeth until real blood appeared to make the contrast in her coloration even glaring She had smiled bloody toothed and feral until he started crying for his mommy and he’d never called her clown again and her classmates had stopped looking her in the eyeThanks to the events of the last episode Henry's not available to narrate this one Which is frustrating because we readers want to know what's going on with her but is ever so cool and rewarding because we get this episode narrated by Sloane instead A first person narrator change can be annoying no doubt but sometimes it's just the breath of fresh air that a work needs or can find useful In this case we get passages like thisI lifted the apple turned it to the side without tooth marks and took a bite It was firm and crisp and a little too floral for my taste I’ve never understood the way Snow Whites yearn for apples but then they’ve never understood the way I long to kill them all so I figure it balances out in the endWhich absolutely makes this change worth itSo we're treated to some of Sloane's backstory than we've gotten before we learn a bit about the AFI's Deputy Director we get the return of the HR shrink from Episode 1 we all knew we weren't done with Ciara We also see the team through Sloane's eyes as well as her unmediated take on Elise and BirdieThere was nothing not to like about this Episode it moved the story along well was entertaining as all get out and shook up the status uo in a way that served the story and characters rather than being change for change's shakeIf you're reading this serially or will read it when the whole is complete I can assure you this is going to be a favorite installmentEpisode Six Frostbite ★ ★ ★ While Jeff and Sloane were fretting in the last chapter this is what Henry was going through and pretty soon you start to think that maybe Jeff and Sloane were better off as worried as they were But honestly there really wasn't a lot of plot movement here It's primarily a chapter that expands what the reader knows about the story We get a better understanding of how things work in the whiteout wood that the Snow Whites like Henry in habit we get a little backstory on Henry and Gerry and the beginnings of an understanding what's going on with EliseWhich isn't just to say is all exposition or dull because it's not But the fight scenes the danger the tension takes are of secondary importance It's a good chapter and does a good job of establishing a foundation for whatever is going to come nextThe ending could be cliff hanger y But didn't really feel that way it felt like one hurdle for Henry to conuer It seems like a pretty big hurdle and one not easily overcome But I for one am not that worried about the outcomeOf course with my track record of predicting McGuire means I should probably be sweating bulletsEpisode Seven False Love's Kiss ★ ★ ★ ★ So we were going to do this the hard way Fine I’m Sloane Winters I invented the hard way You want to ignore what’s right in front of your faces that’s okay by me I’ll just laugh even harder when it turns around and bites you AssholesThanks for the motivational speech Sloane said Andrew wrinkling his nose Any time I start to feel like things are going well all I have to do is remember your contributions to this teamHenry's a cool character but man Sloane is just a fun narrator assuming that things get back to their heightened normal I'm going miss herSo there's a Fairy Tale incursion a Godfather Death that I've never heard of but man it doesn't sound like fodder for a Disney movie I'll tell you that Opening with this is a great setup for the chapter there's drama a little action and a few laughs Have I mentioned I really enjoy reading about Sloane?Then things take a turn for the dramatic Henry's back from her little mission but something's not right Even if it has nothing to do with stopping evilsaving the world I hope they can take care of whatever's not right just for Jeffrey's sake And then we get a Rapunzel in action and a not so typical Sloane solutionI've enjoyed what we've seen from Ciara so far but her working on the locks and how she describes it? It's just gold Probably the highlight of the episode I hope if there's another seuel she doesn't disappear into HRI think having this chapter before the last would've been interesting just to see if we'd have been able to figure why Sloane's Spidey Sense was going off without a very strong possibility having been talked about last chapter Even if I'm wrong watching this unfold is going to be very interesting Possibly interesting than seeing what happens with Birdie and EliseEpisode Eight Holly Tree ★ ★ 12 Henry finds a way back home of sorts and at a great cost We learn a whole lot about Sloane about the early days of the ATI and it's predecessors and I even expect a lot of this to come back and be relevant I just don't know what to say about this installment Was it interesting? Yes Does it set up all sorts of things for the future in terms of character plot and everything? Oh yeahBut it didn't grab me didn't get me invested didn't do anything really for me at all but I think I know where it tried to and it just didn't succeed All it managed to do what whet my appetite for Episode NineEpisode Nine Feline Cobbling ★ ★ ★ ★ Just what I needed after Holly Tree Sloane puts the pieces together and the bad guys show their hand But wait there's a fascinating narrative incursion and some real tension both physical danger and a heart and soul in jeopardyThe incursion was a Puss in Boots which just gets our characters out of the office and into a situation where things can happen Which isn't that uncommon this second series but is frustrating I'd have loved to see with this Maruis of Carabas tussling with the Sloane and the team Still what McGuire did instead? So much betterI really can't say about this one like the last couple without ruining the whole thing so I'll just leave it as exciting intriguing and what we learn about what Birdie and Elise makes this series all the interesting As for what Sloane learns about herself? FuhgeddabouditI expect that Episode Ten will be all about Henry and that we'll have to wait until Eleven to see what happens as the result of this one and that's going to drive me crazy Even if I like Episode Ten a whole lot than I have the last couple of Henry centric episodesEpisode Ten Untold Truths ★ ★ ★ 12We've all read enoughwatched enough Body Swap stories to know how this goes down Henry wakes up in a body that's not hers makes her way to the Bureau to try to get her team backShe has to convince than a few people that's she who she claims to be The fact that there are people who work there who have the ability to tell if she's telling the truth should make things easier and probably doesMcGuire doesn't let things get too bogged down with this identity test Between humor one seriously creepy version of Moaning Myrtle and the sense of impending doom things keep moving wellThe plot didn't advance a lot but what little bit that happened was much needed and a positive sign for the next installment Except for the last few paragraphs which will hopefully be the first thing addressed in episode 11Episode Eleven Mirror's Face ★ ★ ★ ★ 12Dying as it turned out was uite a pleasant thing The world went soft around the edges taking all the pain and confusion and betrayal with it They had seemed so important not long ago when time had been measured in years not in seconds Now it was finally clear that they’d never really mattered at allWell now that was something This is probably the Platonic ideal of Indexing episodesWe start with a character putting all of the pieces together at the last second technically milliseconds after the last second I guess We get to see that there are some advantages to living in a Fairy Tale and it's about time too This made me realize that there's really been no upside to be found for these people We see again that Demi is someone not to be taken lightly and that Ciara is in the running for most fun character McGuire's yet given us not just in the Indexing stories eitherThat's before we get to the meat of the action and the center of this story tooMcGuire just nailed this one good character moments high stakes action good use of magic important reveals without for a beat missing the sense of fun that this series demands and she too often loses All of the uestions and concerns I had about this second series were wiped away with this episode it's all been building to this and McGuire pulled it offThe rest of this series is going to be great and I can't wait to see what McGuire does with itEpisode Twelve Never After ★ ★ ★ 12we’re going to stop Adrianna and Birdie from doing whatever it is that they’re planning to do Distort the narrative Turn the stories that wouldn’t stop replaying to their advantage We knew the broad strokes but we’d never uite managed to unsnarl the details I wasn’t sure they had either We’d been at their heels every step of the way and it’s hard to properly plot your evil empire when the damn heroes won’t stop harrying youOh good I wasn't sure about the details either If neither the good guys or the bad guys were that clear about it either I guess it's okay if I was hazy about their evil planI have to admit after the last chapter and the momentum that had built up to it I thought this was a bit of a let down Not much just a bit like McGuire had let her foot off the gas a little bit now that she was in her final lapGiven the nature of what Henry and the others were setting out to do namely rescue Sloane I really can't complain too much that Sloane didn't get to do enough but blast it she didn't It makes sense that there wasn't a lot for her to do but I'd like to think that somehow this could've been dealt with in a better way I'm probalby wrong McGuire knows what she's doing but that was my impression while readingThankfully Andy was there to pick up a little of the slack among other things this is probably the best use of Andy in either book Definitely the best use of him in ReflectionsThe confrontation between Henry and Adrianna was pretty satisfying I wanted I'm tempted to say I'm just being greedy but I think it goes back to the letting the foot off the gas thing I was definitely less than satisfied with the confrontation with BirdieMcGuire used a very effective and subtle way to do an info dump at the end to let the reader know everything that happened off screen and point to how things'll be going in the future I don't know if McGuire are planning on a Season 3 but if they are I have a hunch it'll be a doozySure the ending could've been a little stronger but it got the job done and ultimately that's enoughThe Whole Enchilada ★ ★ ★ 12I'm not sure this one worked as well as Indexing in the episodic format some of the slower chapters the ones with a lot of discussion about the nature ofintent of the Narrative etc seemed slower than they might have in the middle of reading the whole thing at once binge reading? Still it was a stronger serialized story than Indexing which spent a lot of time being episodic to get things rolling I liked the new characters fleshing out the world of the Bureau and so on On the whole a successful book than the last one even if it wasn't as good on a chapter to chapter basisThere seems to be something appropriate to this world to be talking in Gestalt terms so I'll just leave it at that


  10. says:

    So glad I finally read this and delighted once again RTC


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