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Indexing Kindle Edition
“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 bestselling author Seanan McGuire’s new urban fantasy where everything you thought you knew about fairy tales gets turned on its head.
This book was initially released in episodes as a Kindle Serial. All episodes are now available for immediate download as a complete book. Learn more about Kindle Serials
About the Author
Seanan McGuire was born and raised in Northern California, where she has lived for the majority of her life. She spends most of her time writing or watching television, but also draws a semi-autobiographical comic strip and has released several albums of filk music (science fiction and fantasy themed folk music). To relax, Seanan enjoys travel, and frequents haunted corn mazes, aquariums with good octopus habitats, and Disney Parks. Seanan is remarkably good at finding reptiles and amphibians wherever she goes, sometimes to the dismay of the people she happens to be traveling with.
- ASIN : B00CDXPL3I
- Publisher : 47North (May 21, 2013)
- Publication date : May 21, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 3064 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 418 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #23,830 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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In any case, I loved the twist on fairy tales affecting the real world at large in an almost Men in Black meets Leverage sort of way. Plus bonus the stories here are every bit as dark and often gruesome as the original folk tales, and it just works so so well that way. So yeah, definitely a book (and likely duology once I finish the sequel LOL) that I would recommend to anyone who likes twisted fairy tales :)
I was most surprised by those most critical, and don’t understand how so many in that group stated confusion and felt there was no point to the separate characters and their stories. They mentioned they had trouble finding a cohesive theme.
This makes me think they’re not familiar with folklore, or even fantasy, for that matter. I also find it hard to believe they actually gave the book a chance, or even finished it for that matter. But than again, we all have different ways of digesting what we read, and a preference to written style and formatting.
I did end up having to use the X-ray feature on Kindle for a few of the characters that had been mentioned early on, or further back. More from it being so face paced, and not so much from confusion.
I also reserve 5 star reviews for those one of a kind, never forgotten novels. Those are rare. This one came very very close!
By the end of the book, I was truly rooting for the ragtag, dysfunctional team, that had more or less formed their own unconventional “family,” versus the “nuclear family”, which has become rarer in today’s day and age. The old adage of not being able to pick your family, but being able to pick your closest friends no longer holds true. But, I digress.
Some of what happened, especially by the end, was more or less predictable, but there was a few things that were unanticipated. Neither good nor bad on either point. I kind of have a feeling as to where the next book in the series will head though. Without providing spoilers, I will say the antagonist caught me off guard, even though I had a few in mind I thought it may end up being. Nope!
In all my reading of fantasy and folklore I had absolutely no clue about the Arne-Thompson Index! Wow! I did further research on this and was briefly educated on what an amazing body of work this is, and I look forward to actually reading more on it. I would think this is a goldmine for those in this particular genre, and maybe it is. Maybe it’s a well-kept secret for a reason. Lol The amount of work, ideas, and plotting, which could be had from this could be invaluable.
I must add the fact that I was so stunned to actually enjoy this book so greatly, it took me a few days to even rate and review the book.
I had this in my Kindle Unlimited library for longer than I ordinarily do, before attempting to read this. I almost returned it a few times to clear up a few spots, since my capacity is usually at max in my Unlimited. The cover of the book kept throwing me off, and it was only due to the description of the book, that made me hold off, and than eventually begin to read it. Im so glad I kept holding out and my reservations proved to be for the best!
HIGHLY RECOMMEND for those into the
folklore/fantasy genre, as well as many others!!
On a side note, I wish more of her books were available through the Unlimited feature of Kindle.
I love retelling and extending fairytales. I really need to find that index they're using for this. I'm not usually a fan of procedural, but it is a perfect format for this. What a great way to drop into different stories. Using stories to fight other stories, and people struggling with their stories.
Stories are dark. This revels in it without denying the story itself. Not trying to make them realistic, but more how we cope with these weird and terrifying occurrences.
Even when this seems to break further way from the modern and dive deeper into their monomyths, it just lifts up the work.
I can't imagine to wait between the different installments as this was originally released.
It is a very fun concept - I have a huge interest in archetypes and how they affect people, how we integrate them into our lives and how - without realizing it - they drive our responses. Ms. Mcguire takes fairy tales, a classic base for archetypes, and says "What If?" What if fairy tales pick people to be their vehicles, so their story can be told? How would this affect our world? What would the government do, did they know of it? They would create the ATI (The Aarne-Thompson Index Management Bureau) to police the phenomenon and the people affected by it.
I'd rate a little higher but I'm not a fan of the Serial narrative in which a larger story is strung out over a series of short stories. Because Indexing isn't really a short story collection, but more of a story told in vignettes. Ms. McGuire is such a damned fine writer that she makes the style work but it does give a little repetition as she has to reestablish some of the core things about characters and world in each vignette. Still, all together a darned good read with excellent writing, great characterization that explores what makes us 'us' - nature (or external powerful forces) or self-nurture (what we demand of ourselves and how we fight our influences and impulses (or give in to them)), and an interesting take on archetypal concepts.
I would, without hesitation, recommend this story to others to read. I might even suggest I would pester people who like archetype-focused urban fantasy to do so.
Top reviews from other countries
I loved the novel concept behind this story and a lot of the execution was done well, but...
I can't help feeling that this was actually let down by being a Kindle Serial Novel. This is the first of it's kind that I've read, and unfortunately, it's not made me inclined to try another one. I got this novel as a complete download, not serialized, so I don't know if this is an issue with the serialization, or with how the author chose to treat it, but the repetition in each chapter was just distracting. We do not need to be reintroduced to the characters every time, nor does the concept of the Index need to be repeated with each new case. Even if there was a significant time lapse between chapter publication (I do not know and I don't want to malign unfairly) the reader is not going to have a) that bad a memory or b) the inability to go back and reread previous chapters before embarking upon the latest.
Here's a confession - I used to read fanfiction. Sometimes, due to the authors' other commitments (usually school) there would be anything up to six weeks between chapter uploads. That didn't mean that a complete recap of the characters/plot was necessary when they finally decided to update - the story just continued where they had left off. So I'm confused as to why an established author found it necessary to do what amateur fanfic writers already know puts off a reader?
Having said that - it got better. Once the main story got going (around Chapter 4) where there was a recap it was done mostly as an expansion of the character, rather than the same details rehashed (there were still some elements of this, but often done as a character explaining to a new character in story, so easier to swallow).
As I mentioned at the beginning, the main idea of the story is at the same time a twist on an original concept and, where this has been done before, a further twist on the revised concept, and the fact that I was intrigued by this treatment kept me reading beyond the rather weak first three chapters to the meaty main story which I did finally enjoy.
Three stars - it was okay, but the repetition in the chapters could have been edited better.
Now normally in my reviews I comment now on what I didn't like...but I won't here as I believe that the pitch was pretty much perfect for the subject matter.