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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.
18 of 18 people found this review helpful
“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.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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!!
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
...but still worth listening to.
I LOVE Seanan McGuire's works, the woman is both insane & incredible, & this story definitely feels insane....but it just didn't feel as fully formed as her other books....
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I tried. I really did, but this book is rubbish.
I recognise character types (and accents) used in the October Days series, but they are overblown and annoying in this far too cynical story. If feels like the author hates all the characters.