Indexing

Indexing Never underestimate the power of a good story Good advice cially 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

  • Title: Indexing
  • Author: Seanan McGuire
  • ISBN: 9781477809600
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Paperback
  • Never underestimate the power of a good story Good advice.cially 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 narrativ Never underestimate the power of a good story Good advice.cially 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.

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    1. Actual rating: 2.5"'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 Mulder/Scully 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 question here is the ATI Management Bureau, ATI being short for Aa [...]

    2. My rating: 2.5 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 subsequent stories. This fairy tale world was extremely similar in scope to the graphic novel series ‘Fables’ but in [...]

    3. 3.5 stars(Full review on my blog and on my BL page)With a little more character development, and a little less repetition _ this was originally written as a serialized novel which explains that "problem" _ this would have been even better.However, 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 story.Sloane managed to be my favourite character: I loved her brutal honesty even if it does borde [...]

    4. 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 d [...]

    5. 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 quickly, 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 [...]

    6. Here's the deal. All the fairy tales are true. The essential elements keep repeating, trying to gain a foothold in present day. Thus, there might be 'a major beanstalk incident in Detroit, a gingerbread condo development in San Francisco', or an airborne Sleeping Beauty virus gone rampant. Time for the ATI management team to step in. They fight fairy tales for a living. Clearly, the stories are morphing into their own variations on the theme and causing all kinds of havoc. This makes the job mor [...]

    7. 3.5 stars. Good contemporary fantasy about the ATI Management Bureau, an agency devoted to keeping fairy tale narratives from gaining power and warping reality. First person narrator and ATI team leader Henrietta Marchen is herself a Snow White in abeyance. (Maybe it was just me, but I definitely wondered if this story was inspired by the Thursday Next novels of Jasper Fforde.)

    8. I really liked reading this book, although I think I could have done without all the "potty mouth." This really felt more like a summer read.And yes I know she is also Mira Grant. But I like her writing as Seanan McGuire. what can I say, I'm fickle.

    9. It occurs to me as I sit down to proclaim Indexing’s awesomeness to the world that I have yet to write my review for the most recent October Daye installment…in the meantime let me leave you with one word: TYBALT. ’Nough said.If there was anything other than Gatsby Porn (recorded on audio by Mary Rubinette Kowal–people, IT’S COMING[Yeah I just put a gif in parentheses. The situation called for Pam. What of it?]) that could prove to me once and for all that my love for Seanan McGuire is [...]

    10. 4.5 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 culture.From what I've been able to find out, Penguin and St. Martin's in particular [...]

    11. 2013: 4.5 stars2016: 3.5 starsI’m not so sure what it was I had liked about this so much the first time I read it. I don’t think it’s bad, but it’s just not that great either. The world building is where this story excels. Fairy tales are real. They can control people’s lives and dictate what they do. Most people don’t know fairy tales are real. They can be dangerous. To protect people, the ATI Bureau tries to prevent fairy tales from happening.This was written as a serial, so it was [...]

    12. 3 1/2 stars, I liked this but not as much as Velveteen vs series. The incredible world building of the author is fully displayed but for me the characters just weren't as compelling. I have to say I started out hating Sloane, but she in time grew on me. Now onto book 2.

    13. This was a waste of a really fun premise, for the most part. When I got it, I wasn't aware of the fact that it had been initially published as a Kindle serial, and I don't know if there was any editing before the whole thing was released, but I suspect not. Not just because it could still have used so much editing, but more seriously, I don't think it would have been possible to fix the problems with tweaking, as it needs major overhauling. I don't really feel inclined to spend much time explain [...]

    14. Henry has a bunch of problems and it isn't just the bluebirds that commit suicide by crashing into her bedroom window. She works at making sure the narrative of fairy tales stays out of the real world without killing too many people. She also is a Snow White in waiting. McGuire's novel, at first a serial, details the various crimes that Henry and Co have to deal with. Henry's group is pretty spot on and includes Sloane, an evil step-sister. Sloane, quite frankly, is the best creature in the whol [...]

    15. When fairy tale archetypes want to play out, you better hope someone's around to cut down on the casualties.That's where Henrietta Marchen and her team at the ATI Management Bureau kicks in.Henry is a 709 (Snow White), Sloane Winter is a Wicked Stepsister, James is a cobbler-elf, and Andy is a normal mortal who lost his brother when a Sleeping Beauty put a town to sleep before she starved to death.When the team triggers a non-manifested Pied Piper named Dani to help prevent the spread of a new s [...]

    16. Review also available at SFFaudioAs the author of both the October Day series and, under the pseudonym Mira Grant, the Newsflesh trilogy, Seanan McGuire is no stranger to writing urban fantasy. But, as you may have deduced from the blurb, Indexing is not your run-of-the-mill hot vampire-on-werewolf ménage-a-trois urban fantasy. Instead, it’s populated with fairy tales. Here be Pied Pipers, Frog Princes, and Mother Gooses (Geese?) in spades. In the moribund desertscape of urban fantasy, Indexi [...]

    17. As a serial, I adored Indexing, though I am kind of curious as to how it will hold up as a single story when I go back and, inevitably, reread it. In my initial read, the first several chapters were a little bogged by McGuire re-introducing the characters in every chapter and, though I knew where I was in the story because I knew there were twelve parts to the story, I'm not sure that—by story alone—I would've known as clearly that, okay, this is the middle of the book, okay, now we're start [...]

    18. I grabbed Indexing because it was a recommended book that I should enjoy and enjoy it I did. The premiss is quite interesting. Fairy tales replay themselves time and time again over the centuries, without the assistance of the ATI Management Bureau the effects could be devastating to society.Modern day fairy tale with a wicked twist.I was completely invested in the first couple incursions but after after a few, I started to loose interest. I had really high expectations for the story but felt th [...]

    19. I hadn't tried any Seanan McGuire before, so picked this up when it came up as an audiobook special. The story is relatively light in tone, even as it emphasises the darkness of the fairytales that are the core of this world.The story revolves around a government agency dedicated to preventing the driving narrative of fairytales from attaching itself to people and forcing them into the roles and plot events of the story. So random people are forever in danger of becoming Sleeping Beauty, or the [...]

    20. I am generally not a fan of urban fantasy, but the idea of fairy tales struggling to play out in the modern world was kind of intriguing. I like the idea of narrative force and fairy tales manifesting themselves differently in order to survive. However, this book had a number of problems.But first, the good things. McGuire has a pretty great concept. The modern manifestations-Sleeping Beauty as patient zero with a super contagious sleeping sickness, for example- are pretty brilliant. McGuire kno [...]

    21. 2.5 stars.Amusing and quirky at the beginning but quickly devolved into a repetitive, cliched narrative. Bit of a one-trick pony with the trick recycled repeatedly. The more you delve into the story, the more you realize there isn't more to the plot than the surface premise. To prevent it from being more of a parody or a farcical tale, social themes were injected. Unfortunately, the injection felt abrupt, contrived and forced, seemingly proceeding more out of a determined and premeditated plan t [...]

    22. The more I think of this book, the more annoyed with it I get. It isn't bad in itself, but it tastes of wasted opportunities and rushed writing.The core concept is solid enough: fairy tales are real, in a sense. They impose themselves onto reality and try to twist it into their own shape and form - you can have Sleeping Beauties in comas, dying before their prince ever gets to them (and taking entire villages with them), or Snow Whites poisoned by apples ingested in some way, shape or form.It is [...]

    23. What happens when a folklore major with a penchant for murder writes a book about fairy tales? Indexing, which Seanan McGuire describes as Grimm and Once Upon a Time crossed with Criminal Minds. The premise is goddamn brilliant: the members of the ATI Management Bureau investigate "memetic incursions"—fairy tale stories trying to come to life in the real world. Better yet, most of the members are fairy tale characters at various levels of "active" themselves.The Kindle Serial format allows for [...]

    24. I like the idea of this series, basically "Once Upon a Time" meets "Men in Black," but something about it kept me from loving it. Part of it was that the characters didn't feel very well-developed, which might have been a difficulty because McGuire had to create characters who were a combination of their own selves, and the tendencies forced upon them by the power attempting to make them relive fairy tales. Another thing that kept me from engaging as well as I could have with the story was the f [...]

    25. Episode 1 - 4.5 StarsI love Seanan McGuire's InCryptid series so when I heard she was writing a serial on fairy tales, I had to give it a try. McGuire was able to give fairy tales a whole entirely different spin and she does it incredibly well.At first I was kinda lost with all the ATI reference numbers since I didn't know what they stood for but as the story progressed you start getting the hang of things. We have the ATI which is an obscure government branch that is in charge of protecting peo [...]

    26. Much modern fairy tale fun. Great premise and execution. Phenomenal treatment of LGBT characters and trans issues.I loved how similar the magic system was to the Tradition from the 500 Kindoms series. It had some science and philisophical updates for compatibility with gritty urban fantasy, but the underpinnings were all the meta-story aspects that I love.Seanan McGuire's tone and cliche writing style both have some elements that always bug me, but the character depth and the overall solidity of [...]

    27. I am going to read Indexing again, probably many more times, because I tried to unravel the fairy tales instead of just enjoying the story. I purchased Indexing as a complete ebook. I am glad that I did not follow it as a serial, since some of the chapters ended in cliffhangers. Seanan McGuire's trademark snark, humor, and action are all present in this quirky story of a world where fairy tales are real in the most literal sense.I got a dead tree copy of Indexing from my library for my rereading [...]

    28. K - I tried. I really tried. I made it to 75%. I found the characters boring and the world confusing. It just made no sense to me. Add this to just not caring what happened to the characters . . . and it was DNF for me. I may, at some point, read the last chapter to see what happens . . . but I don't even care that much.

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