Salute Your Shorts: Indexing by Seanan McGuire

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June 27, 2013 by Heidi

Salute Your Shorts

Salute Your Shorts is a regular feature here at Bunbury in the Stacks highlighting and reviewing short stories and novellas.

Indexing by Seanan McGuireTitle: Indexing [Goodreads]
Author: Seanan McGuire
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Standing: Sirailific.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published: Every other Tuesday!
Format: Kindle Serial
Source: Purchased.

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 going to extend far beyond the boundaries of the Toby Daye universe, it was Indexing.  I mean maybe some other creative genius out there thought to combine my love of urban fantasy and fairy tales into one, but since I found Once Upon a Time to be a veritable suckfest and this is the first such thing I’ve read, McGuire takes the cake–no, pie (because it is the far superior baked good)–pie, and my heart.

Seanan McGuire writes Indexing like a true fan.  A fan of fairy tales and all of the havoc they could wreak were they to be set loose on modern urban society.  Indexing tells the story of the ATI Management Bureau–a sector of the government positioned to keep you safe (and ignorant) when it comes to all things happily ever after.  A good portion of their agents are living somewhere on the fairy tale spectrum–some are fully activated in their tales, others are in a hold-pattern, while some have diverted from their paths entirely.  Not everyone was born to be part of a tale, in fact, most of us are just innocent bystanders to be felled by an emerging 410 (a Sleeping Beauty).  Oh, and did you know there’s code numbers for all fairy tales?  BECAUSE THERE’S CODE NUMBERS FOR ALL FAIRY TALES.  The ATI utilizes the Aarne-Thompson classification system which is a real freaking thing.  I love you, folklorists.

Can you people just IMAGINE what would go down were a Sleeping Beauty to emerge in a metropolitan area in the real world?  We’re talking fairy tale-level sleeping sickness, but without the magic to sustain those bodies for 100 years.  Yeah.  Turns out people need food and water and stuff to survive, even when they’re in a fairy tale-induced coma.  Oh, and how about having to get up and go to work every morning knowing you’re just one poisoned apple away from being a full-on Snow White?  Bluebirds flocking to help you dress may sound cute, but having them kamikaze into your window in the morning because they just can’t stay away?  Not so charming.

So here’s the deal–I don’t want to dig too far into the characters and plot because I’m just learning about them myself!  Indexing is a completely new reading experience for me.  In that it’s a very old-style of reading experience.  You know back in the day how a lot of Sci Fi/Fantasy (like Aasimov) was released through serialization in magazines?  Well, Indexing is being released the same way as an e-book!  New chapters are released every other week, which automatically download for you to enjoy.  The entire book will be released in print once it’s complete, but I’ll quite happily keep counting down for my chapter every 14 days!

I’ve also reviewed: 

Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire (October Daye 1)
A Local Habitation by Seanan McGuire (October Daye 2)
An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire (October Daye 3)
Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire (October Daye 4)
Through This House by Seanan McGuire (October Daye 4.5)
One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire (October Daye 5)

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7 comments »

  1. Emily says:

    I just got the first three issues of Fables from my library based on your first blog, and now you show me this! You are going to be terrible for my TBR list. (And by terrible, I mean amazing.)

  2. VeganYANerds says:

    This sounds completely different to what I usually read! It sounds like a really interesting take on fairy tales!

    • Heidi says:

      It really is, Mandee–it was kind of a mash up of things I do usually read, and it worked really well for me!

  3. I am fairly curious to read this serial – although I think I’ll wait until it’s released at once (the price won’t go up, will it?). Too many books to read as it is and I’d prefer to consume a book quicker than a chapter a week or so. I didn’t know that about Asimov or other sci fi stories, but I did know serials are a super old form of story distribution. Even Dickens released a few of his books that way. It’s cool, but I don’t think it’s super practical for me personally.
    And yes! Part of my research on Beauty and the Beast brought me into contact of/use with the Aarne-Thompson classification system. I agree – it’s pretty awesome. And it’s awesome that McGuire is actually using that system in her own story.
    This sounds so intriguing. I look forward to hearing about more of your thoughts, Heid

    • Heidi says:

      I’m actually curious to see if the price does go up once the whole book is released. If they’re going to release it in print, I’m pretty sure it’d be mass market price ($7.99), though I’m not sure the digital price would go up. The serial thing is working for me better than I thought it was. I think it helps that I’m used to reading comic books (once a month), and I enjoy lots of short stories. I’d somehow never heard of the Aarne-Thompson classification system before! It’s awesome. I hope that you do pick this one up once it’s all out, Amanda, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

  4. This sounds so awesome. But it’s Seanan Maguire, so what else could it be? I was SO excited the day I realized Mira Grant was a pen name and that she had a billion other books. I have yet to read any of them but, oh, I will.

    Also, I’m dumb and spent like a minute trying to figure out what TYBALT was an acronym for. Then I realized it was a name. *hangs head*

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