Sunday, July 28, 2013
Indexing (Episodes 1 -5)
Despite being a bit in love with Indexing (Goodreads | Amazon) I can't review it. Between Seanan McGuire and re-imaginings of fairytales I was doomed from the start. So why can't I review it? Because well, frankly, it's not done yet.
Indexing is this really cool urban-fantasy Kindle serial written by one of my favorite authors Seanan McGuire. It's based on the premise that fairytales are real and that the fairytale narrative tries to force it's way into our world attempting to destroy reality as we know it.
Indexing takes place in the ATI Management Bureau a super secret branch of the government tasked with stopping the fairytales before they get started. Our main character is Henrietta, a Snow White in abeyance who is in charge of a team agents, a combination of normal people alongside fairytale characters including an aborted Wicked Stepsister, who fight the fairytales every day. It's everything you expect from McGuire -- gritty, funny and compelling. It's the type of read that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I flew through the first five episodes and can't believe I have to wait two weeks for the next chapter.
But you know what? I'm pretty excited about the concept of Kindle Serials. In two weeks without any extra work or money the next episode will automatically download to my e-reader. It's nice to know that every two weeks I'm going to receive a kindle-present from one of my favorite authors. When you're a blogger buried by unpredictable galleys it's nice to have something reliable drop into your e-reader every so often. It's like the literary-gods are saying "Here I think you need this."
And they're right. I do need Indexing, like Cinderella needs her fairy godmother, except oh goodness not really because I don't want to be a fairytale character. If you're expecting something fun and frothy you should probably step away, because this book has all the darkness the Brothers Grimm infused in their original fairytales, but more unpredictable, twisty and compulsively readable.
If you want more of an explanation of how the Kindle Serials works check out Seanan McGuire's blog post. And did I mention this gem is only $2.99? Because for this type of story and this quality of writing, that's a bargain.