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Policing the Narrative: A Fairy Tale Urban #Fantasy – Indexing by @SeananMcGuire #Review

Welcome to my Fairy Tales Hop Stop!

“Everyone thinks of [Fairy Tales] in terms of poisoned apples and glass coffins, and forgets that they represent girls who walked into dark forests and remade them into their own reflections.”

Seanan McGuire, Indexing

I love fairy tales! I especially love the trend for the last few years in urban fantasy to retell them. From Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles), to Charming (Pax Arcana Book 1) (am reading this one now and loving it!) to my favorite so far, Indexing by Seanan McGuire. Today’s hop stop is featuring Seanan’s original Kindle Serial novel. I read it as it came into my inbox last year. I have not done a review so I will leave you a short one! No matter what your flavor is, it’s not hidden knowledge people dig fairy tales. Look at Once Upon A Time,  Lost Girl, and Grimm. I cannot get enough of them!

Love…All things Fairy Tale? We’re celebrating them in all their forms…originals, adaptations, twists and retellings. Sweet or steamy or a bit twisted! Hop through all the blogs for giveaways at each stop! And don’t forget to enter the grand prize drawing too!


Speaking to Tink: “You’re a… you’re a complex Freudian hallucination having something to do with my mother and I don’t know why you have wings, but you have very lovely legs and you’re a very nice tiny person…”

Peter Banning (Peter Pan)


Policing the Narrative: A Fairy Tale Urban #Fantasy – Indexing by @SeananMcGuire #ReviewIndexing
by Seanan McGuire
Pages: 404
Published by 47North
on 2014-01-21
Genres: Contemporary, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy, Fiction, General, Science Fiction, Urban
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“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



Did you know there is a group of agents whose sole job is to prevent fairy tales from going the way they always do. Can you imaging Sleeping Beauty (or story code 709) of INDEXING, a clever retelling of the people behind the FT’s, the folks who prevent a much more disastrous apocalypse from taking place and even though she wakes up with blue birds bashing into her window, and the occasional patch of wild flowers growing in the living room, at least for Agent Henrietta Marchen** of the

Sean McGuire really has spun a fun one. I thought she could not top the troll cabbie from October Day (which BTW The Winter Long debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List in position #12…), oh no no no she did. Try fairy tales happening in different incidents in an alternative earth world build where evil queens, pied pipers, Snow Whites and Cinderella’s step sisters are alive and well and just don’t realize it. Where sociopathic, sometimes unaware fairy tales make a foray into the real world. When an apple sometimes really is not safe to eat and your co-worker is suffering not so much from a bad case of PMS but is truly an evil step sister! Guys I love Sean and this was not a disappointment. I would suggest trying to read it like a serial novel, so chapter by chapter one a week. It will be fun, and it will be read as it was intended. BUT, if you have to… if you just cannot stop READ IT! And giggle like I did. I will never look at a bottle of SPF 50 the same way again! Grab an apple, make sure you check to see if it is you reflecting back at yourself in it’s gloss and get yourself a really festive and hilarious entry to the urban fantasy genre. ** Marchen means Tale in German. Clever girl! meet-the-author-nifty-font-green

About Seanan McGuire

There is a world where everything works. There is a world where everyone is multi-talented, where everyone can write, sing, versify, draw, dance, sew, and turn their hands to anything you care to name. There is a world where it’s not necessary to add “an it harm none” to “do what ye will,” because it would quite simply never occur to anyone that harming another was in any way good or useful. There is a world where it’s good, it’s admirable, to be passionate about anything and everything, whether it’s small plush ponies with big boggly eyes or the correct sequence of line-endings in a sestina.

Seanan McGuire has come, at great personal cost, from this world, to live among us. We are enriched thereby.

Based in California (where else?), she has been sighted all over the planet at unpredictable intervals: it has been theorized that, according to quantum theory, so many people know who she is that it has become almost impossible for anyone to knowwhere she is going to be. The most likely place to find her (apart from, of course, here, this weekend) is on LiveJournal, where she posts songs, diatribes, encomia and general chat at a rate which leads one to wonder how she finds the time to do all the things she writes about. She is a soon-to-be-published author, and I guarantee her stories will blow your socks off, assuming you’re wearing socks. Some don’t. She has been known to take on all comers at poetry-writing and win, though I have heard that she has been doing less of that since the day when someone behind her drawled “Go fer yer scansion!” and she turned round and there was this kid… And, of course, there is the singing, as you will hear.

I had intended, when Harper asked me for this bio, to come up with some extravagant fantasy about Seanan’s origin and early life, and I spent a long time trying to do so. The fact is that no fantasy could be more exotic or more delightful than the reality, and to make up stories about this lady would be to demean the truth of her existence. Besides, she can do it much better herself.

Seanan McGuire, ladies and gentlemen. They don’t come much better.

Seanan is the author of the October Daye urban fantasies, the nCryptid urban fantasies, and several other works both stand-alone and in trilogies or duologies. In case that wasn’t enough, she also writes under the pseudonym “Mira Grant.” For details on her work as Mira (all things of zombie and pandemic goodness), check out


GRAND PRIZE for the whole HOP… $100 Amazon Gift Card and my own personal giveaway of the very very cool Fairy Tale bracelet! International giveaway for mine!


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What is your favorite Fairy Tale?



If you are looking for a more contemporary read? Check out my #MondayBlogs REVIEW AND A RECIPE posted today for When You Make It Home by Claire Ashby. I also share my secret recipe for MULLED CIDER!



  1. I’ve never watched those shows. I know I should. I have always loved BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.

    • OH I did too! Do you watch the new one?

  2. My favorite is the lesser known, East of the Sun, West of the Moon. It’s a rather feminist fairy tale actually.

    I watched OUAT religiously but I think I’m going to skip the new season. I HATED Frozen and have zero interest in the gimmicky crap they pulled with bringing that into the storyline. They can say it wasn’t because it’s so popular but money talks. 😛

    OH! And yay for featuring Seanan McGuire! Did you see the nail wraps she’s got for her FEED series (written as Mira Grant) in the Espionage Cosmetics kickstarter? They glow in the dark! So cool seeing a book series getting licensed merch like that. (

  3. You have made me really want to read this book. It sounds exactly like the kind of book I will enjoy. 🙂

  4. I love both Once Upon a Time and Grimm! They are two of my favorite shows! I don’t have a favorite episode of either one, although I haven’t seen the most recent season of Once Upon a Time yet.

    As for favorite fairy tale, I don’t have a favorite but I do like the re-tellings which have brought back some of the darker aspects of the original versions of the tales.

  5. I liked the part of your review where you mentioned sleeping beauty with the blue birds bashing into the windows & flowers growing in the living room, makes me want to read a book with that in it to find out just where it would go. Having read the original Sleeping Beauty this sounds like an interesting twist to the story

  6. my favorite fairy tale is Cinderella though enjoy many others and have read the Grimm fairy tales.The fairy tales I have seen on Television are Cinderella,Sleeping Beauty the Disney ones based on the original books

  7. Favorite show is Once Upon a Time. Used to watch Grimm when it first came on, but got away from it.

  8. yeah, I agree with everyone really did a great job sharing the book…I think I may pick it up as well. I can’t say as I have a favorite fairy tale…although I really love Alice in Wonderland…so maybe that counts. Great post!

  9. Cinderella; never watched either show

  10. I have picked up Indexing, but have not read it yet. Sounds like it is going to have to move up the reading list. I like the idea of a chapter a week and lots of giggles 🙂 Thank you for sharing your thoughts and of course for the lovely giveaway opportunity.

  11. I have watched both Once Upon A Time and Grim. unfortunately if you miss an episode of these really good shows you are lost. So at this point I am waiting to get caught up 🙂

  12. I’ve only been able to watch a few episodes each of Once Upon a Time and Grimm, but I loved what I saw. My favorite fairytale is the Snow Queen (the original, not Frozen).

  13. i like fairy tale and then the braclet look great

  14. I started out watching Once Upon a Time, but about 2/3 the first season, I lost interest in it. Grimm looked way to dark for me. I’ll admit, I much prefer more happy ever after fairy tales.

  15. The Little Mermaid is my favorite fairy tale. I used to watch Once Upon A Time, but I got behind on the episodes. I intend on going back and watching them though 🙂

  16. my favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast.

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