Indexing, Episode 1: Attractive Narcolepsy by Seanan McGuire

I’m having a hard time making any headway worth noting with my main read — Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls, so I was glad when I got the notification that Episode 2 of Indexing was ready to download. A great reminder to take a break from Robert Jordan, et al. and read Episode 1.

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IndexingIndexing by Seanan McGuire
Series: Indexing, #1.1

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Episode 1: Attractive Narcolepsy
What an intriguing concept — and difficult to explain without just quoting either the text or the publisher’s description. But essentially, seemingly at random, Fairy Tales come to life, taking over people’s lives, forcing them to reenact the basic plotlines over and over again — leaving ruined lives and corpses in their wake. There’s an MIB-type organization dedicated to controlling these events and preventing Muggles from realizing what’s going on.

It’s hard to know what to say about this episode, there’s a lot of pipe laying here — setting the stage, introducing the characters/world/concept — and only the barest of stories. But what we got was entertaining enough to keep me reading. As a short story, I’m not sure how engaging it was. As a first chapter, it’s a start — especially since it’s McGuire steering this ship. Future episodes likely can’t come fast enough.

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