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Indexing by Seanan McGuire
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did not like it

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 knows her fairy tales and has put in a lot of great thought as far as modernizing them and identifying the elements that let us know this is a Sleeping Beauty variant and not a Snow White variant. And that's interesting, especially when you think about the real cultural variants of these stories. She doesn't do a bad job with characters...but they do tend to be a bit like stock characters. Bad-tempered savant goth? No-nonsense field agent with a soft side for her team?

The format of the story was super confusing. She begins some chapters in third person from the victim's POV, but then shifts into first-person for Henry....sometimes. She also clutters things with jargon-she's always slipping into "agent talk" and needing someone to explain these concepts. Also the pacing is pretty uneven and she throws in new characters and events randomly that don't seem to really have any meaning or impact on the overall plot.

Ambitious, but ultimately fails to hit the mark.
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