This is one of the most powerful short stories that I have ever read. Brandon Sanderson was already one of my favorite authors, but this story blew even me away.
Some of the things that were interesting to me:
The hints of the main character's back story.
The exploration of multiple personalities in one person.
The interaction between faith and science.
The last one of these is the most fascination to me. As a man of faith myself I have read books that tackle the seeming discrepancy between science and faith, but none which do it so powerfully.
And, since this book is free, You should definitely get it.
It will not be a waste of your time.
An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.
I thought the narrator was above average and helped you envision what the lead character's life was like with many aspects.
The multiple personality syndrome turned into a detective story. Very unique.
His voices are great and helped to explain the different personalities.
I laughed when you find out that two of his aspects were having an affair! Very clever!
Interesting book. I have never heard of this author before but I may want to read some more of his work.
Brandon Sanderson takes story-telling to a complete different place with this tale. I've never read a book like this before. Oliver Wyman narrates all the different voices he's tasked with extremely well, and he has a lot of different characters to work with in such a short book.
The book is very well written, and I love this concept. I don't know where Brandon Sanderson comes up with these fantastic ideas, but I can' wait to read more of his work. And I hope Oliver Wyman will be narrating. Well done on both counts.
I am not sure how to describe the allure of Brandon Sanderson, as I think he's actually a pretty mediocre writer. The only thing of his I've really loved was "The Way of Kings" and parts of the "Mistborn" trilogy. Everything else has ranged from "Meh" to "Bleh."
But this novella (a free download from Audible) was on the more positive side of "Meh." The protagonist hallucinates imaginary personas - not Multiple Personality Disorder, as he explains several times, since he does not become them. He just hallucinates them. And listens to their advice. Since some of them are geniuses and have advanced skills - skills that he does not have - it makes him appear to be some sort of preternatural polymath.
A dame walks into his office. (Actually it's his mansion. His bizarre gift/disorder/ability has made him rich, thanks to people wanting to study him and occasionally needing his help.) The setup is a bit of a riff on a noir thriller, but this isn't a noir tale, it's a sci-fi tale about a camera that can take pictures of the past. "Legion" has to find it. The man who allegedly invented it wants to find out the truth - or perhaps expose it - about religion. Specifically, Christianity.
Now, Brandon Sanderson is a Mormon, albeit a rather mild and inoffensive one, not like Orson Scott Card. I have seen him play with theology in his books before, and he always keeps it tame. There is some thoughtfulness in his approach, but I knew he wasn't going to do anything so gauche as to "prove" either his religious or his atheist readers "wrong" in this story. So the ending is a little vague, and of course has enough of a hook to make this the start of a series, since Sanderson is trying to be Michael Moorcock and stuffing every single thing he writes into his Grand Unified Sandersonverse.
Not a bad story. I give it 3.5 stars, but am ungenerously rounding down because Sanderson has gotten stale for me, though I am looking forward to his next Stormlight Archive volume.
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What do you do when you have 47 personalities who act separately from you and with each other? Solve crimes, of course. Stephen Leeds does not have personality disorder (at least according to him), he is completely aware of his many personalities, knows they are not real, yet interacts with them as people. Essentially they are different aspects of his brilliant mind that each have unique skills. He can call on them to help him with cryptography, handwriting analysis, chemical engineering, even languages, and come in pretty handy to solve the most challenging mysteries.
Steven Leeds and his several personalities (you don’t meet all of them, about 10) are funny, neurotic, helpful, strange and just fun. Written in the first person, you get a myopic view of Stephen Leeds’ life, but one couldn’t imagine doing this another way.
The book is very short, not much longer than a lengthy short story, even less than a novella. That is fine, it works, though if you used one credit on Audible, you might be a little disappointed how quickly it goes. The plot and the supporting characters are ridiculous and forgettable. The point of the story is the personalities and how they interact with each other and the world. It’s good fun and worth the two hour listen.
Oliver Wyman does a fine job with the narration, keeping the characters clearly defined in your ear. His pacing is good and he remains “transparent” throughout the book, leaving the story for the listener to imagine.
Don’t look for earth shattering revelations or philosophical enlightenment from Legion, just a couple of hours distraction. Overall this is a fun listen and you’ll get through it quickly with a smile on your face.
Audiobook purchased for review by ABR.
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Loved the character development and the rapid fire pace that the story generated, but the experience was over far too soon. Would have loved another 10 hrs+ (or few books) regarding this character. Perhaps the author could write a prequel... :-)
Creative use of the mind.
Another Brandon Sanderson wonder, just wish he could write more-faster. Love the concept and hope to hear more!!!
Stephen Leeds is one of the best but oddest protagonists ever... He is as he puts it... Sane! However other "aspects" the (imaginary friends) of his persona are all quite mad! He is also a genus... Each aspect is so different and funny, but it's only with their help that he's able to solve a mystery. I have just finished listening to the audible version and I loved it! Oliver Wyman really captures the flavor of the book catching Stephen and all his aspects perfectly... So get the book or even better the audio copy and have fun!
I really enjoyed the concepts of this story. very unique stuff and presented well. Would like a full book.