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.
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!!!
Highly entertaining, and extremely well developed for a short story. Already went ahead and purchased the next book in the series, it is awesome!
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An interesting view on Stephen's psychosis of his mental illness. To Stephen his personalities are tangible people and they learn or know things on their own without his genesis supplying facts. I actually read the second book in this series first because I happened to have gotten it free and it was also good, this one is my favorite from the two. Defiantly an original idea that will spur me on to reading more by Brandon Sanderson. My biggest complaint would be that it is not long enough. Narrator is great.
I am a fan of all of this author's writing. Mistborn is my favorite. You can depend on the story introducing you to a new way of looking at people and/or the laws of physics and nature we are used to applying to life. But some how Brandon presents it in a way that you get caught up in the story and for a while you stop questioning the premise. I would recommend his books.
Better character development and less generic plot.
Yes, I think he seemed worse than he was because of the bland dialog, so perhaps he'd be fine with something better written.
All of them. They are all very one note characters and I don't find any of them likable.
I like the idea for the story, but it felt like Sanderson took a generic outline for a story and just filled in the blanks with what he thought were interesting characters only because they were diverse and had a few overused quirks. The detective doesn't have any real relationships with his hallucinations other than "Oh, you guys. You're all such characters!" He just kind of passively walks through the story as people tell him what to do. He doesn't seem to care about or want anything other than some briefly mentioned girl he met once.I think it would make a better movie than a book so long as the dialog was rewritten. The whole story kinda reads like a movie trailer that gave away all of the plot, but didn't have enough time to develop any real characters.This is my first book by Brandon Sanderson and I hope his full novels are more interesting. I think he gives great writing advice on his podcast Writing Excuses, but it seems like he followed his rules in a very robotic way.