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.
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!!!
This seemed more like a short story in a shared world, rather than a first book in a series. There was little to no character development and the story was resolved very quickly. In my opinion this book should have been free like his other book, Mitosis.
great story, great character. could be an awesome tv show. plus is more science fiction then it is fantasy, great to also read this side of Brandon Sanderson.
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I love the premise where a super genius creates hallucinations to help him track, categorize and process the vast amounts of knowledge that he has. The characters (including the hallucinations) are interesting, funny and quirky and combined with great writing it makes for a great base but in the end it’s a short story and in this case it’s just too short of a story to deliver a great product.
Mr. Wyman does a great job with all the characters.