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!!!
Solid narration, entertaining story telling. Hope there are more stories to continue the tale. Reminds me in some ways of Sherlock Holmes.
I am quickly becoming a HUGE Brandon Sanderson fan. I only recently become introduced to Sanderson a couple of months ago when I read Steelheart and I am starting to realize that I have really been missing out. This story was completely unique and entertaining. I love how different this story was from anything I have ever encountered before. This story is short but it is highly complex and detailed.
I decided to read this story because I thought I had the audiobook already in my audible account, I discovered that I actually had the second book in the series so I quickly remedied that situation and started listening right away. I think that the narrator did a fantastic job with this story. He voice was soothing to listen to and he did such a fantastic job with a wide range of characters.
Steven Leeds is probably one of the most interesting characters that I have encountered in a book. He is never alone. He lives with his aspects, otherwise known as his hallucinations. Each one of his aspects is an expert in a certain area. Steven claims that he is not a genius and that his aspects are the intelligent one. Of course, he also claims that he isn't crazy and to be honest he acts completely sane if you ignore the fact that he spends most of his time talking to his hallucinations.
Steven is quickly enlisted to help locate a missing camera. This isn't just any camera. This camera takes photos that should not exist. When he thinks about what this camera means to society, he feels he has no choice but to try to find it. Steven and his aspects make quite the formidable team as they work to achieve their goal. There are moments in the story when I just need to stop and think for a bit, moments I laughed a little, and other times where I could find out what was going to happen next fast enough.
The characters in this story are unbelievably good. Sanderson was able to create a man with a mansion full of hallucinations who appears to be completely sane. Every single aspect that were involved in the story had a distinct personality. While everyone around Steven saw a man talking to nobody, we, the reader, got to see exactly what Steven saw and it was amazing. I never experienced a moment of boredom during the story. Of course, how could I? J.C was running around with guns and hallucinations having hallucinations - I simply had no idea what could possibly be next.
I would highly recommend this story to others. I cannot wait to spend more time with Steven and his aspects. I will definitely be reading more from Brandon Sanderson in the not too distant future.