So, I get this email from Audible telling me that they are offering a free download from one of my favorite authors Brandon Sanderson. The book is Legion: Skin Deep. Liking anything free, I downloaded the book. However, I figured before reading that book, I should listen to the first book in the series Legion, which is not free. Figuring two books for the price of one was still a good deal, I used a credit on this book.
I'm not still sure if I got such a good deal. I'm a huge fan of Sanderson, but unfortunately I really didn't care much for this book. It's only two hours long, but I grew bored of the constant chattering in the lead character's head fairly quickly, and even fell asleep listening once. Not good for such a short book. Also, about three quarters of the way through the book, there is literally a bomb that goes off at a weird point, and the book is rushed to a quick end.
Don't get me wrong. This book isn't horrible. But at 2 hours, I'm not sure it was interesting enough to waste a credit. Not sure if I will ever listen to the book I got for free.
This book is shorted than i thought but very unique and surprising.
It's intelligent and thrilling and got me to buy the next one right after.
This is an amazing story. The interaction of the lead character and his hallucinations is wonderfully done. This books is a genuinely refreshing take on mental illness. Also the ideas presented in the book about time travel are unique. Oliver Wyman gives a great performance, giving each character their own vocal personality. His accents are very well done.
Fan of Fiction, And really really good naratives.
Its a very interesting question of can a person fully utilize there gifts and what are the costs.
The main character is all the characters.he understands who he is. Well at least he think he does. But it gives him purpose. This is more like Sherlock with a problem story.
Be all you can be.
Brandon Sanderson is fantastic. I have yet to read or listen to a story of his and not love it.
It fascinates me to think how one person could have such and incredible imagination. Although... maybe Brandon has a few "aspects" helping him out!
I don't know if this should be considered sci-fi or if, like Diana Gabaldon's
novels, they need a separate category: fiction multiple personality mystery?
Either way, I thoroghly enjoyed this, & wish there were more. As a RN for
more than 30 yrs. I have KNOWN people similar, but not as coherant!
Great main character with multiple imaginary sidekicks.....or are they imaginary?? Ha! Glad to find there is a second book! Hope there are several to come.
Audible has failed to edit this audio. In the middle of a sentence the reader will say "Here's an alternate" and then repeat the line slightly differently. Or if he misread a sentence he will read it again correctly. Those are recording artifacts that are supposed to be edited out but haven't been. Pretty amateurish.
I read a lot of Brandon Sanderson in 2014 (3 of my 26 books) and enjoyed all of them. On a recent Audible sale I picked up both Legion and Legion: Skin Deep without even reading the description of the book. After listening to the very short Legion I can say that its a very different Sanderson then I've ever read. Instead of his normal hardcore fantasy writing with complex magic systems, Legion is a relatively tame mystery.
The story follows Stephen Leeds who you meet at the beginning of this novel in his mansion where he introduces the reader to his many imaginary friends. Yes that's right he has a bunch of imaginary personas. These persona's are used to increase his intellect and solve a slue of mysteries. The first we're introduced to is a camera that can take pictures of the past. As long as its pointing at something it can take a picture of that spot throughout history. When the camera goes missing he boards a flight to Israel where the cameras inventor is trying to either prove or disprove Christianity.
Its a really great short story and one that I finished in a day. I cannot wait to read the next novel and see where the story goes. I hope it continues with this historical camera because it could have some major ramifications on both the world and Stephen Leeds.