Brandon Sanderson is one of the most significant fantasists to enter the field in a good many years. His ambitious, multi-volume epics (Mistborn, The Stormlight Archive) and his stellar continuation of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series have earned both critical acclaim and a substantial popular following. In Legion, a distinctly contemporary novella filled with suspense, humor, and an endless flow of invention, Sanderson reveals a startling new facet of his singular narrative talent, read by Audie Award-winning narrator Oliver Wyman.
Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society. The action ranges from the familiar environs of America to the ancient, divided city of Jerusalem. Along the way, Sanderson touches on a formidable assortment of complex questions: the nature of time, the mysteries of the human mind, the potential uses of technology, and the volatile connection between politics and faith. Resonant, intelligent, and thoroughly absorbing, Legion is a provocative entertainment from a writer of great originality and seemingly limitless gifts.
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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.
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Well, let's first say OOPS. I was so excited about getting the free ebook from Audible for LEGION: SKIN DEEP that I didn't realize that was book two in stead of book one in this series of novellas (also an issue I have when series titles end up being book titles too) so I listened to the second one first and the first one second. Actually, I think I ended up liking LEGION: SKIN DEEP better because of that! (Though I would have liked it better either way... Okay, I'm just rambling.
Anyway -- I really enjoyed these novellas! They were a bit more science-fiction than fantasy with a psychological twist. Since I actually read the second one first, I got more info about Stephen Leeds than is divulged in the first book (obviously) but I didn't really feel lost either. His aspects were incredibly interesting and there were some hints at what exactly they were -- or weren't -- that kept me guessing. I really loved the various characters -- both real and imaginary -- and it was really interesting to see how the scenes unfolded when Leeds was the only person who could see and interact with this aspects.
SKIN DEEP had much more of a plot than LEGION (it was much longer as well) so that was my favorite of the two. I sort of just felt like I was catching up and there wasn't a whole ton of substance to the original novella besides the introduction that I'd already received (plus some plot, but the fact that I had the bulk of this knowledge about the aspects kind of slowed the book down a bit for me -- my own fault, obviously). Reading these two really had me craving more, though! I can't wait for the next novella and I love that I was able to read (listen) to this so quickly!
Even though they were novellas, they still had plenty of plot (especially book two) and I was really hooked on the second book! I love that it was a bit more mystery and sci-fi than fantasy this time around and I can't wait to see where else this series plot goes because so far I'm definitely intrigued and very excited!
A schizophrenic man stays "sane" by compartmentalizing his many gifts in the form of hallucinations, people that help him work through problems and think fast for him. Legion is a very fast read and an interesting concept. There's a lot of potential to solve mysteries and problems through this method. I'm looking forward to more stories about this guy.
Very good idea, however, it felt that the best parts were not told. It is, after all, a novella only. So excellent for a short trip, but if you’re looking for a full-developed novel better stay clear of it - you might be disappointed.
Narration is alright.
I really like the the concept for this character. The story was just ok. I hope the new story has more to it. I still recommend this as a short story and intro to the concept.
Far fetched idea written in a story that entertains.
All of his personas.
The Butler and of course, the main character.
Yes, because it was so short and I didn't want to miss anything.
Funny, intriguing, and it makes you wonder if there are really people like this in our world.
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