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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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.
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
It's a decent story but I am not as enamored with it as many other Sanderson fans out there. This was my first Sanderson novel (short story), and I can't say it grabbed me like other readers. Some readers will give it five stars and say the author's the best that ever lived! (See five star reviews) Was I missing something? Maybe...
I'm not saying I won't read another Sanderson book, and I plan on starting a longer series very soon. But I'm expecting a little more spark to the stories, then I'll gladly jump on board with those devoted fans of his.
Overall: Based on other reviews and how much I remember, it might be a repeat for me. This is a middle of the road book for me at the moment.
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I got the second one free but didn't want to listen to it without listening to this one first. It's a quick story but well worth a listen.
Awesome opening to a series. It's short so ive listened to it multiple times. Cant wait to see what other aspects and possibilities this story may bring. Being so short but thrilling it felt like a pilot episode of a TV show, but a great one.
I love the entire concept but I'd love to read a full story instead of the way too short, short story. I look forward to its sequel!
Normally, I don't give 5 stars to any books unless they are well established classics that seem to have the right gravitas.
I give this book 5 stars out of pure enjoyment. The story of an insane genius who knows he is insane but not crazy. A person that has such a capacity to retain knowledge that he has imaginary friends in which to store his different areas of expertise. The personas or aspects around him have very developed personalities and have taken on lives of their own. He talks with them argues with them and they show up on dates when they are not wanted. And guess what, when people see you arguing with someone who is not there, they think your crazy.
Having a good concept though will only take you so far. You have to have good plotting, good dialog and interesting characters. I find the main antagonist Stephen totally fascinating as I do all of his aspects and the problems people come to him for help with are intriguing and novel.
I was highly disappointed to see that, so far, there are only two in the series and they are fairly short works. Novellas really. But they are inexpensive and highly enjoyable.
I am waiting and hoping that Mr. Sanderson will follow up soon with more as I will surely buy them.
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