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Legion Hardcover – August 31, 2012
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In Legion Stephen Leeds shows the reader how extraordinary his `problem' is when he works on a case to track down a missing scientist. The strange man has created a camera that takes pictures of the past, and the company who financed the development of the camera wants control of the device.
Brandon Sanderson has shown his imaginative brilliance in this unique tale. In Stephen Leeds he has created a bizarre character who imagines other bizarre characters that work together to make a single individual who is amazing in his depth and uniqueness. That in itself is a solid piece of the story, but the camera is another, at least in the ramifications of such a device. In Legion Brandon Sanderson takes the camera and asks what are the potential hazard of such a device to politics, religion, and blackmail. He shows that such a camera would be a wonderful device, but one that could bolster, or destroy all our beliefs. Would the world be prepared for such truths, and would such a camera do more to destroy or help?
If you're looking for a story that is truly unique with a little mystery, comedy, and science fiction then I would strongly recommend this tale.
The many hallucinations of Stephen Leeds provide a great variety of personalities that play well off each other and the protagonist. Sanderson continues to show his humor with an abundance of wit in how each hallucination behaves and interacts with each other and the real world. They are a treat to read and in typical Sanderson fashion, the plot is swift and engaging enough. Legion, though, is too short for my liking, which is why I did not give it five stars. Definitely a solid four, maybe four and a half.
Legion shares a similar trait to The Alloy of Law: both felt like incomplete stories, but Legion's even more so. I know it is a novella and they are supposed to be short, but that does not change how I felt when I finished both novels. It almost seems as if Sanderson did not want or did not have the time to finish the full story and instead provided a tantalizing, though mildly frustrating, cliffhanger. Ultimately it is a minor grievance, though I wish Sanderson spent a few more days finishing the story. ...Read more ›
When it came last week, I sat down and really enjoyed this little gem. It's a fun story that makes a great Saturday Morning read. The plot's fun, if a bit simplistic for a Sanderson work. Of course, the length of the work does limit how much can go into it. It had several really enjoyable aspects, though. I liked the idea of exploring the lines between sanity and insanity. And there is an absolutely hilarious romantic interlude that I had to read over a couple of times just to get how kooky it was.
So, as you can guess, I didn't purchase this novel from Amazon. And I actually payed a lot more than the Amazon price to get LEGION. But there's a reason that I got it the way that I did. I rarely buy books in a physical format anymore. If I really want to read something, I get it for my kindle or I borrow it from the library. I do this with comics and movies, too. It's just less expensive in the long run, and it saves on space. But there are some things I want to own. I want the pleasure of possession. And Sanderson's novels fall into this category. It's going onto the shelf next to all the other pretty Sanderson novels to be adored. Every once in a while, I'll take it down and mutter something about "precious," eat some raw fish, and indulge in a phlegmy cough.
Between this, the Mistborn Adventure Game, and The Emperor's Soul, I've got plenty of collecting to add to the shelf this year.
Just a quick edit. I've decided to purchase the e-book version of this through amazon.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very easy read... too fast! I have never read a main character to have such depth... and depth... and sideways... and over. Fascinating relationship he has with his selves. Read morePublished 15 hours ago by Lawrence
Good short story. I'm a huge Words of Radiance and Elantris fan, so, I pick up just about anything Sanderson writes. Paid $4.99 for it, would have felt better if it were $2.99.Published 1 month ago by Michael Garris
Interesting book. It has something about it that captures your attention. Very unique story. However it is too short and the ending for me did not give much satisfaction to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Doublek
I've read quite a few of Brandon Sanderson's books and they all have a similar feel. This book is an exception. A very new and creative story. I liked it enough to write a review.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Read both books in a day. I really liked the story line...too much of a breeze through compared to Sanderson's Stormlight Series (I haven't read anything else of his yet). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Herbager
This was a fantastic story that left me wanting more. Very interesting story, would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great read.Published 2 months ago by Me
Very different premise. I loved the "characters". Rarely do I ever wish a book to be longer, but I am sorry this is just a short story. Read morePublished 2 months ago by laura Radocy
Legion was a good novella, but I didn't think it was up to Sanderson's skill. Granted, it is harder to develop characters and story in a short story or novella, but I still found... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Isaac Mathews