Thursday, June 6, 2013

Legion ~ Brandon Sanderson

Legion is a novella that I downloaded from Audible because it was free!  (It's not anymore though, sorry.)  Coming in at only 2 hours and 48 minutes, it was a fun quick read and the first time I've read anything by Sanderson.  It's a quick book so, fittingly, this will be a quick post.

Legion is about a man, Stephen Leeds, who has several "aspects."  These aspects are hallucinations, visible only to him, who all live in their own bedrooms in the giant mansion that Stephen bought to accommodate them, and paid for with money that he earned from solving mysteries, which the aspects help him with. You see, Stephen is a genius, though he has a hard time accepting that.  He can skim a book and know all its contents - or one of his aspects will and that's just as good because they accompany him and guide him through any situation that requires that information.  He learns Hebrew in just a few hours in this way.  In this story, Stephen helps to hunt down a missing camera, a camera that can take pictures of the past.

This story was a fun look at a variation on schizophrenia.  I particularly enjoyed Stephen's assertion that he is sane because despite all these aspects, he keeps his life together and does it well: Why would you consider me insane, but the man who can't hold a job, who cheats on his wife, who can't keep his temper in check, you call him sane?  It gave food for thought and it helps that the aspects themselves were generally hilarious and all had far more personality than Leeds himself.  Some had their own delusions and mental disorders as well.

I don't have all that much else to say about this novella, except that it's fun and interesting.  It seems a little like its existence and the fact that it was free on Audible is meant to suck you in so that you'd read a longer book about Stephen and it works, because I totally would.  Oh, and the audiobook narrator was good and entertaining, and did a great job of distinguishing between all of Stephen's different aspects.  If you need a short audiobook for a drive or something, I would definitely recommend this one.

2 comments:

  1. I also picked this up when it was free on Audible but have yet to read it. I'm glad to see such a positive review from you! I'm more intrigued by it now.

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  2. "Why would you consider me insane, but the man who can't hold a job, who cheats on his wife, who can't keep his temper in check, you call him sane?"

    I like this quote. Calls into question taken-for-granted definitions and what we have come to view as 'normal.' Also, makes me want to read the book.

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