Wheel of Time thing...but otherwise, you can expect what I just said.
That's one of the best parts about reading
Sanderson. Yeah, he's got great characters, compelling plot twists and
stuff. But what makes him a pleasure to read is the way he makes
something like epic fantasy vibrant and new. His unique ideas and magic
systems become characters of their own and half the reason I continue to
read is because I want to experience more of it.
Legion [US - only $2.99 on Kindle] [UK] is no exception. As the novella begins, "My Name is Stephen Leeds, and I am perfectly sane. My hallucinations, however, are all quite mad."
lives in a 47 bedroom mansion inhabited by himself...and his
hallucinations. They are each unique, we're lead to believe, but we only
deal with a few of them for this story.
His hallucinations tend
to specialize in different things that help Leeds to be quite the
problem solver, which lends well to detective work, not to mention the
desire for every shrink in the world to want to study him.
uniqueness to this story is that the hallucinations essentially make
Leeds a genius. In some way that is not explained, as long as Leeds
takes some time (a very short time actually) to familiarize himself with
a particular discipline (such as weapons or linguistics), he will
immediately create a hallucination that is an expert in that subject.
Having recently read The Hollow City,
I can't help but wonder who had the idea first. I know Wells and
Sanderson are friends. Not that they're exactly the same conept, they
just both deal with a protagonist who has hallucinations. This one's
much more Sandersonized (of course) with the well thought-out system
whereas Wells' seems to be closer to actual schizophrenia.
the end, it's a really fun concept and tons of fun to read, especially
when for instance the hallucinations are tied up along with Leeds and
one of them frees himself up to untie the rest. Or, when they drive,
each of the hallucinations needs their own seat.
As if you needed any impetus to read this novella, just do it, have fun, be happy. :)
4 out of 5 Stars (Highly Recommended)
on Rating: While a fun concept (I know, I can't stop saying "fun"),
it's not my favorite of his. I also prefer fantasy, so that plays a big part. I can see this concept expanding into more,
but I think it really worked best with this shortened format. I think I
would have tired of it were it any more, but I'm sure I'll have the
opportunity to find out.:)
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