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Posted September 11, 2012
Legion is a fantastic short story: part mystery, part psychology, with plenty of humor and action to keep the pace brisk. The characters are diverse and interesting, the story asks some very deep questions about the nature of thought and belief, and Mr. Leeds and his multiple hallucinations are simply begging for a sequel (or a television series).
However, there are some minor issues that prevent me from giving it the full five stars. In particular, the simple constraints of the length of the book make the plot feel almost rushed, especially towards the end of the story. Many supporting characters are not given more than a page or two of characterization, which leaves them somewhat flat. While this is understandably a result of the short story format, it is somewhat disappointing given Sanderson's incredible epics.
Those minor critiques aside, I would strongly recommend picking up a copy of Legion. It's a great way to spend a few hours, and it may even make you ask some questions about your own reality. I would love to read more adventures in the Legion universe, but hopefully as full-length novels where the fantastic cast of characters Sanderson has created have a chance to truly shine.
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Posted March 28, 2013
Brandon Sanderson has definitely established himself as an idea man in the fantasy/scifi genre. While many lament an "ugh, not yet ANOTHER magic system" from his other works, little do they know that is by design on a grander scale. In this short story, he doesn't fail to disappoint and it's great to see more work outside of his Cosmere.
The idea that there's a man so incredibly smart that his one personality cannot keep track of everything so instead has created a personality, an aspect, representing his varying facets of expertise is well done. It's not completely spelled out and in fact the character himself denies this despite Sanderson leaving some subtle clues that it really is all him, but with limitations such that it makes the reader almost believe that the main character really is just an ordinary guy summoning these aspects to assist him.
In equal part genius is the format. Sanderson is largely known for his sweepingly large epic novels, but it's obvious from this and The Emperor's Soul that despite already having a lifetime's worth of material to write in the form of the Stormlight Archive and the ongoing Mistborn novels, that he's still cranking out ideas. And these short stories are the perfect way to get these ideas out without having to dedicate 250,000+ words to get them out. No, not everything is fleshed out (which I'm sure Sanderson himself would still need to do in a larger volume), but it throws the idea out to the readers to digest and immediately want more.
Personally, I think this story has a great potential to turn into a serial TV show. There's a couple over arcing plots with the superb potential for a weekly episodic plot. And with that, Sanderson could pass the reigns of writing episodes off to others while still staying involved.
Overall, I'm looking forward to seeing more of this. I hope he doesn't go epic with it. He's already got that. Let's see something different...
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Posted December 10, 2012
If you've never read any of Sanderson's work you should do so immediately! Legion, though a quick read is an awesome novella. I envy those of you who are discovering this or any of his works for the very 1st time.
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Posted June 8, 2013
Excellent novella, great new character, very unique and interesting story. I want to echo what I have seen from others. The absolute first thing I thought when finishing the book was that it would make an amazing serial TV show. This character is really well built to be able to write any number of captivating shorter stories. I don't think a full on epic novel would suit the character really well. Rather developing his character arc over time, through a number of novellas would be a great way to go.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted January 4, 2013
I think it was a neat idea, a man so smart he literally can't handle it, so his mind creates separate personalities that only he can see to take on parts of his knowledge. it definitely left me wanting to see moreWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 28, 2012
I respect Brandon Sanderson as a writer, and have read most of his non-teen books. I liked this story, it was worth the money, but I wanted more. I hope he makes this an ongoing series because the base idea intrigued me. A new take on the brilliant schizophrenic non bad guy (yet).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted November 18, 2012
great story, very creative and intelligent hope there is another book coming. That leads me to my only complaint it was too short and I am ready for part 2Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted October 22, 2012
Brandon Sanderson delivers yet again in this short novella. I prefer longer books and was concerned that the story would not have time to build, climax and deliver a satisfying ending but my fears were unfounded. Sanderson has proved once more that he has earned his place as one of the best!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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