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"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 ...more
Hardcover, 88 pages
Published August 31st 2012 by Subterranean Press (first published 2012)
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Kat Stark
Sep 02, 2014 Kat Stark rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kat Stark by: Robin (Bridge Four)


I really liked this one. Don't hate/judge me but this is my first Sanderson read. HEY! I said don't judge. I'll get to his series soon (all of them are on my TBR practically because you GR people rate them so damn high).

And really, I'm not surprised that this short story turned out to be great. Especially when it starts of with a bunch of people living inside a person's brain. Leeds has handfuls of people living in his mansion...only they're not really people. They're hallucinations conjured up
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Seak (Bryce L.)
With Brandon Sanderson, you can always expect something unique and well thought out. It's not even a question. Well, maybe a bit because of that whole finishing the 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
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Michael
I've been a big fan of Brandon Sanderson for a number of reasons. His excellent Mistborn (he really knows how to develop a magic system and kick off a story with a bang). His participation with readers (such as him stopping in on reddit), his desire to bundle print and ebooks, and for his excellent writing classes (which have been video taped and posted).

So when I heard about this short story I picked it up immediately and read it in a single sitting. It was nice seeing the humor of this piece a
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Armina

Actual rating 4.5

One of the best opening lines ever: "My name is Stephen Leeds, and I'm perfectly sane. My hallucinations, however, are all quite mad."

This was a hilarious read not less amusing than Steelheart hence the rating I'm giving it.

Stephen Leeds, a.k.a. 'Legion', is a genius whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personalities or aspects as he calls them: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specia
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Rabindranauth
My name is Stephen Leeds, and I’m perfectly sane. My hallucinations, however, are all quite mad.

Stephen Leeds is Legion, arguably the most brilliant individual alive. He lives in a huge mansion, where each of his hallucinations has their own quarters and such. Each hallucination represents a skill, a side of himself, something he can draw on to do a particular task. Legion is asked to help locate a missing man, a man who invented a camera that can penetrate time and shake the very foundations of
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Becky
I scooped this one up quicker than lightning when I heard it was available for free on Audible. I love me some BSands. And this story did not disappoint, though it wasn't at all what I expected.

In fact, the first little while of the story reminded me a lot of a Joe Hill story. I love both authors, and both are men I'd gladly leg-hump in a flicker of a heartbeat were I to run into either of them on the street... or in a bar... or in their kitchens.

But I digress.

I love both authors, but they ha
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Alexa
When I was young I read Sybil: The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities and while the book has been proved to be a sham, I still find the idea of multiple personalities fascinating, so I was obviously interested in this book.

And I have to say I loved Sanderson's take on multiple personalities and how it differs from the textbook disorder.

The characters (or should I say character?) are well thought, each quite distinctive and filling a specific niche in Stephen's lif
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Kaora
Short Stories.

I hate them. They are over FAR too quickly.

And never has this been more true than with this one: a story about Stephen Leeds, a unique (to say the least) who lives with hallucinations with a variety of skills (and mental conditions). A Navy Seal, a schizophrenic philosopher and many more. Skills he puts to use
solving the mystery of the stolen camera.

Never have I been more happy to see an expected publication date on a book.

GIVE ME BOOK TWO BRANDON.

Leon Aldrich
A long time fan of Sanderson's, I reserved this book from my local library. A novella of less than 100 pages, this paranormal fare should be read by anyone who likes: fantasy, science fiction, paranormal fiction, thrillers, and the authors Stephen King, Dean Koontz, & Anne Rice (just for starters).

Kat  Hooper
3.5 stars Originally posted at Fantasy Literature.

I’m a fan of Brandon Sanderson’s vivid imagination, so I was happy to get a copy of Legion, his new 88 page stand-alone novella. It’s about Stephen Leeds, a man who’s been diagnosed with schizophrenia because he sees and hears people who don’t exist. The thing about Stephen, though, is that unlike most schizophrenics’ hallucinations, the people in Stephen’s head actually help him. They all have their own talents and areas of expertise (and their
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Blue
That was fun! This book had such a cool concept - possibly the smartest man in the world with hallucinations that had their own specializations and even their own hallucinations - that the ending felt too soon. Sanderson could have done so much more with Mr. Leeds and his hallucinations, and there were only a handful of them from the 47 mentioned. I wish he would write more about this character, because I'd very much love to meet the other hallucinations.

Also, I was so entertained with all the F
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Brandon Zarzyczny
I read this last night, and I absolutely loved it. The writing is of course great, and the ideas present are very interesting. My only problem with his concept of a camera seeing into the past is that at one point he debunks it, but then when it works he just kind of goes "oh well". It seemed slightly lazy for a master in magic systems, however there are hints that Leeds is trying to figure it out at the end. At the same time, I enjoyed how the possibility of the different unlikely factors in th ...more
Wyatt Packard
"My name is Stephen Leeds, and I am perfectly sane. My hallucinations, however, are all quite mad." This may very well be the best opening line ever.

As Stephen says, he see's people who aren't really there. They are his aspects and have skills Stephen himself does not possess. He needs a translator. Bam! There's an aspect for that. His own psychologist. Meet Ivy. Someone with a slew of random information. Tobias is here for you. Stephen does not just use his aspects , but he treats them as frien
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Robin (Bridge Four)
3.5 Stars.

What a different story. I really like that the main character is a functional crazy person. Sure he has hallucinations but at least he knows they are hallucinations, so how crazy can he actually be. It seems more like he is a genius that has just found a creative way to make compartments for all his knowledge.

This was just a quick mystery of sorts to figure out and a nice introduction into Stephan’s world. The actual mystery was only so/so for me but I loved the characters and the weir
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Athena (Shardbearer)
I don't know if there is anything that Sanderson writes that I will not like. He straight to the point, give you the facts and lets you process the rest on your own. He knows how to develop characters that you both hate or love. This was short and good, and I want more!!!

Fuglsang
It hurts to give this just three stars but I want to be honest.

The truth is this: this is absolutely brilliant. The concept is made of win, the characters are cool, well-fleshed out (even those who strictly speaking don't exist) and it's even a fun read (normally, when I think Brandon Sanderson, I don't think funny but this is definitely funny). You can really feel Sanderson's hand at work here - it's so typical for him to write characters like these. They're all flawed but loveable and for such
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Rob
This is a short novella, so I'm forgoing my usual format for a short review.

I equate this to a drug dealer. First one is free, and then you're hooked! I snagged the free audible audio book and I will happily buy any more stories Mr. Sanderson chooses to write with this character.

The main character is some kind of crazy genius. In at attempt to keep a hold of his sanity, he has created all these imaginary people who act as sort of knowledge specialists. He has one who is an ex-Navy seal who gives
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Evgeny
Stephen Leeds also known as Legion has multiple personality disorder. He would be a schizophrenic, but actually he is a genius, most probably the smartest currently living person. People ask him for help in two cases: either to study him, or to solve a very difficult problem - like an inventor disappearing with his invention and all related notes.

It is Brandon Sanderson. What else needs to be said? Good writing, interesting story. My only problem is that I could swear I read about exactly the sa
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Eric
Oct 22, 2012 Eric rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of short, smart, fantastical fiction
Recommended to Eric by: Free download on Audible.com
Wow. This was a brilliant story that -- while wasting no words -- gave more depth and layers to its plot and characters than some books ten times longer. It is an exceptional take on mental illness as a super power, with a flawed, yet likable hero/narrator. I hope to see more of Stephen Leeds, a.k.a. Legion, in the future.

I highly recommend this, and it is only 88 pages or two-hours on audiobook. Speaking of which, audiobook narrator Oliver Wyman did a fabulous job of bringing this story, and th
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Bryan
Legion is Sanderson at his best and his worst. Stephen Leeds, nicknamed Legion, is a man of many talents and the ability to learn new ones at a moments notice, but to cope with his remarkable ability he has to put those talents into mental personalities he calls aspects. Aspects are hallucinations that Legion realizes aren't real but he still treats them as if they are, even going so far as to buy a house big enough for all of them to live in and buying plane tickets for the ones he wants to tak ...more
David
Jul 16, 2013 David rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with imaginary friends who have imaginary friends
I am not sure how to describe the allure of Brandon Sanderson, as I think he's actually a pretty mediocre writer. The only thing of his I've really loved was The Way of Kings and parts of the Mistborn trilogy. Everything else has ranged from "Meh" to "Bleh."

But this novella (a free download from Audible) was on the more positive side of "Meh." The protagonist hallucinates imaginary personas - not Multiple Personality Disorder, as he explains several times, since he does not become them. He just
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Richard
8/10

I'm classing this as my first foray into audiobooks (World War Z not included as I did not enjoy that one bit and stopped after a couple of hours) and it was a peach.

Ideal for me as it was only 2 hours long and I don't have a long commute to work, but also as a good entry into the format. The narrator, Oliver Wyman, did a great job on the number of characters/aspects here and each was identifiable by their voice.

The thing that summed this up best for me was at the final climatic scene my ip
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Beanbag Love
This is a short story -- only about eight chapters -- but it's really fun and engaging. I want it to be a television show, I'm that into the characters. I like Sanderson a lot, but I don't follow him closely, so I don't know if there will be a sequel or if this is the start of some kind of serial, but I would be on board if it were.

Desinka
4.5 stars but I'm rounding up because of the entertainment level. I really enjoyed this.
Ashley
Next stop on the Read Everything Brandon Sanderson Has Ever Written train: the novella, Legion. It’s a short read (as implied by it being a novella), but an interesting one. So interesting, actually, that I don’t think the story was well-served in this shorter format. I had too many questions upon finishing. Luckily, a sequel is being published later this year, but for now it’s really my one complaint with the story.

Legion follows Stephen Leeds, nicknamed ‘Legion’ (who saw that one coming!) beca
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Mike
Nov 20, 2012 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy readers, Brandon Sanderson fans
Legion is simply yet another example of Brandon Sanderson's immense talent. The guy is clearly one of the best fantasy writers today and Legion just shows how far that talent extends. I have no idea how Sanderson can publish so many works so quickly.

Legion is a short novella set in the modern day about a guy who sees and interacts with a host of imaginary individuals. These individuals each possess unique skills or knowledge, which they ultimately pass onto Steve, the protagonist.

I was immediate
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Melani
Legion is a decent novella. It’s a quick fun read, however I has a couple of problems. The first being that there are far too many open threads left dangling unanswered. Things get introduced in the story and never really wrapped up, so that the novella feels like the start to a longer story. However what I really wanted to talk about was the religion stuff. Legion is pretty clearly Sanderson’s attempt to work through the faith vs. science dilemma that plagues modern believers. Though couched in ...more
Karissa
This is a novella written by Sanderson that was released by Subterranean press. It is different from other things we’ve seen from Sanderson...more of a sci-fi paranormal thriller of sorts. The premise is very creative and the novella just scratches the surface of what could be a very interesting full-length novel.

Leed is a man who can summon multiple aspects to his personality as people to assist him. The people are only visible to him and he calls them as he needs their expertise. The fact that
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Nikki
I really loved this. I'm not sure why I didn't read it sooner. I am sure that I need to get round to reading more of Sanderson's stuff. I loved the central conceit here, and the different characters/aspects of the main character... It would probably get boring or unbelievable if it was a full-length novel: at this length, it's just right to get you thinking and wondering and trying to work out what a whole novel would be like.

The mystery itself is less engaging than the idea of the characters wo
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Martha
If television networks are allowed to ... remake (?) Sherlock in a million different ways *coughElementarycough*, book authors should be given the same right, right? I'm not saying this is based on Sherlock but if it was, it's a pretty good and original one. Contradicting, I know. Let me elaborate.

The Sherlock comparison was made because Stephen Leeds is a rich, eccentric guy, hired to solve mysteries by different organizations and entities (that's pretty much the gist of the story, too). What s
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“I’m not going more mad,” I said. “I’ve stabilized. I’m practically normal. Even my non-hallucinatory psychiatrist acknowledges that.” 5 likes
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