Stephen Leeds isn't insane, precisely. Oh, sure, he does hear and see friends that no one else sees, and he lives in a mansion that houses them all. B...moreStephen Leeds isn't insane, precisely. Oh, sure, he does hear and see friends that no one else sees, and he lives in a mansion that houses them all. But he's aware they're not real, and he uses them as a detective to help his subconscious work through cases. This particular case concerns a rather interesting camera the can take pictures of...well, really you should read and find out yourself.
Legion is a short, fast-paced, dialogue-heavy little mystery. It's shorter than Sanderson's usual stories, but it works pretty well within those constraints. Sanderson's definitely getting better at writing shorter stories; the last such one I read (Infinity Blade: Awakening) was okay as a story, but the pacing felt somewhat off for its length. This story seems to get it more right, including just the right amounts of back story, setup, action, and resolution -- and a hint of deeper ideas to keep you thinking. (It probably doesn't hurt that Sanderson's writing on a blank slate, rather than being locked into a setting designed by someone else [and not even for a written story, either!].) There's still somewhat of a feel of it being a longer story compressed into short-story format, but it's a definite improvement. Here's hoping Sanderson gets more practice! (And, perhaps follows up on the obvious dangling threads of the story, at some point.)(less)