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Legion

(The Exorcist #2)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  8,217 ratings  ·  337 reviews

Just in time for the 40th anniversary of The Exorcist -- Legion, a classic tale of horror, is back in print!

A young boy is found horribly murdered in a mock crucifixion. Is the murderer the elderly woman who witnessed the crime? A neurologist who can no longer bear the pain life inflicts on its victims? A psychiatrist with a macabre sense of humor and a guilty secret? A my

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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Tor Books (first published 1983)
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Mandy It's a densely written novel, and it doesn't place all the answers out there on a plate. I found it interesting and compelling, but the word…moreIt's a densely written novel, and it doesn't place all the answers out there on a plate. I found it interesting and compelling, but the word 'entertainment' never sprang to mind. Some of the cultural references were new to me, and I found myself googling the odd word or two, many of them turning out to be Yiddish, and whilst they're not essential to understanding the story, it's all part of absorbing the book and the author's intent. It's a good book, I can say with pleasure after reading it all, and would fit in nicely if you like Thomas Harris, perhaps. Horror? I'm not so sure... it has horrific elements, and it craves a supernatural milieu, but it didn't really terrify or scare me in any way.

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Aileene
PRE-READ

When Ben asked me if I wanted to buddy read this scary as f*ck story, naturally, I said,

... I think I may have ran to the wrong direction...

Commencing on the 25th of August.
*looks at Ben and mouths*
If I lose night sleepS, you're in big trouble, Stahl



POST - READ

Yes. I have indeed ran to the wrong direction.
But not because the story spooked me.
No.
And that is why I was very disappointed and aggravated.


Background.
I was excited to read this. Very excited actually because I have read
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Johann (jobis89)
"Every man that ever lived craved perfect happiness, the detective poignantly reflected. But how can we have it when we know we're going to die? Each joy was clouded by the knowledge it would end. And so nature had implanted in us a desire for something unattainable? No. It couldn't be. It makes no sense. Why this exception? the detective reasoned. It was nature making hunger when there wasn't any food. We continue. We go on. Thus death proved life."

A young boy is found murdered and crucified on
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Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
“We have every indication that he died of fright.”

As a coincidence, I finally re-read The Exorcist after more than 15 years in December. I followed this up in January with a re-read (been more than 10 years) of Legion, the sequel that inspired the third flick. Strangely William Peter Blatty took his last breath three days later. RIP for the author, he dished out some chilling stories.

We all remember the bizarre and relentless Lieutenant Kinderman from the original story. He kept up his friends
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Paul Holstine
Parts of this book are incredible, parts rambling nonsense. In the first half of the book there is 1 page of story for every 5 pages of commentary on God, Evolution, Pain Therapy, "Modern Science", Metaphysics, Causality, Etc. all from the perspective of good old 1983.
It's written strongly and laced with undertones of an exhausted father who's children just refuse to see the light, despite all of the "facts" to the contrary. Many times the book makes a point of how "facts" confuse the truth whi
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Paul
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A polished supernatural mystery with an easy reading style that keep the pages turning. I would have given this five stars except for segments of introspection and Jungian philosophy filler. This is concentrated at the start though, and can be easily avoided (unless it's your thing).

This was also the basis for the movie, The Exorcist III, starring George C Scott heading an all-star cast, with an especially memorable appearance by the always creepy Brad Dourif. It has some terrifying scenes, incl
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Leslie Chivers
Jun 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel scared the beans out of me. It had me questioning myself, faith, society, everything. Not many books have had that type of impact on me.
Benjamin Stahl
After First Reading - (4 Stars)

William Peter Blatty is my favourite author, even though I've only read three of his books and liked merely two of them. He just has such a brilliant talent for evoking terrifying impulses whilst captivating you into believing every word of his writing. He writes like an established poet and he understands "scary" even more than Stephen King. The Exorcist is his masterpiece but Legion, the belated sequel, is still a very scary, very dark, very memorable story.

Afte
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Tony Gleeson
Dec 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Exorcist" scared the bejeebers out of me when I read it many years ago. "Legion" was Blatty's sequel (as opposed to the nonsensical theatrical sequel with Richard Burton) and it haunted me for slightly different reasons. The protagonist might well be going through some kind of brain malignancy, and Blatty describes some odd neural phenomena as well as introducing the necessary supernatural stuff. I actually think this was a much better structured and composed book than "Exorcist." Also, bei ...more
Lauren Mann
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The philosophical questions about good and evil and God's role in both was wonderfully laid out. Kinderman is such stellar character. Although I did not like it as much as The Exorcist, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it held up in comparison. It's a mixture between a supernatural/possession novel and a murder/crime novel. Worth the read!!
Sud666
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Well I must say this was underwhelming. Perhaps disappointing is a better word? The original book was excellent and deserves mention as one of the finest horror stories of all time. This? Well don't let the abnormally high score on GR fool you, it's not good. At all. The only reason I gave this 2 star instead of the more appropriate 1 is that I did finish the book (though I almost quit three times) and there were a few brief moments of "Wait it's getting better....aannndddd no...no it's not".

Stu
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Charlie Collins
Dec 09, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror

I had high hopes because I liked The Exorcist so much but this one wasn't the same quality.
Levi Walls
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 to 4.5 stars. I love Blatty's prose and his existential ponderings through the beloved Detective Lieutenant Kinderman. A sarcastic, yet deeply compassionate character that you can't help but love through all of his blustering, or schmaltz as he likes to call it. A fun, yet beautiful character who refers to one man that had passed on as "a poem," and another lady who went insane over lost love as, "A giant, in a world where love doesn't last, she was a giant." He says all this while constantly ...more
Hester
Oct 13, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Here are some blurbs on the back of Legion.

"I devoured Legion in one terrified gulp. It even manages to out spook The Exorcist."- Los Angeles Times

"Heartbeat-skipping horror. Read Legion only on a sunny day."- Cosmopolitan

"Ten times better than The Exorcist ... The suspense is breathtaking, and the ideas dark, deadly, and fascinating." The Cleveland Plain Dealer

So what the fuck was I reading? These blurbs are full of lies lies lies! Lies I say.

This book is not scary, not terrifying and didn't
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Andrés Garzón
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terror
William P. Blatty lo tenía todo para hacer de esta LA secuela perfecta de ''El Exorcista'' pero no se que ocurrió.

De casi 300 páginas que tiene el libro las 175 primeras se hacen eternas...suceden cosas interesantes, sí, las descripciones de los asesinatos son brutales, sí, Kinderman es un muy buen personaje, sí, peroooo queremos acción, queremos saber mas, queremos demonios y no nos los dan hasta despues de las 175 primeras páginas...ocurrió algo bastante gracioso y era que me encontraba realiz
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Jorge
May 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Legion" is a more successful work than the "The Exorcist III," the film adaptation of this book that author William Peter Blatty also directed.

Studio meddling had something to do with the sloppiness of the film, but reading this novel reveals some of the faults lie in the source material. This supernatural murder mystery starts strong, but Blatty seems to rush his way through the end. The last third of the novel struck me as disjointed and less than satisfying.

That said, Blatty expertly juggles
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brianna
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is more or less a follow up to The Exorcist, and it's actually a great deal better than The Exorcist. I do recommend reading the predecessor first, because a few fairly major plot points will have a lot more meaning and be much more interesting if you've first read The Exorcist.

I love the character of Satan/Lucifer/The Devil in almost any work of literature, and any rumination about the nature of human or 'divine' evil, and this book delivers it. There's almost a Rust Cohle-esque feel to Ki
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Alex Bledsoe
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoughtful meditation on the nature of good, evil, and God, disguised as a horror-tinged thriller. That's not a criticism; it's essentially what "The Exorcist" was as well. Some characters carry over, but this is pretty much a standalone, with its own points to make. If you enjoy dense, digressive prose done well, then you'll like this.
Luciana
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was pretty neat, but even if it had sucked, it'd still have 5-star detective Kinderman. He reminds me of my dad, and that's the biggest compliment I could pay anyone.
Donna
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very hard to follow; between the detective's nonsense ramblings and the demons ramblings.
Heather (glitterandlashes)
Wow! Just wow! I was blown away by this book. It pulled me in from the first page and I ended up finishing it in one sitting.
The Face of Your Father
‘Legion’ by William Peter Blatty is more psychological thriller than horror. That being said, ‘Legion’ contains more frightening sequences in less than 300 pages than some books can in 1,000 pages.

Lieutenant Kinderman is investigated a series of grisly murders. These murders appear to be the same style of the Gemini Killer who has been declared dead for twelve years.

‘Legion’ is a slow burn in every way. Many pages are devoted to the philosophical monologue of the main character about the meani
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Alex
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wait, this was seriously written by William Peter Blatty?! What a shame! That alone is a fright. I was SOOO disappointed with this book, and doubly so given The Exorcist is my all time favorite horror novel. By a long shot. The first 250 pages were nothing but pure flatline. The book starts with a murder but no real orientation or grounding. It's full of extreme confusion, odd dialogue, excessive and disjointed ramblings (many times in Yiddish) by Kinderman. A total waste of time to read. It's b ...more
Emily Petit
This is a verbose and rambling novel, with characters that are clearly intended to be captivatingly real but aren't. It takes itself far too seriously, both in the prose and in the protagonists overwhelmingly boring contemplations about life, science, and God. But the religious theory broached near the end is such a magnificent and hilariously logical burst of creativity that the novel might have something worthy of serious consideration after all. It has its moments of excitement, creepiness, a ...more
Jorge Soto
No es precisamente una novela de terror, yo mas bien diria de detectives, esto no quiero decir que sea mala, tuvo sus partes buenas, aunque las primeras 100 paginas se me hicieron aburridas, en comparacion con la novela de "El exorcista" (ya que este es la secuela) creo que se quedo corto! :/
Thomas Strömquist
Repeated the success of The Exorcist this one did not. Far too complicated and long-winded. Does not keep the interest up.
Nicholas Kaufmann
In the twelve years that passed between THE EXORCIST and LEGION, its sequel, author William Peter Blatty honed his writing skills. For the most part, I found LEGION to be a much better written novel than THE EXORCIST, at least on the prose level. When it comes to focus, however, I found Blatty's writing here as frustrating as ever. Whole scenes and conversations amount to nothing and go nowhere. The entirety of the story is crammed into the first few chapters and the last few chapters, with the ...more
Missy (myweereads)
“Would you like to hear a nice definition of jealousy? It's the feeling that you get when someone you absolutely detest is having a wonderful time without you.”

Legion by William Peter Blatty is the novel about the death of a young boy who is found murdered in a horrific way. The evidence from the crime scene match those of a serial killer who everybody thought was dead. This case begins to take some strange twists and turns and it falls on Lieutenant Kinderman to solve the case.

Firstly I adore
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Elyse
I did not particularly care for Kinderman in The Exorcist and he is the main character of this book. Ugh. He's incredibly irritating. So I did not enjoy this book. I was also expecting more from it since The Exorcist was so good and I was very let down by Legion.
Sergei Ter-Tumasov
Полнейший бред!!!!!!!!!!!!!

В этой книге плохо всё! Давненько я не читал такой напыщенной чуши! Да и, в принципе, хорошая мистика мне ещё не попадалась.
Jim Dooley
A philosophical, moralistic debate framed within the confines of a paranormal murder mystery. Once more, the investigator from THE EXORCIST continues his mental struggle regarding the nature of Good and Evil…and why Evil is allowed to exist in the first place. Is it an argument worth having? Ah, therein lies the rub.

As the story opens, it has been years since the horrific events of THE EXORCIST have occurred, and years more since the established death of one of the most notorious serial killers
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William Peter Blatty was an American writer and filmmaker. He wrote the novel The Exorcist (1971) and the subsequent screenplay version for which he won an Academy Award. Born and raised in New York City, Blatty received his bachelor's degree in English from the Georgetown University in 1950, and his master's degree in English literature from the George Washington University in 1954. He also wrote ...more

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“Would you like to hear a nice definition of jealousy? It's the feeling that you get when someone you absolutely detest is having a wonderful time without you.” 18 likes
“Every man that ever lived craved perfect happiness, the detective poignantly reflected. But how can we have it when we know we’re going to die? Each joy was clouded by the knowledge it would end. And so nature had implanted in us a desire for something unattainable? No. It couldn’t be. It makes no sense. Every other striving implanted by nature had a corresponding object that wasn’t a phantom. Why this exception? the detective reasoned. It was nature making hunger when there wasn’t any food. We continue. We go on. Thus death proved life.” 9 likes
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