Sunday, 16 December 2012

Review: Legion

Legion by Brandon Sanderson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I always enjoy Brandon Sanderson's stories, because he's so inventive. Who else would come up with this scenario? Rather than having multiple personalities which he switches between, the main character of Legion hallucinates multiple personalities as external people with their own psychological issues - and their own areas of extreme competence, which makes him desirable as a consultant by people who have unusual problems. He knows he's hallucinating, too, and claims to be sane.

The particular unusual problem is also an interesting one. A devout scientist has invented a way of taking photographs through time. He's stolen the prototype from the company that's funded it and flown to Jerusalem. The other scientists, of course, assume that photographs he takes of, for example, the tomb of Jesus will inevitably disprove faith, but is that in fact inevitable?

I'd love to read more about this unusual superhero. Not only his primary personality, but his secondary ones are engaging and fun to read about, and Sanderson is a good enough writer that even a man who is good at basically everything doesn't become simply a Gary Stu who never faces significant obstacles.

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