Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds

Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds

by Brandon Sanderson


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Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds, is #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson's novella collection of science fiction thrillers that will make you question reality—including a never-before-published story.

Stephen Leeds is perfectly sane. It's his hallucinations who are mad.

A genius of unrivaled aptitude, Stephen can learn any new skill, vocation, or art in a matter of hours. However, to contain all of this, his mind creates hallucinatory people—Stephen calls them aspects—to hold and manifest the information. Wherever he goes, he is joined by a team of imaginary experts to give advice, interpretation, and explanation. He uses them to solve problems . . . for a price.

His brain is getting a little crowded and the aspects have a tendency of taking on lives of their own. When a company hires him to recover stolen property—a camera that can allegedly take pictures of the past—Stephen finds himself in an adventure crossing oceans and fighting terrorists. What he discovers may upend the foundation of three major world religions—and, perhaps, give him a vital clue into the true nature of his aspects.

Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds includes Legion, Legion: Skin Deep and the brand new, shocking finale to Leeds' story, Lies of the Beholder.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250297792
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Series: Stephen Leeds Series
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 155,402
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He is the author of such bestsellers as the Mistborn® trilogy and its sequels, The Alloy of Law, Shadows of Self, and The Bands of Mourning; the Stormlight Archive novels The Way of Kingsand Words of Radiance; and other novels, including The Rithmatist and Steelheart. In 2013, he won a Hugo Award for Best Novella for The Emperor's Soul, set in the world of his acclaimed first novel, Elantris. Additionally, he was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time® sequence.

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Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Liked everything about this... read it in one day... kept me thinking and laughing! Very imaginative!
CaptainsQuarters More than 1 year ago
Ahoy there me mateys!  I love Brandon Sanderson's work but hadn't read any of his new work since 2016.  Travesty.  Luckily, I finally listened to this short story collection.  I am certainly glad I did. This book contains all three novellas about Stephen Leeds.  Stephen is an odd sort who hallucinates personalities (aspects).  He has over 50 of them.  These personalities are created whenever he needs to become an expert on a new skill.  A thing he can accomplish in hours.  To pay for the mansion to house them all, Stephen solves mysteries. The problem with his aspects is that it is getting harder and harder to control them.  Last time he lost control, one died.  With that death came the loss of knowledge that the aspect knew.  So when he goes off to solve the latest problem, he has to contend with the aspects not following orders and behaving more strangely than usual.  Will Stephen get them back under control?  Or will he lose more aspects and perhaps his sanity? I absolutely loved this premise and the aspects.  I loved that Stephen knows they are not real but treats them like they are (most of the time).  I love their relationships with each other.  I loved that some aspects had their own hallucinations.  I loved that some aspects knew they were imaginary and some believed they were real.  I ended up falling in love with both Stephen and (most of) his aspects.  In particular I loved Audrey, Ivy, Tobais, and J.C.  I wanted them to be "real."  I also loved Stephen's butler. Other crew have had issues with the series ending.  And I kinda see why.  It makes sense within the boundaries of the story and the characters.  But at the same time, there is something unsatisfactory about it.  I am not sure if it is because the end seems so final.  There is no need for future stories about Stephen.  And yet I somehow want more from Stephen and his aspects.  Could it be that I just am too in love with them to let them go? Whatever the case may be, I adored this trilogy of novellas and find that yet again Sanderson has given me another amazing tale to ponder the ramifications of. Arrr!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this take about the many 'aspects' of Stephen Leeds. The author does a great job diving right into a fast-paced tale featuring a protagonist and his many interior voices. The relationships that Stephen develops with his 'aspects' are as real as any he has in the 'real' world. Intriguing on a lot of levels, there is an interesting piece of self awareness throughout that adds to the sense of normalcy. In short order you accept the aspects as part and parcel of Stephen Leeds and will find yourself swept up into the mystery they wander into and subsequently solved. I read this book in two days and then went online and bought his other books. A fun, provocative, fast-paced read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stephen Leeds is a genius, just like the writing of Brandon Sanderson. If you have not read anything by Sanderson before, this is an excellent place to start. Sanderson presents us with a world where a genius copes with his exceptional mind by creating hallucinations - of course being a genius, he is fully aware they are hallucinations. Sanderson writes with humor and develops the characters in such a natural manner that it is the plot that takes hold of you and will not let you go. This is a highly entertaining read for anyone who loves the mystery/detective genre through to an examination of the coping mechanisms people use to manage their differences.
JennaBookish More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of Brandon Sanderson for several years now, but have somehow managed not to stumble across his Stephen Leeds novellas until now. While this was a fun read, I didn't find it quite as strong as some of his other works. I'd rate it at about a 3.5/5, which I've rounded up to a 4/5 here. So while it was definitely  worth reading, it felt a bit lacking coming on the tail of so many novels by Sanderson which felt like solid fives.  The mental health angle was definitely one of the most interesting parts of the story; Sanderson has crafted a character with schizophrenia who is not simply coping, but thriving. Stephen Leeds has hallucinations who have skills and knowledge which he does not; these are treated as their own characters and Leeds uses them to his advantage throughout the story. It was refreshing to see a story with a character dealing with a mental health issue where the entire story wasn't about how much he suffers from it.  Several parts of the story didn't flow particularly well; it felt like Sanderson was forcing his own musings into the characters' mouths in a way that didn't feel natural. One such example is when the logical problems surrounding the functioning of a piece of technology are brought up briefly, only to be dismissed and never addressed again. Logical problems aside, the fictional piece of technology does function within the parameters of the story, and there seemed to be little narrative purpose to bringing up all the reasons it shouldn't work without offering any theories as to how it does so. Several exchanges surrounding religious matters, specifically on the concept of faith, felt similarly awkward and forced.  There was a lot to this story: the many hallucinations of Stephen Leeds provide a distinct cast of characters, and Leeds' ability to rely on them to perform above his own abilities makes for an interesting twist. The science fiction tech is intriguing and provokes seemingly infinite hypothetical questions to mull over. A mysterious woman who Leeds wishes to track down provides intrigue. This all feels like a lot to try to develop over the course of a novella, but one thing is certain: the reader will definitely not be bored. 
CharJones2525 More than 1 year ago
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds - Preview Excerpt is a brilliant peek at the intriguing work of an author, Brandon Sanderson, I’ve not read before. His fans are rabidly loyal and now I understand! Includes the not-to-be missed novellas Legion and Legion: Skin Deep, published together for the first time, as well as a brand new explosive finale to Stephen Leeds' story, Lies of the Beholder. 5/5 Pub Date 18 Sep 2018 Thanks to Macmillan-Tor/Forge and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are fully mine. #Legion(previewExcerpt) #NetGalley
_Bookwyrm More than 1 year ago
Mind-bending romp through the fragmented brain of a genius Wow! I think Brandon Sanderson has to be insane to even dream up these stories. Perhaps this is an autobiography? ;) Sanderson is one of my favorite authors, so Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds was a must-buy. It’s a mind-bending ride with a quite a bit more humor than his usual adult fare. Between the three stories, there’s quite a bit of background and satisfactory resolution of major storylines. I’d not be adverse to more Leeds stories, though. Many consider Stephen Leeds to be insane, but he’d just tell you that all his aspects are how he compartmentalizes knowledge and skills. He’s got forty-something people running around in his head and they’re not him. Well, they are him, but they aren’t. Each is a distinct personality that exists at the same time as each other; Stephen is just the middle manager that makes them behave while they’re helping him on cases. There are three stories included in this collection: Legion, Legion: Skin Deep, and Legion: Lies of the Beholder. In Legion, Stephen has to find a missing camera and the engineer/scientist who designed and stole it. It’s a camera that takes pictures of the past – any time and any place in the past. It could be used to see who killed Kennedy, what was written on secret documents, or if Jesus actually appeared to the disciples after his crucifixion. It could also be used to blackmail people or destroy entire religions. No one would be safe. In the second book, Stephen must find the body of a scientist that has been stolen. It’s got massive amounts of data encrypted in its cells and DNA, as the engineering company the man worked for was inventing a way for the human body to be a data storage and computing device. “Every cell in your body contains seven hundred and fifty megs of data,” the engineer said. “For comparison, one of your fingers holds as much information as the entire internet." Gives a new meaning to the “thumb” drive. But now there’s a chance the engineer loosed a virus that causes cancer on the world. Can Stephen find the body and the pad to unlock its encryption? In the third story, Leeds is contacted by Sandra, the one who helped him create and stabilize his aspects to maintain his sanity and balance. It’s a cry for help that he can’t ignore. Unfortunately, maybe Sandra or the people she is working with have an ulterior motive. It’s always about the money, and this time the bad guys want Stephen to figure out how to perfect an augmented reality that Sandra’s using to destroy her aspects. Even as Stephen starts losing his own aspects to violence and nightmares, he must keep track of what is real and what isn’t inside his head and outside. It’s a crazy world out there. Twisty mysteries, humorous banter, great insights into the reality of insanity, and just a whole lot of fun. Stephen’s inner dialogues are not only fun, but feel real. You never feel that Stephen is faking, and it’s always clear through all the twists and turns that his inner landscape and its resident population is just as real as the outside world. Loved all the characters, including Stephen’s real life butler. Highly recommended; I’d recommend anything Sanderson with the caveat that one sometimes has to wait several years between books. (I’m looking at you, Rhithmatist.) Luckily this collection contains the complete the Legion set. I received a sample through NetGalley. Bought the complete book myself. My opinions are my own
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this down. I am so glad I didn't have to wait between the novellas!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very different