Nt the Interdimensional Time Rangerself promoted JC It s a real treat to witness events unfold through Leeds e eyes which allows readers to get better acuainted with the various hallucinatory personae I hoped to earn about Sandra the personreal person who taught Stephen to control his mind We got nothing of that but thinking about it now it s probably a good thing to know there will be Legion novellas turning the whole thing into entertaining seriesThe novella has a moving briskly pace and even if it s than twice as ong as its predecessor we reach the end all too uickly There is a Wish Upon a Wedding lot depth than meets the eye with discussion of uantum physics and the infinity of time which brings Sanderson s favorite writing pattern to tie faith and science and God s place in all this into viewI read this book exclusively using the audiobook edition narrated by Oliver Wyman who ones again did an excellent job with the variety of voices and accentsmy personal favorite of his performance is Tobias s voice While undoubtedly I enjoyed this novella aot I m not sure whether I iked it or ess then its predecessor I blame real Renovations: A Father and Son Rebuild a House and Rediscover Each Other lifethe bitch who tried and succeeded to majorly interfere in every which one of the 4 hours of this audiobook The whole process was one serious case of multitasking If I had the opportunity toisten to the book in relaxed times I probably would have rated it higher Hence now I m giving it the exact same rating I gave the first novella Information for everybody Go for it Brandon Sanderson never ceases to surprise me even though this book is a 100 pages novella it still has amazing world building great characters amazing unpredictable plot These three things is what I Richard Nixon: The Life love in books and add writing which I normally pair with the world building how he does it I know not Here are some of my favourite uotes in the book What I asked him Is there something wrong He s just paranoid Ivy said Remember when he thought the postman was a terrorist So the nerds accidentally invented a cancer machine Big deal I ve got one of those already JC held up a cellphone and wiggled it You have a mobile phone Ivy asked exasperated Sure JC said Everyone does And who are you going to call Santa I ve got it figured out Skinny We re all from this other place see And when you need some help you reach out and snatch us You re some kind of physics wizard A physics wizard Yup And I m no Navy SEAL I ve just got to accept that He paused I m an Interdimensional Time Ranger Iooked at him grinningBut he was dead serious JC I said That s as ridiculous as Owen s ghost theory More fun with JC Ivy Tobias and the gang I ike Stephen Leeds and I totally adore his gang of imaginary sidekicks especially JC the ex Navy SEAL security and weapons expert who has a hard time dealing with the fact that he s not realNot zombies I said feeling cold Cancer You created a virus that gives people cancerIt was an unintended result that is perfectly manageable Laramie said and only dangerous if used malignly And why would anyone want to do thatWe all stared at him for a momentLet s shoot him JC said Thank heavens Tobias replied You haven t suggested we shoot someone in over an hour JC I was beginning to think something
WAS WRONGNO LISTEN JC SAID WE wrongNo isten JC said We shoot Pinhead McWedgy over there and it will teach everyone in this room an important ife esson One about not being a stupid mad scientistThis is the second in a series of short novels about Steve a genius who consults for various people or companies who need complex problems solved Steve has an intriguing mental illness he hallucinates different personae he s up to 47 now who each take on a particular field of knowledge or skill that Steve has And once he passes off his knowledge about say computers to a particular hallucinatory character that knowledge is utterly unavailable to him unless the character tells him about it It s odd because they re so completely real to him but at the same time he knows they re not real And his hallucinations mostly also know they re not real but so much of Steven s Puppet Master life depends on him and them actingike they re real It s fascinating and sometimes it gets really meta which I ove good brain exerciseJust imagine your sense of accomplishment I said You re imaginary so imaginary accomplishment should work for youBut if I m imaginary and I imagine something it s doubly unreal Like using a copy machine to copy something that s just been copiedSo The plot It s a mystery about a man who was a pioneer in biotechnology and developed a method for storing massive amounts of information in the cells of the human body He s believed to have stored some ground breaking scientific information in his body before he died And his corpse has now gone missingThe mystery itself is just okay the real pleasure in this book is reading about Steve and his hallucinatory alter egos Brandon Sanderson handles it all with a deft humorous hand I just wish we d gotten a few answers about the mysterious Sandra a psychologist who disappeared from Steve s ife years ago and whom he desperately wants to find again She keeps being dangled in front of us Janae (Blacktop, like a particularly annoying worm but nothing really happened with that plotline at all I also thought this second installation in the series would have benefited from depth and detail I m not sure the novellaength was the best choice Still this was a fun ight read with some intriguing moments I ll definitely read the next one in this series Another good novella by definitely read the next one in this series Another good novella by one is onger than the first story which is good because one of my criticism of book 1 was that it was too short This one is about twice as ongIt s a detectivemysterythrillercrime story with interesting premise about biotechnology embedded storage device tha This book is uite onger than Legion I think this novella is a ot better than the first novella of Legion I enjoy read this bookStephen Leeds is a geniu. Uneasy peace with his own hallucinations is beginning to fray at the edges as he strives to understand how one of them could possibly have used Stephen's hand to shoot a real gun during the previous case And some of those hallucinations think they know better than Stephen just how many aspects his mind should make room for How ong will he be able to hold himself together.
Summary Legion: Skin Deep.
Esn t seem to be the case They seem to have their own ives outside of Steve some with imaginary families imaginary physiological issues and relationships with each other that even Steve seems clueless to Sometimes they even have philosophical discussion about being imaginary Being an imaginary person makes it difficult to feel any real sense of accomplishment Just imagine your sense of accomplishment I said You re imaginary so imaginary accomplishment should work for you But if I m imaginary and I imagine something it s doubly unreal Like using a copy machine to copy something that s just been copied Actually Tobias said strolling up theoretically the imaginary sense of accomplishment would have to be imagined by the primary imaginer so it wouldn t be an iteration as you suggest My favorite breakout character in this book is totally JC the uber paranoid ex Navy seal in charge of Steve s security He is one of the few hallucinations that doesn t believe he is imaginary and his explanation of his existence is phenomenal He is one of the aspects that seems to do whatever he wants and rarely follows the rules that Steve has in place for his hallucinations Thank heavens Tobias replied You hadn t suggested we shoot someone in over an hour JC I was beginning to think something was wrong No Why Diets Make Us Fat listen JC said We can shoot Pinhead McWedgy over there and it will teach everyone in this room an importantife Dont Hex with Texas (Enchanted, Inc., lesson One about not being a stupid mad scientist This is a short novel and while you probably could read it without reading Legion first I really think that aittle bit of the magic would be Spanish Dagger (China Bayles, lost So read Legion it s only 90pages and then jump right into the crazy fun ride this isBrandon Sanderson is my absolute favorite High Fantasy writerBut his modern UFSci Fi s are really growing on me If you are one of my few friends I haven t pushed into reading a book by Brandon Sanderson then Start Here or read The Emperor s Soul They aren t huge page commitments but show just how talented Sanderson s imagination is A nice continuation of the series Longer than the first story this answers some uestions from the first story expands our understanding of the main character and the mystery surrounding him but it stilleaves room for the the story to breathe Without ambiguity a story gets awfully stale I ve really been enjoying these novellashort novel Everyday life in medieval times length piecesately I ve never been a huge fan of shorter fiction before but it North looksike Sanderson and Scalzi might win me over to this new type of writing Stephen Leeds and his hallucinated hallucinations are back Abandon your sanity ye who enter hereYou can now forget about eating sleeping drinking socializing or whatever meaningless occupations you usually have Don t plan on putting this book down until you finish it You won t be able to I m not crazy I m compartmentalized Stephen Leeds 47 hallucinations the most sensible guy you l ever get to meet Occupation solving strange mysteries A genius No He would tell you his aspects do all the work for him They know everything there is to know about everything And if they don t No problem Steve reads about a specific skilltopic and tada New aspect at your service Pretty handy huh Well it does get kind of crowded sometimes Keeping track of forty seven hallucinations is tough enough If I had to imagine their in aws too I just might end up going crazy And it can make going on dates problematic especially when some of your hallucinations tag along Like that guy she
said In that movie Sure Like that Only he was crazy and I m not Oh yeah Ivy said What aIn that movie Sure Like that Only he was crazy and I m not Oh yeah Ivy said What a way to put her at ease Explain in depth how not crazy you are So here we have Steve and his very crowded box of cats on a mission to recover a missing corpse and retrieve information from it Said information being stored in the corpse s DNA Now how cool is that Where only a few aspects tagged along in Legion Steve has all of his forty seven hallucinations brainstorming in the White Room to solve this particular mystery each one researching a particular field Did I already say how cool this book was Oh wellAs much as I Dead Giveaway like the mystery part of the story Steve and his aspects are what make this book such an amazing read The conversations between Steve and the hallucinations the way the hallucinations interact with each other Priceless Each and everyone of the aspects is a very well defined full blown character What I reallyoved here is that we discover the in depth mechanics of Steve s psychosis delusion or whatever it is he is suffering from but is he actually suffering from a mental disorder At this point I m not even sure any In Legion it appeared Steve had total control over his aspects
"but it doesn t seem to be the case Some of his hallucinations seem to have "it doesn t seem to be the case Some of his hallucinations seem to have ife outside of Steve s mind without him being aware of it view spoilerJC and Ivy hahaha hide spoiler Buddy read with Desinka Kat Stark Robin Athena Rhea Evgeny Gavin 45 STARS The investigation and search for a stolen corpse in an alternate present day USA is the focus in this seuel to Legion Yol Chay who owns Innovation Information Incorporated sends Stephen Leeds our beloved protagonist and genius extraordinaire in search of Panos Maheras a researcher and supporter of open source technology ideas whose body may hold the key to stopping a well intentioned but disastrous project to store computing data in human cellsbiotechnology nerds GO Leeds gathers his multitude of personalities or aspectsall 47 of them to investigate amid pursuit by Zen Rigby a hired assassin working for rival high tech company Exeltec Continuing the theme of Legion Sanderson explores Leeds s efforts to understand his independent minded aspects and his need for them We got introduced to and new hallucinatory men and women to help Leeds crack this new case The interactions between them are then hilarious especially the ones involving the unuestionable star of this instalme. Tting a bit crowded in thereNow Stephen and his internal team of aspects have been hired to track down a stolen corpse but it's not the corpse that's important it's what the corpse knows The biotechnology company he worked for believes he encoded top secret information in his DNA before he died and if it falls into the wrong hands that will mean disasterMeanwhile Stephen's. A great book Legion is a great character Is he a genius or a crazy person Is he a hero or is he out for himself and who is in control Steven Leeds or his Aspects One thing he is not is boring The book and plot are extremely well thought out The story finds Steven trying normal things ike a blind date they trouble is Steven is never alone and normal is not one of his ualities The interaction between his and his aspects is great and their own flaws simply make himthem interesting I Strange Son: Two Mothers, Two Sons, and the Quest to Unlock the Hidden World of Autism like the was the Legion is tested in this book We seeimits and flaws on his powers I have always Nope love the way the subconscious mind works and this is a great fictional example of how it works The mystery is great and the development of the character is great In theast book Legion seemed to Rejected Rejected Rejected learn a new skill in this one he seems to take a step forward in interaction with his Aspects but then is thrown a step backwards Showing their is so much to be done with the character I can t wait to see what happens next Buddy read with Armina Athena Gavin Desinka Robin Kat Stark and RheaStephen Leeds is an interesting guy For those unfamiliar with the first book the best explanation would be he is schizophrenic who imagines different people around himself These imaginary people are really good at somethingike scientific research criminal investigations foreign Listening: The Last Poems of Margaret Avison language proficiency etc It is possible to call the guy a genius but from his own point of view his imaginary people are geniuses while he himself is only good at imagining a person with the right set of skills at a given moment This time the tale starts with Stephen on a date with hilarious comments from his imaginary helpers The date gets scared andeaves but Stephen receives a call from his friend in a big trouble asking for help Stephen becomes involved in a corporate conspiracy with a mix of espionage and everything else it implies including a hit man a hit woman is this case Fun ensuresI just mentioned fun this is exactly how reading this book feels It is actually fun than a barrel full of monkeys and I am saying this while not being the biggest fan of the author I thought I would give the novella 5 stars but decided to settle on 4 There are several reasons for this Stephen Leeds as a character is very bland there is no nicer way to say it He is made such intentionally as some of his imaginary friends are really good and colorful Still a novel with a so so main character feels a Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life in and Out of Jazz little off no matter what the reasons are Speaking about the imaginary characters one of them really makes this novella JC He is a military survivalist think Rambo but with interesting personality and his speeches and actions are brilliant It is no coincident that the only time I felt the story became slow and boring was exactly when JC was preoccupied I did not reallyike this albeit small part despite the mentioning of infinite Batmans this was awesome I am judging the novella a Buck: A Memoir little harsh and had it been written by a new author I would have given it 5 stars without a second thought but Brandon Sanderson is a well established and highly regarded writer It is still recommended to everybody who thought the first book was ateast passable read and you will not regret itThis review is a copypaste of my LeafMarks one 45 I M Not Crazy Just m Not Crazy Just Touch Insane StarsBuddy read with Athena Armina Gavin Kat Stark Evengy Rhea and Desisnka Starting on Tuesday Nov 25Legion Skin Deep Group ThreadYou know that imaginary friend you had as a child what if you grew up and you had 47 of them and each one was an expert in their field perspective field of study Meet Stephen Leeds who isn t so much crazy as insane He has a very active imagination and in it Oh, the Things They Invented!: All About Great Inventors live a collection of aspects that help him in his dailyife I m not crazy I m compartmentalized Unfortunately my aspects well they tend to be a Yikes, Vikings! (Canadian Flyer Adventures Series little unhinged Last year I read Legion andoved this idea of a genius who was so smart he almost drove himself crazy The solution have ongoing hallucinations that interact with him and each other to solve mysteries Seems the jury is still out on if that makes him Schizophrenic Delusional or some new kind of insane but I don t care because I think it is fantastic even if it makes trying to date hell Trying to explain to your date that a few other people tagged along and she can t see them is difficult Like that guy she said In that movie Sure Like that Only he was crazy and I m not Oh yeah Ivy said What a
great way to put her at ease Explain in depth how not crazy you are Aren t you supposed toway to put her at ease Explain in depth how not crazy you are Aren t you supposed to a therapist I snapped back at her Less sarcasm would be delightful That was a tall
Order For Ivy Sarcasm Wasfor Ivy Sarcasm was of her native tongue though she was fluent in stern disappointment and Five Days Left light condescension as well She was also a good friend Well imaginary friend But Steve is great at what he does and is the go to guy for solving strange and unusual happenings Like finding a missing body with information coded onto its DNAThe inner workings of Stephen s mind and hallucinations are explored aittle fully in this story as all forty seven help in some way to solve this case I was totally drawn into the idea of the science behind using human DNA to store information and what some of the ramifications of that could be Given enough time and technological advances every human could be their own person computer how awesome is that I Searching for Robert Johnson like the mystery but the big draw for me in this series is Steve and all of his aspects Iove uirky characters and Stephen Leeds is the epitome of uirkiness The conversations he has with all of his aspects and the interactions the aspects have with each other are so imaginative Each aspect has a distinctive voice and personality It is an amazing idea and I can t get enough of it You would maybe think that because all of these aspects or hallucinations are Stephen s creation that he might have some evel of control over them but that do. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson Stephen Leeds is back in a new double ength novella that Library Journal says has the pulse of a thriller and the hook of a fascinating hero balancing on the edge of psychosisIt's not his own genius that Stephen Leeds gets hired for Clients want to tap into the imaginary experts that populate his mind and it's ge. .