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Legion and the Emperor's Soul (Anglais) Relié – 15 août 2013

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Brandon Sanderson est décidément maître de son art. Les deux nouvelles réunies dans ce livre sont ancrées dans deux univers différents. La première "Legion" se passe dans un monde pas très différent du notre, avec un personnage principal à la Sherlock, mais assez particulier...

La seconde nouvelle ancre le principe d'un nouvel univers ou chaque chose, personne ou objet a une âme qui peut être déchiffrée, et modifiée, réécrite par certaines personnes.

Il ne faut pas en dire plus pour découvrir les "twists" propres à chaque histoire. Une lecture très recommandée.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 And I've just enjoyed a mystery novel 22 janvier 2015
Par The Cosy Dragon (Rose Herbert) - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Please find more (and up-to-date) reviews on my blog, [...]

My name is Stephen Leeds, and I’m perfectly sane. My hallucinations, however, are all quite mad. Steven 'suffers' from having multiple, well-informed hallucinations. Using those hallucinations, he is a quite sort after man for scientists and engineers alike.

If I had to put this book in a genre, I'd say Mystery! And I've just enjoyed a mystery novel... It's a fantasy that could logically take place in the real world, and that to me, could even not be a fantasy in the future. I guess that makes it Urban Fiction, with a hint of Mystery...

It's really fascinating how initially, I accept the hallucinations as normal, and unspectacular, until suddenly, you realize the advantages of having specialists in each area. Not only can they advise him, they are able to take over his body to protect him.

What I find interesting is the way that the hallucinations interact. That they are all aware of each other, and that they are able to grow and change. I only wish I knew more about all of them. I am sure that each has a backstory that Sanderson has come up with.

As this is a novella, I struggle to say too much about it, just that it was awesome, and amazing, and please go and pick yourself up a copy today. This novella feels like it's worth reading more than once, just to pick out all the nuances in it. I wish it was full-length book.

My awesome partner bought me this novel for Christmas. She entirely got this choice right! I could not put this novella down, and I can't wait to get my hands on the second in the series.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Awesome Stories 25 octobre 2014
Par Nazirwa - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Both Legion and Emperor's Soul were amazing stories. Brandon Sanderson is the contemporary master story teller of fantasy tales...hands down. His imagination is too rich and his writing is prolific enough to satiate fans like me who still want more. This is typical high quality fantasy stuff from sanderson as always
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Invisible friends and faux Emperors 30 avril 2015
Par EA Solinas - Publié sur Amazon.com
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It seems that Brandon Sanderson is a font of creative ideas. When he isn't churning out books for multiple series -- both in and out of his multiverse Cosmere -- he's writing numerous short stories and novellas.

And two of the best examples are compiled here: "Legion," about a man with many imaginary friends who complicate his life and "The Emperor's Soul," a Hugo-award-winning novel about the extreme efforts to keep an empire from collapsing into chaos. This shows the range of his artistic talents, as one story is set in the same fictional world (though a different part of it) as his debut novel "Elantris," and one is a fast-paced little thriller set in our own world.

Stephen Leeds is known as "Legion": he has several "aspects" that he hallucinates, each with valuable skills and knowledge that allow him to do almost anything. One is a deductive genius, one is an elite soldier, one is a linguist, and so on. While technically crazy (and of great interest to the medical community), Stephen is able to use his aspects to make a comfortable life for himself doing rather unusual things.

For instance, a woman named Monica approaches him with a very odd mission: find a scientist named Balubal Razon, who has somehow developed a camera that can see back in time. Now he's gone to Jerusalem to find out if Jesus Christ truly existed (although how he would know where Jesus was is at any exact point in time never really explained. Maybe he just planned to walk around and photograph everywhere). So Stephen, Monica and the various aspects set out for Israel. But soon they find that locating Razon isn't their only problem, because a dangerous terrorist group also wants his camera.

Then in "The Emperor's Soul," the expert Forger Shai is in prison, awaiting execution by the Rose Empire, when she's offered a chance to earn her freedom. The Emperor has been assassinated, and while they were able to fix his body, his mind is now gone. His advisors have bought some time by claiming that he's grieving for his wife, but that will only last ninety days. They need Shai to do something terrible: Forge a new soul for the Emperor.

Not only is this act considered an abomination, but it's incredibly difficult because forging ANYTHING requires extensive, intimate knowledge. Shai has no choice, so she begins learning everything she can in order to create a soulstamp for the Emperor -- which is no easy task, since she has to know what kind of person he truly was. But the hardest task may be planning her escape, especially since she's now enmeshed in a deadly political scheme.

Brandon Sanderson is a master of the doorstopper fantasy epic, but "Legion" and "The Emperor's Soul" prove that he's just as good in shorter works -- these are compact, rich stories that aren't as complicated as his usual fare, but have ingenious ideas at their core. In one story, we have a man whose odd schizophrenia has manifested itself with many different "imaginary people," and in the other we have a magic system that can turn any item/person into what it MIGHT have been, by reweaving reality.

With these premises, Sanderson comes up with two very different stories, both rife with political intrigue (terrorists, a malevolent usurper) and presents them very differently -- "Legion" is more of an action thriller with guns and explosions and a magical camera, whereas "Emperor's Soul" is more of a small, subtle story that rarely leaves Shai's room. It still has action (martial arts and some particularly grotesque sorcery), but the focus is mostly on the magic that Sanderson has dreamed up, and the ways it works.

And he creates some very unique, likable characters as well -- Stephen is a guy who is constantly surrounded by his "aspects" and all their various quirks and eccentricities, but who finds it difficult (due to the talking-to-the-imaginary-friends stuff) to deal with ordinary life. And Shai is a truly likable heroine -- she's clever, tricky and knows plenty about human psychology, but she also has a kind heart. Her appreciation for the art of Forgery, and in making things better through it, has some intriguing implications for the new Emperor.

One high fantasy, one urban fantasy. One a globe-trotting thriller, one an intimate exploration of magic. "Legion" and "The Emperor's Soul" show that Brandon Sanderson is capable of a pretty wide range of fantasy/sci-fi stories, and the Hugo Award is just the icing on the cake.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Strange Personalities 28 octobre 2015
Par Arthur W Jordin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Legion and the Emperor's Soul (2013) is a Fantasy omnibus. This volume contains Legion and The Emperor's Soul.

Legion (2012) is the first novella in the Legion series. It apparently takes place in the contemporary era within the USA and Israel.

In this story, Steve is trying to complete a session with Ivy, but J.C. is firing his pistol. Steve goes to talk to him. When he comes back, Tobias reminds Steve that a petitioner is waiting for him.

Steve goes to talk to the man. The petitioner says that his fiancee has disappeared. He give Steve a note that she left behind.

Steve sends for Audrey to compare the writing on the note with the petitioners handwriting. The writing is identical. The man is a psychology doctoral student trying to write a thesis on him.

Steve gets a photograph in the mail. It is a photo of the Lone Cypress when it was a ten year old sapling. Steve gives the photo to Armando to analyze. He says it appears to be real.

Then he receives a picture of George Washington shaving. The photo has a phone number of the back. Steve decides to call that number.

The Emperor's Soul (2012) is the second novel in the Elantris series. It won the Hugo in 2013 for the best novella.

In this story, Gaotona listens to his fellows argue over what to do. The Emperor and Empress were attacked and severely injured. The Empress died, but the Emperor was saved by the resealers. Unfortunately, his mind was wiped out of the brain.

Frava wants Shai to Forge the Emperor's mind. For maybe the first time ever, Gaotona agrees with her. The other three Imperial Arbiters concur.

Frava commands the Imperial Guard to bring Shai to their conference. Shai had been caught Forging an imperial artifact and is awaiting execution. She has only a day left to escape her cell.

The guards open the cell door in the ceiling and send down a ladder for her to climb. As she walks through the palace, Shai realizes that she isn't going to her execution. Then she is presented to the Imperial Arbiters.

The author also has written the Mistborn and Stormlight Archive series.

Highly recommended for Sanderson fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of psychological cases, strange talents, and persevering personalities. Read and enjoy!

-Arthur W. Jordin
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Two Great stories from the master of Sci-fi and Fantasy 21 octobre 2014
Par Brandon - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Two Great stories from the master of Sci-fi and Fantasy. Legion is one of my favorite short stories, I've had on kindle for a while, but with Legion: Skin Deep coming out I figured I would revisit the characters the way it was intended with the book in my hand.
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