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. *
Brandon Sanderson (eng.
Brandon Sanderson ) Young American fantasy author. Born December 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He currently lives in Provo, Utah. He studied at the leading educational institution of the Mormon Church - Brigham Young University, located in Orem and Provo. There, Brandon studied English Literature and received his Bachelor of Arts in 2000 and his Master of Arts in creative writing in 2005. Sanderson currently teaches part-time in the English department at the same university. Sanderson is a member of the Mormon Church. On July 7, 2006, he married Emily Bushman, a teacher from Provo. The author himself says about his interest in reading and writing: “It all started in high school. Until then, I had not read anything in the fantasy genre, although I did read a lot in elementary school. My favorite was the books from The Three Investigators (a popular American children`s detective series of books, the authors of which were listed as “Alfred Hitchcock a...
Brandon Sanderson (eng. Brandon Sanderson ) Young American fantasy author. Born December 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He currently lives in Provo, Utah. He studied at the leading educational institution of the Mormon Church - Brigham Young University, located in Orem and Provo. There, Brandon studied English Literature and received his Bachelor of Arts in 2000 and his Master of Arts in creative writing in 2005. Sanderson currently teaches part-time in the English department at the same university. Sanderson is a member of the Mormon Church. On July 7, 2006, he married Emily Bushman, a teacher from Provo. The author himself says about his interest in reading and writing: “It all started in high school. Until then, I had not read anything in the fantasy genre, although I did read a lot in elementary school. My favorite was the books from The Three Investigators (a popular American children`s detective series of books, the authors of which were listed as “Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators,” was published from 1964 to 1987), something in the style of the detective series The Hardy Boys ”(a well-known American detective-adventure series for boys, published from 1927 to 1979; several hundred books were printed in total). Well, as I got older, they tried to give me other books to read, mostly realistic literature, from which I became bored to the point of yawning. The reading habit waned, and I came to high school as an ordinary student who reads very few books in a year. Then I had a wonderful English teacher - what an irony, her name was Mrs. Reeder - who told me that I could not continue giving lectures in class about the books I had read that were four grades below my level. Instead, she gave me her copy of Barbara Hambly`s Dragonbane. This was the beginning of the end for me! The book struck me: I had no idea that such things existed. The book captured my imagination like no other before. I read every book in the library that had the word "dragon" in the title, and quickly moved to the bookstore, where I started buying up every fantasy book I could get my hands on. I still remember how Ted Williams` Throne of the Bones of the Dragon and Robert Jordan`s Eye of the World came out in paperback. Both books instantly "picked up" me as a reader, and their authors became my favorite writers. I went to college to study biochemistry, but it only took me about a year to realize that I had chosen the wrong major. I spent all my free time writing, and eventually gave up and majored in English literature. After that, I devoted all my efforts to becoming a writer. I learned the craft (Elantris is the sixth book I wrote) and learned the writing business, and ultimately got a contract with a publishing house! " In 2005, Tor Books published the debut book by Brandon Sanderson, an off-cycle fantasy novel Elantris (published in Russia under the title City of the Gods), about a beautiful city from which magic has gone. It was written back in 1999, when the author was studying for a bachelor`s degree. Following its release, Sanderson was nominated for the 2006 John W. Campbell Award for Best Newcomer Writers. The author states that at present he does not plan to continue this book, but even if he ever took on it, several minor characters of "Elantris" would become his heroes, and the events described would take place ten years after the completion of the first book ... “I always wanted my first novel to be off-cycle because I thought it was the best way to introduce myself to readers. The most annoying thing for me is when you go through books on the shelf, looking for some new author to try, and everywhere you come across only “the first volume of such and such a series” or “the first book of such and such a cycle”. Without knowing the author, I do not want to get bogged down in a trilogy (especially not yet finished), not being sure that the author can tell a good story. So that`s why I`m not planning on writing a sequel to Elantris right now. I will not say that this will never happen, but, in any case, not in the near future. " Sanderson`s next novel, Mistborn: The Final Empire, was released in the summer of 2006 by Tor Books. Brandon wrote it after the contract was signed, so it was Sanderson`s first book he knew for sure that it would be published. She begins the fantasy trilogy Mistborn. The author says again: “The Mistborn cycle was born of two ideas. First, I watched Ocean`s Eleven and realized that some of my favorite films, such as Sneakers, The Italian Job ") is a team of professional thieves who perform incredible stunts. I wondered why no one did this in fantasy. So I created a magic system of sixteen specialized parts and a team of secret rogue virtuosos, each of whom is expert in one or more aspects of the magic system. The second idea I got from the mass of fantasy novels I read when I was younger. It seemed to me that too many of them were stories of a young peasant who left home to fight some powerful dark lord. I wondered what if ... well, the dark lord had won. What if he slapped this little villager, as it probably should have happened in all these stories? Thus, the action of "Mistborn" takes place in a world where the dark lord has triumphed. A thousand years ago, the prophesied hero rose to battle with the power of evil and was humiliatingly defeated. Now, a millennium later, our little crew of thieves are annoyed. The prophecies did not come true, and the world has become a gloomy place where ash falls from the sky, and most of humanity is enslaved. Our heroes, led by a charismatic man endowed with certain powers, decided that they would overthrow the dark ruler in their own way: by stealing all his money and buying out his own armies. Of course, they are drawn into the events much more than expected, because the story that happened a thousand years ago, in fact, is not as simple as everyone is sure. " At the end of summer 2007 the second volume of the cycle appeared - "Mistborn: The Well of Ascension", and at the beginning of the next year the final part of the trilogy - "Mistborn: The Hero of Ages" was released. Also in the fall of 2007, Scholastic Books released another Sanderson novel, Alcatraz Versus The Evil Librarians, opening a cycle aimed at teenagers. The last book of the author - "Warbreaker", the chapters from which, when ready, were first laid out for free access on his website. In addition, in 2007 it was reported that Sanderson was working on two more novels, The Way of Kings and Dark One, but little is known about these projects. Perhaps they were postponed due to work on the ending of the epic "Wheel of Time" - Sanderson was officially chosen to complete it from the drafts of Robert Jordan. Science Fiction Laboratory Official site: www.brandonsanderson.com Fan group in VKontakte