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Hannibal (Hannibal Lecter #3)

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  41,881 ratings  ·  1,432 reviews
You remember Hannibal Lecter: gentleman. genius. cannibal.

Seven years have passed since Dr. Lecter escaped from custody. And for seven years he's been at large, free to savor the scents, the essences, of an unguarded world. But intruders have entered Dr. Lecter's sanctuary, piercing his new identity, sensing the evil that surrounds him. For the multimillionaire Hannibal le...more
Paperback, 603 pages
Published 2004 by Pocket Books (first published 1999)
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Peggy
Okay, let me confess up front: I loved Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs. Loved them. I enjoyed the movies, too: the movie version of Silence of the Lambs scared the pee out of me, and even so, I didn’t want it to end. So, long years later when I finally got hold of a copy of Hannibal, I really, really, wanted to love it, too.

But I didn’t.

Well, that’s not entirely true. If I pretend that this wasn’t a sequel about characters I already know, then I can find some bright spots. The book has s...more
Noiresque
I have a theory about this horrible book.

Both Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs are formidable pieces of pop fiction. They are well-written thrillers with great descriptions and characters. They were both adapted into great movies. They made Thomas Harris a very rich man.

I think Mr. Harris made a bet, maybe with a friend or just to himself. He knew that his next novel would be snapped up for big bucks for the screen rights. He knew he would not get any control over the script. So he dec...more
Sufferingbruin
Lord, what an awful book. Awash in mediocrity from first page to last. It has mediocre characters (the same which were so captivating in "Silence of the Lambs"), mediocre dialogue, mediocre scenery, virtually no suspense (but a plethora of pointlessly putrid acts), and a meandering narrative that often lacks consistency of time and place. "Hannibal" does not induce fear or revulsion so much as groans and guffaws. But don't worry: there's a bleeding HIV-postiive woman holding a baby whose last li...more
Chris Shepherdson
When Thomas Harris created the infamous Hannibal Lector in Red Dragon he couldn't have known the influence that character would have on crime fiction for the next decade. By the time he came to write Hannibal, ten years after his previous book, The Silence of The Lambs, he must have felt some serious pressure. The fact that Hannibal is the book it is, when written under these circumstances, makes it all the more remarkable.
To call it a crime novel is doing it a grave injustice and reading it as...more
James
Feb 05, 2008 James rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I wouldn't
The book starts off wonderfully with Harris's visualization; you can see everything you read. There are complex characters introduced and of course a wicked weave between them. He shows the master insanity of Hannibal with his elaborate set-ups for escape from not only Starling but from a vile creature named Verger who sets out to seek revenge on the good doctor. And you are eating this up the whole time, because it seems that Harris is once again quite the masterful story teller. But then you g...more
Stargirl
Oh that ending. Sublime.

Gothic horror detective chase story, blends genres with great ease, affirming Harris as a master storyteller- as if we didn't already know. Don't go in expecting another Red Dragon or Silence of the Lambs. This is a much bigger, far darker experience. It's all in the title people. Silence was the story of Clarice Starling, so there is a lot of hope and innocence to it. This one, is about the dark side of her character- and of that awful/awesome Doctor Mr Lecter himself....more
Andrew Breslin
I've been openly endorsing a lot of cannibalism lately, what with my "Eat the Rich" sign down at the ongoing occupy Philadelphia event up the street. As far as a strategy for revolutionary change and general economic improvement, I'm not sure it will work, but it couldn't possibly be any less effective than supply-side economics, and would be much more fun.

Hannibal Lecter is, arguably, literature's most beloved cannibal. I say "arguably" only because I want to start an argument so I'll have mor...more
Rosie
I was obviously relishing my next installment in the world of Clarice Starling and Dr Hannibal Lecter. The book opens explosively with dramatic happenings, despite Starling's FBI career being a slight anti-climax due to influences from former enemies. Again, I'd seen the film before I read the book and so most of the major plot occurences I was already aware of, but there are more differences between the two Hannibal medias than in the films of Harris' previous two novels. The film had the advan...more
Jennifer
I was so excited to read this since I LOVED Silence of the Lambs. I was a bit disappointed. I listened to this book on audio and Daniel Gerroll did a superb job but I just didn't connect with this story. I felt that it was all over the place. Not a terrible book but definitely doesn't compare to its predecessor.
J.
Movie, Y U NO B LIEK BOOK?!
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
***Edit: Second time reading it:

"You are a warrior, Clarice. The most stable elements appear in the middle of the periodic table, roughly between iron and silver. Between iron and silver. I think that is appropriate for you. Did you ever think, Clarice, why the Philistines don't understand you? It's because you are the answer to Samson's riddle: You are the honey in the lion."

In this tale of murder and mayhem from the esteemed Thomas Harris, we follow Hannibal Lecter across the globe as he is ru...more
Chris
I am not sure what to say about this book. I really liked it and it is easily a solid 4.5 stars. I will try to break down what I liked and what I was not to fond of that caused this to be less than a 5 star read. I am still just speechless over the whole thing but in a good way. Shocked into silence because of the amazing writing of Thomas Harris is how I feel after finishing this book.

This being the third book in the Hannibal Lecter series, I have been enjoying each step. The problem with read...more
Stephen
1.5 stars. A big disappointment after really enjoying Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs. Lecter becomes more cartoonish in this installment and it just seems like Harris has lost his grip on the character. Stick with the first two books and avoid this one and the next one.
Sage
Fans of the first two Hannibal novels (including me) might need to adjust their expectations before reading this third installation: it has absolutely no suspense. It seemed as if Thomas Harris' writing style changed completely. There were scenes that could have been better if written differently. I'm a sucker for anything emotionally demanding, and this was the complete opposite of that. But did the stoic writing make this a bad book? Certainly, not.

Much like Hannibal Lecter, this book is not e...more
Steve Morgan
*CONTAINS SPOILERS & SWEETBREADS*
After discovering Harris upon seeing the phenomenal movie 'Manhunter' in the '80s I sought out Red Dragon which was a fantastic and gripping cat & mouse rollercoaster ride. It's follow up was of course Silence Of The Lambs, equally engrossing and with a massively popular movie adaptation to boot. It was therefore such a massive disappointment to read Hannibal, a book I'd waited impatiently for for the best part of a decade.
In all honesty I don't think I'...more
Lex
Let me start out by saying that I loved "The Silence of the Lambs" more than I ever expected to. The characters were engaging and multifaceted, the story was riveting, and the suspense built at a perfect pace. Starling was a rookie and in some ways naive, but she was a powerful female lead, an excellent foil to the charming but nefarious Dr. Lecter.

Now take out everything likable about "Silence of the Lambs" and you have "Hannibal." I don't think words can do justice to just how distasteful I fo...more
Deena
I simply cannot comprehend what Harris was thinking. He completely screwed up with this book. His most heinous crime was changing the characters so much, they hardly resemble their interesting selves in the previous books. Avoid this one like bubonic plague.
Kim
This is not a crime novel. It's certainly set up like one, yes, but it's much more than that. Hannibal is not only a book that revolves around a killer and his unusual relationship with an FBI Agent - it's a close examination of good versus evil, innocence versus corruption, and most of all, the evils of institutionalized misogyny and how the people we think we are supposed to trust betray us in the most harmful and damaging ways. It's both a horror story and a psychological thriller wrapped up...more
Diane
This book is quite possibly what would be considered a disaster. There was never a single moment where I was enthralled enough to keep turning the pages. Of course, that's unfortunate, because it's set in a world where a monster like Hannibal Lecter runs free. The very earth should be shivering beneath his footfalls and it doesn't. Each page should be something of a continued suspension and I had no problems putting the book down to turn to something more important.

I've always enjoyed the simpli...more
Laura
I am absolutely heartbroken that I've finished this series! I have overly optimistic hopes that Thomas Harris will surprise everyone with another addition, but I doubt that I'll be that lucky.
I've read a lot of reviews which have said that Hannibal is far worse than any of the other books, and that the ending (different from the film's) is too unrealistic to believe. I have to disagree with them all!
I loved this book, and even though it's been 2 days since I finished it, I've read and re-read th...more
Janie Johnson
I have to say I really did enjoy this book even though so many have voiced their dislike of this one the most. I must place it between Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs. Maybe because Lecter was more in the limelight in this installment of the series. We got to see the build up to Lecter's presence in this story. I enjoyed that. The story drew me in right from the start as the others before it did.

Harris has such a very poetic writing style that I can't help but enjoy it. The words seem to fl...more
Daniel
What the....?

If when I was 400 pages into this read you asked me who I'd rate it, I would have replied that while it is a pretty sellar read it is definetely the weakest of Harris' Hannibal novels. Now that I've finished it I would dare mention that not only is it the weakest book Harris has written, but if there is a worse ending to a written work I haven't read it.

Unlike Red Dragon or Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal is written like a supernatural thriller. Red Dragon and Buffalo Bill were both...more
Andy
I have very mixed feelings about this book. I love many of the characters throughout. The Mason and Margot Verger plot line is straight out of a Garth Ennis comic book (a good thing!), and of course there are Hannibal, Clarice and Barney.

The book is full of really great turns of phrase. In particular, the final sentences of many chapters are thought provoking and impactful.

At the same time, the detailed descriptions of the finery Hannibal seeks out in his freedom got a bit tedious for me. Also,...more
Arun Divakar
Question: Why does Hannibal Lecter command a cult following ? What is different in him from a Ted Bundy or a Charles Manson ? The answer : general awesomeness !! Lecter is one of the most appalling, brilliant,classy, terrifying, ruthless ( and countless other such terms) characters in popular fiction of our time. Thomas Harris in one of those rare interviews called Lecter 'The dark side of our world'.

I will draw comparisons to a stringed instrument here : Silence of the lambs was about you se...more
Charlotte
Dr. Lecter has not been as careful as he should have been, and is now hunted both by the FBI and a revengeful sadist. Clarice Starling has not been as careful as she should have been, and is now at the mercy of both resentful FBI colleagues and the aforementioned sadist. [Anguished tone:] How ever will they escape?

Why, through some major plot hole, of course! Incoherence plagues the book (characterization is particularly lame, and the ending tragically silly), as do too many verb-less sentences....more
Kylie
A very creepy series, great to read over Halloween. The first book, The Red Dragon, I have yet to read because I refuse to. I saw the movie, and I didn't enjoy the plot. You can absolutely read the other three books without ever reading the first. The fourth book, Hannibal Rising, described the life of Hannibal Lector as a child and the horrors he endured. The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal are absolutely fantastic and I wish he had made more of Dr. Hannibal Lector's life known after living i...more
Benjamin Thomas
Where does an author go after a phenomenal success like The Silence of the Lambs? To follow up on a novel like that would be a difficult challenge to say the least. It's almost impossible to live up to expectations.

And while this novel had its moments, it simply is not as good as its two predecessors. That's not to say it isn't worth reading. I liked the second half pretty well, once we were through the long and convoluted parts that featured the corrupt Italian policeman. I was a little lost f...more
Mimi
To be completely honest, I think I liked the movie better than the book. Well let me take that back; I loved the ending of the book much more than the movie, but I thought the movie was more seductive.

The relationship between Dr. Lecter and Clarice Starling is one that has always puzzled and confused me. It might sound sadistic and strange but I have always been of the opinion that if I had had the attentions of Dr. Lecter I would be so very happy. Yes, even though he is a murderer and a cannib...more
Trevor
This sequel to The Silence of the Lambs is just a standard thriller. It's mostly the character of Hannibal that makes it interesting. Finding out more about his character and background is about the book's only worthwhile feature. However, this novel is the sad bearer of the worst ending I have EVER read! I was astounded by how awful the conclusion was. It was like Thomas Harris handed control of the plot over to a six-year-old for the last few chapters. Thankfully, Ridley Scott's movie had a di...more
SKB
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Thomas Harris began his writing career covering crime in the United States and Mexico, and was a reporter and editor for the Associated Press in New York City. His first novel, Black Sunday, was printed in 1975, followed by Red Dragon in 1981, The Silence of the Lambs in 1988, Hannibal in 1999, and Hannibal Rising in 2006.
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