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Hannibal Rising (Hannibal Lecter #4)

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Hannibal Lecter emerges from the nightmare of the Eastern Front, a boy in the snow, mute, with a chain around his neck.

He seems utterly alone, but he has brought his demons with him.

Hannibal’s uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him to
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May 25, 2007 Joe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, this is another book I had to read before I saw the movie. I cannot believe I wasted money on it. I even bought it in hardcover! Sometimes I can be such a dunce.
This has to be the worst pre-quel-sequel ever! There is no reason to read this book, or see the movie! But if you are a fan, like I am, don't feel guilty, do what you want.
This is my least favorite of Harris's "Hannibal Saga." His reasoning for Lecter's particular "taste" is, get this, REVENGE. How lame! It doesn't seem like any real
Feb 05, 2009 Jamieson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Right off, I have to say that I love this book.

I have been waiting, along with many others, for years to find out how Hannibal Lecter became what he became. I wanted to know what caused his transformation into one of the most frightening killers in literature (and the movies) known to man.

I was thrilled beyond words to hear that Harris was writing a new book and that a new movie based on the book was in production. I knew that Harris was writing the screenplay. Aside from that, I knew nothing. I
Nov 19, 2015 Brad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
It wasn't anything that I thought it was going to be, which was surprising. This was a true prequel to the character of Hannibal, and I was rather wishing we could have a continuation of him as an adult, post-Clarise, but it just wasn't to be.

That being said, it was fine as a novel and psychological thriller, but not so much as a continuation of a franchise. It might have been more enjoyable had it been a character of a different name.

You know how us readers can get. We want what we want and get
Jan 06, 2008 Mike rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so fucking abysmal that I can’t finish it. It’s a very rare thing for me not to get through a book even if it’s a struggle. I’ll torture myself to get to the end because I get this feeling like I’m cheating myself and the author if I don’t. If someone else gets through the 323 pages of wasted paper god bless you. Every word reads like an exercise in how to bilk the public out of a couple of more dollars with a character that accidentally became famous.
Hannibal Lechter is one of the
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

My interest level fluctuated with the story. At times Harris seemed too impersonal and dry with his writing style, while other times it flowed well and I wondered why I questioned his style before. When in the head of Hannibal, the story is at its most intriguing, not just because the character is done so well (he is), but because it seems Harris finds firmer footing. There's not much head hopping, yet it still feels a bit disconnected, especially when the author tells too much, explaining in
Stefan Yates
Apr 28, 2012 Stefan Yates rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
A must-read for the fans of Hannibal Lecter.

I almost felt ready to give up on this one until I was about a quarter of the way through. Harris is telling the story of Hannibal's childhood/formative years through the veil of Hannibal's actual memories. Earlier memories are fragmented and as a result, the earlier part of the book is also very fragmented. It rambles a bit here and there, but once the memories become more fleshed out, the book does as well and greatly grows in appeal.

Not that the ear
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
"Do you think God intended to eat Isaac, and that's why he told Abraham to kill him?"

"No, Hannibal, of course not. The angel intervenes in time."

"Not always," Hannibal said.

In this book, we follow the infamous Hannibal Lecter through his childhood and adolescence. We witness the unspeakable act of deranged cruelty that had forever changed him and made him into the person he would eventually become. We see him begin to grow sane again in the home of his Uncle and step-aunt. We watch as he kills f
Michael Munkvold
Apr 30, 2016 Michael Munkvold rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Nothing happened to me, Officer Starling. I happened. You can't reduce me to a set of influences. You've given up good and evil for behaviorism... nothing is ever anybody's fault. Look at me Officer Starling. Can you stand to say I'm evil?"
- Thomas Harris, The Silence of the Lambs

Hannibal Lecter is the bogeyman - a dark and terrible figure from a child's nightmares who lurks in the shadows, waiting to pounce. A big part of what makes him scary is his mystery, the fact that you don't really know
Arun Divakar
Except for a very few well written oddities, a prequel/sequel at times serves to trample underfoot the well written work that gave birth to it. Hannibal Rising probably made a bit of mockery at Hannibal Lecter, the genius of a cannibalistic serial killer. For all the finesse displayed by Anthony Hopkins in the movie version, the novel reads like a half hearted attempt to probe into the past of this amazing character.

To state it bluntly, this reads like a screenplay disguised as a novel. There is
Miglė Keliotytė
3.5 stars.

I have read the previous parts of this sequel and I really did love them. So there was no "but" if to read this book or not. Plus, there were parts in this book where the action took place in Lithuania, my native country, and that happens so rarely when your country is so small and foreigners barely know it, that this is basically a miracle! So I had to read this. I just had.

But... but. It was not what I expected. Well, not entirely, I should say.

First of all, the previous books were c
Sep 28, 2011 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just re-read this novel and ended up adding a star. The best way to approach this novel is as a stand-alone. Pretend you never read any of the other books or saw the movies. You never heard of Clarice Starling. Now, start all over and read this for the delicately crafted characterizations and storyline. Hannibal Lecter is no longer an overworked, over-the-top villain that fans love to hate. He's now a three-dimensional and very human young man who must find his way in post-war Europe. He survi ...more
Jun 26, 2013 Chris rated it liked it
This was a pretty good book. I think I could have liked this more had I not read the other three in the Lecter series. I kept comparing this book to those and it kept falling short. Now don’t get me wrong there is a lot to like about this book and Thomas Harris’s writing style is one I really enjoy.

Let me start with what I felt was missing. There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this book, but it was lacking in a few areas. There were some slow times but the flow of the writing made it seem
Oct 04, 2016 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Not a great book by any means, but good enough to get rid of the awful aftertaste that Harris' previous novel, "Hannibal," left me with. Too bad Harris didn't learn from George Lucas's unfortunate Star Wars prequel trilogy that iconic villains are more interesting the less we know about their histories, and that they should be brought out somewhat sparingly in order to make their presence in the story more dramatic. Lecter was more interesting in the early Harris books, before he became the prin ...more
Joshua Rodgers
When Dino De Laurentiis threatened to go ahead and make a Lecter prequel without Thomas Harris, Mr. Harris responded the best way he knew how. He pulled a remarkable con on Dino, and the public, by destroying Dr. Hannibal Lecter as effectively as possible.

Really, how else to explain ? By introducing a nonsensical, ham-fisted backstory, rife with deliberate continuity errors and an implausible denouement at odds with the previous Lecter tales, Harris demythologized his best-known creation and de
Nelly Aghabekyan
I know now why nearly nobody likes this book, the last one in Hannibal Lecter series. It feels rushed, inconsistent with the image of Hannibal we've grown used to from previous novels. Every now and then, I had to stop reading only to remind myself that this is not about the same character as in The Silence of Lambs, not yet. The younger, vengeful version of Hannibal was supposed to draw compassion.. and yet I sympathized with him far less than when he was an established, monstrous villain in hi ...more
Mar 25, 2014 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You know that Simpsons scene where Mr. Burns has the monkeys typing in a room, playing the odds that one must eventually write the next Great American Novel? This is not it. This is the leftovers Mojo the monkey left. Hannibal Lecter is the ultimate Mary Sue, behind Wesley Crusher. This book reads like screenplay rather than a novel. I hope Thomas Harris took a glee from being forced to write his most beloved character into the ground. More than likely, he sobbed all the way to the bank. Good fo ...more
Jul 26, 2010 Stephen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, psychos
1.0 to 1.5 stars. Okay, after not liking Hannibal, it was an example of pure, unadulterated optimism that I picked up thus book hoping to return to the magic of the first two books of this series. I was wrong, the book was horrible and I learned my lesson.
May 06, 2014 Toni rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A huge disappointment. I had my hopes way up. Who can blame me? Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs were freaking masterpieces.
There were things I liked and things I hated. Probably, had I read it before knowing who Hannibal Lecter was, I would've enjoyed it more, but his personality (unexpected, mysterious, but we did know a few traits of his) was established, only for this sorry excuse for a prequel to destroy all we knew about him, mess him up and offer no plausible explanation to why he
Janie Johnson
After finishing this final installment to the Lecter series I discovered that I did not enjoy this book as much as the first three. But it was definitely still worth the read. The first few chapters were a bit confusing with so many characters coming into play. I had to make sure that I stayed focused. Also I feel it lacked some of the mystery and intensity that the first three had.

I found myself having to go back over a few pages so I could grasp the story better from the start. There were als
Kimberly Hicks
I'm so sorry I can't give this book more than 5 stars. This book gets 100 from me! OMG, Thomas has done it again. He has shown us how Hannibal came to be in this book, and I'm so proud that I sort of figured that I had Hannibal pegged all along. Like I mentioned in the review of Hannibal, I never hated the character, I always respected him and what he does. Because if you think about it, Hannibal kills those that need to be killed. Whether that's right or wrong, that's not for me to decide, but ...more
Nov 19, 2007 Chick_Flick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm glad to be done with the series. What a let down. Although better written than "Hannibal," it was still a disappointment. Too short and didn't seem to follow the canon. Where was it ever mentioned that Hannibal went to med school in all the other books? I thought he was a brilliant psychologist and that was all. Also, where did his love and understanding of Asian culture come from? It just seemed so out of the blue. Did he just lose all of that as an adult? And Lady Murasaki, could Harris ha ...more
Dec 30, 2013 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: horror, war,
Recommended to Angie by: I'd read the others
Shelves: thomas-harris, horror
I'd given the book 3 1/2 stars, as when I read this I felt that it had only been written so that the film could be made. I've read it a couple of times since then and enjoyed it more on these readings.

The book tells of Hannibal's beginning, his horrific experience as a child, what happened to his sister, then follows his life away from the war. It does actually work quite well, with lots of detailing of his first kills and why he makes them. Its by far better than the film, which even when I re-
Sara Zovko
Obožavam Hannibala i zato me ovaj nastavak apsolutno ubio u pojam.
Ovo nije objašnjenje kakvo Hannibal zaslužuje, ovo je apsolutno mućenje i izmišljanje gluposti.
Jako loše i to valjda tako ide dok se polakomiš i želiš napisati još koji nastavak i da se ekranizira još koji nastavak, a ideja više nemaš i nemaš, pa razvlačiš neku polu -priču o ratu i ljudima koji su pojeli njegovu ljubljenu sestru.
Ocjena bi bila i manja da nisam toliko opsjednuta sa svim knjigama o Hannibalu , ovako je ocjena viš
Julie Cohen
I've reread all of the Hannibal Lecter series because I love the TV show so much. I remember being disappointed with this when it came out, but on the reread, I like it more. Unlike the other novels, it's more of a character study than a thriller. I think it's underwritten, but that possibly allows you to enter more into Hannibal's mind. However, as a story it's fairly unsatisfying because it's not always easy to tease out the secondary characters' motivation, and it lacks the sensual scene-sett ...more
Rachel Friars
May 28, 2015 Rachel Friars rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephen Arvidson
While not as satisfying as Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs, or (to a lesser extent) Hannibal, Thomas Harris manages to cook up a decadent appetizer to an already loaded three-course meal. It's hard not to see Hannibal Rising as a last-ditch effort to revive an ailing franchise by further developing one of the most complex characters of modern fiction. By offering a traumatic origin story as explanation for how a human being could become Dr. Lecter, Harris walks a dangerous tightrope in making h ...more
May 01, 2015 Abhishek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 'origins' tale becomes all the more interesting when the central character is someone so deeply entrenched in pop culture that you absolutely need to know everything about him or her. Hannibal Lecter is one such character who has been made popular by Thomas Harris' books and Anthony Hopkins' cinematic depiction. The fourth book, and prequel to all, Hannibal Rising explores the childhood to adulthood period of Hannibal Lecter and shows us readers some more shades about the character. The kind ...more
May 28, 2007 Shani rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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After the runaway success of Red Dragon (1981) and The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal profoundly disappointed both literary and film critics, not to mention fans of the series. Harris returns with Hannibal Rising, to mixed acclaim. A sense of bafflement pervades the negative reviews, with critics puzzled by how a talent like Thomas Harris could turn out what they perceive to be a glorified screenplay (the film version of Hannibal Rising was released in early 2007) written purely to cannibalize t

Jun 10, 2013 H. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I think of this book the same way I think of The Godfather part III; just pretend it didn't happen.

Part of the reason for its shortcomings is, of course, that it follows a trilogy that is near-perfect in its scope, writing and characterisation (whatever one's view of the controversial ending to Hannibal) but everything about the storyline just seems inadequate for a character as iconic and intriguing as Hannibal Lecter. The small revelations of Lecter's backstory in the previous novel were, in
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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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Hannibal Lecter (4 books)
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