Hannibal Rising (Hannibal Lecter #4)
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 ...more
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 ...more
Hannibal Lechter is one of the ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
To state it bluntly, this reads like a screenplay disguised as a novel. There is ...more
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 ...more
- 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 ...more
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 ...more
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- ...more
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 ...more
I found myself having to go back over a few pages so I could grasp the story better from the start. There were als ...more
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 ...more
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...more
Fast forward to Hannibal Lecter's creator, taking on the task of showing all of us how a literary icon became Han ...more
“Mischa, we take comfort in knowing there is no ...more
That sentence summarizes all what I have to say on Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris. When I received this kindly give from my lovely student, Wulan, I was so happy because I can read another book by the same author that wrote one of the greatest psychological thriller books, Silence of The Lambs. Reading the first 30 pages of this book bored me to death, so I put it down and decided to read it later.
3 months after my 1st read, I picked it up again and decide ...more
At a very literary level I see nothing but the original stories in wolf's clothing. One person, the main character, is chasing after and finding criminals. Only the young Hannibal, a killer in child form, is not part of the Federal Bureau of Investigations or any other government run division.
Honestly, I felt like I wa ...more