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Hannibal Rising (Hannibal Lecter #4)

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  17,462 ratings  ·  870 reviews
HE IS ONE OF THE MOST HAUNTING CHARACTERS IN ALL OF LITERATURE. AT LAST THE EVOLUTION OF HIS EVIL IS REVEALED. 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. Hannibals uncle, a noted painter, finds him in a Soviet orphanage and brings him...more
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Published January 1st 2007 by Random House (first published 2006)
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Joe
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...more
Jamieson
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...more
Stefan Yates
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...more
Mike
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...more
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
"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...more
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...more
Elaine
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
Angie
Dec 30, 2013 Angie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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-...more
Stephen
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.
Chris
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...more
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
Heather
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
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...more
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...more
Chick_Flick
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
Anto Fanpire
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...more
Jim Dooley
I recall listening to an interview with an FBI profiler in connection with the release of the film version of THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. During it, he said that there couldn't be a Hannibal Lecter serial killer out there because there is just too much wrong with him. Anyone who was so troubled would be a mass of twitching impulses who would be unable to hide behind moments of normalcy.

Fast forward to Hannibal Lecter's creator, taking on the task of showing all of us how a literary icon became Han...more
Gamze
Hannibal Lecter hayranlarının okuması gereken bir kitap. Ben 2007 yılında filmi çıktığı gibi izlemiştim. Maalesef kitabını ise anca okuyabildim. Ama filmin hakkını vermeliyim zaten sevmiştim ama kitabını okudukça filme ve özellikle Hannibal karakterini canlandıran Gaspard'a hayranlığım daha da bir arttı. Hannibal'ın neden bu hale geldiğini merak edenler alıp okumalı. Ben bazı yerlerde sıkıldım, yavaş geçen bölümler oldu. Ama yine de tavsiye ederim.

“Mischa, we take comfort in knowing there is no...more
John
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
Novia
High expectation will bring you down!!

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
Diane
Our first glimpses of Hannibal Lecter were in Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs. Now, Harris' latest addition to the saga is this book. What went wrong? It feels like everything.
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
Elliott Cross
It was interesting to see a fleshed-out version of Hannibal’s past, but I have to say that I don’t think this book was as interesting or as gripping as Harris’s previous novels, and it seemed a little rushed. The writing was easy to follow and the paragraphs were often brief and to the point, but sometimes it was as if the writing did not flow or that the structure was somehow incomplete. Harris's way of building suspense was good and his description of rooms and of Hannibal’s inner psychologica...more
Tim Greaton
This was my first opportunity to read a book by Thomas Harris. Though I had heard some negative press about how differently Hannibal was portrayed in this book compared to the others, I have to say it was a fast and ejoyable read. The scenes moved fluidly and quickly, and I got a solid sense of who Hannibal was and of the forces that had pushed him toward the dark edges of human nature.

To watch a boy grow up beneath the warmth of family and love, only to have it all ruthlessly ripped away was ho...more
Susan
Continuing my Hannibal Lecter craze I moved onto the prequel to the contemporary story involving Hannibal Lecter, published fourth in the series. Hannibal Rising spans the 1940s and 1950s, starting with Hannibal Lecter's childhood (age 8 in the beginning) and taking us through young adulthood.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book to be honest. I'd heard some good things from fellow fans of the books and movies. I'd also read some truly awful reviews, equating it to little more than fan fic...more
Bob Price
So....we may know his name, but we don't know why he did what he did...until now....or do we?

One of the most terrifying concepts is the unknown. When you fill in too many blanks, the boogey man in the closet looks less like a monster and more like a coat hanging on a chair...and I think that might be part of the problem in this book.

Hannibal Rising is a mess of a book. I am not sure if Thomas Harris was trying to be obtuse, or he just no longer cared about writing anymore, but his resulting wo...more
Shani
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aitch.
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...more
Bookmarks Magazine

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

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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
Laura
Ever wonder how Hannibal Lecter came to be? Where did he get his rather unusual tastes? This book introduces us to unfortunate little Hannibal whose destiny the refined heir to the Lecter estate was rudely interrupted by WWII. The horrors of the Eastern front turned this impossibly intelligent little boy into a fiend bent on exacting his own form of vengeful justice.
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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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