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Hannibal Rising

(Hannibal Lecter #4)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  29,258 ratings  ·  1,507 reviews

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 France, where Hannibal will live with his uncle and his uncle's beautiful and exotic wife, Lady Murasaki.

Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Cornerstone Digital (first published December 5th 2006)
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I have nothing against making money. Money is important and I don't begrudge anyone their coin.

That said....

Why Oh Why???

Did Thomas Harris write this lifeless drivel?

I respect a money grab, the studio wanted a Hannibal prequel so Thomas Harris decided to write it.

But is this the best he could do?

I have a better back story for Hannibal in my head right now and its better than this. I didn't even recognize the Hannibal Lecter I've come to know and love over 3 novels, 2 movies(I still haven't
May 24, 2007 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 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
Jan 06, 2008 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
Michael Munkvold
Jan 23, 2015 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
Apr 02, 2014 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
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
Aug 31, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Από τη στιγμή που άρχισα να πηδάω κεφάλαια και σελίδες δεν έχω να πω πολλά. Πιστεύω ότι απλά δεν ήταν για μένα. Ελπίζω σε άλλους να αρέσει περισσότερο.
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
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
Stefan Yates
Feb 01, 2012 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
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
Sep 28, 2011 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
Jakk Makk
Aug 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Think again, friend.
I don't know why you'd go through all that effort to write an excellent origin story for Cobra Commander and then Find and Replace the name to Hannibal Lecter. Too many details that never pay off. Interesting structural use of withholding.

Harris is a gifted writer, but this didn't work for me. On the one hand, the choice of details makes it feel like it was written for the author and not the audience. On the other, it feels like a tired revenge plot stolen from a Hollywood sock drawer, "Hello,
Melissa Chung
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Hannibal Rising book 4 of the Hannibal Lecter series or the story of Hannibal as a child and what made him the way he is "today". I started off not really invested in this book. The first four chapters are pretty depressing and I hated them. After that the book was pretty good. 4 stars.

Hannibal Lecter is the last of his line. They hail from Lithuania. Hannibal was raised at the Lecter Castle that was built five hundred years before by Hannibal the Grim. At eight, Hannibal was an avid student. It
Все още изпитвам известни чуденки по въпроса как да оценя тази книга.
Преди всичко това е история за отмъщение за нечовешка жестокост. Отмъщение, равно по сила на причинената болка.
Само че...
Отчасти - да - виждаме Ханибал Лектър такъв, какъвто е бил някога, преди да стане онова тайнствено и гениално чудовище зад стъклената преграда. Но в тази книга същевременно губи онзи свой почти мистичен лик. Не би било правилно да се говори, че тук е твърде "обикновен", защото никак не е обикновен, но по един
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
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
Jul 26, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychos, horror
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.
Петър Стойков
Разликата между книжната и филмовата версия на образа на Ханибал Лектър е очевидна и доста голяма. Наистина, Антъни Хопкинс прави чудеса с ролята, но създава един Ханибал, който няма почти нищо общо с този в книгите. Може би този ужасяващ канибал и напрежението между него и инспекторката прави филмите успешни, но не такъв образ създава Томас Харис в книгите си.

Който ги е чел знае, че в тях много по-голямо внимание се обръща на произхода на Ханибал Лектър, на това защо и как той е станал това, ко
Apr 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 04, 2011 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
Anthony Jones
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fine novel. My favorite work from Thomas Harris by far. I first met Hannibal Lecter as a monster in Silence of the Lambs. This book falls back and allows readers to learn how Lecter became the monster in the first place. To this I say bravo Mr. Harris as I was rooting for the monster Lecter throughout the book as he tracked down the scum that killed and ate his baby sister. I especially appreciated the creation of the mind palace and how Hannibal enjoys total recall on his memories with the ex ...more
Matt Tandy
The origins of literatures most famous serial killer ultimately turns out to be a dud. Poorly written, completely uninteresting, lacking severely in character development, Hannibal Rising seems to want to be fan service rather than a seriously written novel. Sometimes it’s better not to know the background of a villain, allowing the insanity to simply be part of the character itself, no explanation necessary. In this case, it’s difficult to feel any empathy for Hannibal as we know what he’s to b ...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
Mar 25, 2014 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
Non riesco a capire perché ad alcuni abbia fatto schifo: a me è piaciuto davvero tantissimo, infatti l'ho letteralmente divorato e mi ha lasciato un gran senso di soddisfazione. Magari la trama thriller non è tra le più originali della saga (anche se io ho trovato molto interessante lo sviluppo della vendetta di Hannibal e le sue sottotrame), ma c'è una grandissima attenzione alla musica, all'arte, e naturalmente sempre quel pizzico di horror e scene inquietanti tipiche dei romanzi di Harris. Pe ...more
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May 06, 2014 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
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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

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