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Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris
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Oct 14, 2007

did not like it
Read in November, 2007

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 have written a more stereotypical character? Yeah, let's just throw in a beautiful Japanese woman whom all the Europeans would lust after. Seriously, skip this. Don't even bother, even if you're a fan of the series. Harris is no Dumas. He tried to write a story about revenge and failed miserably.
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message 1: by ~M~ (new) - rated it 4 stars

~M~ I think it's established in Silence of the Lambs that Lecter is a psychiatrist, not a psychologist. It is a theme that runs through Silence. He mentions that Chilton is not an MD, put a psychologist, and has a lot of contempt for him due to his lack of education. It is constantly referenced that Lecter is an M.D. in both Silence and Red Dragon.

Tony A psychiatrist, by definition, must have a graduate degree in psychology as well as an M.D., as they must be qualified to prescribe medication. I believe he's also connected with Johns Hopkins in the previous films/books, as well as frequently being referred to as "Dr. Lecter."

Susan Crowe a psychiatrist must complete med school first.

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