I am a huge fan of the Hannibal Lecter novels, as I have an interest in the criminal psyche and forensic science. Beyond that, "Red Dragon" and "Silence of the Lambs" are very entertaining, well-written thrillers (and I even have a soft spot for the film series) I was not impressed with the beginning of Hannibal Rising, it just felt like an unpleasant slog where our only company is kept with disgusting war criminals and sadly abused children. I thought the book picked up considerably, however, when Hannibal moves in with Lady Murasaki. The relationship with his "new" family and the description of how he found calm in the Japanese culture was quite beautiful. But since this IS Hannibal Lecter's story we're reading about, we quickly get back into the horror. There are gruesome death scenes, though they take up very little room and those killed are about as awful people as you can find. (No spoilers) but what drives Hannibal to these crimes at a young age is at an understandable core, and that mixed with his young age gives the reader a confusing place of understanding and even sympathizing with a serial killer. You won't find the depth here that are in the other Lecter novels, but if you have an interest in the character it's a fast read with many memorable scenes. Now I'm ready to rent the movie and compare. :)
I just got this book today from another member, started it and I can't put it down. For me, it's very intriguing learning of the beginning of the monster who was Hannibal. It gives much more insight in my opinion.
The story of how Hannibal Lecter, became the manical killer he was. Great storyline kept me interested from the start. The movie followed book for the most part, enough differences though, to make reading the book worth while.
I'm a diehard Hannibal Lecter fan. I truly enjoyed 'Hannibal' and Harris's previous books that include the character, but I could not finish this book! I wanted so badly to like it, and be filled in on Lecter's background, but I couldn't do it. I was bored beyond belief before I'd trudged through 1/4 of the book (and the movie's no better). A true disappointment. :(
I was not pleased with this book. I read all the previous incarnations of Hannibal, but did not enjoy this one. The prose is overly flowery, and the plot line drags a great deal. It just wasn't what I would have expected, being as it was to introduce us to young Hannibal.
I didn't think it would be possible that Hannibal -the cannibal- Lector, could be a sympathetc character, but that is indeed the case in this book, at least it was for this reader. This book will take you back to Hannibal's childhood when he lost his family to a group of starving Nazi savages. Hannibal got a taste of what happened to his little sister, Mischa, whom he adored dearly. He got his revenge. Needleass to say, it changed him, turned him into a monster. I liked this book, but it was filled with foreign phrases that I felt should have been translated. Also, I found Hannibal's relationship with his stepmother, Lady Murasaki, quite unbelievable. Nonetheless, I would recommend this book to any Hannibal fan. Will I like the movie?
This book was a joke. Supposedly, Thomas Harris wrote this, but it didn't seem that way to me. I wasn't a big fan of his last book in the series, Hannibal, but at least it was written well, so I could enjoy that. It just didn't go the way I thought it would. It was still a decent book.
This piece of crap is horribly written: The writer changes tenses left and right...the story is weak. It tries to show Hannibal Lecter as some James Bond type character travelling all over Europe to avenge the death of his sister.
For those of you who don't know...this is the origin story of Hannibal Lecter from Harris' other books. Never mind that the story was told much better in the book Hannibal. If you want to know about the character, read that book. This is drek.
In my opinion, our beloved Hollywood wanted a new Hannibal product to push a movie, so they had some inept high schooler write a bad screenplay and a bad novelisation and slapped Thomas Harris' name on it to rip off suckers. Well, they got me. Stay as far from this one as possible!
I did not like this book nearly as much as Silence of the Lambs or Red Dragon. It almost seemed like it was someone writing trying to copy the style of Thomas Harris. However, I also did not like Hannibal as much as the other two. If you are fan of the story of Hannibal Lector, then most likely you will enjoy this prequel.
After all the Hannibal Lector stories, I enjoyed learning of his background and childhood and how he became the monster character we know and love. I wish this would've gone into the psychological training he most surely had at some point in addition to his medical schooling. I felt like there was too quick a jump into psychopath mode, but definitely enjoyed the journey.
If you're a fan of Thomas Harris, you have to read this book. While I wouldn't consider it his best, it still provides some interesting reasons for why Hannibal was created. It's a quick and entertaining read if you like this type of genre.
Not to spoil a fascinating psychological plumbing-of-the-depths of one of the most, if not THE most fascinating psychopath ever to...grace?...the pages of any novel, a roving band of war-time pillagers made soup of Hannibal's little sister. And they saved starving Hannibal's life by feeding him some of the broth.
The story breaks the heart, horrifies, fascinates, and repels, but the world of psychopathy is the stuff of interesting novels. Met Dexter yet?
For Harris (and Hannibal) fans, this is what we wanted to know. The movie is good. The book is great.
Pans to the mkers of the movie "HANNIBAL" - YOU FAILED TO FOLLOW THE STORY LINE OF THE BOOK AND GAVE THE AUDIENCE A WEAK MOVIE. I CAN IMAGINE YOUR REASONS BUT THEIR POSSIBILITIES PALE BESIDE THE IMPORTANCE OF WHAT YOU LEFT OUT. DISAPPOINTING, WHILE THE BOOK WAS AS TERRIFIC AS HARRIS' NOVELS USUALLY ARE. 10 DEMERITS.
Pats to the makers of "HANNIBAL RISING" - Hannibal 'fans' deserved the explanation served up in the book, and got it. 10 GOLD STARS.
I enjoyed the story. It was nice having the author read it and since it was unabridged you got the whole story. It does explain 'Silence of the Lambs' and where Hannibal Lecter came from and how he got to be what he was. The book in my opinion is less tense than the movies since you don't have to sit thru the directors time lapses that are intended to make things scarier. I like the story, can do without the silly dark hallways etc.
If you had never read or heard about Silence of the Lambs and the other books about Hannibal Lecter,be assured this book can stand on it's own and is a great read. Set in Eastern Europe during the German and Russian war atrocities, it details the family life-joys and horrors. Saying more would spoil it, but it does leave you both crying and cheering for Hannibal.
Hannibal Rising tells of the life of very young Hannical Lecter. His life story is as bad as anything you could have imagined. This book is so intense, so gripping, I had to force myself to take a break. Harris has outdone himself with this book.
Provides some insight into the making of the monster - Hannibal Lecter, but not as in depth as I had hoped. I was blown away by Thomas Harris' previous Hannibal novels but this one wasn't quite as satisfying. Perhaps leaves you wanting more due to the upcoming movie.
I was absorbed in this book till the very end. For the subject matter it is hard to say "enjoyed" but Thomas tells a great story once again. I was a little disappointed the book didn't go farther into Lector's life (he's 18 when the book ends) but I can always hope there will be a sequel to this one.
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I didn't think it would be possible that Hannibal -the cannibal- Lector, could be a sympathetc character, but that is indeed the case in this book, at least it was for this reader. This book will take you back to Hannibal's childhood when he lost his family to a group of starving Nazi savages. Hannibal got a taste of what happened to his little sister, Mischa, whom he adored dearly. He got his revenge. Needleass to say, it changed him, turned him into a monster. I liked this book, but it was filled with foreign phrases that I felt should have been translated. Also, I found Hannibal's relationship with his stepmother, Lady Murasaki, quite unbelievable. Nonetheless, I would recommend this book to any Hannibal fan.