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Hannibal Rising: (Hannibal Lecter) Paperback – 7 May 2009

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; Reprint edition (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099532956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099532958
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Praise for Hannibal:
Quite simply a compelling and brilliant thriller" (Daily Mirror)

"The thrills, horror, sly erudition and sheer exquisite writing make this so much more than another serial killer novel ... [It] reaches almost sublime levels of gothic grandeur at its conclusion. If only all bestsellers were so rewarding" (Guardian)

"A masterpiece... Chillingly brilliant" (Observer)

"Quite simply this is the best-written thriller to dominate the market in years ... A literary evocation of the diabolical to compare with Goethe and Gogol. Honestly" (The Times)

"A gut-churning, nail-biting, skin-crawling, often lyrical triumph - addictive on every level" (Daily Express)

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The story of Hannibal Lecter's childhood and early years, from the mega-bestselling author of Hannibal and The Silence of the Lambs. Now fans of the new Sky Living TV series Hannibal can read the books that launched a legend.

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Brilliantly written and narrated. I really loved the Trilogy, especially Hannibal, it is a well written and brilliant book as they all are, Hannibal Rising has to be my ultimate favourite out of all the Thomas Harris books, the narration on the audiobook is extremely good and adds to the tale.
I wpould dearly love to see more from this author but sadly have only found one other title, aside from the Hannibal collection, that he has written, a shame as this is an extremely good writer.
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A very good read. Not as good as Red Dragon or Silence of the Lambs but far better than Hannibal. It is an intriguing revenge story. However it does not explain the creation of the monster that is Hannibal Lector in a manner that is satisfactory. A lot of his violent actions are for revenge and not just maniacal killing. If anything you feel more sympathetic to the character than seeing him as a monster. You feel that way right up to the conclusion of the book. Good story just doesn't offer a fully satisfactory explanation of the character you would expect from an origin story.
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I found out about Hannibal Rising after watching NBC's Hannibal. I had never been overly interested in the story of Hannibal Lecter before the TV series took my attention. Following that I watched Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal, only to discover the Prequel that was written to coincide with the film, Hannibal Rising.

I personally thought it was a befitting prequel to the story of Hannibal Lecter, and explained his life leading up to the events that take place in Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs very well. I did however feel as though the publishers had attempted to make the book look much longer than it actually was. The font was quite large for an adults novel and I felt as though it only added to the feeling that some of it was quite rushed. That being said, I still enjoyed it as an insight into Hannibal Lecter's childhood and past, which filled in some of the blanks from the TV series.

I would recommend this book as a light read and for anyone who wants to see what made the infamous character all that he was set to become.
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I really enjoyed Hannibal Rising, more so than any other book in the series. Thomas Harris was always a master storyteller, but here I feel he’s at his finest, and you can tell that he’s done his research, too. The novel acts as a prequel, and it tells the story of the young Hannibal Lecter and his struggles during the Second World War in Eastern Europe, when he was little more than a boy.

And many ways, that’s what makes this work stand out from Harris’ other work – in many ways, it’s almost a different genre to the other books in the series, touching on historical and military thrillers, as well as its traditional blood and gore. Add that to the fact that it’s also his most recent, at least at the time of writing, and that he hasn’t written another book for the last eight years, and you can see why this is a little bit special.

Not all of the critics agreed, but what do I care? I rate my books on how much I enjoy them, and I loved this – I’d go so far as to say that if you haven’t read any of the Hannibal books, you should start here. After all, you’ll get to see his character develop, and it’s arguably the best Thomas Harris novel in my opinion, and so what have you got to lose?
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Not a patch on previous novels, seemed to me like someone else had wrote this. Characters had no depth. It dosnt grip you and make you want to turn he pages, disappointing, if you have read the others I wouldn't bother with this one. Pointless book.
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One of the thing's I love about book's is that they have little scenes which you never see in the movies because unfortunately the film's showing time is limited. The Hannibal rising movie was brilliant but for most of the time the book's will alway's be better.This has been my favorite book out of the whole series so far, but I have yet to read the others.Recomended for people who love crime,thriller's.
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Excellent from Thomas Harris, as always. The author struggles a little perhaps with Hannibal's voice as a child but in contrast with some other reviewers I found it quite believable. Harris is a master at the psychological and he maintains a density of prose throughout that is a joy. I read it three times back-to-back and found much that was new on each occasion.
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I'm only 150 pages in but I think it moves at a good pace, with sumptuous sketches of Paris, and brooding suspense as we pull
Back the veil and get to peek in at
Hannibal's darkest fantasies and fears. Thomas Harris is only a man, people place way too much hype on these kinds of works, when such a iconic character burst from it's pages, and onto the big screen. I enjoyed the film also which received much criticism, possibly stemming from the absence of Anthony Hopkins?
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