The Psychopathic Judge A Dr. Frank Harris Novel (Dr. Frank Harris Novels Book 3)
When Jonathan Demme made the movie version of Silence , he said that he wanted the audience to believe that Lecter was the smartest man alive. And to the credit of both Demme and Anthony Hopkins, it worked. Besides, the smarter Lecter is the more the audience worries about Clarice. Enter Thomas Harris, trying to write a sequel to a phenomenally popular book, which was also a hugely successful movie. Now everyone thought of Anthony Hopkins when they thought of Hannibal Lecter, and they believed he was the smartest psycho alive.
The book collapses under the sheer magnitude of what we are expected to accept about these characters and where they end up. View all 10 comments. Apr 16, Alejandro rated it it was ok Shelves: It was HIS story. Will Graham had left the game. But Clarice could still make a second swing… …but Harris made the wrong call, in my humble opinion.
However, in literature, there is a need of reason, a need of order, a need to avoid senseless chaos, if the monsters have a reason of what they do, how they do it,… …readers tend to accept the monsters. Lecter should be worried about himself since with a life doing so many wrong things to so many dangerous people, it was obvious that sooner or later, someone from his dark past would catch on him, looking for reckoning.
View all 8 comments. This is that rare case where books are even worse than films, if you can believe it. I don't know whatever possessed me to flip through this series. Thankfully, that entity demon of boredom? So far this is a DNF. Left this unfinished and I don't think I'll ever return to it of my own free will. Or maybe I will, let's live and see about it. This series felt a bit stupid, stilted, pretentious, even. And he didn't come across as one. Or maybe I'm judging intellect on a scale which includes the humanity factor, or lack thereof? Not sure about that.
I didn't like the language. The heroes felt without depth. Or maybe I just don't like this concept due to severely disliking the TV snippets of this that have been irritating me to no end for ages. The cannibal idea made me queasy. I can't fathom just how this stuff managed to give rise to that fan thing, where people would go on to even watch series on this topic. It'a goddamn mystery to me. The fact that our protagonist happens to be severely intellectual changes nothing for me. It doesn't add him any charm or any je-ne-sais-quoi or whatever it was that made this stuff popularish.
Personally, I don't give a damn if a cannibal killer is an illuminating person or not. And a true intellectual? Don't think he was. I'm sure such an illuminated thinker might have found some other stuff to eat besides fellow humans, if only to be left alone by the society to pursue their oh-so-deep intellectual endeavours. The story with Clarice was, uh, nauseating.
How do you really craft a supposedly love story or whatever it was even supposed to look like! That's what it truly was, things should be called their own names!!! And I don't really give a damn about Dr. Lecter's string theory equations was that supposed to make him more likeable, him penning supposedly brilliant time physics while drugging Clarice out of her mind?? It does not make me sympathise with him, not at all.
I'm not rating it so far because it feels worthy of a 1 measly star for the writer's effort and wasted time, nothing else. Still, all those fans, they couldn't have been totally mistaken about this series. I'll give it some time to sit with me. Maybe I missed something totally notable and earth-shattering about it and will find it someday. Hopefully, that will not be that sad day my shrink goes to his one. At this point, it's obvious to me that it was a mistake to read this.
I neet to be more scrupulous about choosing what I read. Otherwise I'm going to be investing a lot more of my time into stuff I find distasteful! She was awake and not awake. The bathroom was indeed comfortable and furnished with every amenity. In the following days she enjoyed long baths there, but she did not bother with her reflection in the mirror, so far was she from herself.
Starling had no sense of time. Over the days and nights there were the conversations. She heard herself speaking for minutes on end, and she listened. Sometimes she laughed at herself, hearing artless revelations that normally would have mortified her. The things she told Dr. Lecter were often surprising to her, sometimes distasteful to a normal sensibility, but what she said was always true.
Lecter spoke as well. In a low, even voice.
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He expressed interest and encouragement, but never surprise or censure. Sometimes they looked at a single bright object together to begin their talks, almost always there was but a single light source in the room. From day to day the bright object changed. The fact they they might have hypnotised each other, or gotten self-hypnotised together or whatever that was, is supposed to make this special, I'm sure.
Lecter seemed to sense their arrival at an unexplored gallery in her mind. Perhaps he heard trolls fighting on the other side of a wall. Only here we get a gardenful of trolls instead! He replaced the teapot with a silver belt buckle. She clapped her hands together like a child. Your father is here. Would you like to talk with him? This is exactly what I say when I see people so fascinated with all the shiny badges of merit, such as Doctor, Professor, President, etc.
This is a travesty of psychology.
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Lecter' is no doctor, he might have been one at some point or not! The monster settled back a micron in his chair. Krendler is joining us for our first course. I'm not going to give the detailed details here but they are extremely nasty. This is probably the worst thing I have ever read. She had college French and Spanish to build on, and she has found she has a good ear. They speak Italian a lot at meal-times; she finds a curious freedom in the visual nuances of the language. And there are lots of true polyglots out there, who have mastered a lot more languages and don't think it anything fancy.
A very lame scene. Their relationship has a great deal to do with the penetration of Clarice Starling, which she avidly welcomes and encourages It is hard to know what Starling remembers of the old life, what she chooses to keep. The drugs that held her in the first days have had no part in their lives for a long time. Nor the long talks with a single light source in the room.
Good to know kidney failure might not be her next option. Still, I'm not really sure what purpose this achieves, ethic or aesthethic. Are we supposed to conclude at this point that hypnosis brainwashing is good for one's psyche? For either of them to discover us would be fatal. We can only learn so much and live. View all 7 comments. Hannibal happens to be one of my favorite fictional characters and with this book I became more enamored with him.
Yes, it's twisted but me likes him a lot!! View all 4 comments. I have a theory about this horrible book. They are well-written thrillers with great descriptions and characters. They were both adapted into great movies. They made Thomas Harris a very rich man. Harris made a bet, maybe with a friend or just to himself.
He knew that his next novel would be snapped up for big bucks for the screen rights. He knew he would not get any control over the script. So he dec I have a theory about this horrible book. So he decided to write a book that would basically be un-filmable. It would be so preposterous, such dreck, that it would drive the screenwriters crazy. Harris would be laughing all the way to the bank. This theory makes it possible to think that Thomas Harris is talented. There are other theories that eliminate that possibility. Of course, the publication of Hannibal Rising kind of shot my theory all to hell.
I can't believe I was so excited about this book that I rushed out to buy it in hardcover. I sold it to a used bookstore at the first opportunity. It's because you are the answer to Samson's riddle. You are the honey in the lion. At the end of Silence of the Lambs , the good doctor had escaped the clutches of the law, after having treated the local authorities to a grotesque display of Grand Guignol theatre by way of parting gift.
This was a more than fitting, infinitely memorable adieu to the cannibal, who from his first appearance in Red Dragon never was supposed to be a main character, let alone the protagonist. As can be expected, the mere fact of him being no longer confined significantly diminishes the interest the character previously managed to pique. Locked up, with only his intellect and ingenuity at his disposal to manipulate whatever unfortunate soul he deems worthy, he represented a much more intriguing, insidious creature.
One only has to recall that one time he managed to talk a fellow inmate into biting off and swallowing his tongue just by whispering to him at night. Oddly, Harris in a rare moment of authorial commentary, almost inadvertently intimates this fact in Hannibal: Lecter stood at a distance from her, very still, as he had stood in his cell when she first saw him.
We are accustomed to seeing him unfettered now. It is not shocking to see him in open space with another mortal creature. Thank you for proving my point for me, Mr. The problem rested with me, not with the books themselves. With Hannibal though, you get quite a different animal, which initially delighted me. Yet, for being an otherwise accomplished, even highly enjoyable thriller, Hannibal unfortunately ends with a callous betrayal. Not of the kind perpetrated by one fictional character to another mind you, but by the author to his audience.
As endings go, it surely must go down in history as one of the most ill-advised and ignominious. A mere 20 pages. Granted, this dynamic between the two was always there, lurking beneath the surface, but the impossibility of it ever materializing was exactly what made it interesting. Yet Hannibal ends as a twisted love story, fully consummated, which Harris apparently feels the need to make explicit in detail: It's not so much the exploration of Starling as a sexual being that is irksome here previously, she was almost solely focussed on her career, with not much thought given to romantic interactions with men but how she is just undergoing the process, as if she has no agency.
This is a radical departure from the individual established in Silence of the Lambs who, even in her inexperience as a rookie, very much had a mind of her own. That one line is absolutely devastating to this character. It totally goes against all we had come to learn about her.
Above all else, Starling is strong-willed, highly intelligent, determined and has a rock-solid moral compass. Was he under time restraint, his deadline fast approaching? I'd really love to know the answer to that one. Hannibal is far from being a bad book, and I suggest you do read it, but go in with expectations tempered. Just goes to show that even if the first or so pages were good and some passages even quite excellent, the whole enterprise can be ruined by the subsequent twenty. It's one of the most delicious of ironies that Thomas Harris - the creator of a famous fictional cannibal - would end up cannibalizing his own work.
Apr 08, Erin rated it really liked it Shelves: Who knew The Hannibal Lecter series was a love story. What Da Fuck did I just read? I waited over a month between finishing Lambs and starting Hannibal.
Hannibal picks up 6 or 7 years after the events of Lambs, Hannibal is in Italy living his best life as a fugitive. Clarice Starling is still at the FBI but her once promising career has stalled. Hannibal's only surviving victim has put a bounty out on him and he has the money to follow though with it. We finally start to get some background on Hannibal and we are shown a bit of Hannibal's psyche.
The entire book is great but the last pages are bat shit crazy and I'm not sure how I feel about it. The last 3 chapters were the most unsettling in the whole book and if you've read the book you know what I'm talking about. I'm undecided on if I'll watch the movie but probably yes. If you've started the Hannibal Lecter series I recommend reading Hannibal despite what you've heard about the movie. Around the year in 52 books: A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to. View all 3 comments.
Sep 03, Stargirl rated it it was amazing. Gothic horror detective chase story, blends genres with great ease, affirming Harris as a master storyteller- as if we didn't already know. Don't go in expecting another Red Dragon or Silence of the Lambs. This is a much bigger, far darker experience.
It's all in the title people. Silence was the story of Clarice Starling, so there is a lot of hope and innocence to it. A decadent spiral into madness and obliteration. A glimpse into hell. The quality of the writing is of the highest order, blurring the lines between popular fiction and literature. Ingenious and over the top, a true sequel that shows no mercy.
The author is in charge and he will take you into places, dragging and screaming, that you don't want to know. Oct 25, Sufferingbruin rated it did not like it. Lord, what an awful book. Awash in mediocrity from first page to last. It has mediocre characters the same which were so captivating in "Silence of the Lambs" , mediocre dialogue, mediocre scenery, virtually no suspense but a plethora of pointlessly putrid acts , and a meandering narrative that often lacks consistency of time and place. There are man eating pigs who are intended to be filmed in the act by people from the porn industry, at the behest of a sub-villain recovering from having his face chewed up by dogs.
Thankfully, he gets by with having the tears of children put into his IV. No, that last sentence was not a joke. And of course, our two rivals are back. Clarice Starling gets the worst of it in "Hannibal". She has lost all trace of vulnerability and trepidation so there's nothing to overcome. In other words, she's lost what made her human in the previous book. Here, she's wizened super-woman; so cynical, so powerful and of course, distant.
We don't know why she is all of these things and Harris doesn't seem to care. There are hints of being passed over at the agency and we can guess from her dour persona that Special Agent Starling is weary of the world but these are only guesses; nothing Clarice says or does leads to inferences one way or the other because it's her turn to play second fiddle. Harris' previous efforts, "Red Dragon" and especially "Silence of the Lambs" are both terrific. In both, Lecter plays a role small in "Dragon" and of course, much larger in "Lambs" but supporting roles.
How much damage can happen when you take on the mind of a killer to catch the killer? Will Graham finds out in a brief visit to Lecter, ostensibly to get information on another serial killer when Lecter memorably calls him out: Which brings us to "Hannibal" and a crucial question after a painful week of reading: What is the theme here? Lecter is the unquestioned star of the show but what does Lecter have to tell us? I'm at a loss. We know he insists on only the best material accoutrements to borrow a phrase from our sociopath --the best food, the best cars and for heaven's sake, the best clothes.
He travels the world, sniffing at the coarseness of his fellow citizens when he's not killing them. So Harris, in his infinite wisdom, has made Lecter a snob whose only relief from the utter pain of flying coach oh, the humanity is the foie de gras he sneaks on board. It takes awhile but the two engage.
By that time, the reader is either beaten into submission or baffled as to why another page is to be turned. If--and it's a big if--reading continues, there is a conclusion so laugh-out-loud ridiculous one has to wonder about Harris' true intent. The best that can be said is that he wants to wash his hands of the whole enterprise. If so, mission accomplished. There is literally nowhere left for either to go, no worlds left to conquer though the world they inhabit doesn't resemble anything like the one we are living in.
View all 6 comments. I'm not sure if it was following them in order or my mood, but I was more enamored this time around. It's turned out to be my favorite in the series. I know this isn't the popular opinion, but I think Harris did a brilliant job wrapping up the series.
His motivations, while not morally just, were made clearer by seeing it through his point of view. As mentioned before with the story, I DID lose interest after the beginning to a little after the center. I'm referring to that stint in Italy, which dulled a little and I wish Harris had spent a little less time in that section. His wording was sophisticated and drama-filled, sounding disturbing when it should have been. His use of dialogue was realistic, his action scenes well sketched so that the most damage that could be done to my nerves was.
His sense of irony with plot really sang through. I literally sat back and had to think for over an hour afterward…seriously. Not many books shake me up like that at the end; the last was a few years back by Sidney Sheldon. Mainly I was disturbed, as well as saddened, but in a strange, strange, strange, place deep inside, I was also pleased. It ties into the becoming, that bizarre act of transformation focused on by Jame Gumb, made famous in the series most famous work, Silence of the Lamb.
To wrap up the series on that note is genius in its circular resolution. What Clarice revealed about herself, the price she paid as she sought to stop a madman from transforming an innocent woman into his vision of himself is now transferred to the second madman, the one who helped her stop the first. It more than made up for its faults.
Read Hannibal and experience the trauma for yourself. Jan 18, Chris Shepherdson rated it it was amazing. When Thomas Harris created the infamous Hannibal Lector in Red Dragon he couldn't have known the influence that character would have on crime fiction for the next decade. By the time he came to write Hannibal, ten years after his previous book, The Silence of The Lambs, he must have felt some serious pressure.
The fact that Hannibal is the book it is, when written under these circumstances, makes it all the more remarkable. To call it a crime novel is doing it a grave injustice and reading it as When Thomas Harris created the infamous Hannibal Lector in Red Dragon he couldn't have known the influence that character would have on crime fiction for the next decade. To call it a crime novel is doing it a grave injustice and reading it as such will also leave the reader disappointed.
Treat this book more as gothic fairytale and you won't be disappointed. The greatest triumph of The Silence of The Lambs is, as iconic as the film version is, it scarecely registers as you read the book. You are taken into another world and any thought of Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins are gone. The same is true of Hannibal, and then some. Apr 01, Darth J rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jan 07, Rade rated it it was ok Shelves: I love you but you are not being truthful at all.
This book was IMO a giant turd of words. Feel free to disagree. For one, Lecter needs to remain a secondary character, the kind that will offer advice and feed on personal information of the people interviewing him. In this book he is featured a lot more than in other books. He is free but at the same time he is hunted and "is it as good as Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs? He is free but at the same time he is hunted and he knows exactly who is hunting him.
If you say he got enemies, it can be said just about anyone who he saw in his office or otherwise is his enemy. He does not necessarily help people. He points them in a right direction but does not explicitly say what they should do. Most time he enjoys torturing people in any way he wants. He is like a worm burrowing in you, always itching yet you can't scratch it. A bit of a different character in his appearance, at least but his plan with pigs did not interest me one bit. His Roid Rage sister also creeped me out.
The whole Italian hunt was rather tedious, going on forever. Three, the length of this book. Clocking over pages, it felt sort of mundane. It dragged on and I think there was bunch of things that could have eliminated altogether. At least 10 out of the chapters. Once again she is found in a situation where she acted instinctively, got the job done, and got suspended because it is against regulations or some shit. She is like one of those rogue cop characters from 80s action movies where she plays by her rules and even if she ends up saving lives, her actions are frowned upon because it seems the end NEVER justifies the means.
I am still lacking words to understand her actions in the end. I did like the whole eel part though. Do me a favor and just skip this one. Not even close to the first two books and don't listen to King. He can suck it. Feb 05, James rated it it was ok Recommends it for: The book starts off wonderfully with Harris's visualization; you can see everything you read. There are complex characters introduced and of course a wicked weave between them.
He shows the master insanity of Hannibal with his elaborate set-ups for escape from not only Starling but from a vile creature named Verger who sets out to seek revenge on the good doctor. And you are eating this up the whole time, because it seems that Harris is once again quite the masterful story teller. But then you g The book starts off wonderfully with Harris's visualization; you can see everything you read. But then you get to the last few chapters. The best way I can describe it is it seems like he took his time and thought out every little detail like it was the master term paper.
But then all of a sudden he realizes he doesn't have the time needed to finish it so he rushes it and throws an ending together. It was almost like to different authors. And of the ending! And what he does with Clarice! I was put off by the whole book in a matter of a few thousand words.
Apr 02, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: I knew it was really a love story because I had seen the movie first, but I didn't realize how much of a love story it would become. Sure, cat and mouse games were predominant, and they were satisfyingly concluded, but the true joy for me came with not only identifying with, but actively loving the title character. Clarise, on the other hand, has become a much more interesting character. I'm not certain how much I believe her own transformation. Sure, a person can be programmed, and I know that i I knew it was really a love story because I had seen the movie first, but I didn't realize how much of a love story it would become.
Sure, a person can be programmed, and I know that in her case she had always respected the good doctor, perhaps even getting a bit obsessed; but openly throwing her lot in with him the way she does? Without drugs or more hypnotherapy? A completely willing slave? This is Clarise, after all; strong-minded, brutally honest, trailer-trash Clarise. The only conclusion I have to make is that her alteration is completely of her own choosing. And that's what makes it a love story. The question makes it delicious, of course. Jul 06, Niki rated it did not like it. Full review will come very soon, maybe even in a few hours.
I don't need to think long and hard about this one before reviewing it. Indeed, a few hours later, here I am reviewing this book. I will not be putting any of the spoilers under a spoiler cut. It's too late for me, but save yourself!! Usually, I put the negative stuff I hav Full review will come very soon, maybe even in a few hours.
Usually, I put the negative stuff I have to say about a book first in my review, because they're usually less than the positives. For this one, I'll have to write the positives first, because they're a whooping two 2. I'm talking about two scenes in particular, the eel one, and the lobotomy one. These were just the right amount of twisted, gory, and original, and they were the ONLY highlights for me in the entire book. Why did it have to be so long?? Apart from the above, there are a bunch of plot points that go absolutely nowhere. When Clarice goes back to the hospital, she finds a previous patient that was kind of close with Hannibal, and there's an entire scene about that; that goes nowhere.
Margot and Barney become best buddies and Barney gets an erection for her once; that also goes nowhere and does nothing to further their character development. Ardelia Mapp tries to track down Clarice in the end; that is also mentioned once and never again. Where was the editor for this book?? I'm not even going to get into the butchered characterization of every single character. So I slogged through the entire book patiently, because I was determined to finish it, and what do I get for my trouble?
That's especially insulting when you see that "it's not supposed to be like that! She resisted and always managed to surprise him!! The sporadic changes of tense and the wonderings of the final chapter still leave you thinking hard. The film was almost entirely true to the book, although I must admit, I feel the film did it better nearer the end and with the characters of Graham and his family - it felt like he had more to lose, and the sequence of events seemed cleaner and easier to understand.
More psychological in the film ending, and maybe more optimistic too. I'm looking forward to reading the Silence of the Lambs part next. Silence of the Lambs sees more of the tense changing, detailed and realistically twisted writing of Thomas Harris. The increased involvement of Dr Lecter in this book is especially welcome as the suspense, intelligence and danger that he carries with him are intensely intriguing.
Possibly too much so, in the sense that Dr Lecter's genius seems to overshadow the threat of Buffalo Bill, and so I cared more about Dr Lecter's input in the case than the actual case. Buffalo Bill didn't seem quite so interesting as Dr Lecter, and in the same way as Red Dragon - Francis Dolarhyde's 'Becoming' and Buffalo Bill's reason for skinning - the intention of the killer AFTER achieving his ends was never made clear, which may not be a flaw in the writings but instead a flaw of the characters as they are sociopaths and therefore beyond acceptable rational thought.
The small insight into Crawford's life is heartwarming and interesting, with his wife's condition and his reaction to it being rather emotive. I do have an issue with the author's opinion of a "big girl" though, considering, despite the book mentioning Catherine as the smallest victim, she was able to wear a size The book makes several comments about her 'larger size' and so I must reassure myself with the thought that perhaps an American size 12 is not the same as a British one. The plot is engaging, and extremely well thought-out I wonder how he thinks it up if not a tad too coincidental - it seems Dr Lecter knows everyone.
Who knew the USA was such a small world? I can't wait to get a copy of Hannibal and read more about the intriguing character - his antics being both humourous the origami chicken and depraved the face "transplant". Again, the film was extremely loyal to the book.
I hope the same can be said for Hannibal as that film was especially interesting, possibly my favourite of them all despite my dislike of gore. Oct 19, Angeles rated it it was amazing. The silence of the Lambs written by Thomas Harris was a fabulous novel. I decided to read this piece of literature, because of the series based on the novel, televised on NBC network. Little did I know this series would become some of my favorite books, because of the style of writing, which was amazing done. I found The silence of the Lambs written by Thomas Harris was a fabulous novel.
I found myself avoiding tasks in order to keep reading. I suggest everyone to run to the bookstore and purchasing this book. Lecter Hannibal, who happens to be a Psychopath, that murders his patients and later consumes parts of their corpses. Crawford calls in Starling in order to interview Dr. Lector to help advance with the case of Buffalo Bill.
As the novel proceeds, Starling and Dr. Lector seem to be getting some where. Lecter seems to be cooperating on the case of Buffalo Bill because he understands how the minds of killer works. Buffalo Bill is wanted for the murders of three women who he starved to death, in order to skin them and make a human costume out of them. The novel then continues with many plot twists and impacting situation that occur. Lecter is transferred to a minimal security prison by a senator who thinks he deserves a second chances after his cooperation on the case. Lecter escapes from prison after he kills and rips the face off of two security guards on watch with his teeth.
First of all, I must start by stating that this book is written in a sense that is complex, but at the same time easy to understand. One chapter can start by stating the opinion and thought process of Crawford. I really enjoyed how the chapters switched characters; it seemed to have added more interest to the characters and life as well. The plot of this story is quite intense and exciting, filled with action- packed events. Overall I was extremely happy with the end of the novel. I felt like I was always on the edge. Usually the beginnings of a novel are dull because of the explanation, but this one was short and sweet.
Jan 15, Mihrimah Hasanoff rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: People looking to get into the crime genre. I loved this book, it was one of the first books I read that helped launch my interest in the crime genre. It was interesting, gripping and had me on the edge of my seat for the most part. I remember that I dreamt about serial killers and Lecter for a while after because I'd enjoyed it so much. I greatly enjoyed that it followed a female protagonist for the most part, which was refreshing and made me feel more connected to the storyline. I could almost picture myself as Sterling, having to make I loved this book, it was one of the first books I read that helped launch my interest in the crime genre.
I could almost picture myself as Sterling, having to make choices that seemed logical. However, despite its many amazing merits there are a few drawbacks. The pacing was the biggest problem for me. I almost felt as though the book wasn't going as fast as it should have leading up to the climax. There were a lot of areas that just felt draining to read. Despite this, I truly enjoyed the book and was begging all my friends to read it also. It's a great platform for diving into the crime genre. Lama lara dapat buku ini, kalau tak silap kali pertama cuba membaca nya ketika tingkatan 3.
Tapi sayang mungkin kerana penguasaan BI masa tu masih belum benar2 mantap, dan naratifnya menggunakan BI yang agak komplikated, menyebabkan lara hanya betul2 dapat menghayati 2 cerita dalam novel ini setelah tamat sekolah menengah. SOTL pun setelah lara tonton filemnya dahulu baru lara baca, nonetheless both medium used to convey the meaning and story of the infamous Hannibal Lecter were superb. Red Drag Lama lara dapat buku ini, kalau tak silap kali pertama cuba membaca nya ketika tingkatan 3.
Red Dragon pula walaupun tak pernah menonton lagi filemnya, novelnya tetap bagus dibaca, meticulously well detailed story by Thomas Harris. A must read kalau kau minat psysciology dan bab2 berkenaan human behavorial serta penyiasatan ala2 "whodunnit" secara general. Aug 18, Chip Atkinson rated it it was amazing. When I read this book when it was first released I thought it featured the best female hero I had ever encountered. It remains one of the most realistic, clever and well written suspense novels of all time.
The movie, as great as it is, was marketed as a horror movie. Subsequent novels by Mr. Harris seem to justify this classification, but it is just not true of the this book or it's prequel, Red Dragon. Rarely in literature and movies is the FBI portrayed like the professional organization it i When I read this book when it was first released I thought it featured the best female hero I had ever encountered.
Rarely in literature and movies is the FBI portrayed like the professional organization it is. Harris portrays his policemen as smart, empathetic, thorough and heroic. Lectur is a darkly humorous, though deadly diversion to a truly great FBI manhunt. Thomas Harris writes brilliant books, and the Hannibal Lecter series are fabulous. The film is iconic but the book is so much better again it is a must read for Hannibal fans and anyone who liked the film. Included in this edition is Red Dragon which I would read first before Silence of the Lambs and if possible read Hannibal Rising before any of these.
Hannibal books need no explaining other than they are exciting, thrilling, sometimes stomach turning but all in all a brilliant read! Jun 28, Lachlan Harris rated it liked it. May 13, Steven rated it really liked it. Quite an 'on the edge of your seat' book which is difficult to put down. Apart from the very chilling portrayal of a near genius psyco serial killer the book is an astounding account of how the law goes about finding and catching someone like this. Thomas Harris is without a doubt a very skilled and talented writer.
Apr 10, Aiden rated it it was ok. My rating is based purely upon the Red Dragon quadrant of the book. Whilst the rest of the series had enthralled me with its seemless writing and addictive plot, Red Dragon didn't quite present the same reading experiance. Perchance this is due to the fact that I view it as a stand-alone. Overall, it was quite well written, but not my cup of tea.
Dec 18, Mark Carr rated it it was amazing. Best two serial killer novels ever written. Uniquely, at the time of their publication, they got into the WHY. Red Dragon really gets into it. It's so refreshing to have characters with depth, especially in this genre. You can pity the antagonists. How many thrillers let you do that? Apr 08, Sara added it. I remember this book terrifying my babysitter when I was younger and it wouldn't be until almost twenty years later that I bothered to read it myself.
Wonderfully written with memorable characters and a freakish serial killer that evokes some minor sympathy very minor.
Definitely worth reading if you like your thrillers with a side of awesome. Red Dragon was a good, gripping read, but The Silence of the Lambs was definitely even better. Maybe it's partly to do with the awkward German translation at least it felt awkward to me , but the writing was more fluent, more vivid, just better.
I'd give Red Dragon 4 stars, Silence of the Lambs gets 4. Sep 07, Thepurityofevil rated it it was amazing. Two of my favourite books - in one. And yet all people can talk about is Hannibal Lecter. These books are way more than that. It's through these books that you come to find a sympathy - of sorts - for the killer. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.
Other books in the series. Hannibal Lecter 4 books. Books by Thomas Harris.