Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Review: The Hannibal Lecter series by Thomas Harris.
Most people know of Hannibal Lecter. Perhaps one of the scariest fictional man not set in an alternate universe. Why did I even pick up the books?
The new tv series, Hannibal.
I missed out the first few episodes and being me, I decided to look it up on good ol Wikipedia. And as all Wiki fans know, I ended that journey on the page for the last book in the series.
So I went on to get ebook copies of all four of them.
The Silence of the Lambs
I have watched the last 3 movies and shuddered at the images. Reading the books one after another, I came up with one conclusion.
Hannibal Lecter is a monster with exquisite taste.
The third book, Hannibal is the one that made me stop reading and shuddered at the mental images the words gave me.
The first two books, for me, played the role of making the reader eager for the third. Hannibal Lecter was merely a side character in them, a cannibal in a mental hospital, known for his atrocious doings and his career before.
Even as a side character, you could see how ... twisted the man is. Imagine how it is in the book where he is the main character, having escaped and dissapeared for 7 years.
The ending of Hannibal was a bit ... too far fetched for me, but it was a twist.
What of the last book? It was a bit confusing but I pitied him. I saw how he was led to the beggining of his journey. But the book should have been longer and explained more on how he became the man in the first three books.
What I would like is a book about how it led to his situation in the first two books aka how he got caught or what the tv show is doing right now.
Should you read it? If you have basic knowledge of him, yes. If you have free time, yes. If you have this morbid fascination, yes. If you want people to be interested in what you last read, yes.
Rating? Averaging out at 3 stars for the whole series.