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There's a killer on the loose who knows that beauty is only skin deep, and a trainee investigator who's trying to save her own hide. The only man that can help is locked in an asylum. But he's willing to put a brave face on — if it will help him escape....

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The Silence of the Lambs Reviews

  • Ana
    2019-04-29 23:25

    It rubs the lotion on its skin. It does this whenever it is told.This line will be forever etched in my memory! So creepy. And yet so memorable. The Silence of the Lambs is one of my favorite movies, by the way. It is a movie that I find deeply fascinating (I promise I'm not a serial killer). It never fails to give me chills. It's scary because it's realistic. Some the events of the film actually happened in real life. The novel is no less brilliant than the movie. Thomas Harris spent years researching the psychological profiles of serial killers. The book was inspired by the real-life relationship between criminology professor and profiler Robert Keppel and serial killer Ted Bundy. The Buffalo Bill character was actually a composite of three real-life killers: Ed Gein, Ted Bundy and Gary Heidnick. If that's not scary, I don't know what is.The book has a very strong dark, gothic feel to it. I could imagine myself as Clarice, walking down that cell corridor. You feel as though you're a character in the story. And that's not a place you want to be.Thomas Harris is a brilliant author. The Silence of the Lambs is one of the most gripping thrillers ever written. Same goes for its predecessor, Red Dragon. (The movie wasn't as good as the book. Forgive me Ralph Fiennes, my love!)I hadn't read Hannibal. (view spoiler)[ Apparently Dr. Lecter and Clarice end up together. *gasp* *shock* *horror* How can this be! Oh, who am I kidding. I totally ship them.(hide spoiler)]"I’ve never said this before - I think he has a form of love for her. I think he loves her in a way. He admires her courage. There’s this young woman who doesn’t have the physical strength of a man, uh, comes and visits the monster. And I think he’s amused by it. He thinks ‘Oh, she’s got courage. She’s coming to visit me? Wow, that’s…that’s something." –Anthony HopkinsWhat more can I say? The movie is awesome. The book is awesome. The characters are awesome. The plot is awesome. Everything is awesome. Except murdering people. No. Just, no. That's not awesome.Well, Clarice, have the lambs stopped screaming?P.S. I think the one on the right is so much scarier. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Stephen
    2019-05-15 00:06

    CONTENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Out of respect for Thomas Harris’s superb novel, I have decided that no pictures of ANTHONY HOPKINS will appear in this review. Thank you for your understanding.4.0 to 4.5 stars. Another one of those terrific situations where I saw the movie first (and loved it) and then eventually decided to read the book... and loved it too. Score!!! Now assuming that most people not suffering from the after-effects of severe head trauma know the basic plot concerning FBI trainee “Hello...Clariiiiiice” Starling, while trying to kibosh a Psychotic Vera Wang wannabe named Buffalo Bill, starts an unconventional relationship with extreme culinary expert Dr. Hannibalicious Lecter, I thought I would give you my take on the whole movie wins/book wins debate. Please note that I am going to feel completely free to drop spoilers without warning from here on out so....recognize. MOVIE GLORY1. First, I thought the movie’s treatment of Starling’s time on the Sheep and Horse farm was much better, probably in large part due to Jodie Foster really nailing the angst factor as she describes trying to save a spring lamb from slaughter (in the book it was horses being slaughtered that she was tripping about). Here the movie wins and I can still close my eyes and here Foster/Starling saying “the lambs were screaming” and “it was cold, so cold.” She made that scene her chew toy and it is a wonderful example of taking more and condensing it into a more powerful less. 2. The End of the movie, Lecter stalking Dr. Chilton and ending his phone conversation with Starling by saying, “I’m going to have an old friend for dinner.” YUM!!! One of my favorite lines/ideas from the movie and I was very bitter that it did not have an analog in the book. The Booest of Hoos on that. AND SURPRISINGLY...that is it for the movies clear superiority. Now don’t get me wrong, I loved the movie and think they did much EXCEPTIONALLY well. However, I was shocked in reading the book that most the best parts in the movie (including Lecter, which shocked me) were handled equally effectively in the book. Thus, where I think it was a tie or too close to call, I have decided not to put it in one camp or another. With that said....on to the book. BOOK DOMINANCE1. Need to start with Lector and this is a surprise because Sir Anthony made this role his like few people on movie history. However, I am not talking about what was in both the movie and the book as I think it is a push, to a slight edge to Mr. Hopkins. No, I am talking about the one AMAZING insight the book provides to the character. Namely, Lecter’s motivation is about “amusing himself.” This single thread running through the book makes Lecter a far darker, far more sinister character (which also explains why hollywood downplayed it to land Hopkins in the role). Walking away from the book, the reader has a much better sense of Lector as a conscience-lacking entity of pure evil, than we get from the movie. Kudos to Mr. Harris on that point. 2. As good as Scott Glenn is in the movie, his character found way too much time on the editing room floor and the book truly develops well. His scene with the head of John Hopkins university is one that truly should have found a way on screen as I thought it was perfect.3. James Gumb (aka Buffalo Bill). As wonderfully icky as Ted Levine is in the movie, he comes across as just a nutso on screen with the naked “tuck” dance an the lotion commercials. Meanwhile, in lit land, Gumby is shown to be so....SAVAGE and calculating that all of the nutso stuff takes on a far more sinister aspect. I was deeply disturbed by the depiction of Gumb’s craft skills and the movie never hammered that home enough. PUTTING IT IN THE NUT’S SHELL’SOverall, I was deeply impressed with both the movie and book, but the book really gets the gold star for being able to work with my love of the movie and still blow me away. In closing, if you have only seen the movie, you should read the book and if you have only read the book, you should see the movie as it is deeply respectful of the source material. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!P.S. I listened to the audio version read by Frank Muller and he was his usual perfection. P.P.S. I was fairly insulted that the movie makers felt the need to change Amarone to Chianti (in the famous fava beans scene) presumably because they didn't think the "audience" would get it. OUCH!!

  • Martine
    2019-05-11 20:27

    Call me a freak, but I have a bit of a crush on Hannibal Lecter. He may be the scariest fuck out there (certainly scarier than the supposed monster of the book, Buffalo Bill), but he just oozes style and knowledge. In fact, he has so much style and knowledge that he doesn't come off as a ridiculous prick when he says things like, 'A census taker tried to quantify me once. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a big Amarone'* or 'Can you smell his sweat? That peculiar goatish odour is trans-3-methyl-2 hexenoic acid. Remember it, it's the smell of schizophrenia.' Quite the contrary -- he sounds cool saying these things. Sophisticated, even. In this and many other ways, Dr Lecter is so utterly fascinating that you'll still find yourself rooting for him after he has committed several heinous (but brilliant!) murders, hoping he'll stay out of the hands of the police and live out his life in freedom. Now that's quality writing for you.As you can probably tell from the above, I like The Silence of the Lambs, which is to say the book on which the movie was based. Except for the fact that Harris makes Clarice rather stupid** and that the dialogue in the book is a bit too clever and masculine for its own good***, it's a solid and exciting will-they-find-him-in-time-to-save-the-girl story -- a page-turner if ever there was one. The characters aren't terribly easy to identify with, but that's all right, because for one thing, they're cool (had I mentioned that yet?), and for another, they all have a clearly defined quest. They don't necessarily have the same quest, but hey, that only serves to increase the tension.In some regards the book is better than the film. Remember those stupid anagrams from the movie? They're not in the book (except for the bilirubin one, which I actually quite like). The book makes its connections in a much more logical, less what-the-fuck?-ish way. It also has a more realistic romance, though not necessarily a better one. On the down side, I think Thomas Harris must have kicked himself for not having come up with the closing line of the film ('I'm having an old friend for dinner') himself. In my opinion, it's the best closing line in cinematic history, unmatched by the ending of the book. Still, it's a satisfying read. Very satisfying. As satisfying as the movie, and that's saying a fair bit.......................* Yes, that's what he says in the book. Not 'a nice Chianti'. I've been reliably informed by those in the know (I myself do not actually drink wine) that Amarone and Chianti are not in fact the same thing. 'Chianti' does sound better than 'Amarone' in this line, doesn't it?** In the book, Dr Lecter tells Clarice in one of their first interviews that Billy has kidnapped large-chested Catherine Martin because 'he wants a vest with tits on it'. He then goes on to say in their next meeting that 'Billy is making a girl suit out of real girls'. And despite these incredibly obvious clues (which cannot be rude jokes on Lecter's part as he's far too sophisticated to make such rude jokes) it takes Clarice, who is supposed to be really intelligent, the entire rest of the book to figure out what it is that Billy wants from his victims. They wisely changed that in the movie, where Clarice doesn't have her entire quest spelled out for her right at the beginning.*** I've never met any women who speak to each other the way Clarice and Ardelia do. Then again, I've never met any brilliant FBI trainees, so what do I know? Perhaps they do speak to each other like that at Quantico. I guess I'll never find out. (Anyone out there have FBI-trained friends? Anyone? Bueller?)

  • Darth J
    2019-05-02 17:21

    So, I read these books out of order. I started with Hannibal (which gives better background and fleshes out the character of Lecter much more than the mess that was Hannibal Rising), then read Red Dragon and finally this one. Can I just say that I love Clarice Starling? I just have such a deep respect and admiration for her (also, Jodie why didn't you come back for the sequel?? I mean, Moore was great but I don't like a break in continuity, nor do I like how they changed the ending of Hannibal where (view spoiler)[ Clarice eats the brains, sans fava beans or a nice Chianti, sighhhhhhhh... (hide spoiler)].I was about 12 when I read these books and what really resonated with me, more than the tête-à-têtes, was the sheer intelligence of both Starling and Lecter. Both equally formidable characters (view spoiler)[ Damn you, Hannibal movie adaptation for not allowing that 'ship to happen like it does in the book *shakes angry fist at sky* (hide spoiler)], Clarice and Hannibal are some of the most interesting characters that I've ever read about. Please, dear writers, learn from them.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-05-03 21:26

    ‎The Silence of the lambs (Hannibal Lecter #2), Thomas Harris (1940)The Silence of the Lambs is a novel by Thomas Harris. First published in 1988, it is the sequel to Harris' 1981 novel Red Dragon. Both novels feature the cannibalistic serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecter, this time pitted against FBI Special Agent Clarice Starling. Its film adaptation directed by Jonathan Demme was released in 1991 to box office success and critical acclaim. Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee, is asked to carry out an errand by Jack Crawford, the head of the FBI division that draws up psychological profiles of serial killers. Starling is to present a questionnaire to the brilliant forensic psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer, Hannibal Lecter. Lecter is serving nine consecutive life sentences in a Maryland mental institution for a series of murders.فیلم را دیده ام سپس کتاب را خوانده ام. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 1993 میلادیعنوان: سکوت بره ها؛ اثر: توماس(تامس) هریس؛ مترجمها: اصغر اندرودی، مجتبی مینائی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، چاپ نخست، 1371، در 492 ص، چاپ های بعدی، نشر خاتون، 1373، پارسیان، 1374، نشر اوحدی، سال 1377، شابک: 964637633؛ نشر دایره، 1379، شابک: 9646839215؛ با ترجمه علیرضا انصاری، نشر چکاوک 1390، شابک: 9789648957259؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان آمریکایی قرن 20 مکلاریس استارلینگ (جودی فاستر) توسط جک کرافورد (اسکات گلن) از آکادمی آموزشی اف‌.بی‌.آی. در کوانتیکوو، ویرجینیا انتخاب می‌شود. کرافورد به استارلینگ مأموریت می‌دهد که با هانیبال لکتر (آنتونی هاپکینز) که یک روانشناس و قاتل زنجیره‌ ای است، گفتگو نماید چرا که اعتقاد دارد که لکتر ممکن است بتواند به آنها در پیدا کردن «بیل بوفالو» (قاتلی زنجیره‌ ای که پوست قربانیانش را از تن جدا می‌کند) یاری نماید. استارلینگ به بیمارستان روانی در بالتیمور می‌رود و در آنجا دکتر فردریک چیلتون (آنتونی هیلد) او را به سلول دکتر لکتر راهنمایی می‌کند. در ابتدا دکتر لکتر آرام است اما به ناگهان عصبانی می‌شود چرا که استارلینگ سعی دارد از او اطلاعات بیرون بکشد. در حالیکه استارلینگ با ترس در حال ترک سلول است، یکی از بیماران به کلاریس توهین بدی می‌کند که لکتر این عمل را بسیار زشت می‌پندارد و استارلینگ را صدا می‌کند که برگردد و به او می‌گوید که به دنبال یکی از بیماران سابقش بگردد. این راهنمایی، استارلینگ را به یک زیرزمین سوق می‌دهد که در آنجا جسد یکی از بیماران سابق لکتر را پیدا می‌کند. استارلینگ به پیش لکتر برمی‌گردد و لکتر به او می‌گوید که این جسد به بیل بوفالو مرتبط است. استارلینگ به لکتر پیشنهاد می‌دهد در صورتیکه به او در این زمینه کمک کند، از کلینیک دکتر چیلتون به جایی دیگر منتقل شود. و ....؛ ا. شربیانی

  • Lou
    2019-04-23 22:06

    I need to get round reading this, whats put me off is that the movie has been played on the TV so many times now Clarice and Lecter are quite vivid in my mind. I am sure the book has lot more to offer as Harris is one of my high ranking thriller writers.Some trivia on the movie...Like "Casablanca", this movie contains a famous misquoted line: most people quote Lecter's famous "Good evening, Clarice" as "Hello, Clarice." This is not a misquote from the first movie but an actual quote from the sequel Hannibal. In Hannibal, when Dr. Lecter and Clarice (now played by Julianne Moore) speak on the phone for the first time, he does in fact say "Hello Clarice". This is the origin for the correctly quoted movie line.Buffalo Bill is the combination of three real life serial killers: Ed Gein, who skinned his victims; Ted Bundy, who used the cast on his hand as bait to make women get into his van; and Gary Heidnick, who kept women he kidnapped in a pit in his basement. Gein was only positively linked to two murders and suspected of two others. He gathered most of his materials not through murder, but grave-robbing. In the popular imagination, however, he remains a serial killer with uncounted victims.

  • Edward Lorn
    2019-05-11 20:18

    Retro review time!Loved the movie, so I read the book. Liked the book enough to look into other Thomas Harris books. Read Red Dragon. Fucking loved it. And then it was all downhill after that. Hannibal was okay. Never read Hannibal Rising, and it still holds zero draw for me.What I remember the most about Silence of the Lambs is Clarice catching some spunk to the eye. That, above all else, is my most striking memory from this book. What's worse than a surprise money shot? A surprise money shot from a psycho. Bleck! The ending is probably the best part. Nerve-shattering fun.Thomas Harris is so good he takes seven years to write a book. Donna Tartt and Marisha Pessl do the same. Stephen King said in On Writing that he (the next quote is paraphrased) couldn't understand why someone would only do something every seven years when they were so damn good at it. This has no bearing on this book, but I like purposeless trivia, so there you have it.In summation: I figured I'd go back and review all these titles I read before I joined Goodreads (or before Goodreads even existed) because I wanna. Truly, that's the only reason. Because I wanna. Final Judgment: Better than spunk in the eye.

  • Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
    2019-04-22 19:32

    What more is there to say about this wonderful book that spawned an amazing movie?Hannibal Lecter is the absolute monster: ruthless, above morals, and charming at the same time. The way he acts, the way he talks, he truly is a predator. He traps you in his web and there's nothing you can do about it. He's not beautiful, mind you. No body perfection, no sparkling in the sun, yet he's irresistible.

  • Lightreads
    2019-04-28 22:15

    I'm assuming this book was once shocking and groundbreaking. And okay, yes, eww with the eating people and the skinning. But also? Shut the fuck up, Thomas Harris. There are few things more obnoxious than a male author with a hard-on for his female protagonist. Worth reading for Hannibal the Cannibal, because I dig that abnormal psychology stuff, but did I mention the objectification? The sexism? The way the reader is never allowed to forgetabout gender? How every male she meets falls for the heroin? Yeah, as it turns out, the unnamed and hovering Harris narrator is by far the most hateful and creepy personality around, and that's including the aforementioned cannibal.

  • Rahul Matthew
    2019-04-20 20:20

    Not many books to movie adaptations do justice, but this is definitely how you go about it.Love the slow build up of characters and although saw movie first. I am just going slow as I marvel at a well-written book.When a book asks you to take your time, you are absolutely thrilled. Not many books can command that kind of respect.The book is daring me to read another book, it quite confident that I will come back and remember it!!!Alright so I finished the thriller and it just made me so happy.Now I am a tough cookie when it comes to movie adaptions and so many have failed either bookwise or as a movie.You have to give credit to the author for creating a villain you actually rooting forHannibal Lector is half beauty(Intelligence, civility, his cussing doesn't irk you) and half beast(Cannibalistic in nature, psychopath).ClarisseStarling is strong female character yet Hannibal plays with her emotions and compliments him.I did not want to give any spoilers, rather you enjoy the thriller for yourself.But what makes a really good book-Well if it has the ability to make the movie in your head right!!So the book is asking me to rather than stay happy with the book.Who in your opinion can match this amazing individual?Well someone who can take him on an emotional ride.Well, none other than Sherlock Holmes.Now some people might disagree with me, but I will state my points.Sherlock(Loves a challenge, takes his opponent head on, not emotionallyinvolved, mostly solves crimes and has a keen eye for detail).So an author who creates on these two characters would have a tough task.Both are strong characters in their respective fields of expertise!!!

  • Book Riot Community
    2019-05-04 19:17

    I re-watched the movie early this month and decided to take a look at the book that spawned what is possible the most perfect crime movie of all time. The book did not disappoint. If anything, it’s even better than the movie. There is very little difference beteen the two plot-wise, though there are simplifications. The book’s prose is as haunting and eerie as the movie. This is one of those books that I can’t imagine people giving less than five stars, it’s just pure quality through and through. The version of the book I have begins with an interesting look at how the character of Hannibal Lecter came to be, and provides an interesting look at where writers’ ideas come from. Amazing movie, amazing book.— Johann Thorssonfrom The Best Books We Read In April 2017:

  • Tristan
    2019-04-23 00:19

    “I collect church collapses, recreationally. Did you see the recent one in Sicily? Marvelous! The facade fell on sixty-five grandmothers at a special mass. Was that evil? If so, who did it? If he's up there, he just loves it, Officer Starling. Typhoid and swans - it all comes from the same place."- Hannibal LecterThere always lies a certain degree of tragedy in reading the source material after having seen (multiple times) its expertly executed film adaptation. Besides the revelation of the plot, the resulting contamination makes it mighty difficult to come up with one's own, unique interpretations of the characters. It slightly spoils the reading experience, since the element of surprise, the freshness is all but gone. This is especially true for Thomas Harris' Silence of the Lambs, with its now iconic portrayals of Clarice Starling and Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter. As a thriller, it is by definition very much plot driven. For this reason, reading the book became more of a clinical procedure to me, trying to detect where there is a deviation in dialogue, which scenes were cut/expanded, which characters were more or less fleshed out, etc.. The viscerality which a novel of this type often aims to provoke, wasn't quite there as a result. I see why it's a very well-written thriller, but the emotional response just never quite managed to materialize.There was however a theme I spotted in this, which I strangely didn't pick up on before. After thinking it through, I found it's really a tale about parentship. More specifically, about which of the primary (almost archetypal) males in Starling's life at that time can claim her (an orphan) as his, which one has influenced, moulded her the most.First there is Crawford, the respectable, protective mentor figure, who tries to guide her through the pitfalls of her fledgling career in the FBI. Then we have Chilton. A rather sleazy, intellectually inferior asylum ward, who makes thinly veiled sexual advances towards Starling, and doesn't quite respect her in an official capacity. And finally, the fiendish Lecter, who seeks to corrupt (metaphorically devirginize?) her, to impart to her an esoteric knowledge about the inescapable darkness of the world and the human psyche. The dialogues between him and Starling are for that reason alone utterly fantastic. If this was my first encounter with Harris' world and characters, it most definitely would have been awarded a four or even five star rating. It truly is a great piece of crime thriller writing, and deserves all its praise. Unfortunately, it suffers from my early, intense exposure to the film adaptation, bringing the rating down a notch.

  • Manny
    2019-05-05 23:27

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  • K.D. Absolutely
    2019-05-05 17:33

    I can smell your cunt!Imagine if you are a woman and you are alone walking in a dark hallway of a solitary confinement in a hospital for criminally insane. You are about to meet a serial killer who eats his victims' brain, sweetbreads, liver, etc. Then after meeting that killer, you hear that same man again saying I sliced my wrist so I can bleed, watch me die! and you feel splatters of liquid on your face that you thought to be blood, only to realize that it is semen.I saw the book's movie adaptation twice. That 1991 multi-Oscar winning movie starring Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lectern and Jodie Foster as FBI Agent Trainee Clarice Starling. With English not as my major tongue, dialogs can easily escape me while watching the movie. But not when I am holding and reading the book. I savor and marvel at each word in the scene that I really like while recalling the movie. Sometimes, after reading the book, I buy a copy of the movie and hear those dialogs again. Oh the magic of words! The brilliance of the writer!Thomas Harris (born 1940), American, is known for his Hannibal Lectern series and The Silence of the Lambs is its most popular piece. According to Wiki, Harris is elusive so little is known about himself except that he calls up his mother everyday, wherever he is, to discuss his works and other stuff. He married a fellow student so I think and pray that his male characters, Dr. Lectern or the serial killer on the loose, Buffalo Bill (who skins his prey, mostly fat smooth-skinned women, that explains the name) are not based on himself.I wonder how Harris could have thought of those conversations between a Virginia psychology graduate with honors, Starling and well-known psychiatrist Dr. Lectern. A psychologist and a psychiatrist in a dark solitary confinement. A young woman and a middle-age man. A trainee and a veteran. Like a lion and a gazelle. Similar to one of my recent reads, Nathaniel Hawthorne's The House of the Seven Gables, I love it when an author effectively uses contrast on his/her characters!

  • Jonathan Janz
    2019-05-19 00:21

    Like the Coen Brothers were for NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, the folks behind the film adaptation of THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS were smart enough to recognize genius when they encountered it. And like NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS is a movie that lives up to its amazing source material. It's no wonder they are numbers three and two, respectively, on my list of favorite suspense films. If you're wondering about my first, it's JAWS, a movie that far exceeds the novel from which it was adapted. But this review isn't about the movies. It's about the Thomas Harris novel. Because I need to go read HARRY POTTER to my youngest, I'll keep this succinct: Harris's book is one of the best horror/suspense novels ever written. It deserves every glowing word it has ever received and is well-nigh perfect in its composition and execution. Rarely has a book terrified me like this one did; rarely did a climax live up to its set-up the way this climax did. If you haven't read it, do. If you have read it, read it again. I certainly will be in the coming years.

  • Willow
    2019-05-01 01:21

    OMG I loved this book! What is wrong with me? LolI really did though. What can I say? Yes, it’s grim and grisly. Harris likes to go into creepy detail about skinning people, disturbing bugs, and the ickiness of finding a severed head in a jar. It’s not gore galore though. It more disturbing than a gross, and that’s why I liked it. Buffalo Bill is making this gruesome outfit and he thinks about it like he’s some kind of runway designer. It’s kind of oddly and darkly funny.I had forgotten a lot of the movie, so I don’t know if it’s really fair to say I liked the book better than the movie, but I did. A few months, ago I read Red Dragon, and it didn’t capture my imagination half as much as this one. The tension that is in ‘Silence of the Lambs’ is not in Red Dragon…at least not for me. I think a lot of it stems from the fact that Harris didn’t really like Will Graham. In fact he made him kind of an ass, and I suspect Will meets a grim fate because of it. Harris adored Clarice though, and I’m thrilled that he felt that way about her, because he made Clarice wonderfully strong, resilient, and noble. I liked her a lot. I read a review that actually dissed this book because of that, saying that every guy had the hots for Clarice, but that simply isn’t true. Jack Crawford just admires her work and suspects Hannibal may talk to her. A police officer makes a rude comment hinting that she’s stuck up. And Clinton is downright menacing to her. You definitely get the feeling though that Clarice is stunning. She almost has to be for someone like Hannibal to turn his attention toward her. One of the big differences between the movie and the book is that Hannibal is younger. And while it’s never stated, you feel like Clarice might be attracted to Hannibal as much as he is to her, despite the fact that he scares the snot out of her. In the movie, Anthony Hopkins was creepy and menacing. But in the book, Hannibal has this strange sexy allure. I know you probably think I’m nuts. But I swear it’s there. The scary sexual tension in this book is off the charts. All of a sudden the events in Hannibal (the 3rd book) make way more sense to me. Of course, Lecter will eventually go after Clarice, and of course he will win her. It’s been set-up in ‘Silence of the Lambs.’This creepy romance made me ponder why I would ever be attracted to a evil character like Lecter. I admit, a lot of it has to do with my swoony admiration of Mads Mikkelsen, but there is more to that. Clarice has an advantage in this book, because she has Lecter on her side. That’s a strange power, like having a tiger by the tail. Lecter sort of becomes her malevolent guardian angel. While in real life, this would be some serious scary shit, in the literary world, it’s a dark fantasy. I think that’s why ‘Silence of the Lambs’ affected me the way it did. I got caught up in this dark pull.It’s okay you can call me a fruitcake. I understand. lolAnyway, I will definitely being reading ‘Hannibal’ now. I must see how this dark fantasy romance ends. lololBuddy read with Sony! :D

  • Vanessa
    2019-05-10 18:24

    After reading Red Dragon - the first in the Hannibal Lecter series - a few months ago, I've been dying to sink my teeth into (no pun intended) The Silence of the Lambs for a good while now. The film adaptation starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins is one of my favourite films of all time, and so I was already familiar with the storyline, but that didn't stop me becoming absolutely hooked with this novel.Harris's prose is incredibly readable, even more so I would say in this particular book - unlike Red Dragon, I didn't have any issues getting used to the writing style and the characters with this one. This is probably because I've now already read one Harris book, and also because I was already familiar with Jack Crawford (from the previous book) and had prior knowledge of Clarice Starling from the film. I also found that this book was much faster in its pacing than its predecessor, and there was less exposition as a result. Within around 10 chapters we were already at an autopsy, and I loved seeing the investigation into Buffalo Bill and his victims unfold through Clarice's eyes. Not only was it great reading about a female protagonist, but it was great to have those lighter moments throughout the novel when Clarice interacts with another female friend who she is studying and living with.I also much prefer the antagonist of this book, Jame Gumb/Buffalo Bill, to Francis Dolarhyde from Red Dragon. Although Dolarhyde was an interesting character to read about, and we did get a lot more from him, I find Gumb to be a far more bizarre and fascinating serial killer to read about. The comparisons that can be drawn between Gumb and other real-life serial killers like Ed Gein is incredibly fascinating to me, and the kills are a great deal more theatrical - maybe not great for those with a weak stomach, but much more interesting to read about for me.I will say that Harris's writing is great up until the conclusions - in the same way that the ending to Red Dragon was rushed and a little anticlimactic, this one felt a bit like that too. Although I can't fault it too much for this - it's definitely not as easy to build tension on a page as it is in a movie with the help of visuals and music, but at the same time, the book winds up quite quickly and not as well as I felt it was portrayed in the movie. The ending however does slightly more satisfying closing chapters than the previous book, especially in relation to certain characters, which is fun to read.I think I prefer this book mainly because I prefer Clarice Starling as a protagonist to Will Graham. I also love that we see a lot more of Hannibal Lecter himself in this book, and he feels like much more of a central character than just a creepy, interesting aside. I look forward to getting my hands on Hannibal, where I can spend a lot more time with his character and hopefully delve deeper into his psyche as he's a brilliant creation. Overall though, Silence of the Lambs was a thoroughly entertaining and fast-paced read, and one I would recommend to anyone who is a fan of crime fiction, whether you've seen the film or not.

  • Erin
    2019-05-08 01:18

    4.5 StarsI've seen the movie The Silence of the Lambs more times than I can count. I'd read this book back in High School and I like it but it didn't have real impact. Sometimes you have to read something more than once or be in a particular frame of mind. Upon my second reading of this book I loved it. Maybe its because I'm older or maybe its because I'm reading the series in order. I liked this book more than Red Dragon and I really liked that one. I still prefer Will Graham to Clarice Starling and I need more background on Jack Crawford. Maybe I'll get more Jack Crawford in the next book Hannibal. I'd say the main reason reason I liked this book more than Red Dragon was simple Dr. Hannibal Lecter. In Red Dragon he was a scene stealing B-Character but in this book he gets bumped up to second lead. Dr. Lecter is maybe in a 1/3 of the book but he makes his presence felt on every page. I have to admit I don't really get Buffalo Bill, I find him hilarious and I couldn't stop saying "It puts the lotion in the basket" a phrase from the movie not the book. I don't know if I need to recommend this book. I think everyone has heard of the movie and either you're interested or not. I'd say read it and then watch the movie or vice/versa.

  • Pablo Aguirre
    2019-05-09 23:32

    Excelente estructura atrapante para mostrar esta historia de crimen psicológico

  • Jack Jordan
    2019-05-19 18:06

    A great book and a great film. In this instance, I'd actually recommend watching the film first, as Anthony Hopkins' portrayal of Dr Lecter is so good that you'll want to think of his performance as you read the book; I certainly did, anyway.

  • Srividya
    2019-05-03 17:36

    What can I say about this book that hasn't been already said! I believe I am one of those last ones to have read this book. And before anyone asks, No - I haven't seen the film either! Although, I have been told, multiple times by everyone close to me, including my husband that I should watch it for Sir Anthony Hopkins. Well, maybe another day, when I am not so chicken about watching movies in this genre.Coming back to the book - it was perfection in complete! I couldn't find fault with it and no it was not because I was in a generous mood or because it came so hyped but simply because it was perfect for me. I won't go much into the plot as it is old news to one and all. However, I shall concentrate on penning down a few of my thoughts, especially the feelings that flitted through me while reading this book.Firstly, and I have to be honest here, I was intimidated when picking this one up. Why you may ask and the answer simply was because of the hype, both around the book and the movie. I did not want to be the one to call it names, when all others raved about it and have me stoned in the center of the universe! :) Well, that was one feeling I lost immediately after I read the first few pages, which despite not being very promising, still held a certain intrigue that made me want to read ahead.Clarice Starling - I felt as if I was a part of her, was inside her head, actually thinking her thoughts and most importantly feeling her fears and emotions. She became the central part of this book to me (well duh she is the central part of the book)! However, when I say that she became central to me, I mean that she and I became almost one in these past few days that I spent reading the book. I felt her every loss, urged her in her every attempt, got bugged with everyone who portrayed a distinct lack of trust in her, rejoiced with those few who trusted her and seemed to encourage her. In short, I was her these past few days as I was reading this book.Dr. Hannibal Lecter - Am sure much has been said, written and discussed about this man and his role in this book and all others in the series. However, to me, he was the most fascinating character ever written about. I have quite a few favourite characters but this one will stay strong and remain etched in my mind, even when I move onto other books. The manner in which he talks to Clarice, the riddles, the almost teasing posers and everything about him makes me feel that he is the best negative character ever written about, who despite all the negativity has a lot of positive in him. I sound weird right? Well call me crazy, if you wish, but I couldn't help but fall into the spell cast by Lecter and I am as entranced as they come. What horrors await me for falling into this trap, I shall know only after I complete the series, till then I shall remain ensnared.Jack Crawford - I saw a marked difference in Crawford in this book and the previous one, Red Dragon. I believe it is because of his personal issues but still I missed the old Jack a little. I found him flustered and disinterested and yet somehow he was still totally on it; like the man he used to be. I loved how the author developed this character throughout the book. In fact, I loved the way the author developed each and every character, be it big or small. It made for a wonderful reading.The Plot - Serial killing with the FBI interested and a rookie trying to solve it. Doesn't sound like much right? However, when you have the above three characters, even a plot as simple as a serial killing takes the form of an epic, which will be remembered for years! Not one part of the plot felt unnecessary to me, whether it was the discourse on science or psychology or even the intricacies of the mind and thinking - they all made the plot stronger and more intriguing to read. I had a few issues with the end, especially in how pat it was and how movie-like it turned out to be but still I won't cut down a single star, for all those stars are definitely deserved by this spine chilling and thrilling tale.Do read it, if you haven't already! It is totally worth the time and effort.Am moving onto the next in this series. See you after I finish that one!

    2019-05-05 22:33

    Because i need some thriller in my life. :D

  • Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
    2019-04-28 01:35

    Another re-read of Silence of the Lambs, this time my favorite. Maybe it's because I'm more into the story and read them in the order of sequence and not popularity, I'm not sure, but this time around I found it even more fascinating than the first meet.Clarice is a likeable character. Her background melding with who she wants to be is an admirable one. She's given the chance of a lifetime, handed out by a man she admires, to step her foot firmly into the FBI. Without meaning to, she's sucked into the world of Hannibal Lecter, who spurs her on to uncover clues and solve the mystery of the serial killer the media calls Buffalo Bill. Her determination mixed with fragile ego was a realistic blend, and her internal backward insults when talking to people who don't give her enough credit was downright amusing.The character of Hannibal Lecter is larger than life, written so well on the pages I can see him clearly as the writer takes him through the motions. With class and culture, manners but enjoying cruelty with his words, the madman is interesting as he both torments Clarice and forces her to self-reveal. The heart of the book is their verbal warplay, the cautious pauses on her behalf, the strategic maneuvering on his.I'm surprised how much I felt for Crawford in this one; I think before he fell in the shadows and I didn't pay as much notice. He's an intriguing character from his haunting moments with his ailing wife, his detached involvement with Hannibal, to his almost paternal bond of Clarice.As a serial killer, Jame Gumb is twisted. Monstrous in mind and disgusting with actions, he absorbs just enough page time to be interesting but not enough to make it too much about him, to take the focus off the more fascinating areas of this book. And the escape with Hannibal is a tense, intelligently created one.With books like Hannibal Rising, I sometimes found Harris too dry and to the point, but here in Silence he shines, obviously having a lot of enthusiasm to make a multi-layered, psychologically twisted work - the combining of such different people already in various forms of power to those just coming into their own.I tried watching the movie again recently but turned it off after about 20 minutes. Too soon and I already missed some of the depth in dialogue the book held.

  • Jonathan Dunsky
    2019-05-14 23:16

    One of the best thrillers I've ever read, perhaps the best. This book is exceptionally written and maintains suspense throughout its 400 pages.There are many reasons why this book is so good:1. You have two villains, instead of the usual one. Both are intriguing, frightening, inhuman.2. Hannibal Lecter is one of the greatest villains ever created. The talks he has with the protagonist are mesmerizing.3. Clarice Starling is a great hero, troubled and flawed, but not in any cliche manner.4. No love story has been forced down into the reader's throat as so many other thriller writers do. It's just the story.5. The writing is great with just the right amount of FBI factoids.This is a horror novel as well as a thriller. I think it is better than the movie on some counts, but not on all of them. If you've already seen the movie, this is still worth a read. I watched the movie before reading the book and still enjoyed it tremendously. Buffalo Bill is a better character in the book and saw is Jack Crawford.To sum it up, go ahead and read it.

  • Anushka
    2019-05-20 21:33

    MUST READ.MUST READ.MUST FREAKIN' READ.This book blew my brains away!Even though I had seen the movie long back before reading the book, it still got to me. I loved it. If there is someone in this world who loves horror/thriller and hasn't read it yet should first, smack them self on the head and then go to their nearest bookstore or order this book online and start reading it the minute they get it. Totally worth it.A-M-A-ZZZZ-I-N-G.I'm out of words, just...just read it, guys! 5 Stars!

  • Melissa Chung
    2019-05-21 22:26

    Silence of the Lambs is the sequel to Red Dragon in the Hannibal series. I have this book 5 stars because it was just so good. Growing up I didn't know Silence of the Lambs was a book. I've seen the movie starring Jodi Foster a handful of times and enjoyed it. Anthony Hopkins is a great Hannibal Lector. Now that I've read the book I can say the movie is a great adaptation. I of course will have to rewatch the movie with fresh eyes to spot any differences, especially since I haven't seen the movie in a while. The endings however are different. That usually is the case when it comes to adaptations.For those that have not seen the movie, our main character is Clarice Starling. She is a student at Quantico and she is studying to be an F.B.I. Agent. There is a big case being worked at the moment, a serial killer, the media had deemed Buffalo Bill. The F.B.I are short handed one day and the fields serial killer expert Jack Crawford decides to request Starling to tag along.This allows our budding student to get her feet wet. This also goes skin deep and now Starling has caught the bug. She wants to continue on this investigation. This book is about Clarice and how she handles herself and this big case. Can she help solve the case? Can she catch the killer?Great second book in this series. I love Hannibal! I know he's a bad guy, but he's just so damn charming lol. Starting Hannibal the third book in this series tomorrow and I'm so excited! Definitely a great detective/crime mystery thriller.

  • *TANYA*
    2019-04-23 22:08

    Fantastic book!!!

  • Cody | codysbookshelf
    2019-04-24 17:23

    As I said in my review of Red Dragon, I’m one of the only people on Goodreads who, until now, hadn’t read Thomas Harris’s novels about that infamous cannibal, Dr. Hannibal Lecter. I’ve never seen the movie adaptations, either. Seriously.So I don’t think it’s prudent I rehash this book’s plot; you know it. I will say I’ve been totally blindsided by how much I’ve fallen in love with Hannibal as a character. I’m obsessed. This dude oozes swagger. He sends ice through my veins. This novel featured him more than Red Dragon, and for that I am thankful. The other characters found here are good, too (who couldn’t love Clarice?), but I found myself always a little anxious for Hannibal Lecter to come back onscreen. Part police procedural, part thriller, part horror, Silence of the Lambs is a more than worthy followup to its predecessor. While the murder case in these pages didn’t grab me quite as much as the one found in Harris’s precious release, that was made up for with more Hannibal. So, to me, the two books are equal. As I said on Twitter the other night, I am kicking myself for not reading this series sooner. And now I must check out the movie...

  • FrancoSantos
    2019-05-13 01:15

    Buen libro. En algunos momentos se me hizo un poco pesado, en especial en el inicio, sin embargo, a medida que las páginas pasaban la historia se tornaba más amena y entretenida.El personaje de Hannibal Lecter es una de las creaciones más interesantes y brillantes de la literatura. Es, creo yo, el mayor atractivo de la novela. Aun así, me hubiera gustado que Harris se centre más en Lecter; en las partes en las que él tenía protagonismo mi atención estaba inherente al relato.

  • Raeden Zen
    2019-04-24 17:20

    Addictive, Disgusting, Brilliant Suspense ThrillerThe Silence of the Lambs tells the story of FBI student Clarice Starling and her work with Jack Crawford, the head of Behavioral Science, the FBI division that deals with serial murder, to find serial killer "Buffalo Bill." He sends her on what seems a harmless errand, to present a questionnaire to one Dr. Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter, and with this the chase for Buffalo Bill is on. The conflict and themes are varied, the dialogue is genuine, the plot is intricate and the details well researched. The unnamed narrator delivers the story with a controlled omniscient view that allows us to experience the events from many perspectives, even the antagonists, yet the reader's connection with the protagonists, Starling and Crawford, is unquestioned. We root for Starling because we've all been in situations where it felt as if the world worked against us, while we sympathize with Crawford and his tragedy, whether or not we've lost loved ones. As the narrator develops the relationship between Starling and Lecter, we even hope that Dr. Lecter isn't as bad as Crawford suggests."Do you think if you caught Buffalo Bill yourself and you made Catherine all right, you could make the lambs stop screaming, do you think they'd be all right too and you wouldn't wake up again in the dark and hear the lambs screaming? Clarice?""Yes. I don't know. Maybe.""Thank you, Clarice."Is Dr. Lecter thanking her for sharing her secrets with him? Or does he plan to use this information in some malicious manner? The reader doesn't know, but must finish the novel to find out. It is this dynamic, and that of the pursuit of Catherine Martin, (and all the events in between), that make The Silence of the Lambs at once addictive, disgusting, brilliant, a fast-paced thriller that has it all: a man who hunts women, hunted by a woman; an enigmatic serial killer, (who can smell anything, it seems), in Dr. Lecter who eats human flesh and wittingly pursues his objectives while he seemingly aids the apprehension of another serial killer, a killer with his own obsession with human flesh; metaphors unique and as thought-provoking as any in literature; and a climactic act and denouement that provides closure and yet leaves us wanting more.The bottom line: The Silence of the Lambs is unputdownable from beginning to end.