Tag: The Silence of the Lambs

Ben Sanders – Robert Michals: The Demon in the Trees | Review

Title: Robert Michals: The Demon in the Trees

Author: Ben Sanders

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 280

Rating: 3.5*/5


Ben Sanders - Robert Michals: The Demon in the Trees

Ben Sanders – Robert Michals: The Demon in the Trees


I have mixed feelings about this book because there’s stuff to both like and dislike about it. Which I suppose is pretty standard for an indie book.

We have some of the common problems here like spelling/grammar mistakes dotted throughout and a non-standard layout (it’s not justified and there are blank spaces between every paragraph). But really, that’s about it. The only other thing that I’d flag is that for what’s essentially a sort of police procedural novel, there was only one real suspect and they turned out to be the culprit. And they could have stopped him way earlier by just putting a tail on him instead of waiting to get warrants and stuff. When the big reveal came, it was kind of an anticlimax. It was too easy.

But other than that, there’s a lot to enjoy. I liked the way that Sanders tapped into mythology and also how the ending of the book sets him up to write many more of them. And actually, for a debut novel, it’s pretty impressive. There are ways it could be improved, of course, but that’s true of almost everything. And what I will say is that the actual police procedural part of the story felt well-researched and authentic, even when it was mixed with the mythical elements.

And of course, I quite liked the bit with the jerky strips. I mean, sure, it was kind of gross, but I like that from time to time. Like The Silence of the Lambs.


Ben Sanders

Ben Sanders


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Thomas Harris – The Silence of the Lambs | Review

Title: The Silence of the Lambs

Author: Thomas Harris

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 421

Rating: 8/10


Thomas Harris - The Silence of the Lambs

Thomas Harris – The Silence of the Lambs


The Silence of the Lambs is Thomas Harris’ third novel and the second to feature the iconic Hannibal Lecter, and I’d wager that it’s the first title that most people would remember when asked to name a Hannibal Lecter novel or movie. It deserves it, too – it’s one of Harris’ finest novels, terrifying and gripping to boot.

As usual, I won’t go in to too much detail when it comes to the plot, because I want to avoid spoilers where possible – that said, certain scenes still stick out after all of these years, and so keep your eyes peeled (and protected from Lecter) for Lecter using the faces of his enemies as human masks, and for the moment in which a convict flicks semen at FBI agent Clarice Starling, the protagonist of the novel.

It’s the relationship between Lecter and Clarice that most readers and viewers remember, the sort of mutual respect that they hold for each other despite their drastically differing world views – Clarice needs Lecter for the information that he holds, and Lecter knows that and uses it to his own ends. It really is a subtle relationship that the two enjoy, but it is most definitely there, and this is the novel where it really comes in to fruition. Arguably, it’s also the novel that shows Lecter at his most human side.


Thomas Harris

Thomas Harris


I read the novels before I watched the movies, but it’s a safe bet that if you enjoyed one then you’ll enjoy the other – as for myself, I thought the books were better because they went in to more detail. I’ve mentioned Harris’ attention to detail before, as well as his creativity – he’s one of the few living novelists who scares me in real life. I just don’t understand how he could create such a convincing psychopath unless there’s something psychologically wrong with him, too.

As for an overall opinion, I think you should read it if you haven’t already – it’s a great novel, a page-turning entertainer, and it’s a great example of its genre, although I find it quite hard to classify exactly what that genre is. It’s also the book that made millions all over the world fear the name of Hannibal Lecter, and they fear it for a reason – the guy is crazy, as you’re about to find it. Not the kind of book to read before bed.


Thomas Harris Quote

Thomas Harris Quote


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