It seems like ever since I started keeping my laptop next to my bed (it's been over a year now) I've grown terribly lazy (and cheap
) in my reading habits, reading (and often re-reading and even re-re-reading) fanfics online instead of actual books by even favorite authors.
I even read the latest Lois McMaster Bujold Vorkosigan-verse novel Captain Vorpatril's Alliance
in a free electronic copy last September, thanks to missmurchison
. . . and lost a lot of sleep, being unable to put down the laptop until morning's light, when I was just ten pages short of the ending and couldn't keep my eyes open a second longer!
But yesterday I became reacquainted with "my old self
", in a sense, by spending all day and all night reading two novels by new-to-me (but probably not to anybody else!) author Thomas Harris, The Silence of the Lambs
. . . in super-cheap, used, library-surplus editions shipped to me from England, courtesy of Amazon, of course. :)( How fanfic based on movies I didn't really enjoy got me interested in the books (possible spoilers) )
I haven't decided whether to go back and read the first Lecter novel, Red Dragon
, yet (it was included in one volume with Silence of the Lambs
in the old hardcover library edition I bought, and I read the first 60+ pages of Dragon
before deciding that I'd prefer to dive right into Silence
with the less damaged Clarice Starling as the protagonist, instead of Will Graham). And from some things I've heard/read in the fanfic, it sounds as though Hannibal Rising
might be too much of a credibility stretch (plus, no Starling, of course, so . . . ).
Anyone out there have an opinion to offer? Am I missing out on some essential "Lecter-ness" if I never get around to reading the other novels?********************************( Selected fanfic recommendations, mostly Starling/Lecter of some kind )