Yes, the series got wonky, fast – but The Silence of the Lambs was itself a darn good book. Better than the one that it was a sequel to, frankly. And it spawned a rarity: a movie that was pretty much as good as the book, without having to throw out everything except the title and the character names. That’s not that common, really.
And so… hopefully I’ll see you soon, The New Annotated Dracula.