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A Stainless Steel Trio (Stainless Steel Rat) [Kindle Edition]

Harry Harrison
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

One of SF's most beloved rogues: the Stainless Steel Rat!

Slippery Jim DiGriz is the Stainless Steel Rat: the galaxy's greatest interstellar thief and con artist. For novel upon novel, the Rat has outfoxed the forces of conventionality, cutting a stylish swathe through dozens of star systems-and stealing the hearts of thousands of readers.

Now three of the Rat's greatest exploits are collected in a single volume. In A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born, we see the origin and early days of Jim DiGriz's brilliant criminal career, as our underworld hero is forced to work for the Good Guys. Conscripted again in The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted, this time into a planetary army, the Rat must avenge the murder of his mentor-in-crime. And in The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues, Slippery Jim must retrieve a missing alien artifact, while disguised as a futuristic rock-and-roller...or forfeit his life.

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In A Stainless Steel Trio, Harry Harrison offers three of the 10 novels featuring Slippery Jim diGriz, aka the Stainless Steel Rat, an expert crook with his own highly developed moral code (who also sometimes investigates crimes and rescues damsels). Readers whom wooden dialogue doesn't stop will enjoy the picaresque hero's myriad adventures: his origins get probed in A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born (which won a prize for "most incredible book title" in 1985), his mettle tested in The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted (in which he seeks revenge for a murder), and his performance abilities honed in The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues (in which the hero goes undercover as a rock star).
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

This volume combines three of Harrison's tales involving superslick thief and con man Jim DiGriz, who has run contrary to the forces of the law from one side of the galaxy to the other. Included here are A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born (1985), The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted (1987), and The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues (1994).
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1193 KB
  • Print Length: 506 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765302772
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (June 29, 2002)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004N635X6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,858 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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If you are a Rat fan, then this is sort of a must read. If you have never read of the Rat, then you are missing out on a lot of fun reading and this is a good place to start.

A Stainless Steel Trio is actually three novels and each of the three are prequels to the first book in the series, The Stainless Steel Rat. The three novels here are:

A Stainless Steel Rat is Born
The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted
The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues

Harrison has taken the hero of eight previous novels, Jim diGriz, aka Slippery or Slick Jim, and has added some background to how he became the master criminal of the galaxy and why he is so prone to thumb his nose at all authority and refuses to follow the "rules."

These three novels should be read in sequential order to fully appreciate them, but it is not absolutely necessary. The other eight novels in the series, after the first, can be read in any order you chose.

These novels, like most in the series are more or less character driven with Slippery Jim being the primary source. Many who read these three and the others, will be strongly reminded of Harrisons Death World Series...three outstanding reads.

Slippery Jim, The Stainless Steel Rat is funny, quite introspective and has a complete set of rules and morels which are completely his own.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasure Unalloyed January 11, 2007
Format:Paperback
What a joy it is to read (or reread) the Stainless Steel Rat books. I hope that the whole series will become available again so I can fill in any I may have missed. Harrison is one of the very few writers able to combine humor with good science fiction. You can usually just hand one to a friend and say please read the first page and if you're not hooked, quit.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good series September 12, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Actually, this is a four star series. The extra star is to balance out bad reviews given for reader errors that have nothing to do with the book.
It is a solid, entertaining read, well worth the time, and this edition gives you three novels out of this sometimes hard-to-find series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its another Stainless Steel/Rustless Rodent story December 13, 2012
By Larry
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Not as good as the orginal story and idea- its a parody of a parody about pop cultures use on pop music. Its "OK" but if you don't read it you're not missing much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gar i B August 29, 2012
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If you have never read Harry Harrision then buy this book. Three connected novels which are one hilarious event to another. Always on the verge of biting the big one. This is Science Fiction Comedy like none other. I believe I have read all the Stainless Steel Rat books. Appeals to young reader and to older readers, actually I was faily young upon reading my first Stainless Steel Rat. The books are not hard science by any means, and if that is what you are looking for, maybe not for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the beginning of the rat series December 2, 2010
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This volume contains the three prequel novels to the stainless steel rat books, and each is an easy and enjoyable read - the kind of thing that relaxes me and puts me in a good mood. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stainless Steel Rat Rides Again January 24, 2010
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I read the whole series back in the 70's and remember that I really enjoyed the series. But unfortunately I don't remember a lot of details about them so this was a welcome refresher. I remember him as a rebel against the establishment, one with a wicked sense of humor, and I was rewarded by that exact same character. Harry Harrison's books have held up to the passage of time because they're about people not science. While some of the ideas were a little out-of-date, for the most part there were so few that it didn't bring the book down. For me Harry Harrison is a must for the library of any science fiction fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the Stainless Steel Rat series! April 13, 2009
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I stumbled upon the series long ago. Kind of read them out of order, but they were all very fun books. Was really glad at least some of the adventures of Mr. di Griz were on the kindle!

The books are even more fun for me to read now. I really hope more of the series shows up soon.

Great science fiction, silly stories, and just a heck of a lot of fun.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good price but not Harrison's best.
Not Harrison's better writing as in the Deathworld trilogy. The character behaves as if he were middle-aged rather than an 18-20 year old. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Byron R. Winchell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Read!!!
I highly recommend the Stainless Steel Rat for SciFi fans that are looking for something on the 'lighter' side. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Harrison writes a good book
Here is one great book written by an author ,if he is anything like the main character Jim, I would live to enjoy a few glasses of 50 year old scotch. Thanks Mr Harrison! Read more
Published 3 months ago by JOHN T. SCANLAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Limted / Dated / Enjoyable
Now I understand what the term "Old School" means and why it matters. Harry Harrison wrote for /to a generation before mine his works helped paved the way and laid the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by E. A. Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Harry's reputation is well earned
I was in the mood to explore works that were the basis of today's sci-fi. I read one of these as a teen and never got around to the others. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Philip Bock
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC FULL-BODIED ENTERTAINMENT
These are books that you can get totally lost in. They are classics. The writing is smooth so there are no distractions, there is humor, there are enough metaphors here and there... Read more
Published 8 months ago by rocketfuel
4.0 out of 5 stars memories
Could not remember why this series struck a cord. Bought the book and remembered Harrison railing against the machine. Read more
Published 10 months ago by jg
5.0 out of 5 stars The first three books by the characters chronology.
A great series I have been wanting to start for some time.
I decided to read this by the time-line of the main character Jim DiGriz not in the order they were written. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Craig M. Houck
5.0 out of 5 stars Slippery Jim
A great series. It gets a bit confusing with the different timelines. I read the most of the series years ago, and it was a treasure to reread then recently.
Published 14 months ago by Gary Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent
This review requires that I write ten more words. Word, word, word, word, word, word, word, word, word, word.
Published 17 months ago by Joseph L. Hemmer
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