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Product Details

  • Series: Stainless Steel Rat
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (May 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765302780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765302786
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The books are even more fun for me to read now.
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The work being reviewed here is a Kindle down load and it came through in pretty good shape.
D. Blankenship
Give the rat a chance...guarenteed to taste just like chicken!! ;>)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 17, 2011
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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 By Richard F. Grantges on 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 By A Customer on September 12, 2003
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 By David Blakemore on July 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
The book was bought for my Father, tends to take a long time to read any book as he has so many open at once. Being retired he should have the time to indulge his interests.

However, once he had started on the trio, it was not put down until he had completed it in two days. This is speed reading for my father. Once the book was passed to me I found that it was difficult to put down and it was read over a weekend.

I have previously read Harry Harrison, but find the "Stainless Steel Rat series particularly entertaining with the main characters anarchic approach to society whilst still having regard to the sanctity of life and liberty. This book would not be to everyones taste, they will probably take it too seriously, but for people like myself who wish to forget the outside world once in a while, the "Rat" is a good diversion.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Herbel on March 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
These first three books in the Stainless Steel Rat series are marvelous. The first book explains how Jim DiGriz, the son of porcuswine farmers on a backwater planet, becomes one of the greatest criminals of his time. The next two books feature various adventures as we follow Jim on his quest to satisfy his longings for more fun, more booze, and more money. I got hooked on this series after most of them were out of print, I am so glad that I can now get copies of the first three books in one handy paperback volume. I really love this series, just look at my name!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Larry on December 13, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Garry Beach on 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 By M. R. N. NEWTON-HOWES on 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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