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The Stainless Steel Rat Mass Market Paperback – May 6, 1997
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I have very fond memories of reading (and re-reading) these wonderfully entertaining books when I was quite young, delighted by their smart-alecky, irreverent narrative style that Mr. Harrison never quite duplicated as sharply in the other Stainless Steel Rat stories written years later. Remarkably, I'm finding they can still make me laugh out loud. Many of the supporting characters are two dimensional, cartoon-character-like dullards (it's always been clear that Mr. Harrison had little regard for the military, for example) that make these such great escapist entertainment. Also, the notion of a bad guy with a high sense of morality about never hurting his "victims" too seriously made "Slippery Jim diGriz" an interesting anti-hero who was always in complete command of his environment, and yet vulnerable to the bad guys because of these high morals.
I can honestly say that few books have ever entertained me the way these have, and I would warmly recommend them to anyone with a sense of humor, as well as what we used to think of as a sense of adventure.
Although the world has lost a very talented author, it's somehow fitting that these books are finally being made available for all to rediscover and enjoy. They are not to be missed!
James Bolivar 'Slippery Jim' diGriz is a gleefully anarchic hero with a strong moral center. 'The Stainless Steel Rat' is the story of how this highly individualistic career criminal of the future is recruited into the Special Corps to track down other, more malevolent law-breakers.
This book was one of the shining gems of my teen reading years. The sequels were even better.
It is a "lock-'em-in-the-hole-and-torture-'em-with-'The-Sound-Of-Music'-24/7" crime that the Stainless Steel Rat has not yet reached the big screen.
As for this Kindle edition. 4 out of 5 stars, thanks to a few niggling transcription errors that should have been picked up by the proof-readers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book when I was a kid and reading it again I enjoyed it more. What I enjoy most is the clever unfolding of the story, the confidence of the character and how he dealt... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wendell Best
I've read later books in the series and picked up this one as I was curios about how it all began. It is an interesting look into the Stainless Steel Rat origins. I enjoyed it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by NY1997
Just a good old fashioned romp through the galaxy with our old friend Slippery Jim. If you want a serious look at the political process in science fiction read another book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mike Archcraft
I had read this book as a child and revisited it and found it just as good as it was years ago. Great story and well written.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Harry Harrison writes so well, and has such wonderful plot twists. Always a pleasure. This story pulls you in, and every time you think you know where it's going, it takes a new... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sam
The Stainless Steel Rat (1961) is the first SF novel in the Stainless Steel Rat series. It is set in the mid future, when humanity has spread through the galaxy. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Arthur W Jordin
A fun novel bu Harry Harrison. The Rat character was considered his best although there really isn;t much "science" to this fictional romp. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Dr. Morbius
The Stainless Steel Rat strikes again, penetrating where no other dares, insinuating himself into the ferro-concrete wainscotting of society. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Get It