- Mass Market Paperback: 185 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz (May 6, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857984986
- ISBN-13: 978-1857984989
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.5 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 98 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,091,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Stainless Steel Rat Mass Market Paperback – May 6, 1997
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Harry Harrison is one of the established greats of SF The Stainless Steel Rat is his most popular creation 'The Rat can hold his head up high amongst the most elevated superhero company; Bulldog Drummond, James Bond and Flash Gordon' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
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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.
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!
If you have a teenaged boy who doesn't like reading, a good starting point is the Stainless Steel Rat series. Buy a used copy, or a kindle version, these tales are page turners.
Overall: a quick, fun read that doesn't demand too much cerebrally.