- Series: Stainless Steel Rat
- Paperback: 496 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (May 30, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765302780
- ISBN-13: 978-0765302786
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 65 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #683,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Stainless Steel Trio (Stainless Steel Rat) Paperback – May 30, 2003
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"Cheerfully larcenous and anarchic ... Long may the Rat run roughshod over the forces of law, order, and the square world."
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LONG LIVE THE 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 cut a stylish swathe through dozens of star systems-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 "Slippery Jim" is forced to work for the Good Guys. Conscripted into a planetary army in The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted, 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.
"Cheerfully larcenous and anarchic. Long may the Rat run roughshod over the forces of law, order, and the square world." --The Orlando Sentinel
"Harrison's fictions constitute one of the main monuments in modern SF." --Paul Di Filippo, Scifi.com, on 50 in 50
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My recommended reading order for the series is: (Almost all available on Kindle)
A Stainless Steel Trio (A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born, The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted, The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues)
The Stainless Steel Rat
The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge
The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World
The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You! (If you can find it in paperback for <$10, or on Audible (~$18), if not)
The Stainless Steel Rat for President
The Stainless Steel Rat Goes to Hell
The Stainless Steel Rat Joins The Circus
The Stainless Steel Rat Returns
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. Even though he breaks every law in the known universe (Except killing) his ethics and morals are actually much higher and more demanding than the rest of the human (and some not so human) species.
I have been a Rat Fan since Harry Harrison published his first work (which was actually a short story featuring Slick Jim) and continue to be so to this date.
The work being reviewed here is a Kindle down load and it came through in pretty good shape. There was, as is often the case, a bit of a problem here and there with the punctuation and the sentences were broken in odd places at times but this was not bad enough to distract from the work all that much.
These books are simply fun to read. The author does not take himself all that serious and the main character in the book certainly does not either. Much fun is poked at just about everything and some of the situation Jim finds himself in, unlikely though they may be, are quite unique and interesting.
Included are A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born (1985), The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted (1987), and The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues (1994).
You will want to do a search and get all the other books as well, at least one of the series is not available in electronic format which is sad but they are all worth the effort to track down. The books are not written in historical order of time within the story line of this character so do a search online to get the order in which you should actually read the series.
This is the book where the first in the story line is found, A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born (1985). There is another book that also goes into the beginnings of the character but this one I believe is the actual beginning beginning.