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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New edition edition (7 Dec. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752817191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752817194
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.7 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 464,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Another gleeful frolic that enables the versatile Harrison ... to have great fun with an unlikely mix of religious fanaticism and Esperanto."--"Kirkus Reviews""Fast action, abundant ... humor, swarms of weird concepts and, for fans of the Rat, a welcome return ... of what is probably Harrison's ... most popular series."--"Publishers Weekly""Fans of the Stainless Steel Rat will welcome this new chapter, the most outrageous yet, in Harrison's engaging and delightful saga. He has made this corner of the galaxy his own."--"Booklist" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Harry Harrison (1925-2012) Harry Harrison was born Henry Maxwell Dempsey in Connecticut, in 1925. He was the author of a number of much-loved series including the Stainless Steel Rat and Bill the Galactic Hero sequences and the Deathworld Trilogy. He was known as a passionate advocate of Esperanto, the most popular of the constructed international languages, which appears in many of his novels. He published novels for over half a century and was perhaps best known for his seminal novel of overpopulation, Make Room! Make Room!, which was adapted into the cult film Soylent Green.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Feb. 2000
Format: Paperback
I've been a fan of Slippery Jim since "2000AD" first serialised in comic strip form "The Stainless Steel Rat".
But this latest effort is well below par, and is in many ways a rehash of "...saves the world" with it's multiple universes and flitting backwards and forwards in pursuit of a egomaniac. The humour sadly is stretched beyond breaking point, the whole story is very formulaic.
Disappointing.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Feb. 2000
Format: Paperback
With "Sings the Blues", Harrison lost the Rat-plot, but "Goes to Hell" shows that he is, albeit unevenly, getting back on track. His bludgeoning bias that all religious belief is mere wishful thinking gets tedious, not to mention somewhat mysoginistic (the dupes are all wealthy women - read vain and gullible), besides theologically inaccurate to boot, but just as it gets dangerously annoying the plot reinvigorates and, with tongue firmly back in cheek, the Rat continues on his mission to save his psychopathic spouse in the manner we know and love. Let's hope his renewed form continues in The Stainless Steel Rat Joins the Circus.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not bad. 7 Jun. 2000
By James Yanni - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
First there was "The Stainless Steel Rat", our introduction to Slippery Jim diGriz, aka the Stainless Steel Rat, the galaxy's greatest thief and con man, in which our hero, after a long and successful career is apprehended by the galactic special corps and "persuaded" to join them, on the theory that it takes a thief to catch a thief. Then there followed four sequels; in order, "The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge", "The Stainless Steel Rat Saves The World", "The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You!", and "The Stainless Steel Rat For President". Then, apparently growing bored with the direction that his series was taking, Harrison wrote the prequel, "A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born", followed by a sequal to the prequel, "The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted", and a sequel to that, "The Stainless Steel Rat Sings The Blues". This book is a return to the original sequence, following "The Stainless Steel Rat For President".
All of these books are fun reads, light and action-filled, without overmuch concern for plot plausibility or consistency. This one is no exception. Still, it did seem to me that the writing style had matured a bit; this is one of the better books in the series from that standpoint. Still, the plot itself seemed rather weak, and the ending rather unsatisfying. All in all, it isn't bad, but don't expect too much. Read it for entertainment, not when you want a book that makes much sense.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A bit out of character...but, still enjoyable! 8 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I did enjoy this latest SSR book but, not quite as much as the others I have read. I love the books that include Angelina & the boys but, in this one Jim seems a little out of character at times. His usual quick glance at other ladies seemed to linger much longer than normal, in Angelina's absence. He didn't jump to self-correct his wandering eyes as quickly as he used to.
Other than that & a disappointing ending to a certain love triangle that had formed... (I won't give anything away)... I still enjoyed this Stainless Steel Rat adventure. You do have to put common sense & reality aside in order to immerse yourself into this plot but, SSR readers should be used to that by now! Give this book a chance... let yourself believe in the impossible & you'll enjoy this one too!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Stainless Steel Rat Goes to Hell 12 Mar. 2000
By LLLOPY - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It wasn't the best Stainless Steel Rat book I've read, but it was still pretty damn good!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
"Hell" of a good book! 10 Jan. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Harry Harrison has done it again! As soon as I found out that
another Stainless Steel Rat Book was out, I RAN to the book store
to pick it up! TSSR goes to Hell is a great book; everything
you would expect from Jim diGriz and his wife Angelina & Sons!
Anyone who has read this series has got to pick this one up...
(It would make a killer movie too!) As would many of the other
excellent (and hilarious)adventures the Old Rat gets into... Pick it up and ENJOY!!!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Rubbish 18 Jun. 2000
By J. R. Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Stainless Steel Rat Goes To Hell - in a hand basket. The story you are about to read is trite, only the names have been kept to hoodwink the innocent. Where is the cleverness? Where is the humour? I have avidly followed 'The Rat' from the beginning and this is not the rat I have come to enjoy so much. I looked hard to make sure this was actually a Harrison, because it reads like a cheap copy. This is definitely a low point. I console myself that anything he writes from now on can only be better
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