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The Stainless Steel Rat Paperback – 15 Jul 2010

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: REBELLION/2000AD (15 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906735514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906735517
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 1.6 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 553,054 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. Harry Harrison lives in Brighton and Florida.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. Finney on 21 Sept. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I first read this book back in the early 80's when I was 8 years old. It was given to me by my very clever english teacher. I was a slow reader and was failing in my reading and written work. He asked me what sort of films I liked to watch and gave it to me the next day. I read the whole book over one summer weekend, and can say that Harry Harrison and Slippery Jim saved my life. From being a potential loser to running my own successfull business. Thanks Harry and also to my late english teacher Mr Church. They don't make like they used to. When I gushed to him on the following Monday he said to keep the book and wrote on the inside "I'm not a teacher: only a fellow traveler of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead - ahead of myself as well as you." I later found out it's a quote by George Bernard Shaw.

So, If you have a friend (adult or child) who you think would benefit like me. This is the perfect book (and series) to do the job. Flawless.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Feb. 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is it. This is the very first science-fiction book that was given to me to read at the tender age of 11. How was I to know that the dog-eared and tatty paperback leant to me would lead to an addiction spanning twenty years. There should have been a warning on it saying "Danger: Reading this may lead to becoming an anally retentive spotty teenager, in turn becoming a terminally sad train-spotting adult with no friends." Seriously though, I loved this book and all the resulting others. The adventures of super crook Slippery Jim DiGriz, Angelina his doting yet psychopathic wife and then James and Bolivar, their twin sons, have kept me entertained throughout my reading life. "The Stainless Steel Rat" was the first book in this series (there are prequels, but this WAS the first) and like any fine classic, it lays the foundations for all the others. It tells how super criminal DiGriz becomes the super agent for the Special Corps and why Angelina is so beautiful yet so criminally insane. I could tell you more, but that would give the whole book away. Just read and enjoy. Harry Harrison is certainly a diverse and talented author and has produced many fine books away from the "Rat" series as demonstrated in the superb "West of Eden" epic fantasies, the "Hammer and the Cross" books, plus many, many others. If I could, I would sue Mr Harrison for all my wasted teenage years spent alone in my room reading his well spun tales instead of wrestling with rampant females in the back seats of cars and fumbling with the intricacies of their sheer and scanty undergarments. I curse you Harrison.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DavyA TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 8 Aug. 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I remember this as a comic strip in 2000AD, when I was a nipper - that's the reason I first bought this book (many years ago) - what a cracking book it is (even though as a rule, I'm not a science fiction fan when it comes to books).
This book is like a Sci Fi mix of the Dirty Dozen, James Bond & Monty Python(read it & you'll see).It combines action, humour & adventure in one really enjoyable bundle.
The adventures of Slippery Jim, intergalactic criminal,caught & then recruited to the "right" side of the law - just marvellous.
Well written, fast moving , thrilling & funny - a great mix, a smashing book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Himaggery on 27 Oct. 2010
Format: Paperback
I read these originally when I was a kid in 2000AD and as soon as I saw this compilation I couldn't resist. Enjoyable for people of all ages and at a great price.
Adapted from the Harry Harrison novels of the same name, they are great fun and an easy read for a lazy evening. A few liberties are taken with the stories as should be expected but it does not detract in any way. It's just such a shame 2000AD didn't also do The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge (My favourite novel) and The Stainless Steel Rat Wants you, but you can't have everything.
My only gripe and the reason for the 4 Star rating is because the first story had scenes depicted across a two page spread and because this compilation is far thicker than the original comics, they cannot be opened wide enough to read the writing that sometimes overlaps the page. They should have thought about that.
Great Fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Emperor on 1 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
This was great nostalgic fun. A collection of three Stainless steel Rat stories. These are often witty and basically it is just a fun and enjoyable read. The artwork is black and white and quite basic but it still does a good job. Angelina looks pretty foxy.
Occasionally a panel goes across the page and it can be quite hard to read. Also there is some repetition as the storyline often gets explained at the start of each chapter. It can be a bit simplistic with things happening very quickly.
My favourite was the second story, it is quite a funny and original time travel story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 20 Aug. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I remember Slippery Jim from my youth, and it was a real pleasure to re-read this.

It's not long. It's funny, in a zany kind of way.

Don't take it too seriously; just grab a few hours in the sun and chortle at the exploits of one of the all time, non-violent, thieves in the SF pantheon.

Is it great literature? No.

Is it worth reading? Absolutely, if you fancy a light bite of wise-cracking, bank-robbing, battleship-stealing mayhem.
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