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The Stainless Steel Rat Joins The Circus: The Stainless Steel Rat Book 10 [Kindle Edition]

Harry Harrison
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

'Set a thief to catch a thief' goes the old saying.

And when you are the richest man in the Universe and someone is systematically robbing your various banks blind you'd better set the best thief ever to catch your thief. After all, even at four million credits a day plus expenses, you can afford him. Enter Slippery Jim DiGriz.

And that's how it all began for Slippery Jim and his wife, the ever deadly Angelina; persuaded from a life of stockmarket dabbling and picnicking by the hover tanks, hard cash and outright flattery of undoubtedly the richest and probably the oldest man alive; Imperetrix Von Kaiser-Czarski.

It would have seemed rude to not take the job and after barely four weeks (at four million a day) of watching the latest in computers (courtesy of son James) sift through the available evidence Jim has his first lead. Each time one of Kaiser Czarski's banks is robbed there is a circus in town.

And as Jim knows full well, you don't find out about a circus by going to it. You join it...

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"Another splendid romp for Harrison's picaresque pair."--"Kirkus Reviews""" "After jumping through some spectacular hoops in this romp, DiGriz may be tempted to retire but hopefully Harrison, who turns 74 this year and who began writing about the Stainless Steel Rat in the early 1960s, won't."--"Publishers Weekly" ."..a wild romp filled with magic, mayhem and misdirection.... Mr. Harrison is a master of comic parody and fans of the Stainless Steel Rat will rejoice."--"RT Book Reviews" "An entertaining adventure."--"Analog SF"

About the Author

Harry Harrison is the author of "Deathworld," "Make Room! Make Room!" (filmed as "Soylent Green"), the popular Stainless Steel Rat books, and many other famous works of SF.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 402 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (29 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009OK2B3G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #190,062 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having read the other reviews here, I bought this book expecting to be disappointed. I was buying it out of the sake of completeness, being a keen fan of Harry Harrison's works, and in particular, The Stainless Steel Rat. Well, what can I say? I was very pleasantly surprised. To me, this book was classic Rat! Brilliant schemes, incredible robberies, wonderful gadgets. There were many instances of "How's he going to get out of this one?"... The solutions may have been corny, but then, weren't they always? For me, this was always part of the fun of the Stainless Steel Rat.
It was a welcome change, NOT to have Slippery Jim sent off on another mission by Inskipp of the Special Corps thius time. And I felt that the main cast - Slippery Jim himself, glamour but deadly wife Angelina, and their twin sons James and Bolivar - were much better used this time than in some of the latter Rat novels where the family unit just felt too cosy, and the addition of the sons superfluous.
This was certainly a much better story to end the Stainless Steel Rat series with, than the lacklustre and formulaic "Stainless Steel Rat Goes To Hell". And the very notion, as suggested by another reviewer, that Harry Harrison didn't write this book himself is preposturous! As if he'd let another author finish off the series on his behalf. I don't think so! Anyway, his writing style is so disctinctive. Sure, it could be emulated - to a point - but not sustained throughout a novel.
To summarise: Classic Rat! Very entertaining and most enjoyable. A worthy additon to the range, and a fine book to end the series with.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Stop, stop, please stop 20 Oct. 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Harry Harrison has returned to the Rat many times over the last few years, with varying degrees of merit. This book, however, is the worst of the lot. Mr Harrison should hang his head in shame that the book has his name on the cover. It is formulaic in the extreme, lacking credible characterisation of the players in the Rat story. If anyone believes this was always how the Rat stories were, read the original book again. Thoroughly disappointing, no redeeming features, even the diehard fans will roll over and expire now. I have heard it suggested that Harry Harrison is no longer writing the Rat books himself. All the better for him if that were the case; at least then it would merely be his choice of co-author that was gravely lacking. A sad demise of an otherwise often entertaining and enjoyable series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book of the Rat can't be bad! 7 Jan. 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
...I wanted to give the new Rat book 4 stars, but after reading the other reviews I wish I could give it 10 stars!
Sure, we all know Jim. And when you've read all of his other adventures you're not surprised anymore at all of his talents. But that is not the point. This book is a lot of fun. It's not a masterpiece like a lot of his other books...but hey!'s still a Harry Harrison book! And that means it can't be bad. And you never ever tell someone with his life experience and all those fantastic books he wrote for us to bow his head in shame!...
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2.0 out of 5 stars This Rat is rusty 8 Oct. 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a long time fan of the series, it's a shame to have to say that Harrison seems to have lost interest in Jim DiGriz. One of the most endearing features of the Stainless Steel Rat has always been the inventive exhuberance of the prose and plotting. Compared to the earlier books, Circus feels both tired and cliched, with a real sense of 'who cares' to the writing. Any DiGriz novel will never be a total loss, but this one feels sadly lacking in 'spark' - one for confirmed fans only, I'm afraid.
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Having just read and enjoyed the book, I was SHOCKED to see some of the reviews here slating it. I thought the book was good fun (like all the other 'rat' books), but had a slightly darker edge to it. If this is the last 'rat' book, then I think its a great way to end the series. But personally I hope Mr Harrison still has a few more Jim Di Griz stories left in him (maybe set before he joined the 'corps'). Sean.
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