The Stainless Steel Rat Joins the Circus (Stainless Steel Rat Books) MP3 CD – 12 Jun 2011
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Slippery Jim diGriz is the galaxy's most loveable con-man, science fiction's answer to Raffles and The Saint. He made his debut in Harry Harrison's much-reprinted The Stainless Steel Rat (1961). This is the Rat's tenth novel-length adventure, and he's on good form. The story line zooms along at headlong speed, powered by sheer energy and exuberance, with our hero plunged into high-tech trouble by the second page despite his usual range of unlikely weaponry--"I blew it away with a shot from my crotch cannon". Sounds uncomfortable.
Soon Jim is commissioned by the richest man in the galaxy to investigate a series of bank heists that always happen when a circus is in town. Tutored by retired magician The Great Grissini, he fudges up a clever illusionist act, drafts his lovely though slightly murderous wife Angelina as the obligatory gorgeous assistant, and infiltrates the Big Top. The resulting hornets' nest of disguises, scams, traps, kidnapping and blackmail is almost too much even for Slippery Jim and his resourceful family. But stage-magic techniques prove useful: misdirection and gimmickry allow the pulling-off of the perfect Rat crime under the unwavering eye of an observation satellite....
After many hair-raising adventures and (of course) ultimate triumph, Jim shockingly announces that it's time to go straight and write his memoirs: "The first volume shall be titled--The Stainless Steel Rat. With plenty more volumes to come." But Harrison adds a sly question mark: "THE END?" Reliable, knockabout SF fun. --David Langford --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"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" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
The plot, as usual for rat book is pretty irrelevant. A bad guy without a conscience is doing something bad, and a bad guy with a conscience (Jim) is going to stop him, with the aid of ridiculous technology, unflagging good humour, astonishing athletic prowess, and a limitless supply of booze.
Need I say more?
Whilst all Rat fans will love the chance to read another of his adventures this (final?) book in the series doesn't quite match up to others such as Revenge. It does, however, have much excitement, puns and fun.
It's one for the rat fans who want one more trip with the master thief.
I don't know about you, but I read the Rat for the humor, of which there is enough in this book to make it worth reading. However, I thought it contained a bit too much straight ahead action-adventure and was a bit too long for a Rat book. But this one is still light years ahead of Goes to Hell and Sings the Blues.
I loved every moment,
The innocent pleasure of the Stainless steel rat.
Thank you Mr Harrison,
You've given me years of pleasure..
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the only stainless book I haven't read in paperback. Yet it is typically a good book. Would highly recommend this book.Published on 16 Aug. 2013 by Amazon Customer
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... Read morePublished on 19 May 2001 by sean thomas
I read this book once and hated it after reading all the other rat books, but after reading this several times it's begining to grow on me. Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2001 by email@example.com
...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. Read more
The book ends "THE END(?)" and I must hope that it is. The books have apparently run their course. Read morePublished on 14 Dec. 2000 by W. Fisher
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. Read morePublished on 20 Oct. 2000