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The Stainless Steel Rat Joins the Circus (Stainless Steel Rat Books) MP3 CD – 12 Jun 2011

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Product details

  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (12 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441881700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441881700
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,685,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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After the painful misfire that was "...goes to Hell", and the utterly unfunny "...sings the Blues", the thing that SSR readers have waited for for years - a *funny book* - has finally arrived. Not up to the real class of the series up to "...gets Drafted", this is still a sparkling job compared to the more recent rat books and the Bill the Galatic Hero moneyspinner , which just should have been taken outside and shot.
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?
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In The Stainless Steel Rat Joins the Circus, we see slippery Jim DeGriz and his gorgeous wife, the murderous Angelina, up to their necks in intrigue and danger.
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.
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Format: Hardcover
The self-styled richest man in the universe hires Slippery Jim to investigate a series of bank robberies at institutions said rich man owns. The Rat discovers that the only thing in common between all of the robberies was that a circus was in town at the same time, always featuring Puissanto - the strongest man in the universe. So Jim signs on with the circus along side Puissanto as a magic act, and ends up on the corrupt planet of Fetorr. Absurd adventures ensue.
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.
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This book is loved and reread by a fan. This book was rare and a blessing to find it. It was about Christmas time that I bought this book and it came before the big day. It was the best escapism my friend had as the family was going through a loss. I just wish the author wrote more books like this.
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Jim is conned by another con man into his greatest crimes a great read and I can thoroughly recommend it. But it's not his last adventure as I've still got his shooter story "the golden years of the stainless steel rat and the return of the stainless steel rat " to look forward to reading.
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After nearly 30 ive reread all the stainless books ,

I loved every moment,
The innocent pleasure of the Stainless steel rat.
Thank you Mr Harrison,
You've given me years of pleasure..
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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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