The Stainless Steel Rat Paperback – 15 Jul 2010
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About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
The first in the series was written back in 1961, before mobile phones, before tablets, desktop computers and the internet and before Armstrong (RiP) took his first small step: there are a few anachronisms that are bound to flummox younger readers (photographing onto "a roll of film" whatever that might be, for instance) but by and large it's aged extremely well.
It is pretty much classic space opera sci-fi from a byegone era; the adventures of a hardened, wiseguy space-crim, written in Harrison's distinctive, satirical style. That semi-humorous voice lightens the mood of the story (which is actually quite lighweight already) but it does get a little irritating in places. I can barely remember how many of the multitudinous sequels I read back in the day, let alone how the style and characters developed, so it will be an interesting journey...
The next in the series is, chronologically speaking, The stainless steel rat's revenge, but there are a couple of prequels to read first: ...Read more ›
It's done in such a charming and chaotic way (with Slippery Jim rarely in control of all events) that you really get the feeling that Jim is someone that could be you if only you; had the time, the brain and 1001 different futuristic gadgets and devices to cause mayhem with.
With his own distinct viewpoint of the "trickle down" concept of capitalism, you can't help siding with Jim whenever he decides to speed up the process. Protecting the weak and punishing evil tyrants along the way really gives you another reason to love this guy.
This is one of my favourite books and I firmly believe that everyone should read it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great interpretations of three of the rat books, huge nostalgia for reading these as a teenager. Ezquerra artwork exceptional, some of the centre spreads very memorablePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've wanted to read Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat series since reading the comic version on 2000AD many years ago. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Goatboy
This is an excellent read. As it is the 1st in the Stainless Steel Rat series I also look forward to reading the rest of books.Published 13 months ago by Frank Jackson
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