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The Stainless Steel Rat Paperback – 15 Jul 2010

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Product details

  • 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 (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 690,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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When Harry Harrison died recently, I decided that I really ought to reacquaint myself with his most famous creation, Slippery Jim diGriz, AKA The Stainless Steel Rat. I actually first came upon the character while reading 2000AD in which the excellent Carlos Ezquerra rendered Jim in the style of James Coburn. That version remained with me when I decided to try the written stories and, some 25 years on, re-reading this introduction to Harrison's series, Slippery Jim is still a grizzled, long-faced, blond cigar-chewer.

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:
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More of a way to live your own life than paper back fiction anti-hero, Harry Harrison through his alter ego, Sliipery Jim diGriz, manages to liberally twist ethics beyond the norm.
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.
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