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The Stainless Steel Rat - Community Reviews back

by Harry Harrison
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isanythingopen
isanythingopen rated it 2 years ago
An interstellar police group recruits criminals to catch criminals.We follow the adventures of Slippery Jim, one of the best con-man thieves in the multiple galaxies. I'm not sure why I always thought these were written by either Peirs Anthony or Isaac Asimov. They're not. LOL The Kindle ver...
The Professor
The Professor rated it 5 years ago
A 1961 "Astounding Magazine" fix-up that feels like its been mercilessly asset-stripped over the years. Bags of charm though. The planet-hopping, battleship-tracking Rat at one point decamps to a country retreat with a disbarred Doctor for some surgical alteration, takes a personality altering cockt...
suzemo
suzemo rated it 8 years ago
I think the best thing I can say about this book is that it does not age well. In the far future (which, I think would be about now, although I'm willing to forgive the book this bit), people have been selectively bred to be socially conscious and responsible. The few malcontents that are born ar...
REALJimBob
REALJimBob rated it 8 years ago
I read this book for the first time back in the early 90s, while at university. We had a fantastic book shop where you could give back books you'd read to help fund your new purchases. I introduced myself to a lot of previously unread science-fiction authors thanks to that shop, but I also read thro...
FriedEgg
FriedEgg rated it 8 years ago
I don't know why but I was expecting something more like vintage space opera from the 30's and was surprised to find this was actually written in the mid '60s and still feels fresh.This is light, fast-moving, edge of your seat stuff that you will whip through in no time. A charming, loveable rogue p...
thomcat
thomcat rated it 8 years ago
RIP Harry Harrison. This is a great book and a quick read. First read some 30 years ago, this has more satire than I remember, morals, plenty of action, and plot twists galore.
veeral
veeral rated it 9 years ago
This was entertaining but not as good as 'Make Room! Make Room!' by the same author. But then again, the comparison is not fair as 'Make Room! Make Room!' is more serious than this. But reading 'SS Rat' once won't make you regret it.
JasonKoivu
JasonKoivu rated it 9 years ago
A fun, entertaining and, above all else, quick read. Just what the doctor ordered after finishing the mammoth tome that is A Game of Thrones. This Sci-Fi lite-meets-hardboiled cop dramedy makes for a nice, mindless distraction. It probably only deserves 3 stars (this ain't Shakespeare, folks!), but ...
StaceyHH
StaceyHH rated it 9 years ago
Comical, cliched, hardboiled pulp space fiction. The narrator was fabulous, and it probably earned an extra star just for that. Audio version highly recommended.
Manny Rayner's book reviews
Manny Rayner's book reviews rated it 47 years ago
Excellent SF caper novel. The successors get steadily worse, but #1 is definitely worth reading.
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