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The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You! (Stainless Steel Rat (Chronological Order) #7)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  5,793 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
After saving the world, diGriz is called on to save the universe. Liberating his two, now teenage, twin' sons from a military boarding school and penitentiary, diGriz sets out to free his wife, who has been arrested by the tax men. But the family is soon fighting an enemy of a different sort, when the humans-only galaxy of the League is invaded by all manner of hideous ali ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 160 pages
Published June 1st 1988 by Spectra (first published September 4th 1978)
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Wanda
I started this book this week because I had the post-Xmas-vacation blues really badly and needed something to make me smile. There was more than enough silliness in this book to achieve my aim.

Just like in War of the Worlds, Earth is being menaced by cephalopods of all shapes, sizes and degrees of sliminess. James Bolivar DiGriz (Slippery Jim, the Stainless Steel Rat) is called upon by the Special Corps once again to save the universe! First he has to break his sons out of jail, rescue his wife
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deilann
Originally posted on SpecFic Junkie.

If you've read any of my other Stainless Steel Rat reviews, you'll know the drill: this is larger-than-life, over-the-top pure skiffy goodness that's a self-aware parody of Golden Age Science Fiction. Needless to say, though, they have their problems. This one is one of the more problematic books in the series due to the way it's handled, however, it didn't ruin the enjoyment... at least for me.

When I say it's over-the-top, I'm talking dialogue that's way too
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Kat  Hooper
Dec 28, 2010 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

I’ve been enjoying Harry Harrison’s Stainless Steel Rat series, especially the superb audio versions produced by Brilliance Audio. Slippery Jim DiGriz is a con artist who’s been forced to work undercover for the Special Corps, an intergalactic investigating agency. Each of these short novels starts with him (and now his family, too) hiding out from the Special Corps and living it up on other taxpayers’ money. Each time, the Special Corps traps him and send
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Thom
Jan 02, 2013 Thom rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-series
The fourth book originally published in the Stainless Steel Rat series, this one has plenty of humor and a plot that bounces around a bit.

Angela is kidnapped by the galactic IRS, then rescued by the Rat and their sons, James and Bolivar. Then Slippery Jim is waylaid into finding out why a satellite full of admirals disappeared, and uses time travel (again) to help. This takes our heroes across the galaxy and eventually to the home world of the evil Gray Men, Kekkonshiki. Whew!

In this tale we con
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Carl V.
Jan 03, 2015 Carl V. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Bolivar diGriz, alias “Slippery Jim” is no longer a stainless steel rat in the wainscoting of society…well, at least he is no longer solely a stainless steel rat. Though his thieving ways are not yet behind him, Jim diGriz is firmly entrenched as the top agent in the Special Corps, that feared branch of the law headed by the most notorious criminal of all time, Harold P. Inskipp.

When his wife is kidnapped by the revenue service out of their current home on the planet Blodgett, Slippery Jim
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Andreas
Jun 09, 2011 Andreas rated it liked it
SciFi humor. I quite enjoyed the first five books or so, but in the end the laughter starts wearing thin. I gave up after “The Stainless Steel Rat Goes to Hell”. Those I have read are:

The Stainless Steel Rat
The Stainless Steel Rat’s Revenge
The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World
The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You
The Stainless Steel Rat for President
A Stainless Steel Rat is Born
The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted
The Stainless Steel Rat Goes to Hell


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Phillip Hall
Feb 09, 2011 Phillip Hall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely fell in love with the Stainless Steel Rat series. They are goofy, fast paced, and humorous sci-fi books. It was my first introduction to Harry Harrison and also my first time ever reading a comedic sci-fi book. I loved both of them immediately.
Al "Tank"
Jun 23, 2017 Al "Tank" rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The diGriz Family Turned Loose -- God Save the Galaxy!

"Slippery" Jim Bolivar diGriz, his lethal wife Angelina, and his twin sons James and Bolivar (following in their parent's less-than-legal footsteps) are off to save the universe (and enrich their own coffers when possible). It's the usual tongue-in-cheek fun that starts with Angelina being kidnapped and ends on a very cold planet where every hand is turned against our intrepid hero.

But a stainless steel rat can never be counted out until he's
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Sarah
Oct 24, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it
Vintage and fun! But a little uncomfortable for Japanophiles.

There is a planet called Kekkonshiki, which means marriage in Japanese. On this planet live people called the gray men, who can use machines to manipulate people's memories by creating new memories or deleting present ones. Their culture is very Nazi-like, with schools being used to teach propaganda that Kekkonshiki-ans are the master race and they will use their survival skills to conquer the universe (they were abandoned on an icy in
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Quinn
Mar 20, 2014 Quinn rated it really liked it
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by Quinn



The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You, is one of those books where you never really stop reading it even if you aren't literally reading it at the time. The rating I would give it is eight and five sixths, it didn’t make it to nine because it wasn’t entirely interesting the whole time, but I suppose all books are like that so I guess I’ll never be entirely happy. The main character is very relatable, he’s a witty ex-criminal named Slippery Jim De’griz who still resents the government even
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David King
Sep 22, 2014 David King rated it really liked it
“The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You!” is the fourth instalment in Harry Harrison’s amusing and at times quite ridiculous science-fiction series entitled “The Stainless Steel Rat”. If you have read any of the other novels in the series, then you will know the drill by now. Slippery Jim DiGriz is a con artist who’s been forced to work undercover for the Special Corps, an intergalactic investigating agency. When his wife is kidnapped by the revenue service, Slippery Jim picks up his two teenage sons ...more
Simon Forward
Dec 18, 2012 Simon Forward rated it really liked it
My version of this book doesn’t include an exclamation mark after the title, but it feels like it should have one. It’s maybe the daftest adventure in the series but it’s also the boldest.

To date the League universe has been devoid of aliens, so Harrison kicks off by remedying that – and then some. He could have settled for introducing one alien species as the sworn enemy of the human race, but no, he pushes every boat out and makes sure the galaxy is suitably swamped by an invasion force of cou
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Valerie
As a child, I enjoyed the Stainless Steel Rat books, and I probably would still enjoy the earlier books in the series. This one, however, I had serious problems with.

One important principle that James Bolivar ('Slippery Jim') diGriz has always held firm on is never to kill anyone. Not anybody. Not ever. Not for any reason. One of the reasons he had problems with his beloved Angelina at first was that she DIDN'T accept this absolute prohibition.

In this book, a senseless exception is proposed: if
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Rogue-van (the Bookman)
Aug 30, 2013 Rogue-van (the Bookman) rated it did not like it
Shelves: rvo-reviewed, sf
I agree with those who find the Stainless Steel Rat hilarious once again. Stereotypical slimy, tentacled, eye-stalked aliens are more funny than scary. Human infiltrators cavorting around in rubber monster suits? Slippery Jim's latest capers highlight the show along with irreverent dialog. Great. Up to a point. Did anyone notice that the author crossed a serious line in his otherwise amusing banter? When I read the faux pas, I couldn't believe it. The Morality Corps boss being made fun of was na ...more
Mike Ehlers
I wasn't intending to return to the Stainless Steel Rat universe. But part of my reading challenge at Worlds Without End was to read some space opera. I never really considered this series as space opera until I saw it on a list someone made. I'm not even sure I read the original trilogy with a full awareness that it was intended as humorous sci fi, so I may have missed the point of these books in general.

Having said that, I found the humor in this book to fall flat most of the time. Although so
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Linda I
Mar 26, 2011 Linda I rated it it was amazing
Slippery Jim DiGriz is off on another interstellar adventure. This time, the Special Corps needs him to save the human galaxy from invading aliens. With the help of his now adult twin sons and his beautiful, and cunning, wife Angelina, Slippery Jim is able to infiltrate the alien ranks and undermine their masterminds. Unfortunately, success is not quite in reach when the Morality Corps, a super secret group that, apparently, has more authority than the Special Corps, continuously disapproves of ...more
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
The adventures of a Stainless Steel Rat? You mean intergalactic superthief right? Well, sort of, at least he thinks so.

I read this a long time ago but still remember it. Harry Harrison manages to keep his sense of humor intact as he tells the adventures and misadventures of the Stainless Steel Rat, intergalactic thief.

THis is a cleaner (tighter?) story than "Bill the Galactic Hero" (also Harrison) and more of a pure story than satire (like A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Asprin). It's a fun
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Conan Tigard
Nov 14, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Slippery Jim diGris. He is one of my favorite characters. Harry Harrison does wonders with this character and the universe that he lives in. And his sons are a welcome addition in The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You!.

As for the aliens, this is the first time that aliens have been introduced into this universe. Are they ruthless? Are they cruel? Do they want to kill all the humans? Well…yeah. But, the gray men are scarier then the aliens. At least I thought so.

The Stainless Steel Rat Wants
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East Bay J
Apr 11, 2010 East Bay J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Vival la Rat! Another rollicking chapter in Harrison’s Stainless Steel Rat series, The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You keeps up the pace and the quality. Slippery Jim sure seems to drink a lot more in this one. Maybe it’s a sign of his maturity. His sons play a role for the first time and the lovely Angelina is ever present and ever capable. The comedy is as well done as the action and the pacing is excellent. I’m definitely glad I decided to re-read this series. It’s been a real treat.
Nilya
Apr 25, 2012 Nilya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
No idea where that description came from. The Slippery Jim adventure I read...errr...listened to (great narration Phil Gigante) saw Angelina kidnapped/arrested by the intergalactic IRS. The twins helping their papa with the rescue. And the. Whole fam heading into unexplored space to infiltrate an alien armada. James saves the day - naturally. There's punchy one liners, time travel, a brief stint in a parallel universe, a visit from J Hova, and the origins of the Gray Men are reveled.
Бранимир Събев
Jan 18, 2013 Бранимир Събев rated it really liked it
Всички извънземни в Галактиката са се обединили в смазващ алианс, чиято единствена цел е унищожаване на човешкия род, всички хомо сапиенси трябва да бъдат избити до крак! Горките извънземни, те не предполагат, че Джим ди Гриз и неговата Анджелина горят от желание да им покажат това-онова. Откъде биха могли да знаят, че синовете на Стоманения Плъх току-що са завършили военна гимназия и са нахъсани още повече и от родителите си?
Nigel
Mar 11, 2007 Nigel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the Stainless Steel Rat series when I was a kid, and thoroughly enjoyed it (I couldn't resist it since I was also a 2000AD reader, where the Stainless Steel Rat was given the graphic serialisation treatment). I'm giving it 3 stars because I suspect that if I re-read the series today I wouldn't be quite so captivated. Great stuff for younger sci-fi fans though.
Eric Lawson
Jan 16, 2013 Eric Lawson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Slippery Jim is up against his most dangerous enemy ever. The Taxman! The Interstellar Internal & External Revenue has his wife and he has to rescue her. Oh and there's an alien invasion to sort out also.

A fun book, and with Jim and Angelina's twin sons now teenagers they join their parents on the adventure. Four of the diGriz family on the case means four times the adventure.

Rene Majer
Jan 03, 2016 Rene Majer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prohnaný Jim diGriz je již usedlejší pán. Největší jeho starostí je nyní výchova velmi podařených dvojčat, která jsou těsně za prahem dospělosti – Jamese a Bolivara. Není ale všem dnům konec, do důchodu stále daleko. Planetární Lize hrozí opět velké nebezpečí, tentokráte útočící z dosud neprobádaných končin vesmíru…
Isaac Clarke
Nov 10, 2014 Isaac Clarke rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
დროში მოგზაურობა და პარალელური სამყაროები მომაბეზრებელია უკვე.

გავიგეთ წინა წიგნში და გაასწორა და ახლა ყველა პრობლემაზე დროის მანქანის ჩართვა უკვე მეგოიმება.

3.5 ქაჩავს მხოლოდ იმიტომ რომ ჯეიმსი და ბოლივარი არიან ძალიან კარგი პერსონაჟები.
Heather
Oct 31, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing
Funniest thing ever. A total potato-chip book, and it doesn't take a bunch of brain cells to read, but it's good for a laugh. Who else has champagne in their emergency survival kit but Jim DiGriz? NO ONE!
Jason Young
Jun 09, 2012 Jason Young rated it it was amazing
When I read this the first time when I was a young teenager I thought this series was awesome. After many years and re-reading it, I realize it is only good. Still, I am giving it 5 stars since that was my initial reaction when I first read it.
Liz
Jun 26, 2009 Liz rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Read like Terry Pratchett (a funny fantasy writer), was very entertaining. Except for the one part were the author obviously is getting on a soapbox about capital punishment, there was no reason for it to be in the library's discarded books sale.
Velveeta
May 03, 2008 Velveeta rated it liked it
Shelves: already-read
standard ssr fare - slippery jim sets out to rescue his angelina and ends up saving the universe again! the adventures of the rat and his family are enjoyable light brain candy and not meant to be taken serious, and never should they be!
Erik Graff
Oct 25, 2008 Erik Graff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harrison fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
I'd read Harrison's Deathworld books as a kid and picked this up remembering how much I'd enjoyed them--in grade school! I was disappointed, but then again my tastes had changed. This novel and this series are bits of fluff, not to be taken seriously, but entertaining, even funny, sometimes.
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Harry Harrison (born Henry Maxwell Dempsey) was an American science fiction author best known for his character the The Stainless Steel Rat and the novel Make Room! Make Room! (1966), the basis for the film Soylent Green (1973). He was also (with Brian W. Aldiss) co-president of the Birmingham Science Fiction G
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Stainless Steel Rat (Chronological Order) (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • A Stainless Steel Rat is Born (Stainless Steel Rat, #1)
  • The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted (Stainless Steel Rat, #2)
  • The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues (Stainless Steel Rat, #3)
  • The Stainless Steel Rat (Stainless Steel Rat, #4)
  • The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge (Stainless Steel Rat, #5)
  • The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World (Stainless Steel Rat, #6)
  • The Stainless Steel Rat for President (Stainless Steel Rat, #8)
  • The Stainless Steel Rat Goes to Hell (Stainless Steel Rat, #9)
  • The Stainless Steel Rat Joins the Circus (Stainless Steel Rat, #10)
  • The Stainless Steel Rat Returns (Stainless Steel Rat, #11)

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