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The Stainless Steel Rat Returns (Stainless Steel Rat (Chronological Order) #11)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  985 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
After a ten-year absence, the return of one of the most enduring series characters in modern SF

James Bolivar "Slippery Jim" DiGriz, Special Corps agent, master con man, interstellar criminal (retired), is living high on the hog on the planet of Moolaplenty when a long-lost cousin and a shipful of swine arrive to drain his bank account and send him and his lovely wife, Ange
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ebook, 304 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Tor Books
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Jason Koivu
Feb 04, 2015 Jason Koivu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi
Ever pick up a book you're in the middle of and start reading it just to finish the fucker? That's where I was at with this. It's a cold, hateful place...

The Stain Steel Rat, this sort of zany James Bond in outer space action/comedy series spanned about 50 years. There were decade-long gaps between books. Writers' styles can change over time. I get that and I'm willing to except change. Maybe a character unintentionally evolves. That's fine. I'll roll with it. But when the book series is meant t
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Chris
May 03, 2011 Chris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Alright, what is it with authors that return to their beloved characters after years of writing other fiction,and the attempt is often very sub-par? I've enjoyed Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat stories since I was a kid, and this one was boring, repetitive, and they just were not the characters of honorable thief Slippery Jim d'Griz and his homicidal lady-love Angelina that I've long enjoyed. Maybe there was some twist at the end, or something at the end to make the effort worthwhile, but I could ...more
Katie
Feb 18, 2011 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This book was fabulous. It was a much better way to end the series than the last book. Thank you Harry!

Also try the audiobook, the cd has chapters every minute or so which makes it much easier to listen to.
Sarah Sammis
While some teenage girls swoon over Mr. Darcy, Edward, Jacob or any of the other YA literary hunks, I swooned over James Bolivar diGriz, aka the Stainless Steel Rat. OK, I'll admit it, I still swoon over him, even with his jealous ex-assassin wife, Angela. Shhh... don't tell her.

It's been twelve years since the last installment, and given given the fact that Harry Harrison started writing them in 1961, I was content with having read what I had. But them, woohoo!, a tenth book, The Stainless Stee
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Tasula
Jun 24, 2015 Tasula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read one prior Rat book (where he wound up in the army) which was quite funny. This one is a late one in the series, where the Rat has retired from his life of outwitting the honest and stupid, but is prevailed upon by a distant cousin to help him find a planet to which he, his friends/family and his flock of porcuswine (hybrid of porcupine and swine)can emigrate. So begins a long space journey, hopping from one possibly congenial planet to another in their quest. It was a lot of fun.
Ginni Brinkley
Jul 23, 2016 Ginni Brinkley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have rarely been as disappointed in a book as I was in this one. Like many others, I loved Slippery Jim diGriz when I was growing up, and was very excited to see this book in my local library. Firstly, I'd forgotten how flowery Harrison's writing is, perhaps it was always like that and I'd forgotten (it's been a while). Secondly, the story is bitty, bloating from one slightly dull planet to the next, good guys, bad guys, minimal danger, porcuswine, Jim drinking, blah de blah. However, what I r ...more
JC
Jul 23, 2012 JC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is classic Stainless Steel Rat. Jim is put in a crazy situation that he has to find a way out of so he can go back to his comfortable routine. In this case, it's relocating his former family, a group of Porcuswine farmers, to a new planet. The book works its way into a sort of Gulliver's travels and covers the issues of religious intolerance and racial intolerance, but with the usual farce and satire famous in the Stainless Steel Rat books.

*SPOILER*

I found it interesting at the end, that t
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Julie Duffy
Feb 23, 2012 Julie Duffy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, audiobook
Listened to this, narrated by Phil Gigante, from Audible. Gigante is marvellous!

The story in this book was a bit disappointing disappointing but the style makes up for it. The book reminded me of Gulliver's Travels as Jim and his crew roam around the galaxy on a fool's errand, running into trouble at every turn. Jim seems old, mellowed, and not much like his younger self except in his outrageous arrogance. It was a fun visit with an old friend who has turned into a kinder, gentler, slightly tir
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Hank Quense
Nov 03, 2010 Hank Quense rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This is a pleasant surprise, a scifi novel that doesn't take itself serious. This is a light-hearted novel about Jim diGriz, a thorough rogue who lives high on a vacation planet. He is suddenly plagued by a problem Jim believed he had put behind him; his low-life cousins and their hoards of porcuswine. They show up in a hired spaceship. Not allowed to disembark from the spaceship on the planet, Jim has to find someplace to take the cousins and their animals. Jim and his wife Angelina travel arou
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Jeff Crosby
Mar 19, 2012 Jeff Crosby rated it liked it
This was a struggle. Slippery Jim diGriz is one of my favorite serialized characters, but this book may have been one too many in the series. I would read a chapter and then feel no compunction to continue. I'm not sure what was more off-putting, the ignorant cousins, the return of porcuswine, or the dimness of Jim himself. The weakest element of the book, for me, is its episodic nature. However, it improved significantly once they reached the planet named Salvation. Probably interest will be li ...more
Rebecca Kovacs
I was psyched to get back to the Stainless Steel Rat series after finding out there was a new release at the library. This wasn't the same Rat, though - all the feeling had gone out of his character this time around. Jim DiGriz, he of the smarmy one liners, quick wit, and lust for adventure and law breaking was now just a shallow and exasperated guy. Where the Rat finds adventure, this Jim couldn't wait to get far enough away from it. We still got a few glimpses of his old tricks and some humor, ...more
Uriah Weeps
Oct 10, 2012 Uriah Weeps rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh Jim or that Jim? The dilemma of time travel really puts me in a spin! (Doh!)
And sadly, this is Mr. Harrison's last outing with ol' Slippery. HH was an interstellar star-man to create this character. And I've been a fan since my teens with the serialised version of SSR's adventures in 2000ad.
However a slippery Celluloid is in production. Yay!

I think that would have put a sparkle in Harry's eye and sadly brought a tear to mine.
Cheers Harry - The King is Dead. Long Live The Rat!!
Stompro
Jan 17, 2013 Stompro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in memorial of Harry Harrison passing away. I've always loved his Stainless Steel rat series, and just recently finally read "Make Room, Make Room". I wasn't aware that he was still writing them up to 2010.

I found it to be an enjoyable read that brought with the classic SSR feel. Most of the familiar characters made appearances, it was a good send off of the series.
Linda I
Slippery Jim and Angelina are back! After a restful retirement from their hybrid life of crime and law enforcement, they are called upon to help the rather simple porcuswine farming community of Jim's earlier life. Loaded with interplanetary adventures, the rat's return is marked by Harrison's trademark humor, social satire and hare-brained fun.
Oliver
Sep 21, 2013 Oliver rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a bit sad, knowing that this will be the last book in the series (RIP Harry Harrison).

The stories are funny (sometimes hilarious).

Same here (though this book was a tad too episodic for me - that'sthe reason for four stars).
Sean Randall
A little disappointing to end the series, really, although I suppose as a last hurrah it does try to recapture some of the rat’s glory. A little too over the top, or perhaps I’ve just been out of the series too long and used to think more of them. Sad, nonetheless.
Wm
I like the main character. I like the humor. I kind of even like the space opera with a dash of hard-like sci-fi. But the plot didn't do a whole lot for me. And the characterization seemed a bit sallow. I think what I need to do is try an earlier Stainless Steel Rat incarnation.
Adam Wainwright
Even though I read a number of negative reviews of this book I actually quite liked it and would consider it a worthy addition to the SSR canon. The story is a-la Gulliver's Travels and I found the slight reference to the UK Tory political party a touch of fun.

A nice light read that I enjoyed.
Stephen
KIda cute but not as good as the other Stainless books IMHO. All the did was talk about drinking booze.
Mf
Jan 10, 2011 Mf rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good book, but a little less Stainless Steel Rat than I prefer. Consider it a light beer of the series.
Karina
Dec 14, 2010 Karina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I used to like the stainless steel stories. I'm not sure if they were as shallow as this one. Basically, it was only ok. I finished it, and it was a quick read, but I didn't enjoy it...
Laura
Feb 06, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A quick sci-fi read. There were some clever plot and word-play moments, but also a lot of repetitive and cheesy dialog. And typos!
Ingrid
I haven't read a Stainless Steel Rat book in ages. I had forgotten how much fun they were. An excellent addition to the series!
Brian
May 21, 2016 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite what I hoped for the last book in the series. I felt like the series overall left a lot on the table. Lots of missed opportunities. But there aren't many sci-fi characters I like more.
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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)
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  • The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues (Stainless Steel Rat, #3)
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  • The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World (Stainless Steel Rat, #6)
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  • The Stainless Steel Rat for President (Stainless Steel Rat, #8)
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