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The Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat

(Stainless Steel Rat #4-6)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  9,088 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Contains the 1st 3 Stainless Steel Rat books:
The Stainless Steel Rat (1961): DiGriz is caught during one of his crimes & recruited into the Special Corps. Boring, routine desk work during his probationary period results in his discovering that someone is building a battleship, thinly disguised as an industrial vessel. In the peaceful League no one has battleships any more
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Paperback, 402 pages
Published August 15th 1978 by Berkley (first published December 1st 1977)
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Glen
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of three stories featuring the ex super-criminal turned super cop, The Stainless Steel Rat. In the first one, he is caught, recruited as a super agent, and sent after another criminal. He at first fails, and learns the criminal is a ruthless woman, with whom he falls in love.

From there, the pair take on other criminals.

Good stuff. I can see why the character garnered a cult, but to be honest, feels a bit dated today.
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
One of my favorite Sci-Fi stories and characters of all time. The Stainless Steel Rat! Ultimate thief. Loved every page.
Michael Burnam-Fink
The Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat is an omnibus edition of the first three Stainless Steel Rat books (self titled, Revenge, Saves the World), all featuring Slippery Jim deGriz, best thief in the galaxy. A high-tech bandit in a society where perfect law enforcement means that criminals are very few and very skilled, deGriz steals because he's bored with a bunch of high-tech gadgets and simple cons, avoiding killing people at all cost. His skills and ethics get him recruited into the Speci ...more
Globalt38
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great series! SciFi with a sarcastic comedic slant. The Stainless Steel Rat is super slick thief/con man, who can't refuse helping those truly in need of it, in a large varied universe that reminds me of that of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe". He justifies his "life of crime" with the philosphy that what he does harms no-one (he avoids killing anyone and his targets are the super rich and mega corporations that are insured), injects cash into the economy, and provides excitement to peo ...more
John Loyd
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Stainless Steel Rat (1961), The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge (1970) and The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World (1972) by Harry Harrison.

Omnibus edition of the first three Stainless Steel Rat series. It was explained pretty quickly that stainless steel rat was a metaphor. In this future the galaxy is fairly peaceful and bland. James Bolivar "slippery Jim" DiGriz had a choice in life to go with the flow or to stir things up, get some excitement, live on the edge, making a not honest living.
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Stephanie
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This omnibus collection consists of the first three novels in this popular series: The Stainless Steel Rat, The Stainless Steel Rat’s Revenge and The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World. The first story introduces us to James Bolivar DeGriz, alias the Stainless Steel Rat. He is a thief with honor and morals and steals with impunity – until the Special Corps catch him in a neat set-up. He Corps is an elite group who track down the worst criminals in the universe. The Corps need brilliant criminal
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Billjustbill
Sep 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids
Light and fluffy... So if that's all you want, certainly an "OK" read.

I actually only read the first of three stories in this book. After that I went online to read some other opinions and it certainly sounded like that was the best of the three. So I'm off to a more challenging reads. It it doesn't get BETTER, I've got other things I'd rather re-read!

Not a lot of "deep thought" or heavy thinking is required from this title. If you have the spare time and end up with the book, by all means read
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Bob
Jan 02, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dated and sexist, but still good mindless fun. I loved this book as a teenager, but can now laugh at it for slightly different reasons.
sologdin
Narrator, a master criminal, is hired by interstellar cops to be their James Bond. He’s right for the job, apparently, because normal people “exist in a fat, rich union of worlds that have almost forgotten the meaning of the word crime” (8), because of “centuries of genetic control”; he therefore exists as a rat “in the wainscoting of society,” operating “outside of their barriers and outside of their rules. Society has more rats when the rules are looser, just as the old wooden buildings had mo ...more
SaberSnail
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book actually contains the following three books: The Stainless Steel Rat, The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge, and The Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World.

These books are very much a space-opera style story. No significant effort is spent on making science realistic. Instead, science is twisted around to server the plot. This is not necessarily a problem, but could be irritating to some people, as there are issues that are somewhat anachronistic, or not entirely thought out. I'm sure some of
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Groucho42
Three novels. Three books: Stainless Steel Rat (1960) Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge (1970) Stainless Steel Rat Saves the World (1972). Reread in 2020. Too dated with the sexism. A woman becomes homicidal because she was an ugly child? Men are men but woman are girls? Yawn. Past that, the basics:
- Rat: Basic fun with a criminal sucked into being the law, chasing after aforesaid homicidal thief.
- Revenge: Militaristic society is taking over other planets, Jim has to stop them. Angelina is an invis
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Kevin Findley
'Slippery' Jim DiGriz is basically Steve McQueen's character from The Thomas Crown Affair. He's got a lot more gadgets though and lives around 35,000 years in the future. Harrison made him a lot of fun to read and this book is great for a long weekend or a week of quiet evenings.

The only problem with reviewing a 3-in-1 book is that one book sometimes drags down the other two. That happened here.

The Stainless Steel Rat is a five star book, The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge is a four, maybe four-a
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Robert
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read a couple of this series about 45 years ago. These are just plain early scifi fun. There is no attempt to be accurate with known, or even suspected scientific principles. The stories are just plain rollicking adventures. This one did, however, have an ironic feminist twist. I may read some more, when looking for a fast, breezy 90 minutes.
Laura
This is actually a compendium of three Stainless Steel Rat books, the first three. [Actually, 4-6, but I did not know that in 1996 apparently.]. The SSR is a professional burglar in the future, who gets recruited into a special-forces sort of operation, meets and marries an ...

[1996 review incomplete]
Tom Allman
Entertaining read while completing snowed in.
Lois Scott
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The three books contained within this omnibus are still as funny and fast-paced as I remember them.
Cecilia
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great series! Makes me want to read more of the Stainless Steel Rat's adventures!
Phil Daniels
Good fun as I recall. Read it ages ago.
Ben
Nov 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-sci-fi, pulp
Fun read of some classic SF. Three books in one. Very much of its time, and rather dated today, but quite interesting from a historical angle.
Christie Norris
Science fiction is not my favorite genre to read but this was light and fun. It was like reading a 1980 version of Mission Impossible.
Rando Pariah
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Still an awesome and entertaining read.
John Millard
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure about other reviews but all three stories have merit here. These are not my favorites but worth a read.
Randal
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
originally read many years ago and fun to read again. funny to read a sci fi book from the 70s when navigation recorded on tape was the assumed high tech. still an enjoyable read.
M. J.
Oct 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-fiction
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East Bay J
Apr 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
As I continue to work my way through Harry Harrison’s Stainless Steel Rat novels, I continue to have fun. Harrison has a talent for spinning an engaging, amusing yarn and “Slippery” Jim DiGriz is a cool character.

The Adventures Of The Stainless Steel Rat collects the fourth through sixth books in the series, The Stainless Steel Rat, The Stainless Steel Rat’s Revenge and The Stainless Steel Rat Saves The World. I think it’s interesting to note these were the first three books Harrison wrote in th
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Peter
Aug 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good sci-fi of the golden era, but my goodness does it say a lot about the era in question. The main character's egotism is presented as too much of a good thing rather than a pathology. Additionally, it contrasts sharply with what I'll call more constrained science fiction. In some great stories, a single scientific invention is explored, its consequences followed to their conclusions. This is wonderful because the reader can develop intuitions, really become part of the science fiction world. ...more
Quinn
Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People looking for a quick and easy adventure read
This is pure candy. I found the book among my old boxes during a move and remembered the series fondly as one of my middle-school favorites. It was still a fun read, but a little thin... It's a solid set of books in the "dime-store serial adventure" category, and what it lacks in foreshadowing, it makes up for with bravado and charm.

I give this a solid three stars within its genre - lumping it in with the oeuvre of Jules Verne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Edgar Rice Burroughs. It's a fun read
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Cameron
This is a 3.5 for me - I liked and would recommend a couple of the books to SF fans but not to non-SF people. There are some great ideas in this, but the charcters grate and fast paced rapid plot turns wear thin.

Of the 3 books in the omnibus the first, "The Stainless Steel Rat", is the best. It is just a good fun caper.
The Second book, "The Stainless Steel rat's Revenge" is a quite effective commie bash and justification for the CIA, but it really dragged out at the start.
The last book, "The St
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Dearbhla
Feb 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff
Slippery Jim is our narrator, and our hero, of sorts. He is also the Stainless Steel Rat, or at least that is how he describes himself. Slipping through the technological world and committing many daring acts of thievery and innumerable cons. Safe and secure in the knowledges that his wits, charm and logic will get him out of danger. Until, that is, he is caught. The Special Corps, so special that no one is really sure they exist until, of course, they catch you, succeed in arresting him. But in ...more
Matt
Dec 17, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a collection of the first three novels of the "Stainless Steel Rat" series.

I bought this as an example of humorous science fiction.

It's not that funny.

The title character (aka Jim diGriz) is a theif, who really knows how to work the system.

The problem with these books, is that the system is a future system of Harrison's own making, so the cracks that diGriz slips through are part of this future ficticious world, so the limits of our present world don't always apply.

I'm not explaining thi
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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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Other books in the series

Stainless Steel Rat (1 - 10 of 14 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 Wants You! (Stainless Steel Rat, #7)
  • 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)

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