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A Stainless Steel Rat is Born (Stainless Steel Rat (Chronological Order) #1)

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In the auspicious annals of crime, chicanery and counterespionage, one name towers above all the rest - "Slippery Jim" diGriz, the fabled outlaw known and feared as The Stainless Steel Rat! Now, the uncanny, untold origins of the 25th century's most canny criminal can at last be revealed.
This final volume in the saga of James diGriz explores his humble beginnings as a pett
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Paperback, 219 pages
Published September 1st 1985 by Spectra
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Wanda
Harrison breathes some new life into the Stainless Steel Rat series by going back to Slippery Jim’s beginnings. Prequels must have been a fairly new phenomenon in the mid-1980s, as the author feels the need to explain them in a foreword. How times have changed—now we have all kinds of numbering orders and it feels quite normal.

Going back to Jim’s genesis was an inspired idea. Fresh off the porcuswine farm, he is determined to get sent to jail, where he anticipates meeting some impressive crimina
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Lee
Jul 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simple, easy to read. Nothing outstanding or deep. But if you are looking for a mickey spillane style non-brain burning old scifi, then the Rat series is for you. Very little character development yet and pretty much this book was the same story told three times.

Get into trouble, fight a bit, run away, hide, come back for revenge. x 3

Kat  Hooper
Feb 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

A Stainless Steel Rat is Born is a prequel to the Stainless Steel Rat series. Jimmy Bolivar diGriz is a smart and ambitious 17-year-old who feels trapped and inhibited on the backward planet of Bit O' Heaven where his parents are porcuswine farmers. Jim learned early in life that he was clever and unscrupulous enough to take what he wanted from others and, more than anything, he enjoyed planning and carrying out these little escapades. So, while his classm
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Clare O'Beara
Aug 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, young-adult-sff
I was familiar with Slippery Jim diGriz the spacefaring criminal before he made his appearance in 2000AD. The books showed a bright guy trying to break rules and help himself to money which he reckoned he was earning by ingenuity.
This teen-suitable book introduces a seventeen year old lad on a backwards pork farming planet, though as you can imagine farming porcuswine isn't that easy given their size, ferocity and porcupine quills. Jim wants more out of his life than his parents are able or inc
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Linda I
Always nice to become acquainted with our hero's humble past. Jim wasn't born a rat, but had to discover how to become one through tutelage and loss. By purposefully landing himself in jail, Jim tries to learn from his fellow crooks but realizes only the best rats never get caught. Unfortunately, Jim accidently reveals the secret whereabouts of the most infamous and much-sought-after rat, in an attempt to show off his skills to said master rat. Now, he not only has to save his own skin but that ...more
Stephanie
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Iowa Canal Players put on a great comedy at this years’ Archon/TuckerCon/NASFiC. As Janice and I were leaving, she was telling me what a great spoof it was on the Stainless Steel Rat books by Harry Harrison. She said I did not get much of the inside humor because I hadn’t read these books yet. In order to correct this oversight I have extracted a couple of these novels from the farm library and started reading them.

Janice suggested I start with this one, every though it is not the first one
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Wendy
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have fond memories of this series from my high school days. If I recall, this wasn't the best of the bunch so I'll continue my trip down memory lane.

This short book had a lot of the strut and attitude I remember liking. I find the main character to be fun and cheeky in a satisfying way. His distaste for killing and roguish nature still amuses.

The writing is rough sometimes and it has these maddening sentence fragments that drive me up the wall. Neither overshadow the compelling elements. I g
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Tris
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, reviewed
I first read this book as a teenager in the early 1980's and have re-read this one and the others in the Stainless Steel rat series a number of times since, including recently. For me the Stainless Steel Rat is Born is a perfect introduction into the world of Slippery Jim DiGriz, which are all a delight to read but also into the world of Sci-Fi. I should add that an interest in Sci-Fi is not a prerequisite to reading this set of books.

Finally I would like to say thank you to Harry Harrison for i
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Thom
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-series
A very good origin story, with all the standard bits (mentor, daring escape, lessons learned). The beginning was better than the end, which was just okay. Also not as high-tech as the other stories.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another in the stainless steel rat books. They are all quick reads with alot of humor in them. The stories remain fresh and new. Very recommended, especially to teen readers or someone new to SiFi
John Loyd
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Stainless Steel Rat is Born (1985) 219 pages by Harry Harrison

A prequel to the other Stainless Steel Rat books, this tells of the origin of Jim diGriz becoming a metaphorical rat in the concrete and uniformly drab society of the 25th century.

The story starts with Jim as a 17 year old, robbing a bank, and intentionally trying to get caught. During this action he tells of his formative years, Judo lessons, shoplifting, the worthlessness of school, until he trains to become a locksmith. A three y
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Книжни Криле
Хан Соло, Снейк Плискин, Корбен Далас, Капитан Майкъл Рейнолдс, Ридик, Спайк Спийгъл, Питър Куил... Съвременната фантастика е бъкана с чаровни анти-герои, някои лениви и лежерни, други тарикати, трети устати, а повечето всичко от изброеното на куп. Брадясали циници, отегчени от живота, плюещи (че дори и хапещи, дращещи, стрелящи...) по системата, всеки със своето тъмно минало и лични демони, и всеки въоръжен с богат репертоар от хапливо-иронични лафове. И дълбоко, под тази яка черупка, зад маска ...more
Madelynp
Oh dear, dear James Bolivar DiGriz. I first read the rat books when I was in high school (the first time around). One of my students was reading The Stainless Steel Rat for President, and when I found a few of the others in my bookshelf, I was reminded of how much I enjoyed the book the first time around.

On second reading (thank you, winter holiday break!), this one is still cute, but I couldn't get over the writing. The story is still very fun, and the capers in which Jimmy involves himself ar
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G.P. Francis
Jan 11, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
What can I say about this? I regard myself as an overall fan of the sci-fi genre, so I picked up this book in my teens expecting to be pleased by the contents. I quickly discovered that all sci-fi is not created equal. The main character struck me as one of those uber-masculine idealisations of the author, inserted into the story. Forgive me if I'm wrong, but that was quickly my impression. I found the device repulsive, and never read past twenty pages.

Perhaps having been previously spoiled by a
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Andrew Breslin
I enjoyed The Stainless Steel Rat and I was looking forward to this prequel, as I was sorely in need of some literary snack food. Nothing too deep and heavy. Something fun, light, and good to read while battling a ferocious hangover. Sadly, I was disappointed. It just wasn't quite as engaging as the original. Not consistently, anyway. I was pulled in at the beginning, but found my interest waning by the halfway mark. By 3/4 of the way through it, I had to prod myself to keep reading, and I found ...more
Al "Tank"
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book, chronologically, in the series (but not the first written).

A fun look at a young man (17) who wants to get a good education -- in the art of criminality. This is a story of the education and experiences that turned a smart petty thief into The Stainless Steel Rat.

The book has Harrison's dry wit throughout along with some really moving scenes. Overall, it's very entertaining to read and a bit of a page-turner.
Rebecca McNutt
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really a strange but very powerful book, one that only Harry Harrison could dream up. It was vividly written yet it had depth to it that really makes you think.
Steven
Aug 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great origin story to a great character, I love it more each time I read it.

The title line was the last line of the book... I can't tell you how much I giggled! Love that kind of thing.
Станислав Атанасов
Много интересна и увлекателна книжка ... понякога леко досадна с "момчето ми" и идеализацията на връзката между "плъховете", но иначе прекрасна книжка ...
Nai Wang
Sep 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best origin stories yet! Love how he came around to become the SSR where all he had was wit and not a million gadgets to get him out of trouble (or into).
Robert Engle
Jul 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the voice used for the main character. Books like this are why I stop at library book sales more than once.
Midnight Muldoon
I really liked this one. It had me strangely emotional at the end and contains the action and adventure I have come to expect and enjoy in the series.
Joe Barborak
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A spectacular start to a fantastic series. A must-read for people that like sci-fi, mysteries, action, and don't take themselves too seriously.
Nathaniel Mathews
Apr 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, favorites
The Tale of the Rat in the beginning. This might be my favorite book in his whole saga. A must for any Harrison fan- in fact for any sci-fi disciple at all!
Paul Westwood
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
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Gary
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps one of his most prolific series, Harry Harrison doesn’t fail to deliver in yet another installment of the Stainless Steel Rat. Third of the books I’ve read, this one instead takes us back to James diGitz’s youth when he first decided that a life of crime was for him at the ripe old age of seventeen, having to otherwise face the prospect of raising “porcuswine” – genetically engineered pigs that have been crossed with porcupines – for the rest of his life. Unfortunately, as you can imagin ...more
Soňa
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jim je jasný záporák, ktorý obchádza systém kde sa dá, až na to, že ten systém je tak prehnitý, že si vlastne nič iné ani nezaslúži..... Takže kto je teda hrdina a kto antihrdina? Ťažká otázka.
Kniha sa rýchlo sype, udalosť strieda ďalšiu, na nikoho nečakáme, skôr ak sa dá pridávame na tempe. Miesta, postavy sa striedajú a akcia beží.... len neviem či k lepšiemu. Niektoré situácie mi prišli pritiahnuté za vlasy a aj keď to nebolo reálne via ako 3 hviezdy tomuto dielku neviem dať.
Postavy a aj ich
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Gia Jgarkava
არ ვიცი, ან მე გავიზარდე, ან სერიის პირველი წიგნია და მაგიტომ იყო ასეთი მოსაწყენი, არასაინტერესო და იმინა ჰოლივუდის ტიპის ამერიკული, შესაბამისი სიმარტივითა და პრიმიტიული სიუჟეტებით, რომლებშიც არარეალურად პრიმიტიული პერსონაჟები წარმოუდგენლად სტეტეოტიპულად იქცევიან, ლუშბი მთავარმა პერდონაჟმა მიაღწიოს თავისას. ამ სერიის მეორე წიგნს მაინც კი წავიკითხავ, იქნება ესაა გამონაკლისი.

...მარა, ჰარსონისვე მსგავსი სერია რომელიც ძააააალიან ადრე მაქვს წაკითხული (Неукратимая Планета) თუ ასეთივე პრიმიტიულია, ტყუ
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Jerry
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Man is a rationalizing animal and needs training in order to become a rational one.


This book was more fun that it had any right to be. James diGriz is too perfect; he doesn’t really face any serious opposition. The writing and dialogue are occasionally clumsy. But the book is more than the sum of its parts; the adventure, travelogue, and the way diGriz lifts himself up by his porcuswine bootstraps is simple, straightforward, and a joy to read. Part of it, I think, is that Harrison has given diGr
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Shhhhh Ahhhhh
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As far as origin stories for main characters of serial works of fiction, this is one of the better that I've read. Actually, it's one of the only that I read. Most authors that I end up reading don't spend as much time and care in crafting a character's back story, at least not in any of the works that end up being published. What I found the best part was a seemingly organic representation of the common cognitive distortions of people that are smart. You know, the people that are so smart they' ...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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