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The Stainless Steel Rat's Revenge

(Stainless Steel Rat #5)

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3.96  ·  Rating details ·  5,654 ratings  ·  115 reviews
It was totally impossible for Cliaand to wage interstellar war... but the crazy little planet was winning, whatever the odds. And there wasn't much the peaceful galaxy could do... except send Slipper Jim diGriz - the Stainless Steel Rat - to wage his own kind of guerilla campaign against the grey men of Cliaand and their leader, the indomitable Kraj. But then the Rat was a ...more
Paperback, 196 pages
Published 1976 by Sphere Books Limited (first published 1970)
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Stephen
James Bolivar DiGriz (aka the Stainless Steel Rat) is my newest literary comfort food. After reading this, I even created a “comfort food” bookshelf because I found it such a mood-enhancing piece of toe-tapping terrific. Granted, there are a lot of morally casual rogue types surfing the SF space ways, but Harry Harrison has made Slippery Jim something very warm and cuddly. He is a cup of hot chocolate and a pair of UGG slippers wrapped in a soft blanket in front of a fire on a chilly evening. He ...more
Paul E. Morph
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another entertaining slice of the life of our painfully flawed protagonist Slippery Jim DiGriz. He may have found himself in a long-term relationship but he is anything but settled as he is soon dragged into a mission to thwart a seemingly impossible interstellar invasion.

Full of hi-jinks and laugh-out-loud moments, this one was a blast. It does suffer a bit from Return of the King syndrome, though, as it ends four or five times.
Juho Pohjalainen
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I believe I liked this one a little better than the first. It hits the ground running as before - perhaps even worse - but it's easier to pick up since I've been introduced to the setting and the characters already. From there it's off to another adventure with higher stakes, more social commentary, and a good point or two about the impossibility of space war (points that I hope will be proven right some day). ...more
Tracy
Still pretty sexist, but a lot of fun. I think I liked this one better than The Stainless Steel Rat as there was more Angelina, she kicks ass. ...more
Brendan
Feb 07, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
Woof. I read a bunch of these books in 7th grade, so picked this one up at the library book sale hoping to recapture the madcap fun I remembered.

But I'm not the same person I was in the 7th grade (Thankfully!) and the character who seemed like a lovable rogue in 1980 now just seems like an asshole. Didn't finish.
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James
Slippery Jim diGriz returns in the second of Harry Harrison's light-hearted science fiction series – The Stainless Steel Rat. Having stopped Angelina's homicidal scheme in the first novel, The Stainless Steel Rat , our hero promptly falls in love with her. Luckily, the technology of the Special Corps means that part of Angelina's punishment is that the homicidal parts of her brain are reprogrammed. Although, still trouble with a capital 'T', she no longer wants to kill people. Which is lucky ...more
Thom
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-series
I liked the premise (invading a planet from another planet is impossible - but these guys are doing it - go figure out how). The infiltration and action were just as clever and fun as in the first book. The information gained late in the book seems to hint at a recurring villain. The only thing that lets this down is the solution to the original problem - it turns out they are successful invading planets because... they convert all the resources to invading the next planet? Not terribly convinci ...more
Charlie
Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jim DeGris throws lots of smoke grenades, changes his appearance many times, and sneaks in then out then in again to get the bad guys. This easy to read science fiction book does not challenge the reader at all but is still kind of fun.
Ian Banks
The Rat, fresh from marrying his homicidal sweetheart Angelina, is sent to the oppressive planet Cliaand to investigate why they are invading other planets.

This is probably the novel that sets the formula for all the other novels in Tis sequence. It is fast, madcap, full of ridiculous capers and adventures and full of Jim's trademark larceny and sheer genius at improvisation. The sequence where he breaks out of the military base then breaks back in again is superb.

It fleshes out the ideas and
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Simon
Nov 23, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
Not long after finishing the first book in the series, I happened to stumble upon the sequel and happily picked it up. After how much I enjoyed the first book, I expected more great things from this.

While it was still good fun, I didn't quite enjoy it as much as the first, and it did feel a bit more dated this time. If I see the next book I might pick it up, should I be in the mood for something light, but for now I'm quite happy to leave it there.

So long, "slippery" Jim.
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Owen Townend
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Slippery Jim strikes again! Just as the lovable rogue is about to settle down, the Special Corps send him out on an undercover mission infiltrating the invading military of Cliaand to discover just how mysterious grey men are bolstering their forces.

This was another rollicking fast-paced intergalactic mission impossible with a wonderfully acerbic wit. While the technical detail wasn't always to my interest, I couldn't help but appreciate the sheer cleverness of the Stainless Steel Rat's tamperin
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Alex
The adventures of "Slippery" Jim DiGriz continue in the thrilling sequel. After once again getting into a little trouble through his Stainless Steel antics, Jim, and wife Angelina are tasked with singlehandedly taking down a interstellar dictatorship. It goes well!
I really enjoy Harry Harrison's writing, I was hooked when I first read West of Eden and its staying true for this novel. A fun, light hearted romp through space, torture and politics.
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Gav451
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was a fantastic romp of a book. Full of detail and joy but with a taut plot that was constantly moving forwards. The ending may have been a bit quick and easy but it was very interesting in concept.

The Characters are beloved and work in their own right. I have read enough of these to love the Small Town America sci-fi setting (that was captured to perfection by Ray Bradbury in his short stories. Its not twee or jarring, just hopeful and charming.)

The plot moves fast. This is not a great rea
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Kat  Hooper
Oct 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

Warning: Don’t read this review if you haven’t read the first Stainless Steel Rat novel.

Several nights ago I was in a bad mood. I had asked my husband to pick up M&M’s while he was at the grocery store because my daughter needed them for a school party the next morning. Due to a bad cell phone connection, he came home with the wrong thing and I didn’t discover this until 11 pm, after the closest grocery store was closed. Grumbling and feeling sorry for mys
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Dave
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story takes off a few months after the end of the first book, "The Stainless Steel Rat". It follows James Bolivar diGriz, who is a con-man employed by a special agency aimed at defeating serious crime and other bad things, in this case, galactic conquest.

I enjoy the way these stories unfold, and I like the glee with which the narrator (audio book) provides as he tells certain events. I wonder if these stories inspired Richard K. Morgan in some ways. Takeshi, from Morgan's books, has a numbe
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Unsung Stories
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
There's some twee fun to be had here, a bouncy enough romp through spiking an interstellar invasion, but mainly it was just ok. It's the kind of book I'd suggest for my future children, except I wouldn't want them to think every woman is a buxom amazonian, fiercely independent up until the point where Jim capitulates, whereupon they melt again. He's definitely a rat. Reconstruct please. ...more
Timothy Boyd
Jan 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
Anderson Rearick III
I got the feeling that the author just got tired or had a due date that was coming up. The action of the novel just completely falls apart after our hero has infiltrated the military complex of an invading space fleet. There is a suggestion of a secret human organization that is manipulating the warrior culture but that is never developed. He does some sabotage and the next thing we know we’re sitting in his Chief's office drinking some alcoholic beverage.

Also, the invaded planet is one upon wh
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Rick Brindle
Slippery Jim Di Griz gets married to Angelina and then has to stop a planet from invading other planets. Jim tries to infiltrate the regime and do some spy work, and ends up getting rescued by Angelina and then they both have a lot of fun saving the world(s) from the bad guys.
I was a big fan of this series of books as a teenager, but since then I've changed, and the books, well they've dated reasonably well. Harry Harrison knows his audience, but it's very narrow, and the humour fades after a wh
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Andrew Fear
I'd never read any of the Stainless Steel Rat books so when one appeared cheap second hand, I decided to break my duck. Well, I can't say that I feel I've missed out all these years. This is an OK light read. Our hero is a sort of futuristic James Bond type, though given to a bit more moralising. His opponents seem to be a futuristic bunch of soviets by name and outlook. The plot moved quickly, but there were just a too few "and with one bound he was free" moments for my taste and the gadget ang ...more
Bryan
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(same write exactly as I did for the first book in the series)
I could understand someone giving a 5 rating for this and I could understand a 1 rating too. It's not a deep book in any way but it neither wants to be nor does it pretend to be. It's a great comedy sci-fi romp, completely intended to make you giggle your way through a summer holiday on the beach. Its real selling point (to me) is that I think it's a pretty unique writing style and I don't know whether it was intended for a teen audie
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Gregs3071
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of sci-fi comedy
Recommended to Gregs3071 by: Another John recommendation (in fact I read his copy on both occasions)
Shelves: sci-fi
This is a good, old fashioned, page turner.
Sharp, swift, and straight to the point. The action barely lets up, and if there isn't a gag in every paragraph that's because there's probably two. Long descriptive passages? Forget it. Social commentary? Just a sprinkling. Ethical conundrums? Insufficient time.
This is not a great book. It doesn't pretend to be, nor wish to be. It's a good book. A ripping yarn with a plenty of laughs. Pulp fiction - read it on a train or a plane, on a beach, or in fron
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Holger Haase
The first book in the STAINLESS STEEL series was THE discovery of the year for me. (Undeniably, I am a few decades behind here.) The second now was enjoyable and had me looking forward to continuing but I can't say I enjoyed it as much. Whereas the first was oozing with an abundance of truly memorable and often twisted characters and situations, this book seemed to have gone through more conventional motions and only truly livened up when Angelina was featured (who unfortunately was left out for ...more
Marcus Wilson
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A great pulpy science fiction pot boiler from the early seventies, it’s definitely of its time but don’t let that put you off, Harry Harrison was a great writer who had a wonderful vision. The story is short and fast moving with plenty of action, I found it very exciting, and to cap it off it is laced with humour namely of the satirical kind, so for those looking to delve deeper into the subtext there is much to discover. I found myself questioning the validity of war and the purpose of Empire b ...more
Carly Kirk
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 17-reread
I know this is a reread, since I had this on my bookshelf, but I didn't remember what the heck it was about and once I finished it I can't figure out why I thought I would want to reread it in the future and kept it. It was an okay read and maybe if I had ever started this series from the beginning I would be more invested in the whole story arc, but if that was what I planned to do, I never did get any of the other books... ...more
Ben
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I didn't enjoy this stainless steel rat adventure nearly as much as the first. The scenes often seem disjointed without sufficiently building on what came before, and there are a few giant leaps in which problems are suddenly solved without sufficient explanation. it might make a better action movie than a book. ...more
Shhhhh Ahhhhh
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This probably should get 5 stars from me but I think it's become somewhat dated. One of the central plot points is a bit dissonant because more recent works have trained me to expect a reversal or twist and this didn't have it. Nevertheless, it was a very enjoyable book. Not quite as enjoyable as the first one, perhaps because it went from James Bond/ Wanted to the Mummy 3. Still, good sci fi. ...more
Ian
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gotta love a master spy/thief/nogoodnik who infiltrates intergalactic empires while sneaking in booze to avoid the DTs.
Ted Brockwood
Sometimes..you want a simple, somewhat silly, book that is a quick read. And this hits all those points. There's zero depth, zero drama, but good fun. ...more
Paul Fox
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun reading to get away from it all.
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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 (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • The Stainless Steel Rat Sings the Blues (Stainless Steel Rat, #3)
  • The Stainless Steel Rat (Stainless Steel Rat, #4)
  • 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)
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