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The Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat

(Stainless Steel Rat (Chronological Order) #4-6)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  8,502 ratings  ·  96 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
Paperback, 402 pages
Published April 15th 1987 by Ace (first published December 1st 1977)
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Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
May 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, sci-fi
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
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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.
Sep 17, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Nov 22, 2012 rated it really liked it

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
Jan 02, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
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
Kevin Findley
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
'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
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!
Christie Norris
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
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.
Tom Allman
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Entertaining read while completing snowed in.
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.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
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  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction
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East Bay J
Apr 11, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Aug 22, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jul 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
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
Dec 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
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
Mike Ehlers
Checked it out after hearing of the author's recent passing.

The book was what I picture the bulk of 60's action Sci Fi to be like: pulpy, sexist, but full of adventure (and lots of just-in-time coincidences). This is one of those that I would have liked better had I discovered it as a kid. But despite the blatant sexism (even though one of the villains is a woman who often outsmarts our hero)I found it an enjoyable action story. The hero and the plot don't have much subtlety, but they keep the r
Jan 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
This collects the first three Stainless Steel Rat books, featuring Harry Harrison's intergalactic thief Jim DiGriz. These tales are short and funny and exciting. The Rat makes for an interesting character: most of the time he is arrogant, but trials and difficulties lead him to drinking and depression that he must outdo before he can save the day. His relationship with his wife is also disturbing, in a fascinating kind of way. These are by no means serious meditations on society or humanity or a ...more
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Maybe four stars is just a tad generous, but I found these stories to be clever and entertaining. I enjoyed most of the characters, and I sincerely appreciated how resourceful Harrison was in devising ways for Slippery Jim to get out of various situations and outwit all who opposed him. I would say that more character development in the enemies, and in others such as Inskipp or Angelina would have served the stories well. The endings of each of the three stories felt very rushed to me, and they ...more
Jul 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read this book 15 years ago remember liking it. Rereading it now, I do like it. At no point was I inclined to stop reading this book. My one complaint was that the plot was often overly convenient, he always just happened to have the perfect device on hand to resolve every problem immediately. The technology was just too convenient. In a pinch? Just use this instant knockout drug you have on hand, even though you didn't anticipate this situation at all.

Also, the best of the three books was the
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I first read the Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat when I was in 6th grade. Got it from a cousin. I loved it then and it was just as good this time. I only read novels by Harry Harrison for years, until I read Dune, but that's another story. Something I've always appreciated about Harrison's writing style is that he keeps his language clean. Maybe that's because of the era in which he wrote, but I like to think that there are a lot of authors out there that wouldn't have put that content in ...more
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had read one of these three stories a long time ago and had forgotten that, while they are a fast paced adventure story, there really isn't much substance to them. The third one in particular, The Stainless Steel Rat saves the world, really skips over a lot of things that leave some rather large holes in the story. It is all convenient "Due to my ingeniuity, I cobbled together some whizz bang device that saved my butt, but I don't need to go into any details about how I did that in this backwa ...more
Erik Graff
Apr 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Harrison fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
As a kid I was mightily impressed by Harry Harrison's Deathworld trilogy, some of the more extreme scenes having remained vivid through the following decades. I must have been impressed by the level of violence because a recent listening to an audio recording of the first volume was disappointing. In any case, initial positive exposure to Harrison led me to preferentially pursue his books, a pursuit which led to these first volumes of what has become a whole set of Stainless Steel Rat novels.

Jun 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first sci fi novel. I really enjoyed it. Thank goodness non of the main characters had unpronounceable names, which seems to be the norm in sci fi, and why I have avoided reading this genre for so long.

It was written years ago, but felt contemporary and was an easy and enjoyable read. The main character was slightly weak and there was a slight flavour of sexism running through it - but then the novel was written in the 60's I think, so this is not surprising.

Really it was an adventure/detecti
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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)
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  • 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)