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The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted

(Stainless Steel Rat (Chronological Order) #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  4,592 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Jim was left in the custody of the League Navy, this story opens with him escaping from his prison cell on the League base on Steren-Gwandra, where he is awaiting deportation back to his home world. He has discovered that Bibs, a crew girl from Captain Garth's ship, is also a prisoner. Jim holds Garth responsible for the Bishop's death, and plans to hunt him down, with Bib ...more
Hardcover, 262 pages
Published 1987 by Bantam
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The Stainless Steel Rat series is definitely an iconic one in the scifi community—it played with the idea of the charismatic criminal in that genre. It seems to me that Harrison’s SSR proved that science fiction didn’t need to just be space ships and ray-guns, it could also involve elements of the thriller and of comedy. In some ways, Jim diGriz reminds me of a more competent, less up-standing version of Maxwell Smart (of the Get Smart TV show) in the way he bumps along from problem to problem. ...more
Jan 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-series
Opens well enough, and a few daring escapes later, our hero ends up drafted. After that, it becomes clumsy anti-army kind of stuff. The antagonist is a paper-thin caricature. Few daring escapes, little cleverness, one great character (Mark). There is one more sequel to this, prequel to the original book, and I am hoping for better.
Kat  Hooper
Apr 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

This seventh novel in Harry Harrison’s Stainless Steel Rat series is actually the sequel to the prequel A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born. Young Jim DiGriz is alone, back in prison, and out for revenge. After he escapes and is tracking his nemesis, he gets captured and drafted into the military.

At this point, The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted (1987) turns into anti-military propaganda that doesn’t even try to be circumspect. The army are the bad guys — all
Tadas Talaikis
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I definitely read it before, just forgot. My rating is for "individual mutualism", which's similar to more in-depth Hominids world, but also even more advanced - a society without army or police, probably how it should be, because funding those institutions is just the pure waste of money and effort. If instead of crashing heads of each other for thousands of years over idiotic ideas, like whose god is greatest, they invested time into real things, today we would probably wouldn't had borders, a ...more
Alexey Shpakov
Dec 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fun
The book is an easy and entertaining read. Akin to Catch-22 it tries to show the issues of present-day army. However, it does not try hard to do that. Instead, the author recalls there is a story line to tell and proceeds with that.
Although the story features a lot of action, I wouldn't call it an interesting or intriguing one. Even though there some unexpected events, it is safe to assume the protagonist will always come on top no matter what. Even when you think that situation is hopeless, the
Nov 25, 2013 rated it liked it
Well, pretty much a lot of the same for our intrepid hero. Stuck on a planet, getting into trouble and finding ridiculously inventive (read: deus ex machina) ways of escaping trouble.

There isn't much to say on this book, there is nothing really new in comparison to his previous and the next book. So I am thinking that I might have a bit of break before the next one. To be honest, I use these when I have flights as they are small and light and good for take off and landing.
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
James Mourgos
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted

Seventh Novel in the Stainless Steel Rat series, authored by Harry Harrison.

Slippery Jim DiGriz is a comedic character dreamed up by Harry Harrison (“Make Room Make Room”) and wrote several novels about Jim and his excuses about why it’s OK to rob and lie and cheat and steal.

And yet, the reader can’t help but be immensly entertained!

Jim finds himself breaking out of prison on a mission of revenge. His friend The Bishop has been killed by a man who formerly r
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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
Kiera Beddes
May 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Genre: sci-fi, clever capers
Summary: Jim diGriz is out for revenge, going after the man that killed his mentor, the Bishop. Only, this man is a big-wig in a secret military machine. Adventures and scrapes abound.
Response: There was quite a bit of commentary about militarism and life in the military in general. I have a sneaking suspicion that the author has less than favorable views towards the military. It makes for an interesting read, especially when viewed within our context here and now. J
Dec 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Whenever I'm feeling low on smarm, I pick up a Stainless Steel Rat book and top myself right up again.

"Gets Drafted" is my favorite SSR book by far, partly because I can see myself as the luckless Morton, in the wrong place at the right time, getting dragged along on every adventure possible, a reluctant Wooster to Slippery Jim diGriz' Jeeves.

Way back when, I even started writing a SSR-like novel, but it never got much beyond the first chapter; I'm too much like Petey Otterloop in Richard Thomps
Hernan Ruiz Camauer
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Not one of the better books in the series. Less "laugh out loud" moments than in the other books. Still enjoyable enough to pass the time, however.
Ivan Misyats
Dec 31, 2014 rated it liked it
I would rate it as 3.5 stars. Easy to read, but it's more for teenagers.
Sarah Sammis
My favorite of the Stainless Steel Rat books.
Jason Young
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the good old days of the Stainless Steel Rat.
David Hibberd
Mar 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Stainless Steel Rat series was an excellent and entertaining read.
Feb 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This whole series was wonderful when I was young. I loved it.
Ian Banks
Ths begins almost immediately after the close of the last book. This is a very rare occurrence in the life of the Rat. And while it does add to the immediacy of the story it does make the reader want to compare the two adventures more than they might normally. Which is a shame because this is probably the weakest of the Rat's adventures so far: it's a good fun read, but it covers no new ground, feels like a rerun of capers past and has possibly the clunkier exposition in a series that relies on ...more
Shhhhh Ahhhhh
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So, despite the fact that this is a prequel, this is the best of the series that I've read so far. Very, very novel characters in this one, and not only for this character. Very interesting twists. I enjoy the involvement of a robot in this universe that is sentient finally. I hope the books that follow this one continue to improve in quality.
Martin Doych
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Добра история, най-вече с многото осмиване на армията. Не е най-доброто за Стоманения Плъх, което съм чел.
Brad Partridge
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like all of the Stainless Steel Rat books. They are just fun science fiction.
Michael Hancock
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Still a very good read
Martin Willoughby
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Witty in all the right ways and in all the right places.
Simon Forward
Dec 18, 2012 rated it liked it
While in the previous prequel, the opening premise (young Jim DiGriz getting himself arrested as a means of enrolling in some hypothetical academy of crime) is just that – an opening, breezed through pretty quickly before moving on to other things – here our freshly graduated Stainless Steel Rat doesn’t get pressed into military service until page 60.

The book isn’t War & Peace, but with this slightly stretched route to the crux of the plot it begins to feel overlong for a Rat caper. That’s n
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Slippery Jim diGriz is engaged in another adventure that stays true to the manner of his previous exploits in that he is a criminal with a good side and there is a great deal of meaningful social commentary.
In this case, Jim is determined to avenge the death of his crime mentor, The Bishop. The trail leads him to the nation of Nevenkebla, ruled by a strong military based on a state of emergency that has been in place so long that no one recalls why it was implemented in the first place. All m
Chung Lee
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted = Full Metal Jacket x Starship Trooper + Monty Python.
In my opinion this is the best book in the series. Absolutely ridiculous, funny and brilliant at the same time.
Rick Brindle
Jul 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
The second book chronologically, but written out of sequence. Jim DiGriz is locked up after his last adventures, escapes from stir and seeks revenge on the man who was responsible for the death of The Bishop, Jim's mentor. The trail leads to him joining the army, taking an unwilling part in an interplanetary invasion, thwarting the enemy's plans and saving the world.
After the disappointing A Stainless Steel Rat is Born, I was beginning to think that my teenage enthusiasm for all things DiGriz mi
Conan Tigard
I do love this character, but having read about him when he is older, I have a slight problem worrying about Jim's health when he is young. I guess I know that he will be okay because I have already read about him in the future. That is the problem with prequels. Other than that, I did enjoy this book, but I found this to be the weakest of the SSR books.

I did enjoy the first third and the last third of the book, but found my mind wandering a little in the middle of the book. Why? I can't say. T
Sep 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
Die Sternenmarine der Liga hat James Bolivar diGriz von dem rückständigen Planeten, auf dem er ausgesetzt worden war, gerettet. Prompt wurde er in das nächstgelegene Gefängnis eingeliefert, um bei nächster Gelegenheit zu seinem Heimatplaneten abgeschoben zu werden. Als James jedoch unter den Gefangenen ein ehemaliges Besatzungsmitglied des Schiffs entdeckt, dessen Kapitän ihn in die Sklaverei verkauft hat, mobilisiert er all sein Können, um schleunigst wieder auszubrechen. Nach einigen Irrungen ...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'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)
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