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The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted (utgåvan 1988)

av Harry Harrison

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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 Bibs' help. Garth is really the crazed Captain Zennor, head of an army which continually defies League peace treaties, and now plans to invade and conquer the planet Chojecki. The people of Chojecki are pacifists, having no armies and no police. But Garth's generals decide to attack anyway, since there are no medals for "generals who bring back the troops intact". Jim must save the people of Chojecki before he can face Garth.… (mer)
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Titel:The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted
Författare:Harry Harrison
Info:Spectra (1988), Paperback
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:Galactic Empire, Mercenaries & Military

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This studbook was fun, but in a different way than the others in the Stainless Steel Rat series. The 7th overall book in the series, chronologically it comes immediately after the Prequel "The Stainless Steel Rat is born"

Our hero slipper Jim is to avoid being brought back to him some planet to face bank coppery charges and gets dropped off on a military planet. He finds out his nemises is the now the general of the whole damn army and he finds his way to get drafted. Ends up on another new planet that has no government, and the military doesn't know how to deal with that. Its inhabitants seem to practice anarcho-mutalism, which the author calls Individual Mustalism. Here it gets kind of preachy, similar to out how Little Brother gets about Free Software, and the apparent "leader" (as much as their can be in anarchist society) is even named Sterner, though he claims to have come upon IM the same way everyone else did, from a super intelligent AI.

There is a little problem with continuity as Jim is used (willing or not) as an agent of The Leauge, but if this had happened in a Pre-existing timeline, why no mention of that when he's first captured by the League in Book 1? ( )
  fulner | Dec 20, 2020 |
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 ran a spaceship with Jim and others in the crew. Jim however finds himself in jail. Not a great place to start from.

Through various finagling, he finds himself smuggled onto an island nation which is quite paranoid when it comes to military discipline. He somehow gets into the armed forces of the planet, while they are looking for him. He steals aboard a ship bound for invasion of a peaceful planet in an uncharted area of the galaxy.

Harrison introduces us to Individual Mutualism – a crazy mix of socialism and and odd reference to let others be as they are. Trippy.

Final Thoughts:

Some critics consider this seventh book in the Stainless Steel Rat series as anti-military but I consider it hilarious parody of the military system.

A must-read for sergeants and admirals everywhere!


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  James_Mourgos | May 19, 2020 |
Entertaining but ... ( )
  BraveKelso | Mar 9, 2018 |
I loved Harry Harrison's Stainless Steel Rat series as a kid and I'm buying them for my Kindle now. Harry was a good storyteller. ( )
  MichaelaWirtz | May 22, 2016 |
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 blood-hungry idiots — and they’re preying on a planet who practices Individual Mutualism, an anti-work-ethic cooperative utopian philosophy that could never stand up to human nature. While the Stainless Steel Rat books are definitely meant to be fun, these types of themes come up often enough that I can’t help but think of them as “agendas,” and this particular anti-military agenda is likely to be perceived as insulting and disrespectful to the brave men and women all over the world who risk their lives to protect their countries.

Unfortunately, even if you manage to overlook the agenda, The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted offers little new entertainment for fans who’ve seen most of Jim’s antics before. If you haven’t read any of the Stainless Steel Rat books, you’re likely to be more forgiving than I am, and this book is a fine place to start — it will actually help if you haven’t read most of the previous books.

The redeeming factor for the audiobook version of A Stainless Steel Rat is born is Phil Gigante’s narration — that’s entertaining in itself. I’m not giving up on The Stainless Steel Rat, but I hope the next book will offer more creative entertainment and less ridiculous political philosophy. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
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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 Bibs' help. Garth is really the crazed Captain Zennor, head of an army which continually defies League peace treaties, and now plans to invade and conquer the planet Chojecki. The people of Chojecki are pacifists, having no armies and no police. But Garth's generals decide to attack anyway, since there are no medals for "generals who bring back the troops intact". Jim must save the people of Chojecki before he can face Garth.

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