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(British cover)
(American cover)
Series: You Can Be the Stainless Steel Rat
Translated Into: I Ty Możesz Zostać Stalowym Szczurem (Polish)
Krysa z nerez oceli (Czech)
Stan' stalnoy krisoy [Стань стальной крысой] (Russian)
Author: Harrison, Harry
Illustrators: Craddock, Alan (British cover)
Barnard, Bryn (American cover)
McKean, Dave (interior)
Dates: 1985 (British edition)
June, 1988 (American edition)
ISBNs: 0441949789 / 9780441949786 (American edition)
0586063595 / 9780586063590 (British edition)
Length: 338 sections (British edition), 156 pages (343 sections) (American edition)
Number of Endings: 1
User Summary: You are a new recruit in the Special Corps. Aided by James diGriz, the Stainless Steel Rat, you must track down Professor Geisteskrank, an evil genius intent on destroying the universe.
Demian's Thoughts:

There's a lot to say about this book. First of all, the criticism, which is minimal. The title lies (you in fact can't be the Stainless Steel Rat) and there's only one ending (which makes the book decidedly unchallenging). The title, of course, doesn't really matter, and the lack of challenge is forgivable because this book is just so amusing! It's a long, satisfying and funny read and it doesn't give you the frustration of having to restart again and again. There's also an ancient ruin to explore for those of you who love mapping (for those of you who don't love mapping, don't worry... it's not too hard). I definitely recommend this one if you can find a copy! Of course, which copy you get matters more than usual here. The British edition has interior illustrations, while the American edition doesn't. On the other hand, the American edition seems to be longer by five sections. One of these days, I'll need to dig out my copies of both editions and see where the differences lie!

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Special Thanks:Thanks to Guillermo Paredes for scanning (and eventually sending) the British edition of the book.
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