Aug. 6th, 2010

purplecat: Hand Drawn picture of a Toy Cat (books)
The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison is another book that cropped up in my grand-bookshelf-organisation-plan and which I thought I maybe ought to read. It's a lot of fun, I was quite happily carried along by its con-man/caper plot with added scifi trappings although, it has to be said, it's more a sequence of outrageous plans than anything particularly coherent but they are written with verve, and never lose sight of how basically ridiculous they all are.

The plot-hole spotting side of my brain was mildly caught up in observing that, for a society which has, apparently, eradicated crime in all but a few specialised cases, it was a society peculiarly rife with bribery and corruption. Slippery Jim DiGriz gets a long way by slipping people a few notes and by threatening to expose evidence of their corrupt practices.

In which I ponder on sexism as displayed by a novel written in 1961 )
purplecat: Hand Drawn picture of a Toy Cat (books)
The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison is another book that cropped up in my grand-bookshelf-organisation-plan and which I thought I maybe ought to read. It's a lot of fun, I was quite happily carried along by its con-man/caper plot with added scifi trappings although, it has to be said, it's more a sequence of outrageous plans than anything particularly coherent but they are written with verve, and never lose sight of how basically ridiculous they all are.

The plot-hole spotting side of my brain was mildly caught up in observing that, for a society which has, apparently, eradicated crime in all but a few specialised cases, it was a society peculiarly rife with bribery and corruption. Slippery Jim DiGriz gets a long way by slipping people a few notes and by threatening to expose evidence of their corrupt practices.

In which I ponder on sexism as displayed by a novel written in 1961 )

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