“Attention, foul jailers, attention!” I shouted and hammered on the bars of my cage. “Arouse yourself from your sweat-sodden slumbers and vulgar, erotic dreams and take me to Captain Varod. Soonest – or even sooner!”
My fellow prisoners awoke, calling out in righteous anger and threatened all sorts of unimaginative bodily harm. I returned the insults with enthusiasm and eventually the night guard appeared, scowling with menace.
“Hi there,” I called out cheerily. “Nice to see a friendly face.”
“You want your skull broke, kid?”
(from The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted by Harry Harrison)
7*/10. The full review is here.