Engineered from the finest genes, and trained to be a secret courier in a future world, Friday operates over a near-future Earth, where chaos reigns. Working at Boss's whimsical behest she travels from far north to deep south, finding quick, expeditious solutions as one calamity after another threatens to explode in her face....
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Friday is, in my irritated opinion, the most offensive and childishly ridiculous female protagonist since Russ Meyer and Roger Corman teamed up to co-direct Planet of the Nympho Bimbos Part II: Attack of the Soapy Breast Monsters.**
** Not a real film, so don’t bother searching Amazon for it.
Pardon my soap boxing, but this is a despicable pile of misogynistic shit that should have been d ...more
The most memorable passage in Friday occurs on page 1. I quote it here in full:
This book is dedicated to Ann, Anne, Barbie, Betsy, Bubbles, Carolyn, Catherine, Dian, Diane, Eleanor, Elinor, Gay, Jeanne, Joan, Judy-Lynn, Karen, Kathleen, Marilyn, Nichelle, Patricia, Pepper, Polly, Roberta, Tamea, Rebel, Ursula, Verna, Vivian, Vonda, Yumiko, and always – semper toujours! – to Ginny. R.A.H.Ever since reading the book in 1982, I have wondered ...more
So I dug it back then, even though I realized at the time that it had both storytelling and philosophical problems. But now I'm 40, and this book is terrible.
It has zero plot, first of all. Just no plot at all. It's, like, here's a superspy and she has a bunch of sex, and that's it. Which you ca ...more
When I first read this book, Friday was among the first female action heroines I'd run across. She was smart. She was sexy (er... almost to excess), she was tough, and, I thought, still feminine. Subsequent readings dimmed that a bit. Friday is a good attempt to create a believable femal ...more
Yyyyyyeah! Loved it. Heinlein sure knows how to write a good story, even if his female characters are always bi-curious sex maniacs in favor of free love with multiple partners. For an artificial person, Friday seems pretty damn human. I liked the mystery in the plot and just how bad-ass she was.
"I did not offer to pay the Hunters. There are human people who have very little but are rich in dignity and self-respect. Their hospitality is not for sale, nor is their charity." 178
"A re ...more
While the exploits of our genetically-engineered superhuman in love, sex and war are fun to read about, Heinlein's futuristic milieu's are always the front runner. The world is broken and the worst of the extremes have begun vying for power. What side would you rather be on? The fascist socialists who kill anyone with a savings account or the theocracy hell bent on removing rights from everyone ...more
There are reviews here at Goodreads that obviously have been written by those readers so tainted by the 'legend' of Heinlein and his misanthropic misogyny, jingoism, and racism that they fail to recognize or can only grudgingly admit there is much more else to RH and the ...more
I had first read this many years ago, and remember it as an adventurous romp about a Balkanized Earth (and beyond) featuring plenty of sexytimes starring his nympho-with-a-brain super agent. I remembered Friday as being a kind of female James Bond. What I couldn't remember was any specifics of the villains' plot, etc.
After rereading, I know why that is...because THERE ISN'T ONE.
Starting with a ambush capture scene, the book seemed perfectly setup to ...more
Upon further reflection and in light of the comments below, I'm revising my rating to 2 stars: Get past chapter one and ignore the ending ...more
I loved science fiction and fantasy from an early age, but the heroes I found were almost entirely male. Females were either supporting characters or props.
Friday is tough, independent, brave, and makes things happen. She wrestles with insecurity, but it never keeps her from taking action. At ...more
The thing that continues to amaze me is how prophetic it is, considering it was published in 1982. The world is a diffe ...more
The world that Friday lives in was echoed slightly in Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash (another all-time favorite novel of mine). In Friday, the protagonist is an artificial person ("AP") with enhanced reflexes and intelligence. She is a highly trained courier: "it WILL get through."
There is one rape scene which can set one off a bit, but I found it to be accurate to the story: in cont ...more
I do not at all agree with some reviewers that would describe the book as misogynistic, or that Friday is merely a man with [boobs] (although I have not yet ...more
Please read any Heinlein novel with your eyes WIDE open. His ego was huge and he liked to pretend he was every character in his books, including the females.
I had to wait a long time for a reference to Robinson Crusoe, but it did finally show up with perfect timing when Friday was in Las Vegas. It was a bit of an AH-HA moment, since I am also reading about ...more
Una cuenta la historia de un correo secreto, una mujer especializada en atravesar fronteras. Está entrenada para defenderse, para utilizar su aspecto para seducir a hombres y mujeres, para matar si es necesario.
La otra novela cuenta la historia de un ser construído con técnicas de ingeniería genética. Tiene mejores reflejos, sentidos más agudos y es inmune a algunas enfermedades comunes. Desde que nació le han enseñado que no es un ser humano, q ...more
As a young teen girl, Friday seemed naughty, daring, courageous, and well, just a kick-ass female protagonist who made me want to re-evaluate all my parents' values and assumptions. A courier and artificial person, raised in a creche, Friday has some attachment issues, but battles her way through plot twists and turns. Even my young self realized the free-love an ...more
Somewhat unusually for Heinlein's later work, Friday contains no characters shared with any other novel or short story. It's heroine, a girl named Friday, is a special courier; she carries the sort of messages that require skills associated with the likes of James Bond to get them through.
The novel begins halfway through an assignment, with Friday recently landed from a flight to Nairobi and attempting to shake off following agents. She returns ...more
Like in Farnham's Freehold, I got the sense that, without climbing up onto a pulpit, R. A. was demonstrating the prejudice which people inflict on each other (all the while being confident of the absolute rightness of their prejudices).
He set a high standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary quality. He was the first SF writer to break into mainstre ...more