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....
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
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
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 a...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
On the plus side, all characters are of legal age, and I don't recall any relativ...more
It seems apparent to me that Heinlein was stuck in the sixties and didn't really seem to like women all that much or really think much of them.
The story had a lot of aspects worthy of liking, but I found the main character to be somewhat irritating. The book contains several merits that are worth noting. The concept of the creche children, artificial persons made for myriad purposes, was interesting. Though genetically superior to...more
First it’s a futuristic James Bond-esque sexually-charged spy-thriller, which is what I expected when I picked up the book. (I did NOT expect the jarringly casual sexual violence. Not for the squeamish.)
Suddenly it jum...more
On this re-read, I tried to cut Heinlein some slack; perhaps he was making her voice so awkward on purpose, to highlight how out-of-sync she was as an AP raised in a creche and working in a job that discouraged interpersonal relationships.
Or he just wasn't able to write women.
I've since heard that he was suffering mini...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
Cominciamo con la solita lamentela: per quale motivo uno deve prendere un romanzo che si intitola “Friday” (che altri non è che il nome della protagonista) e tradurlo con “Operazione domani”? Giuro, a volte vorrei capire che logica viene utilizzata, ma immagino che sia la stessa applicata agli “Occhi del cuore” dal regista René (citazione da Boris, non si fosse capito).
Dopo questo piccolo sfogo parliamo del romanzo, l'ennesimo viaggio nella geniale mente di Robert Hanson Heinlein.
Read by Samantha Eggar
Duration: approximately 3 hours.
Many years ago, in the early 80s, I was a devoted reader of all things Heinlein. Somewhere along the way I guess I lost interest (I don't remember), but I found this audiobook version of Friday and thought I'd re-live the old days a bit.
From the product description on the back of the box I did not remember having read the book, but soon enough, I vaguely remembered the plot a bit. So, how was it re-visit...more
This story is a lonesome treatise by a bio-engineered beauty named Friday who has been taught from birth that she is not human, she's property. Her 'owner' and (secret) father, owns and operates a...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
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
Friday is the kind of woman most nerdy guys seem to fantasize about: she doesn't take any crap, she's super strong and can kick serio...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
His writing style, though not my favorite, is certainly fine and it's an absence-of-fondness for his deliberate style, rather than an absence of style on his part.
I just don't understand how anyone can enjoy reading a man who, as he attempts to destroy ridiculous or pointless stereotypes or prejudices, always and only succeeds in laying bare his own. As a stu...more
I think that this is clearly a book by a man writing a female character. Some of the things, especially sexual, that Friday does, just seem like they're written by a man for men. Also, there is a rape scene that Friday barely reacts to. This is explained away by "training," which is total crap.
I don't read much sci-fi, so maybe this plot device is o...more
Sadly, the older me can't see Heinlein in that same light. I picked this up on a whim, hoping for an intelligent space opera, and instead found it to just be the ramblings of a sexually frustrated old man. Apparently, Heinlein...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
So I picked up the book Friday. It was strangely disappointing.
Friday is a courier - entrusted with carrying objects - super secret objects - from one part of futuristic dystopian world to another. After her return to work headquarters, Friday is kidnapped, raped and tortured. - ye...more
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