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Friday by Robert A. Heinlein
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Jul 15, 12

bookshelves: fiction, world-building, speculative-fiction
Read from July 10 to 16, 2012 — I own a copy

Phenomenal story. The ending (view spoiler) was fine.

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 read any other Heinlein, so it could be part of a pattern, but even there I would argue against looking for patterns across separate works as a general principle). She certainly has some masculine traits (primarily a blunted affect), but good women should have some masculine traits, just as good men will have a number of feminine traits. I'm not sure how a failure to live up to stereotypes is a weakness for a character (or a character weakness for that matter), or how feminism is advanced by insisting that female characters conform to certain readers' limited expectations about proper gender roles -- which is exactly what the criticism amounts to, as far as I can tell.

Anyway, I loved it, but I'm a sucker for both politics and space.
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