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Farnham's Freehold: A Novel

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  10,165 Ratings  ·  336 Reviews
Hugh Farnham was a practical, self-made man, and when he saw the clouds of nuclear war gathering, he built a bomb shelter under his house, hoping for peace and preparing for war. What he hadn't expected was that when the apocalypse came, a thermonuclear blast would tear apart the fabric of time and hurl his shelter across two thousand years into a future both strange and a ...more
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Published June 5th 2011 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. (first published November 1st 1964)
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Manny
Bridge-playing libertarian type gets hit by nuclear weapon and ends up in future world where whites are enslaved by blacks.

Well, you can see why I gave up playing bridge.
Lyn
Sep 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read an overly simplified summary of this book that went something like this: libertarian veteran saves family in fallout shelter, gets moved forward in time 2,000 years, goes into survivalist mode and then runs into an advanced civilization where black people are the chosen race and who rule over a racially determined slave system.

Succinct.

This could have been shortened, reducing the first half with all the survivalist development, moving faster to the more interesting second half when the
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Dominick
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I'm giving this two stars because I can't give 1.5 and because even worse books like Glory Road deserve the one--or an explicit zero, which unfortunately is not an option. This, however, is pretty bad. Hugh Farnham, right-thinking patriot, is ready for the bombs when they fall, what with his amazingly well-equipped bomb shelter, so even though for no logical reason whatsoever the bombs throw his shelter (along with his family and a couple more hangers-on) forward in time, he's ready to survive, ...more
Amber
Apr 27, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Heinlein phase is continuing.

If you are easily offended by your views (or societies givens) being challenged or called into question Heinlein is not an author for you.

Heinlein is probably the best author that I have found in the Science Fiction category. His futuristic worlds provide an excellent commentary of our current social life as well as remarkable insight into the human psyche. His characters are multi-dimensional and some of his best characters are very strong women. He writes women
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notgettingenough
There aren’t many better recommendations for a book than ‘Sick as a dog but couldn’t put it down’. This is one of those.

It works for survivalists, bridge players, parallel worldists, philosophers, post-catastrophists, cannibals looking for new recipes and anybody with Woody Allen’s tastes.

It’s gotta be a fav of his. Those naked young things in the bunker with the middle-aged unattractive but pizazzy leader, one his daughter. Although his daughter confesses of the three breeding partners availabl
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Jim
Jan 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't my favorite book by Heinlein, but it certainly isn't my least favorite (that honor is held by "The Number of the Beast" or "The Cat Who Walks Through Walls"). I give it 4 stars - should be 3.5 - because it has a lot of good ideas running through it, although it isn't as well written as many of his novels. Still, I really liked it as a teen back in the 70's. Like "Stranger in a Strange Land", it hasn't aged as well, though.

Written at the height of the cold war, back before the civil ri
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David Joseph  Mikels
The author is a GENIUS, every bit as good as Stranger in a Strange Land.

I have plans on rereading this book in a few months after the mega trip of knowledge sinks in a little for a deeper insight-the man was years ahead of his time

Plan on rereading this agin
Richard Knight
Wow. I've read a lot of books in my day--probably over a 1000--but I've never read a book that dovertailed into being utter garbage like Farnham's Freehold did. It starts off so well until the big twist (Which I'm not really spoiling since it's the only real attraction of this book at this point--blacks are in control of whites). Given that this book was published in the 60s, this would have been huge and inflammatory. Today, it's all hampered by crummy sci-fi elements that are utterly laughable ...more
Michael
Jan 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Lieber würde ich nach einem atomaren Schlag völlig einsam in der Strahlungswüste verenden, als Zuflucht in FARNHAMS FREEHOLD zu finden!
Hugh Farnhams ist ein Teufelskerl, und obwohl er wie einst Noah verlacht worden ist, hat er für den Fall der Fälle einen Bunker auf seinem Grundstück gebaut, in dem sich ein Nuklearschlag der bösen Russen überleben läßt. Und genau in diesem Bunker finden er und seine Familie sowie der farbige (!) Hausdiener Joe und Barbara, die Freundin der Tochter Karen, Schutz
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Michael
One of the things about being a book geek is that, sometimes, you enjoy getting together with other book geeks and, well, geeking out about books. Part of this is that you it makes you feel better to know others enjoy reading a particular type of novel or genre as much as you do and that while most of your friends and family find your zealousness for said books frightening, there are others out there who understand. And another big part is that you get recommendations for new books you might not ...more
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