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If there is a part of you that longs for just a little bit more Robert Heinlein and you've already torn through his great works, then this book is for you.
The story is pure adventure. From the opening moments the story is full of excitement and novelty. The narrator has a great I'm-going-to-sound-a-bit-like-a-ditz-but-it-is-an-act-and-I-am-smarter-than-you tone which captures the first person narrative of the protagonist Friday.
My only critique is that somewhere around 60% of the way through I stared asking myself, "where the heck is this going?" but I didn't really care that much, the story was interesting and so as Heinlein made his explorations of alternative family structures and waxes theoretical about life, I just let it ride.
It is the greatest Heinlein book? No, it isn't. The plot does drag and the characters are not quite as gripping as some of this other works. But if you've already scoured his great works and you're looking for a hidden gem and a little bit more from the great master then this book is for you.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
This is one of my favorite later works of Heinlein. I purchased the original version with a male reader that left quite a bit to be desired. This reader seemed to portray the book substantially better... until the deadly words were encountered.
Please, readers, try to familiarize yourself with terms in science and, if necessary, military and quasi-military. The thing that kills an audio book worse than anything else is when the reader hasn't a clue what they're reading. The most egregious example of this in this book was the substitution of the word "commandment" for the title of "commandant". There were other instances, but this one just stuck out like the proverbial sore thumb.
If you can grit your teeth and avoid rolling your eyes (especially if listening while driving) when one of these goofs occurs, then the rest of the book is actually quite passable and well done.
14 of 15 people found this review helpful
'Friday' breaks the Heinlein mould somewhat, and is the better for it. The setting is more cleverly considered than many others, and is more in on a par with that of 'Number of the Beast' rather than earlier, shorter works - which tend to be newtonian space ships and slipsticks. The universe of 'Friday' is also somewhat similar the Culture space if Ian M Banks.
Another pleasing difference in Friday is that it focuses less on spaceship drives and astrogation, and more on interpersonal relationships in a number of cultures much different to our own.
I rate this, and 'Number of the Beast' as my two favourite works by this author, and 'Friday' ranks in my top twenty all time favourite books
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
What disappointed you about Friday?
Sex, far too much of it.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
Disappointment, I read the book based on comments made by an author of another book I had read, her book was good, this wasn't. Far too much sex involved, I am no prude, far from it, but the lead character enjoyed anything, animal, mineral or vegetable.
Heinlein is noted as a fine author of sci-fi but my first foray has not encouraged me to try another.