Friday

Friday

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by Robert A. Heinlein
     
 

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Friday is a secret courier. She is employed by a man known to her only as "Boss." Operating from and over a near-future Earth, where chaos is the happy norm, she finds herself on assignment at Boss's seemingly whimsical behest. From New Zealand to Canada, she keeps her balance nimbly with quick, expeditious solutions to one calamity and scrape after another.  See more details below

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Friday is a secret courier. She is employed by a man known to her only as "Boss." Operating from and over a near-future Earth, where chaos is the happy norm, she finds herself on assignment at Boss's seemingly whimsical behest. From New Zealand to Canada, she keeps her balance nimbly with quick, expeditious solutions to one calamity and scrape after another.

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Library Journal
04/01/2015
Although not technically an android or even a cyborg, Heinlein's title character experiences much the same prejudice/racism usually reserved for them in such stories, as she is an "Artificial Person" ultimately seeking her place in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345414007
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/28/1997
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.53(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.84(d)

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Jerry Pournelle
His best since The Moon is a Harsh Mistress...The old Master's back.
Harlan Ellison
Get it, enjoy it, and trumpet the news: Heinlein's back -- and better than ever.
Frederick Pohl
...The Grand Master has done it again: Friday is as tight and fast-paced as a Puppetmaster's, and even more fun to read.

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Friday 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of Heinlein's great books. I enjoyed reading this very much. It's about a strong undercover operatinve agent that finds herself in grave danger when she notices that people are tailing her all over the place.
Lexington_Girl88 More than 1 year ago
Someone should update the cover ! This is a super book. I had to read it for a class this fall and it started me reading all of Heinlein's stuff! Wow I am not a scifi/fantasy fan at all, but I just had to write something about this book, it is great. Friday is a character you can get into, and Heinlein's future is believeable.
HoffK More than 1 year ago
I read this book originally because I belong to a Barnes and Noble Book club and it was one of our selections. I found it very creative and interesting but I could tell even though it was written from Friday's perpective (Female) that a man had written it. I enjoyed it and found the view of the future a bit weird and offbeat. (Not a bad read)..
Guest More than 1 year ago
best ever i loved it keep it real you got game
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read Heinlein's 'Starship Troopers,' and 'The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.' While the latter won some SF awards, I found this to be the best of what I have read of Heinlein's work so far. It is very sexual, and at times I wondered if he just wrote it to flesh out his dirty fantasys and describe some of his favorit meals (the food descriptions are simple, but VERY effective--they always made me hungry!). However, it's still a page turner even without these elements. There appears to be almost no plot until the end of the book. The main character seems to bounce from one dilemma to the next as she trys to find her place in the world (the hidden plot). I have read it twice. If you like this author's other character driven stories, you will like this one too.
tinkerjenn More than 1 year ago
PLEASE put more of these in nook books!!
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
“Friday” by Robert Heinlein is an entertaining Science Fiction book that centers around a man-made engineered creation who has it all. Friday is a character who has great brainpower, beauty, impeccable fighting skills, and is popular with both men and women. There was at least one circumstance in the book that I took issue with. For instance, pages 9-10 deal with Friday being raped. I understand that the author probably meant well when writing a character who can supposedly force herself to act like she likes it. However, the only issue with this rape inclusion is that even with fiction writing, the questions raised from the incident would potentially muddy the waters of the hurt that some other rape targets may have suffered. Aside from this caveat, there are also some controversial circumstances in the book that were ok with me. For example, on page 40 Friday is asked about her marital status and the number of husbands that she has. This was also alluded to on pages 48-50 where Friday is given a choice of joining a marriage unit that consists of at least two wives(aside from herself) and three husbands. Yes, the multiple marriage concept does sound far-fetched but I humbly predict that it may become an actual reality within the next 300 years at the most. For this reasons, “Friday” by Robert Heinlein is a classic science fiction book for those who are open-minded to potential scenarios in a futuristic society.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the third book I have read of Heinlein's. The two other being: 'Starship Troopers' and 'The Puppet Masters'. What made these two books so intriguing is that Heinlein packed hard social and political commentary into stories that had creative ideas and good action. This book had none of those elements. It was a little interesting to see the prejudice issues that this Artificial Person had to deal with because of her superior abilities. But if she was so freak'in smart and able to make these wonderful conclusions by incorporating great masses of data than she definitely could have found a better job then a lowly 'courier'. You are much better reading some of Heinlein's other work.