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Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in Histroy | Ben Mezrich
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Thad Roberts, a fellow in a prestigious NASA program had an ideaa romantic, albeit crazy, idea. He wanted to give his girlfriend the moon. Literally. Thad convinced his girlfriend and another female accomplice, both NASA interns, to break into an impregnable laboratory at NASApast security checkpoints, an electronically locked door with cipher security codes, and camera-lined hallwaysand help him steal the most precious objects in the world: the moon rocks. But what does one do with an item so valuable that its illegal even to own? And was Thad Robertsundeniably gifted, picked for one of the most competitive scientific posts imaginable, a possible astronautreally what he seemed? Mezrich has pored over thousands of pages of court records, FBI transcripts, and NASA documents and has interviewed most of the participants in the crime to reconstruct this Oceans Elevenstyle heist, a madcap story of genius, love, and duplicity that reads like a Hollywood thrill ride. From the Hardcover edition.
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Not about Saturn, but this nonfiction tale is set in NASA and stars a major egomaniac who will do just about anything to gain notoriety. I‘m not a fan of this book, but I know some people who are. Mezrich writes about the guy who decides to steal moon rocks from NASA. #Saturn5 #RedRoseSeptember

arlenefinnigan That's a hell of a title 😂 5d
Cinfhen Oh, I‘m in the liked it camp ❤️ 5d
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Cathythoughts Love this title 👍🏻🤣 5d
Librarybelle @Cinfhen My library system selected it as the One Book choice several years ago. I was the only one on the committee that did not care for it. It turned out to be the lowest participating One Book by the community in the One Book history. A lot had to do with the title - I cannot tell you how many people yelled at me for having the title on display. Personally, I may not like it because I really don‘t like the guy. That‘s probably swayed my mind. 5d
Cinfhen Patrons can be ridiculous 🙄 5d
Librarybelle @Cinfhen Yes. Those who didn‘t verbally complain would move the display around so certain words were not visible, either by turning the book cover or rearranging book ends to hide parts of the cover. It became a daily thing for me to straighten the display. My staff and I certainly will never forget that year! Sigh... 5d
erzascarletbookgasm Misleading title 🤨😄 5d
gradcat @Librarybelle That is the most ridiculous thing I‘ve ever heard! Omigod! I worked in the library when I was in grad school, but since it was a university library, I suppose that kind of thing never arose. How pedestrian! Btw, I, too, am in the did not like camp. ♥️ 4d
gradcat @erzascarletbookgasm Yes, and I‘d be willing to bet that the title is the reason why the reaction to the book is so mixed—those words get into your subconscious and color the book, in a way.... 4d
Librarybelle @erzascarletbookgasm Definitely misleading! 4d
Librarybelle @gradcat It did seem rather silly! 4d
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This was a switch from the gritty true crime audio I‘ve been listening to lately. It‘s the story of three young adults who steal moon rocks from NASA and attempt to sell them. I didn‘t find Thad (the main person) particularly likable.


I felt more empathy for Joe in You and Hidden Bodies than I did for Thad. Serious eye rolling at his justification for the choices he made.
#popsugar2018 #heist

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Halfway through this and really disliking Thad. Need to take a break from him so I‘m going to dip into The Immortalists for a bit.

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1. Local temple
2. Troublemaker kid steals moon rock
3. Literary fiction and science nonfiction
4. 36 C and sunny
5. Last minute shopping and prep before my parents arrive next week and the baby comes!
#humpdaypost @MinDea

RachelO Hope all goes/went well! 1y
EricaReads Thanks! No baby yet 😊 1y
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#RockinMay Day 25 Which sounds like more fun #WalkingontheMoon or some Sex on the Moon??? Ben Mezrich's book was pretty much panned but I found it entertaining and incredulous. Thad Roberts, a bright Mormon boy from Utah and an elite fellow of NASA plotted and carried out a "moon rock" heist just to impress his girlfriend! So crazzzy, but it's the truth! And here's a nice moon based cocktail ? recipe below in comments ??

Cinfhen Sex On the Moon ~ 1oz Blue Curacao, 1oz Peach Shcnapps, 2oz vodka (preferably citrus), Fill the rest up with Sprite, Pour ingrédients into an ice filled collins glass and stir??? 2y
TrishB Sounds bonkers!! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I'll take the cocktail 🍹:) 2y
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Cinfhen Bonkers is the perfect word! Thanks @TrishB 🌛 2y
Cinfhen Date @erzascarletbookgasm 🌝✨🍹 2y
Reggie Sex on the moon- I think of that early 80's movie Nerds where the head of the sorority wants to have sex and the head Nerd poses as her bf dressed up as Darth Vader and they go get it on in the Moon Room. Lol 2y
Cinfhen That movie was so ridiculously funny 😂 hahahaha, thanks for my morning chuckle...missed you these past few days @Reggie 2y
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Ehhhh, tipping toward ??. The story in and of itself (thieving moon rocks from NASA) is interesting but after a while I didn't care about Thad at all. There's a level of "I deserve this bc I didn't get caught before" that set my teeth on edge. Also, I feel super-bad for his wife. The best part of the book is the planning/actual heist.

Also, Casey Affleck is not a good book narrator, tbh.

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Mezrich's fill-in-the-gaps prose and insistence on making narcisist, liar and thief Thad Roberts into a heroic figure make this book an excercise in reading between the lines. Great cover though.


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