Friday, October 7, 2011
Book #48 of 2011: Sex on the Moon; the Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History by Ben Mezrich.
I'm not sure if Ben Mezrich is a household name, but two of his books have already been made into movies, one of which was quite highly acclaimed (21 and the Social Network, you can figure out which one is the highly acclaimed one).
I think that reading the Accidental Billionaires after having seen the Social Network was a detriment because, basically, I enjoy Aaron Sorkin and after seeing the story his way, it didn't seem all that impressive in book form (possibly the only time I've ever said I liked a movie more than its book basis).
Reading one of his books on its own, however, was pretty enjoyable, even though this dude seems to like to write about douchebags.
The, I guess, protagonist, is kicked out of his Mormon family after confessing to having pre-marital sex, then decides to follow his calling to become an astronaut. But, when he enters the NASA internship-type deal, he re-invents himself as a douchebag/idiot who thinks it's a good idea to sneak into the shuttle simulator and steal a bunch of moon rocks because NASA more or less considers them trash. Then thinks he should make a deal to sell the rocks pretty much right away to someone he met on the internet. Meanwhile, he's abandoned his wife in favor of a young girl he's known for all of five minutes.
Long story short [Too late!], he manages to steal moon rocks from NASA. And gets caught like five seconds later when he tries to sell them. And his young girlfriend, who spurred him to do this, never talks to him again. Good job, guy.
I think there was some sort of resolution where he starts learning in prison and crap, but, whatever.
Basically, the lesson here is: DON'T STEAL SHIT FROM NASA.