What are you reading?

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  1. Smellincoffee

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    The Rebels: A Brotherhood of Outlaw Bikers, an anthropological study of a biker gang. So far it's a low-key biker gang, all these guys do is ride without helmets, smoke marijuana, and get in the occasional fight.
     
  2. Saga

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    i like it. i've only about a hundred pages left. it certainly isn't turning out the way i expected, which is nice.
     
  3. Tora Ziyal

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    All the President's Men, by Woodward and Bernstein. Watergate.
     
  4. Kemaiku

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    Enjoy it, as it's the last Vampire Chronicle that's either readable, or that matters in the original 10, according to Rice herself. Having finished Prince Lestat earlier this year.
     
  5. Miss Chicken

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    For the first time ever I have returned a movie to Audible because I absolutely hated it.

    It was the before mentioned The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman, narrated by Noah Taylor.

    This novel was the literary equivalent of a Hallmark movie. Soppy, cliched, predictable. The men were all noble, and the women were weak minded. Fuck this book, and fuck the movie they are making based on the book. I don't care if a friend of mine is an extra in the movie, I am not going to sit through this pile of sentimental shit just to get a glimpse of him.

    Edited to add - how this book got such good reviews is beyond me.

    Edited again to say - with the Audible I got for returning the book I selected The Return of Little Big Man by Thomas Berger, narrated by Scott Sowers. I will probably start listening to it tomorrow.
     
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  6. CommanderRaytas

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    I'm reading that Gillian Anderson novel...well, she didn't write it alone, but I'm too lazy to google the dude's name now. It starts decent. Let's see if it stays that way.

    I've read Gone Girl before that, which is AWESOME. Haven't seen the film, yet, though. Seriously, that is one well-written book.
     
  7. Tim Walker

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    I was looking for a thread on exoplanets. Anyway.....

    Scientific American, January 2015. Article suggests that super Earths-up to twice the Earth's mass-may be the idea environments for life. Super Earths may be "super habitual. Our own Earth may be marginal for life.
     
  8. RJDiogenes

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    I've read that, too, and the arguments are solid. Which is cool, because they've found plenty of them in Goldilocks Zones already-- including one system where there are a total of three.
     
  9. Saga

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  10. Velocity

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  11. Tim Walker

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    There have been a number of suggestions that our solar system is an outlier. Perhaps our particular configuration of planets is unusual.

    For life bearing planets, I have to wonder if there is a bell curve in terms of size/mass, with our Earth being one of the smallest that can nourish life.
     
  12. RJDiogenes

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    I wouldn't be surprised about us being an outlier. Bode's Law didn't last long when we started spotting other systems. Hot Jupiters were only the first surprise. And if super-Earths are more nurturing for life, that little fact could be another contributor to the Fermi Paradox.
     
  13. Saga

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    The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
     
  14. Velocity

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  15. Tim Walker

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    Information is meager, but surface gravities can be calculated-a super terrestrial planet should have higher surface gravity. It is hard enough as it is to launch into space from our Earth.
     
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    "Somebody has been living on my Planet, and they screwed it alllllll up"

    I am reading Killing Kennedy by Bill O'Reilly & Martin Dugard
     
  17. RJDiogenes

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    ^^ I was thinking that about the system that has three planets in the Zone. It would be funny if the inner one is too tropical and the other one is too arctic, but the middle one is just right. :rommie:

    Exactly. Thinking beings on a super-Earth would face an even greater challenge than we do in developing space flight.
     
  18. Tim Walker

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    On the other hand, not all planets in the super terrestrial size range may harbor life. I recall coming across a comment that one candidate may actually be a super Venus.

    As for Earth sized planets, I once came across a concept (I think it was in Analog) that most may be Water Worlds (remember the movie?). There may be sprinklings of small islands across a global ocean, similar to the Pacific Ocean. [An implication for Star Trek is that most colonized planets are Water Worlds] Our Earth may be unusually dry for a Water World.
     
  19. RJDiogenes

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    I've read that, too. There's also the possibility that they are deficient in metals in their crusts, making the development of advanced technology difficult. In general, the odds are against spacefaring civilizations.
     
  20. Smellincoffee

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