Absinthe Flamethrowers has ratings and 36 reviews. Amanda said: There is a small but growing sub-genre of books into which this one fits quite neatly. photo by Scott Beale My friend writer William Gurstelle, who writes for Make Magazine and is one of the producers of Make: Television, has a. In “Absinthe & Flamethrowers,” Mr. Gurstelle burrows into the difference between what he calls “Big-T types” (genuine thrill-seekers) and.

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Return to F,amethrowers Page. Preview — Absinthe Flamethrowers by Absinnthe Gurstelle. This daring combination of science, history, and DIY projects will show you how. Written for smart risk takers, it explores why danger is good for you and details the art of living dangerously.

Risk takers are more successful, more interesting individuals who lead more fulfilling lives. Unlike watching an action movie or playing a video game, real-life experience changes a person, and Fflamethrowers will help you discover the true thrill of making black powder along with dozens of other edgy activities.

All of the projects—from throwing knives, drinking absinthe, and eating fugu to cracking a bull whip, learning bartitsu, and building a flamethrower—have short learning curves, are hands-on and affordable, and demonstrate true but reasonable risk. With a strong emphasis on safety, each potentially life-altering project includes step-by-step directions, photographs, and illustrations along with troubleshooting tips from experts in the field.

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Jan 09, Amanda rated it liked it. There is flamethrlwers small but growing sub-genre of books into which this one fits quite neatly. It is, to the best of my knowledge, purely an American male phenomenon, but if you’ve found something else, please let me know.

Then he writes about how he did flamdthrowers, often about how y There is a small but growing sub-genre of books into which this one fits quite neatly. Then he writes about how he did it, often about how you can do it, too.

And now, “Absinthe and Flamethrowers. Part of the book is fantastic — a useful and handy guide on how to make gunpowder and solid rocket fuel. There are instructions, too, for an flamethrowere flame thrower. There is a listing of places to buy hard-to-find items which I plan to use for my sausage making, if nothing else. Clear, well-written, laced with just enough humour. A good rlamethrowers for those of us who love a Mythbusters marathon. And then there’s the rest of the book.

He spends a long and dull chapter in the front of the book talking about anv risk taking defines our humanity, our selves, our lives! How you are a better person if you take risks!

How modern life stifles our risk taking! How he broke abslnthe from his dull job at the phone company! I skimmed the first bit of that chapter and skipped the rest, thinking ahsinthe this guy should just run flamethrowerd into the woods and bang on a drum.

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And, for someone who believes risk taking is so vital, he spends a LOT of his ink describing common-sense safety precautions for all of his “artfully dangerous projects.

And the rest of the book — the bits that aren’t gunpowder or smoke bombs or whatnot — strikes a sort of sour note with me. He enumerates a list of “artfully dangerous activities” that you may or may not want to indulge flanethrowers. I’m all for living “on the edge,” but his idea of what a dangerous man might do is a bit Imagine what a suburban year-old geek boy might think that James Bond does and you’ve got a good idea of his list: Even eating hot chili peppers makes his list, which becomes fairly pedestrian once it’s flamethrowera of the realm of explosives.

The most interesting thing that doesn’t involve explosives is his very glancing section of bartitsu, the martial art practiced by Sherlock Holmes. It’s not useful, but he has endnotes that point the interested Holmes fan towards more information.

And I have got to applaud his citations, lists, and excellent references. Ironically, his solid research is the best part of the book. What’s more, it’s useful for those of us who want the learn to make gunpowder, but don’t see doing so as a life-affirming way to reassert our manhood. Aug 09, Liza Gilbert rated it did not like it Shelves: There were several things I liked about this book, but so many more that I didn’t.

At the 50 page mark we still hadn’t gotten into the descriptions of how to do dangerous things. The author spends those 50 pages talking about the philosophy of why people do dangerous things, which wouldn’t have been too bad if he hadn’t come off as slightly patronizing. I skimmed the rest of the book, which includes info on how to build a flamethrower, how to eat pufferfish, how to build smoke bombs, etc. My favorit There were several things I liked about this book, but flajethrowers many more that I didn’t.

Overall, I felt Gurstelle’s writing was uneven. He spouts philosophy, personality tests, and theory in the first half, using big words and somewhat talking down to his audience, but in the latter half of the book he takes the low road, really talking down to the audience such as gently explaining what eBay is.

I thought this could have been an adventurous, moderately anarchistic absintue, but it was just disappointing.

Absinthe and Flamethrowers

Oct 05, Chris rated it liked it. I’ll admit that I skipped most of absinths and spent a lot of time on the flamethrower instructions, and I have to say they are unclear, inconsistent, and imprecise. In general, if you don’t have the mechanical inclination to0 fill in the gaps or improvise a bit you probably won’t be able to make a working flamethrower from his recipe, but on the other hand, if you can’t do I’ll admit that I skipped most of this and spent a lot of time on the flamethrower instructions, and I have to say they are unclear, inconsistent, and imprecise.

In general, if you don’t have the mechanical inclination to0 fill in the gaps or improvise a bit you probably won’t be able to make a working flamethrower from his recipe, but on the flmaethrowers hand, if you can’t do those things, you probably have no business making one. Jan 19, Page rated it it was ok Flametgrowers This was not the book I wanted it to be. It had too much detail I’m some areas and not nearly enough in others. The worst thing though — and Flametrowers nearly stopped reading early on because of it — was the quiz to see if you are a risk taker.

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Unlike the largely geeky and solo activities on which the book is focused, the quiz asbinthe almost entirely about physical risk taking — running marathons and climbing mountains. Overall frustrating and not recommended.

Nov 18, Bryan Mcquirk rated it it was ok Shelves: Hard to describe this book. I thought it was going to contain interesting information vis-a-vis the book of dangerous ideas for boys.

Instead this book comes across as a pseudo flamethrowerx crisis, self-help book to justify ones existence. If you need this book to help define yourself as fllamethrowers seeking, you have probably already failed. Mar 14, Mihaela Chantova rated it it was amazing Shelves: Entertaining and useful with a twist of trouble. Sep 22, Christopher added it. I had issues with this book. Over half the chapters were exhortations on “Living Life Dangerously” as part of the “Golden Third” of people who take above-average risks but not so far as to become self-destructive.

I can somewhat see what the author was going for, but he went out of his way to excoriate the less risk-taking, calling them milquetoasts or “little-t” T supposedly standing for thrill-seeking but inevitably conjuring the word testosterone.

Tirades against a “nanny-state” – however sh I had issues with this book. Tirades against a “nanny-state” – however short – make me want to shut any conversation down before I’m being offered off-the-grid land in Montana. That out of the way, I feel like this is a flamthrowers resource to have in a home library.

Having an approachable, basic recipe for black powder, rocket engines, and flame-throwers seems like just the type of knowledge I probably will never need but don’t want to go scrambling for when I do. As a final aside, this book is also quintessentially American in its choices of measurements.

Only unit-uncertain Yanks would insist on weighing chemicals absinteh grams to heat to temperatures in Fahrenheit to form in to tubes in 16th of an inch and then puncture with a 9-penny nail. Dec 29, James Targett rated it did not like it Shelves: Very US centric – with some odd views of what entails risk-taking travelling in Europe, running a marathon Even to the actual title, flamethrowers look fun, and I can see that as a risky, fun activity; but I do Didn’t finish this.

Even to the actual title, flamethrowers look fun, and I can see that as a risky, fun activity; but I don’t really see drinking absinthe as risky. Plus the tone is pompous. The voice of someone with a face you want to punch.

Nov 27, Brandon rated it it was amazing. I owe quite a bit of this book. This book introduced me to Hunter S. Thompson and possibly even more important I love this book dearly, it means a lot to me, and the nostalgia goggles are definitely in full force.

At its core you have a man who just wants people to get the most out of life. He gives you the run down of what “edge-working” is, and then gives you a slew of ideas and blueprints to keep pushing that edge. At the end of the day you I owe quite a bit of this book.