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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By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Dec 29, James Targett flamethroqers it did not like it Shelves: Review quote “If you ever wondered what happened to MacGyver, he lives in Minneapolis under the name of Bill Gurstelle.

Flamethgowers spends a long and dull chapter in the front of the book talking about how risk taking defines our humanity, our selves, our lives! Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Return to Book Page. A kids books of science projects for adults. Maybe that’s why I picked the book up?

Absinthe and Flamethrowers

Preview — Absinthe Flamethrowers by William Gurstelle. Those who are “Risk Takers”. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There were several things I liked about this book, but so many more that I didn’t.

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.


Jan 19, Page rated it it was ok Shelves: He enumerates a list of “artfully dangerous activities” that you may or may not want to indulge in.

Paged through this one. Risk takers are more successful, more interesting individuals who lead more fulfilling lives. Feb 27, Clint Flatt rated it really liked it Shelves: It was okay, but I expected more for my money. I thought it was going to contain interesting information vis-a-vis the book of dangerous ideas for boys.

Absinthe Flamethrowers: Projects and Ruminations on the Art of Living Dangerously

The voice of someone with a face you want to punch. At the end of the day you I owe quite a bit of this book. No trivia or quizzes yet. Jul 09, Forrest Sontag rated it liked it.

That, along with a section on how to smoke to convey charact Gurstelle talks about the purpose of risk taking before offering a number of fairly safe ways to indulge in things that get one’s adrenaline pumping, like fllamethrowers rocketry flmethrowers homemade flamethrowers as well as thrill eating pufferfish and flaamethrowers absinthe. Having an approachable, basic recipe for black powder, rocket engines, and flame-throwers flmethrowers like just the type of knowledge I probably will never need but don’t want to go scrambling for when I do.

Looking for beautiful books? I owe quite a bit of this book. Oct 17, Hester rated it did not like it Shelves: Then he writes about how he did it, often about how you can do it, too. Chicago Review Press Written for reasonable risk takers and suburban dads who want to add more excitement to their lives, this daring combination of science, history, and DIY projects explains why danger is good for you and details the art of living dangerously.


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. I am not in the golden third.

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Book ratings by Goodreads. 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. Admittedly, I don’t live dangerously.

Sep 12, Miles rated it liked it Shelves: Written for smart risk takers, it explores why danger is good for you and details the art of living dangerously. And the rest of the book — the bits that aren’t gunpowder or smoke bombs or whatnot — strikes nad sort of sour note with me. I’m not trying these experiments out ‘on’ him! 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.

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