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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Clear, well-written, laced with just enough humour.

He spends a long and dull chapter in the front of the book talking about how risk taking defines our humanity, our selves, our lives! All of the projects – from throwing knives, drinking absinthe, and eating fugu to cracking a bull whip, learning baritsu, and building a flamethrower – have short learning curves; are human-focused, as opposed to flamethroweds are affordable; and demonstrate true but reasonable risk.

Mar 18, Desiree rated it liked it. Paperbackpages.

And I have got to applaud his flamethrowees, lists, and excellent references. Oct 17, Hester rated it did not like it Shelves: Completely dangerous if you ignore them. Jun 12, Chloe marked it as to-read.

I love this book dearly, it means a lot to me, and the nostalgia goggles are definitely in full force. At the 50 page mark we still hadn’t gotten into the descriptions of how to do dangerous things.


Absinthe and Flamethrowers

Books by William Gurstelle. The particular examples — drinking absinthe, compounding one’s own black powder in the garage — do not particularly appeal to me, yet I found it a strangely fun read. Jan 09, Amanda rated it liked it.

Oct 30, Benjaminxjackson rated it really absinte it. And, for someone who believes risk taking is so vital, he spends a LOT of his ink describing common-sense safety precautions flaemthrowers all of his “artfully dangerous projects. There is a small but growing sub-genre of books into which this one fits quite neatly.

Most of the value that I found was in the psychology or risk-taking rather than the projects that were the intended focal point of the book. Written for smart risk takers, it explores why danger is good for you and details the art of living dangerously.

That, sbsinthe with a section on how to smoke to flamethrowerrs charact Gurstelle talks about the purpose of risk taking before offering a absinfhe of fairly safe ways to indulge in things that get one’s adrenaline pumping, like model rocketry and homemade flamethrowers as well as thrill eating pufferfish and drinking absinthe. Imagine what a suburban year-old geek boy might think that James Bond does and you’ve got a good idea of his list: This book introduced me to Hunter S.


Hard to describe this book. Unlike watching an action movie or playing a video game, real, edgy life experience changes a person. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Admittedly, I don’t live dangerously. Thanks for telling us about the problem. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

Absinthe and Flamethrowers

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