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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Absinthe Flamethrowers by William 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 Gurstelle 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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title.

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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Jan 09, Amanda rated it liked it. There is a 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 it, 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 actual 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 read 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 how 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 out from his dull job at the phone company! Blah, blah, blah.

I skimmed the first bit of that chapter and skipped the rest, thinking that this guy should just run naked into the woods and bang on a drum. 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 in. 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: eating fugu, learning to crack a whip, smoking a European cigarette, drinking absinthe which, he's at pains to explain, isn't nearly as dangerous as you think it is!

Even eating hot chili peppers makes his list, which becomes fairly pedestrian once it's out 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. Nov 18, Bryan Mcquirk rated it it was ok Shelves: comedy. 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 mid-life crisis, self-help book to justify ones existence. If you need this book to help define yourself as thrill seeking, you have probably already failed.

Aug 09, Liza Gilbert rated it did not like it Shelves: abandoned , adult-non-fiction. 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 so many more that I didn't.

My favorite line: "Wear a hat when practicing with a bullwhip. 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. My opinion: if you don't know what eBay is, you probably shouldn't be purchasing chemicals online and drinking wormwood in your spare time.

I thought this could have been an adventurous, moderately anarchistic read, but it was just disappointing. Oct 05, Chris rated it liked it. 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 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 other hand, if you can't do those things, you probably have no business making one. Jan 19, Page rated it it was ok Shelves: non-fiction. 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 I nearly stopped reading early on because of it -- was the quiz to see if you are a risk taker.

Unlike the largely geeky and solo activities on which the book is focused, the quiz is almost entirely about physical risk taking -- running marathons and climbing mountains. Overall frustrating and not recommended. Jan 08, Alex Dove rated it liked it Shelves: various-facts. Had some good information, both in designing projects and historical precedents, but it also sounded less about living "artfully dangerous" as the author liked to say, and more like looking cool.

Which there is a difference between having a good, if dangerous experience, and just trying to look like you live dangerously. I guess the best example was the chapter where the author talks about smoking and drinking. Yes, technically hobbies or habits that can be hazardous to ones health, but instead Had some good information, both in designing projects and historical precedents, but it also sounded less about living "artfully dangerous" as the author liked to say, and more like looking cool.

That's the underlying issue with this book, every chapter seems to be about how to prove you are dangerous, not actually experience new things that you might not have considered before. Mar 14, Mihaela Chantova rated it it was amazing Shelves: favs. Entertaining and useful with a twist of trouble. Sep 22, Christopher added it. I had issues with this book.

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Some guys, and I know who a few of you are, will be loading up the car in states where, unlike New York, the sale of fireworks is legal. Those Phantom Fireworks discount cards can really burn a hole in your wallet. Others like to prepare emotionally and mentally for the Fourth by getting some reading done. But when it comes to the theory and practice of making your own noisy, mildly dangerous fun in the backyard, America has a new poet laureate. I keep a well-thumbed copy in the upstairs bathroom. Managers who take the greatest risks are the most successful, he observes.

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Click here to get the book. 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 Gurstelle 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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Absinthe and Flamethrowers

Are people who take risks happier than those who do not? First of all, I had to better define the question. Physical risks? Emotional risks? Monetary risks? All of them?

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