UPDATED: I am having difficulties deciding which book to pick from AMAZON

I will get a list of the ones I am considering at the moment soon, and would like suggestions from you all too.

Ok, here is my list; I want to pick one of these, OR if someone has a better suggestion....let me hear it:  

Backyard Ballistics: Build Potato Cannons, Paper Match Rockets, Cincinnati Fire Kites, Tennis Ball Mortars, and More Dynamite Devices by William Gurstelle

Whoosh Boom Splat: The Garage Warrior's Guide to Building Projectile Shooters
by William Gurstelle

Adventures from the Technology Underground: Catapults, Pulsejets, Rail Guns, Flamethrowers, Tesla Coils, Air Cannons, and the Garage Warriors Who Love Them
by William Gurstelle

MAKE: Electronics: Learning Through Discovery [Paperback]
Charles Platt



Getting Started with Arduino (Make: Projects)
by Massimo Banzi

Practical Arduino: Cool Projects for Open Source Hardware (Technology in Action)
by Jonathan Oxer

30 Arduino Projects for the Evil Genius [Paperback]
Simon Monk

51 High-Tech Practical Jokes for the Evil Genius
by Brad Graham

Mechatronics for the Evil Genius: 25 Build-it-Yourself Projects
by Newton Braga

123 Robotics Experiments for the Evil Genius (TAB Robotics)
by Myke Predko

22 Radio and Receiver Projects for the Evil Genius
by Thomas Petruzzellis

The Geeks' Guide to World Domination: Be Afraid, Beautiful People [Paperback]
Garth Sundem

Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture (DIY Science)
by Robert Bruce Thompson

Chemical Magic
by Leonard A. Ford

The Best of Make (Make 75 Projects from the pages of MAKE)
by Mark Frauenfelder

Theo Gray's Mad Science: Experiments You Can Do At Home - But Probably Shouldn't
by Theodore Gray


BTW:  I have the one pictured, and actually am not pleased with this particular one.  Which is why I am being cautious....

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Kiteman6 years ago
I have browsed some of the "Evil Genius" books in a store, I wasn't impressed.

The Gurstelle books, I am impressed. I have Back Yard Balistics and Woosh, Boom Splat myself.

It's difficult to advise which of the others to go for without knowing your plans / space.

Personally, I would go for an Arduino book or the home chemistry books if you have little work / storage space, or the Gurstelle books if you have plenty of space outside.

If you have space to store plenty of dead electronics, I'd also add a book to the list: Junkbot, Bugbots and Bots with Wheels.  I have a copy, and it is easy to follow (although it could do with being spiral bound, so it lies open on the workbench).  If you don't want to store piles of junk, the book is well-supported by Solarbotics, who also host a sample chapter for you to try building a symet.

(Oh, I see it has a Kindle version now)

Goodhart (author)  Kiteman6 years ago
I should be getting my "picks" (listed below) in a day or two. :-)
Goodhart (author)  Kiteman6 years ago
Hey thank you for the suggestions....I just was unsure of any of them, since I haven't had any way to view much of the content of any of them...and when I was up at Maker Faire, I didn't really look into many of the books they had in the one tent
Goodhart (author)  Goodhart6 years ago
In thinking about this further, I do have a lot of "junk" already, mostly electronic components however; caps, resistors, etc., lots of junk boards to cannibalize, a few motors, and nearly no space to work (meaning I have to get some things done so I have a little more room). I'd love to get the Arduino book, but I don't think I would be able to afford a unit any time soon, so with all the other ones still pulling me their way, I think your suggestion of the Junkbot book sounds most likely to inspire me with what I have presently. Thanks for the link to the sample chapter.

Thanks again for all the suggestions and help.
Goodhart (author)  Goodhart6 years ago

Sent for:  I decided to go for the Super saver discount (postage free) and ordered:

JunkBots, BugBots, and Bots on Wheels

507 Mechanical Movements (and devices)

The Geeks Guide to World Domination  

So now I have reading material for the next month and inspiration for the next year :-)
Goodhart (author)  Goodhart6 years ago
PS: I have two "other" evil genius books that are, IMHO much better written then the ones by Bob Iannini.

Living in the city kind of counts out the Backyard ballistics books (I did some of that when I was much younger since I grew up in the country); at least, for now.
Goodhart (author) 6 years ago
ANYONE else that would like to inspire me?

I don't want to wait too long, for fear of forgetting about the voucher. . .  
Goodhart (author)  Goodhart6 years ago
Anyone ?
I have several of this series in PDF file format, bizarre but fun projects to be sure!
(insert evil laugh here)
Goodhart (author)  trike road poet6 years ago
Yes, but this ONE book, is very "exclusive" in that one needs to have either special parts, equipment, or supplies some that must come from the author.....I think that is dirty to write a book on "making" like that.
I have a few of the others too.  
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