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

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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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Kiteman (author)2010-12-11

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)

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2010-12-16

I should be getting my "picks" (listed below) in a day or two. :-)

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Goodhart (author)Kiteman2010-12-12

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

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2010-12-12

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.

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2010-12-12


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 :-)

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Goodhart (author)Goodhart2010-12-12

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.

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Goodhart (author)2010-12-09

ANYONE else that would like to inspire me?

I don't want to wait too long, for fear of forgetting about the voucher. . .  

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trike road poet (author)2010-12-08

I have several of this series in PDF file format, bizarre but fun projects to be sure!
(insert evil laugh here)

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Goodhart (author)trike road poet2010-12-08

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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caitlinsdad (author)Goodhart2010-12-08

In college, there were some courses that you had to buy the book from the university shop. They were written by the course professor and turned out to be a lousy plastic clip bound xerox copy at textbook prices. That is evil.

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caitlinsdad (author)caitlinsdad2010-12-08

and it might have been his doctorate thesis...it su........

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Goodhart (author)caitlinsdad2010-12-09

I haven't read any fiction since my last re-read of Isaac Asimov's Complete Stories vol 2 :-) I really do rather read informational books of interest (right now I am nearly finished with: "Quintessence" Which is a cosmological book on the search for Dark matter in the universe (revised version of The Fifth Essence).

The $10 voucher I have wouldn't cover much music, since I have a long way to go to complete my Mozart collection :-)

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trike road poet (author)Goodhart2010-12-08

I've found that the majority of parts are easily found in electronic surplus on-line, I built the Ultrasonic Microphone, Mass Accelerator, and Electrokinetic Gun. Fun projects, but seriously dangerous voltages and currents! One day I may build a better EK Gun, using an aluminum clylinder instead of an aluminum plate for the projectile.
The projects in this particular book are EXPENSIVE, simply because the parts are high power components. This makes them harder to find, and part of the reason the guy sources them at a price, he's located them and they are usually expensive enough to be cash up front just to get them. If serious voltage and current projects are going to be your interest, know that none of the ones I built were cheap, the lowest cost was $160 for just the parts.

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Goodhart (author)trike road poet2010-12-09

I haven't read any fiction since my last re-read of Isaac Asimov's Complete Stories vol 2 :-) I really do rather read informational books of interest (right now I am nearly finished with: "Quintessence" Which is a cosmological book on the search for Dark matter in the universe (revised version of The Fifth Essence).

The $10 voucher I have wouldn't cover much music, since I have a long way to go to complete my Mozart collection :-)

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jeff-o (author)2010-12-08

Oh, I remember thumbing through that book. There's a sweet laser build in there, but you need to find the laser tube and all sorts of other exotic parts...

I think you should buy some graphic novels or maybe some music...

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Goodhart (author)jeff-o2010-12-09

I haven't read any fiction since my last re-read of Isaac Asimov's Complete Stories vol 2 :-) I really do rather read informational books of interest (right now I am nearly finished with: "Quintessence" Which is a cosmological book on the search for Dark matter in the universe (revised version of The Fifth Essence).
The $10 voucher I have wouldn't cover much music, since I have a long way to go to complete my Mozart collection :-)

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