Gizmodo Reading Room: DIYS

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

by William Gurstelle
Danny Allen remarked that this book "looks like some hazardous, but fascinating Summer reading," but I think that flamethrowers and gunpowder are great DIY projects all year 'round. [Amazon; Kindle; Barnes and Noble]

Dangerous Book for Boys Electronics Kit

by Thames & Kosmos
Based on Conn and Hal Iggulden's amazing Dangerous Book for Boys, this particular work is more than just a reading assignment. While there are 32 pages of vital DIY reading to be done here, the actual electronics described are included. Just ignore the bit about "boys," cuz this is a fantastic set for girls who like to tinker, too. [Makershed]

Getting Started with Arduino

by Massimo Banzi
Written by Massimo Banzi, co-founder of the Arduino Project, this book contains all you really need to know to dive into some mad-crazy-fun Arduino projects, recommended to us by Mr. Maker himself, Phil "I Sleep 10 Feet From a 3D Printer" Torrone. [Amazon; Kindle; Barnes and Noble]

Mini Weapons of Mass Destruction

by John Austin
When we featured a project from John Austin's book, we described that it would "take your spitball firepower to the next level," and similar statements stand true for all the projects in Mini Weapons. Try some—just please don't inflict any permanent damage. [Amazon]

How to Build a Robot Army

by Daniel H. Wilson
Take your pick of (occasional Gizmodo contributor) Daniel H. Wilson's awesome books, like How to Survive a Robot Uprising, Mad Scientist Hall of Fame and this one, How to Build a Robot Army—even if they don't equip you with the precise electronic engineering for construction of your own creepy Threepios, they do equip you with the knowledge to survive in the worlds of today and tomorrow. Plus, they're hilarious. [Amazon; Barnes and Noble]

Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar: How Self-Education and the Pursuit of Passion Can Lead to a Lifetime of Success

by James Marcus Bach
Since this is a DIY section, we felt it fitting to include James Marcus Bach's new book—it's partly a memoir, but it's also a how-to guide to get the most out of self-education. We ran an excerpt a few weeks ago, and the response was incredible. Surprising how many people are doing like Bach did, and taking their educations into their own hands. [Amazon; Kindle; Barnes and Noble; Nook]

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