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What Would MacGyver Do?: True Stories of Improvised Genius in Everyday Life Paperback – Bargain Price, December 18, 2007
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Wanna escape nuclear disaster using just a paper clip? What Would MacGyver Do? collects real-life tales of ingenuity with everyday objects.
An extremely entertaining read and a way for you to tap into your inner Mac. . . . Most of the stories are cool gems.
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Here are some examples from the book which are NOT "Improvised Genius":
The car's exhaust system is dragging on the ground, so you contemplate using a coat hanger to tie it up. Instead, a construction worker cuts it off for you using an acetylene torch.
The power button for your computer breaks off the motherboard, so you glue it back on with Super Glue.
You forget to set the parking brake on your rental truck, so you chase it down and manage to set the brake just before it reaches the neighbor's lawn.
You steal a cup of ice from the convenience store next door so your drinks can be properly chilled.
You are asked by an editor friend to come up with a true story of improvised genius, but you can't think of one, so instead you write about not coming up with one, offering a story you made up based on a synopsis of MacGyver episodes you read on the Internet.
And finally, a story that this reviewer made up:
You're a New York editor, who has sold a book idea about "improvised genius" to your publisher. You build a website, soliciting stories, but the stories you get are either not very good examples of "improvised genius" or not well written, or both. So you turn to all your writer friends and pester them for stories. Most of the stories aren't very good examples of IG, but they are well written, so you use them.
Improvised? Yes. Genius? No.
Does the author really think the real MacGyver would be proud of these three? Knitting needle as a clutch cable pin? Yawn. Snack mix for traction? Is he serious? And here's a beauty: Waiting for someone else to come by because you're so worthless at fixing your own muffler? They don't exactly grab you... Certainly not anything close to what the real MacGyver would do.
Perhaps there are better, more worthy stories later in the book. I'll never find out. The three I listened to attempted to be so "eloquent" that they became nauseatingly "cutesy". Way too verbose for the actual amount of informational value. Self-celebratory to the point of being repulsive.
I loved the show, and with equal emotion, loathe this book.
There were two stories that I liked. A dude fixed his car in the middle of nowhere using a knitting needle. As I said earlier, I'm not really giving anything away here, since the author spells this out for you before you hear the story. Another guy fixes a dudes tire in a novel way. Okay then!
The rest were awful. A guy's family needs to lift a deck up a few feet so they can reattach it to the house. So they use four car jacks. Imagine that, what genious to use jacks to lift something heavy. Damn it all, they even had one for each corner! How is that a MacGuyverism? That was the exact thing thing they needed, in the exact number they needed!
A guy's apartment is hot, so he tries to make an air conditioner from scratch. All he has is a fan and a bucket. How does he MacGuyver this? He goes to Home Depot and buys all the rest of the stuff he needs. Fail!
Some girl is friends with another girl who is severely asthmatic.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I got this book as a Christmas gift, think I would rather gotten socks. There was nothing earth shattering herePublished 6 months ago by Curt Larson
This is an ensemble of would be writers telling drawn out stories of what they consider to be clever improvisations to a challenging situations. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michaelb
Lots of laughs here, which is the best reason to read it. If you are looking for ingenious, humorless fixes, go to Instructables dot com. Read morePublished 11 months ago by elizabeth
Loved reading this book! We don't use our brains. But Brendan Vaughan does & so beautifully. ThanksPublished 15 months ago by maryellen
Agree totally with J.D. Wolter's review. Compelled to vote to counteract the outrageous 5 star reviews.Published 16 months ago by must warn people
This book is really good in love Macgyver I still am reading this book and taking my time with this because the stories are awesome it came on time and I was so happy to get this... Read morePublished on June 1, 2014 by Amazon Customer
Dont waste your money on this .It isnt worth the papper it is written on. You will learn much more by watching the showPublished on July 10, 2013 by E. padgett
I can only imagine that the people who wrote positive reviews either didn't read the book or have no idea who MacGyver was or what he did. Read morePublished on May 30, 2013 by Kathi Thompson