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meganbaxter

I'm a grad student, an avid reader, a huge nerd, fervent roleplayer, wife, cat lover, tea snob, and obsessive keeper of lists.

What Would MacGyver Do?: True Stories of Improvised Genius in Everyday Life

What Would MacGyver Do?: True Stories of Improvised Genius in Everyday Life - Brendan Vaughan I'm sure this is palatable in small, website-sized doses. But as a collection of stories, it's an utter failure. Most are not even that interesting, and one-half to two-thirds don't seem to remotely approach the lofty ambitions of the title - they're people figuring out fairly obvious solutions to problems that seem way overblown in the first place.

Scattered in amongst these are a few gems, stories genuinely worth reading. But they are few and far between.

Not every popular website needs to get turned into a book. This book is a good example of why not. If the title interests you, check out the website. (If it's still around - I honestly can't be bothered to check.) But don't bother sitting down and reading this whole thing. The slog to the good bits is far too difficult, most of the stories far too earnest, most of the solutions far too mundane. Some don't even seem to involve solutions.

The only thing in its defense I can say is that it was a fast read. That is not enough.