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Every Tool's A Hammer: Life Is What You Make It, by Adam Savage

emorine13's review against another edition

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funny hopeful informative inspiring lighthearted reflective medium-paced

5.0

As someone who grew up on Mythbusters, binged it in 2020, and has kept up with Adam Savage’s Tested, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It perfectly blends storytelling, practical tips, and deeper conversations into one cohesive conversation. I love that he starts off with “everyone is a maker - whether you’re a builder, chef, seamstress or artist” because it opens up the rest of what he has to say to everyone - not just model makers. I’m so happy to have listened to it first, but now I want to buy a physical copy, read it again, and mark up all my favorite parts!

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shuppie's review against another edition

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emotional funny hopeful informative inspiring lighthearted reflective slow-paced

5.0

yvo_about_books's review

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2.0


Finished reading: January 12th 2021


“We all have brains, and the ability to do remarkable things with them, but what we do with them is up to each of us.”

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I was a big Mythbusters fan when I was younger, so I couldn't resist adding Every Tool's A Hammer to my shelves as soon as I first heard about it. I've been meaning to read it ever since, looking forward to refresh memories of the show and getting to know better one of the hosts...  I have to be honest here and say that this memoir wasn't what I expected at all, and I don't think it's in a positive way. Rather than focusing on the show as expected, Every Tool's A Hammer more about creativity and creating itself and it could get really tedious and repetitive in points. I even started skimreading sooner than later, as the writing could get considerably dense and focused on small details I honestly couldn't care less about. Sure, I like the idea of everyone being a potential creator and that there is no limit to creativity or what is 'creating' and what isn't. But did I actually enjoy reading this memoir? Sadly, I don't think so. It reads more like a self help manual mixed with rambles about random projects and moments of his life... Not exactly what I thought I had signed up for, and unfortunately not my cup of tea at all.


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dr_tree's review against another edition

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informative reflective medium-paced

3.5

emmadstanden's review against another edition

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5.0

I really enjoyed this book and gained some valuable insights. I listened to the audiobook using Liibr.fm but i am intrigued if there are visual aids in the print copy. As a maker and an artist i gained interesting ideas but also some for my regular life. I would highly recommend this to anyone, especially creative types.

Pleasantly surprised. I wasn't expecting much from the 'myth busters guy' but he is waaaay more than that.

areemts1130's review against another edition

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informative lighthearted fast-paced

4.0

dylanperry's review against another edition

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5.0

Reread: July 2022
Bumping this to a 5 star. Adam Savage is a treasure to the world.

ariel_pan's review against another edition

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informative medium-paced

4.0

indieandajean's review against another edition

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5.0

One of the best memoirs I've read in a very long time. Perhaps also the only memoir I've managed to finish in a very long time.
As a fan of Myth Busters, Tested, and as a maker myself, this book did not disappoint. Adam Savage, as he always does regardless of format (television, youtube, in person, and now in writing), lovingly crafts a story of failures, successes, and lessons learned from this great big project we call life. This book invites you to sit down, laugh, and reevaluate your creative processes through a lens that feels in many ways like a conversation with a good friend.
I highly recommend this one to anyone who loves to make things, anyone who suffers with imposter syndrome, or those who, like me, can't get enough of this very funny and kind human.

lira_the_recluse's review against another edition

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5.0

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