Cult of LEGO Book Review

Even though I’m a big fan of eBooks, I still love browsing through honest to goodness physical books. I find that there are some types of books that I prefer to be of the dead tree variety. One of these types is the large format, picture rich, coffee table book. I have a great example of a coffee table book that a large percentage of you that read The Gadgeteer will probably love to flip through. It’s The Cult of LEGO by John Baichtal and Joe Meno, from No Starch Press. If you love LEGO, you’ll really enjoy this book.

The Cult of LEGO isn’t like most of the other LEGO books that I own, that only show pages and pages of model examples. This book isn’t going to show you how to build a race car, but it does have tons of content about LEGO brick history, as well as AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) and their creations.

The book is full color, hardcover, with 304 pages. There are 12 chapters that cover topics such as: The History of LEGO, Minifig Mania and LEGO Art.

I love some of the tidbits included in the text, such as the fact that there are over 200,000 LEGO videos on YouTube! Wow, who knew? Now I want to go waste hours watching them ;) Or what about the over 1 million photos that are tagged with LEGO on Flickr?

The Cult of LEGO has interesting stories about people like us, who still enjoy playing with these colorful bricks even when we’re in our 40’s and beyond. There are also stories about people who have taken LEGO building to another level. You’ll definitely be inspired to go looking for your collection of bricks stored somewhere in your house, or to your local Walmart to buy a bucket if you don’t have any.

This book is fun and a great addition to any geek’s library.

The Cult of LEGO is current available for Pre-Order, but will be available in November. It’s priced at $39.95 through No Starch, but you can get it for less through Amazon.

 

Product Information

Price:$39.95
Manufacturer:No Starch Press
Retailer:Amazon
Pros:
  • Fun
  • Tons of pictures
Cons:
  • None
Posted in: Geek Toys, Kid Gadgets, Reviews

9 comments… add one

  • Ken S October 24, 2011, 5:07 pm

    …and if you really love Legos…well, there’s a new place to visit…

    http://florida.legoland.com/

    • Julie October 24, 2011, 5:09 pm

      @Ken have you been? Is it worth the trip and price of admission?

  • Ken Schoenberg October 24, 2011, 7:52 pm

    Julie, It just opened up recently and we’ll be going soon. I’ll give a full report once/if I return.

    • Julie October 24, 2011, 7:54 pm

      @Ken You should do a trip report :D

  • Ken Schoenberg October 24, 2011, 11:23 pm

    Julie, you got it. It’ll help to keep my mind off the never-ending supply of $3 sodas and candy my two little guys will be plowing through while perusing the Lego gift stores.

  • Andy Chen October 24, 2011, 11:41 pm

    Been to LegoLand in San Diego. I love it more than Disneyland, actually. (Just a little!) Way more family friendly.

  • theBrickBlogger October 25, 2011, 11:36 am

    Julie, you should have shown a picture of the hard-cover of the book too! All black! Very cultish! :twisted:

    • Julie October 25, 2011, 12:04 pm

      @theBrickBlogger You know, I’ve not taken off the dust cover yet! I’ll have to check it out :)

  • theBrickBlogger October 25, 2011, 12:08 pm

    Julie, you will love it! Very deliciously cultish! LOL! :lol:

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