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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (5 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593273916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593273910
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Baichtal is a contributor to MAKE Magazine and Wired's GeekDad blog. He has also written for legendary tabletop gaming magazines Dragon and Dungeon, as well as Kobold Quarterly and 2600: The Hacker Quarterly.

Joe Meno is the founder of BrickJournal, a print and online LEGO® fan magazine. He has organized and run LEGO fan events, acted as an advisor on LEGO projects, and helped design LEGO sets.


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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roguebantha on 2 Dec. 2011
Format: Hardcover
There are a lot of Lego books out at the moment, however this one is a bit different.
This one has a bit about the history of Lego but the main trust of the book is AFOLs (Adult fans of Lego), the amazing things they create and the effect it has on there lives, communities and even partners.
If you have even a passing interest in Lego this is the book for you, if Lego is your hobby you should already have this book.
I must confess I maybe a bit biased as I was asked to have one of my Lego creations, but even if I wasn't in it I would have still brought it.
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By Mrs. J. Brady on 17 Jan. 2014
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Bought as a present. Person was over the moon with it. Extension of childhood. good purchase, arrived on time and in excellent condition.
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Great fun and very interesting for fans of Lego. Perhaps more for older children or adults and especially for AFOLs.
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0 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mobi on 26 Mar. 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is somewhat a story book on Lego. It gives some history behind the company, their different themes, what special projects some Lego users have developed etc.

It does not teach you any technique of using Lego. The book is costly as it contains many color pages.

It is a good read if you get it free (not impossible if you search on the web) but otherwise it is expensive to buy.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Cult of Lego perfect for all lego lovers out there 10 Nov. 2011
By T. Jensen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Do you have a Lego lover in your house? I know we do. My son and husband love Lego's. Honestly so do me and my girls as well. I mean who doesn't love to build with those little bricks and see what we can create. I love that we get to use our imagination to create all kinds of amazing things. I have a perfect gift for those Lego lovers and it's called 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 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 info 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.

We have loved the book. It is so interesting to read all about Lego's history and see the awesome pictures of stuff people have built with them like life size models of them selves or of WWII ships or even working vending machines. I mean wow is all I can say! I love the little tidbits of information it also shares. It is fun to see that most of the people that are building these amazing Lego structures are in their 30's and 40's. We can't get enough of this book.

So if you are looking for a great Christmas present for your Lego lover check out Cult of Lego book. They will love it and so will you!
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The Best LEGO Book Ever 31 Oct. 2011
By Marco Ciavolino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A few months ago our robotics club, TechBrick (Techbrick dot com), was asked to review an amazing book by no starch press: "The Cult of LEGO." It is simply one of the coolest books ever written about this amazing toy and tool.

It has more than 280 full-color pages covering almost every topic and task accomplished with LEGO bricks and parts.

I took it to a church youth meeting and we could barely get the kids back on task (we were building rockets). They poured over the book for more than an hour.

So if you have a LEGO fan in your house (even you) this would make a great Christmas gift (or an anytime gift).

But be warned, you will invest hours in this when you get it. But it will be worth it.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A Great Book that Will Open Your Eyes 3 Nov. 2011
By Dad of Divas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This was an amazing book! For anyone who has been or currently is a fan of legos, this book takes you inside the world or Lego and completely makes it turn on end. With beautiful images and intricate inside knowledge of all things Lego, you will leave the book completely intrigued and wanting to go out and buy a whole new set of Legos to work with immediately. In reading this book myself, I found myself looking deeper into the book and being completely immersed in the world. I was amazed to find that I was half way through the book, and that was in the first evening. This book is a must have for any lover of Legos!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
my 2-year-old won't give it back 5 Nov. 2011
By Philip Greenspun - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I could not get my 2-year-old daughter to give this book back. There is a lot of dense text in the book, comprehensively covering LEGO history and capsule biographies of LEGO nerds (AFOL=adult fans of LEGO; a job as a computer programmer seems to predispose one to this fate). I think what captivated the kid, however, were the full-color photos on every page. The book is really a celebration of the intense color that is only possible in an entirely plastic world.

Great gift for a family because people of all ages can get something different from the book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A coffee table book about LEGO? A coffee table book about LEGO? 8 Nov. 2011
By John Graham-Cumming - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Yes, it certainly is, and at first I wondered whether I was going to like it. Like a lot of people I played with LEGO (a lot!) as a child and then stopped as an adult. I was skeptical that a book about LEGO and AFOL (adult fans of LEGO) could be interesting, but The Cult of LEGO is great. If you have any interest in what happens when adults get their hands on LEGO, or just want a trip down memory lane and to dream about all the great models you could be building, I recommend this book.

I was particularly drawn to the minifigs. I actually don't like minifigs because I prefer models without people in them, but the section on them changed my mind completely. Some of the dioramas and large objects with minifigs in them were great. I found myself marveling at the detail and effort in the models (although I could have done without the authors' musings on minifigs and race).

There's a great deal to discover in this book as it covers many aspects of LEGO that only the most ardent LEGO fan is likely to be aware of. My only real criticisms are that I found the font chosen a bit hard to read, and I wished that some of the photographs were larger so I could get a feel for the objects built in detail. This is a book that would work well as an iPad app.

Recommended as a Christmas present this year.
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