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LEGO: A Love Story

5 Ratings: 3.2
A book by Jonathan Bender

An adult LEGO fan's dual quest: to build with bricks and build a family There are 62 LEGO bricks for every person in the world, and at age 30, Jonathan Bender realized that he didn't have a single one of them. While reconsidering his childhood dream … see full wiki

5 reviews about LEGO: A Love Story
review by . May 16, 2010
Early in LEGO: A Love Story, I found myself wondering about author Jonathan Bender's narrative. It is easy to grasp the themes of his book; exploration of the world of Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOL), from the conventions to the build challenges to the interesting people that make up the LEGO community; a well researched look inside LEGO, from the corporate headquarters to the LEGOLAND amusement parks; a personal odyssey as one person attempts to rekindle his love of LEGO and building with bricks while …
review by . June 06, 2010
This book has a fantastic cover that initially drew me to it. The idea of an adult man reconnecting with a childhood love of building bricks was also fascinating.     It's billed as a memoir, or at least that was what I thought it was, and has elements of a "project memoir" wherein the author delves into a certain subject or theme with a goal in mind. In this case, Jonathan Bender wanted to research AFOLs (adult fan of LEGO) as well as become one himself.    But …
review by . May 22, 2010
Through the Amazon Vine program, I received a copy of LEGO: A Love Story by Jonathan Bender for review. I'm not a LEGO fan myself, but I have a few close friends who are master builders of the first degree. So what drives an adult to become totally obsessed with a "toy" that most kids give up sometime during their adolescent years? Bender explains his own love affair with LEGO, both as a child and as an adult rediscovering the joy and obsession.     His story starts at the age …
review by . April 06, 2010
One of the most vivid sense memories I have from when I was a child is of lying on the floor and trying to pry apart two short, flat Lego planks (2x2s) with my teeth. The tips of my fingers kept painfully slipping off of the bottom piece as my incisors clamped tight on the other, but I needed these separated desperately so that I could finish my masterpiece, a replica of the Airwolf helicopter. When I finally managed to get the two bricks apart (opening just enough space between them to pry them …
review by . April 05, 2010
Back when I was a wee lad... ok, as recently as when I was 28... I've had a fascination for LEGO. Twice in my life I've had large LEGO cities (Legopolis and New Legopolis, for the curious). These contained all the things LEGO people would need to live good lives: parks, buildings, a pizzeria, police, fire fighters, even a lighthouse. I even had a few Old West sets and used those to make a fake movie set, complete with a cameraman, a soundman, a director, and even a catering cart. Eventually I sold …
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