LEGO A Love Story
This book has been out for a few months and I've been meaning to review it since reading it on holiday in July. However I didn't get round to it so here's a mini-review written by Brickset member duq:
Like many of us Jonathan Bender played with Lego as a child and dreamt of working as a Master Builder in Legoland. Like many of us the Lego and the dream were forgotten when he went to college. Just before his 30th birthday his mother asks him to clear out his old room. Jonathan finds a big box of Lego which brings back a lot of memories and gets him to buy Lego again.
Unlike most of us Jonathan is a writer and he has turned the story of his rediscovery of Lego into a book. His journey is a condensed version of what a lot of AFOLs have been through. Starting with a rainbow camel built from childhood bricks, buying sets, ordering from Bricklink and building the first MOC worthy of public display. Being a writer helps open doors and so he meets lots of well-known people from the AFOL community like Joe Meno and Lino Martins as well as people inside the company like Jamie Berard and Steve Witt. He even gets the full inside tour in Billund. There's a second story in the book and that's about Jonathan and his wife Kate. The Lego room was supposed to be the baby room and now the toys have arrived before the baby. That raises questions in his head that he and Kate need to answer.
The book is an easy read. For most AFOLs the joy will be in recognising people and situations more than discovering new facts about Lego. For friends and family of AFOLs the book may help to explain why you ended up with the hobby you did.