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No Starch Press The LEGO Architect by Tom Alphin

The LEGO Architect

Our friends over at No Starch Press has sent out a press release regarding a new book that you may be interested about called The LEGO Architect. The book is written by Tom Alphin and you’ve probably seen his work before in the LEGO community. Check out the press release below or head over to No Starch Press to pre-order the book that includes a coupon code for 30% off. You can also pre-order the book on Amazon.

The LEGO Architect

Explore the world of architecture through LEGO

San Francisco, CA (July 14, 2015) — It’s one of life’s certainties: when you give curious kids LEGO bricks, they’ll build little LEGO houses.
But talented LEGO artists from around the world have taken the art of house building to new heights, and the results are sensational. The LEGO Architect (No Starch Press, $24.95, 192 pp., September 2015), a new coffee-table book from San Francisco-based No Starch Press, showcases art deco skyscrapers, neoclassical federal buildings, postmodern office complexes, and sleek modern homes—all built with thousands of plastic LEGO bricks by a community of remarkably patient and visionary artists.

According to Tom Alphin, author of The LEGO Architect, “The official LEGO Architecture sets are bestsellers because they allow people to experience architecture hands-on, by recreating famous buildings. My book runs with this idea, but with the broader goal of exploring many influential architectural styles.”

In The LEGO Architect, readers learn about the history of seven unique architectural styles and follow step-by-step instructions to build twelve LEGO models.

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No Starch Press Introduces Beautiful LEGO: Wild!

Beautiful LEGO: Wild!

No Starch Press has just sent out the official press release for Mike Doyle’s latest book, Beautiful LEGO: Wild!. This is Mike’s third book in the Beautiful LEGO series that showcases nature-inspired LEGO artwork from artists in the LEGO community. You can also pre-order Beautiful LEGO: Wild! on Amazon. Check out the press release below.

San Francisco, CA (June 19, 2015) — Hailed as a “stunning array” by TODAY and “a feast for the senses” by Wired, the Beautiful LEGO series is back with a new collection of breathtaking art. The highly anticipated Beautiful LEGO: Wild! (No Starch Press, $24.95, 232 pp., September 2015) is brimming with imaginative and vibrant masterpieces from the most talented LEGO builders in the world.

From adorable pets and marine critters to magnificent arboreal landscapes, the creations in Beautiful LEGO: Wild! are sure to delight the artist, naturalist, and LEGO enthusiast in everyone.

Interviews with LEGO masters give readers an exclusive look into the minds behind the art. For featured builder Sean Kenney, creating art with LEGO is more than just connecting pieces—it’s capturing the essence of a subject: “It has to have life. My sculptures need to be rooted in personal expression.” One of Kenney’s pieces, Monarch, is made from more than 60,000 LEGO pieces.

Tom Poulsom, whose amazing bird sculptures became an official LEGO set this year, explains the appeal of working in such an unusual medium. “To me, LEGO is the best puzzle in the world. There are infinite combinations, and it’s possible to create pretty

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No Starch Press Humble “School’s Out” Book Bundle

No Starch Press has a Humble “School’s Out” Book Bundle going for a month that is filled with a lot of their LEGO books as well as some other educational reads. You pay what you want on Humble Bundle but if you reach a certain threshold, you’ll get every book on the list which is a pretty good deal considering that it costs less for every book than by paying for each one separately. The promo ends on July 1st.

Customers who pay any amount receive:

  • Super Scratch Programming Adventure!: Learn to Program by Making Cool Games
  • The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2: Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons & More!
  • The Manga Guide to Databases
  • Wonderful Life with the Elements
  • The Art of LEGO Design

Customers who pay more than the average user also receive:

  • JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming
  • The Unofficial LEGO Technic Builder’s Guide
  • Learn to Program with Scratch
  • Arduino Workshop: A Hands-On Introduction with 65 Projects
  • The Linux Command Line

And customers who pay $17 or more receive all of the above, plus:

  • The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Discovery Book: A Beginner’s Guide to Building and Programming Robots
  • Teach Your Kids to Code: A Parent-Friendly Guide to Python Programming
  • Automate the Boring Stuff with Python
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Preview of Upcoming Medieval LEGO Book

Medieval LEGO

Our friends over at No Starch Press has sent us a press release featuring one of their new upcoming books, Medieval LEGO. The book has 132 pages filled with various medieval builds that you through 32 historical events from a number of LEGO builders. Written by Greyson Beights with contributions from medievalists and scholars, you can be sure that everything written should be historically accurate. You can now pre-order Medieval LEGO over at No Starch or on Amazon.

Medieval LEGO
A History Book of Epic Proportions

San Francisco, CA (June 9, 2015) — Medieval history is undeniably awesome. Bloody battles, deposed kings, crusading knights, powerful matriarchs, and righteous warriors. But now—history is adorable too.

Through the improbable pairing of LEGO artists and world-renowned scholars, Medieval LEGO (No Starch Press, September 2015, $14.95) takes the reader on a miniature quest through medieval England. Fifteen-year-old author Greyson Beights brings together this unlikely team to depict the era of dire warfare, strategic marriage, endless intrigue, terrible famine, and deadly plague.

From the Norman Conquest to the Battle of Bosworth Field, each historical event is immortalized in a LEGO tableau and concisely explained by a world-class historian. Professor Ralph Griffiths chronicles the Wars of the Roses; Professor Stephen Knight discusses the folklore of Robin Hood; Professor Robert Bartlett describes the kidnapping and ransom of King Richard the Lionheart; and Dr. Anne Lawrence-Mathers muses on Matthew Paris, the monk who spoke his mind.

“Medieval LEGO is a must-have for all LEGO fans. But it’s perfect reading for anyone who wants

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No Starch Press LEGO Books Humble Bundle Deal

If you heard of Humble Bundle before, you know that you can get some really good deals on video games and more on there. Our friends over at No Starch Press has teamed up with Humble Bundle to bring you a Humble Brainiac Book Bundle. What’s cool about this deal is there are some LEGO books included in the bundle such as The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 1: Cars, Castles, Dinosaurs & More!, Steampunk LEGO, The LEGO Neighborhood Book: Build Your Own Town!, and LEGO Space: Building the Future, and Incredible LEGO Technic: Cars, Trucks, Robots & More!

The books will be available in PDF and ePUB formats. Normally, all the books would cost over $250 if you purchase them separately with the LEGO books alone over $100 but you can get all of them for just $15. The promotion will go on for two weeks and end on February 18, at 2pm EST. You can read more about the Humble Bundle below.

San Francisco, CA (February 4, 2014) — No Starch Press has long been the go-to source for curious kids, offering the finest in geek entertainment and education. Its recent line of kids programming books has garnered widespread praise from educators, parents, and book reviewers alike. Today, No Starch teams up with Humble Bundle to offer the Humble Brainiac Book Bundle.

Humble Bundle’s pay-what-you-want model allows customers to pay any price for the eBook bundle, valued at over 250 dollars.

No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock says, “We’re committed to

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Upcoming LEGO Books from No Starch Press

There are a couple of new LEGO books coming out from No Starch Press in the next few months which I look forward to reviewing.

Art of the Brick is a book that showcases the work of Nathan Sawaya including going behind-the-scenes to see how he has made the creations. Nathan is a world-renowned artist and The Art of the Brick takes us into how he uses LEGO bricks as an art form.

Steampunk LEGO by Guy Himber is a book that I am very interested in reading. This book will showcase a number LEGO artists who has created Steampunk-type builds from cities to pirate ships to robots.

The LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Idea Book takes a look a many different ways to build mechanisms with LEGO MINDSTORMES EV3 (31313). Each build will have a list of parts needed and colorful photos so you can easily build it yourself.

Beautiful LEGO 2: Dark by Mike Doyle continues off where the first Beautiful LEGO left off. Dark takes a look at LEGO builds that are categoried as “dark” which includes sci-fi to scary builds. There are also dark humor builds in the book as well.

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