Monday

Book Review - Bent Objects by Terry Border


Lately, I've been immersing myself in business and personal development-type books and hadn't realized how badly I just needed something "fun" to read until I got Bent Objects in the mail. Back in March, I featured some of Terry Border's work in this post and became an instant fan of his clever scenes involving pocket combs, flowers, circus peanuts and cheese doodles. The book Bent Objects continues in the tradition of Terry's blog, featuring funny and sometimes dark scenes from the lives of the inanimate objects that surround us.



In less skillful hands, I imagine that a project like this could get tiresome fairly quickly, but Border's Far Side-type take on things keeps surprising the reader, page after page, and the way that he is able to create such vivid characters out of bits of wire and things from his fridge is nothing short of amazing. I continually found myself empathizing with eggs that were about to be beaten, hot dogs that were shunned by buns, and toilet paper rolls after a rough day at the office.


Basil Leaves


In addition to the characters Border creates, he also includes a nice introduction in the book that details his journey from childhood to a career in photography to the defining moment that led him to making tiny wire sculptures out of stuff in his house. He also provides commentary and sketches on a selection of pieces throughout the book that shed light on the genesis of some of his ideas. Finally, in the back of the book, there's a nifty "how-to" section that shows you how to make your own characters out of corks and wire.



and Rosemary is Crushed


If your looking for a great gift with which to kick off your Christmas shopping, Bent Objects would be a perfect fit for the creative and clever folks on your list.

You can see more of Terry's work and read his musings on his blog .

*Giveaway*
I will randomly select one commenter to win a free copy of Bent Objects, so comment away. ***Update: Terry says he'd be glad to sign a bookplate for the winner. Awesome!

72 comments:

  1. I love Bent Objects! I don't know how i stumbled on Terry's blog (maybe through this blog!, but I'm always checking it when i need to relax with something fun.

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  2. Carolina.v- Thanks for the comment! Yeah, Terry's stuff is brilliant, right? I laughed all the way through the book.

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  3. Ha! I loved that trailer. I thought Wol-vert-bean was the best one until it got to the hot dog and beans on the newspaper. Seriously fun stuff!

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  4. I'm going to have to get a copy of that book (if I don't win it). It's great to see the photos online but I think they'd be even better in book form. Plus, you know, more suitable for the coffee table.

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  5. YES! I have loved Terry's work for a long time, and was *so* excited to see he was working on a book. I've received a copy (so no need to enter me in the drawing) and love it - the whole family does! I'll be reviewing it soon, but have to say that I was so glad to see you refer to it as "Far Side"-like. As I went through the book, it hit me - I love his stuff the same way I loved the Far Side! It's brilliant and clever and fun! The best combos! Such a great book! :)

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  6. BENT OBJECTS *Squeeeee* hmmm if I don't win, maybe i neeeed to buy this... and if I do, maybe I need 2... or to give one away. Nice post dude craft!

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  7. Dudecraft and Bent Objects know of each other? It's like two of my favorite parts of my life are converging. I love both of your websites and would be ecstatic to win the copy of the book. If I don't win, I just realized I should buy a copy for a tough-to-find-a-gift-for Uncle. Awesome.

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  8. That's hilarious! I would love to own a copy. (And, as a first-time commenter, I'd like to say that I love this blog, too!)

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  9. Terry is hillari(ous)...

    I haven't seen the book yet, but sincerely hope there's some candied apples or maybe a smoked sausage... Mmm... I think you know where this is going... right into my kitchen for a late night snack!

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  10. You'd think I woulda come here to post something witty about the Bent Objects book in order to win a signed copy, right?

    Sadly, no. I am merely here to be pedantic and point out that the video has a misplaced apostrophe at the end (one's should be ones).

    Still, I wish I had a billionth of the creativity and all-round genius of this man. Instead I am cursed only with the ability to nitpick anything, even something as amazing as this.

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  11. That short little commercial was more entertaining than most of the feature films coming out today. I'll have to find this book.

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  12. bent objects makes me happy in a 'the little things' kind of way.

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  13. Awesome! I'd love to win a copy of the book.

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  14. Ah....get bent! =0)
    Love the book and both websites!

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  15. Twinkle twinkle little bat.
    How I wonder what you're at.
    Up above the world you fly.
    Like a tea-tray in the sky...

    How's that for random commenter?

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  16. I love Terry's Bent sense of humor. I ordered one copy of his book for me and I sure would love to win one that I could give away!

    Dan L
    bluflame321 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  17. Love bent objects! I have Terry's blog in my google reader, and that's how I came here today. I can't wait to get a copy of the book, and buy some to give as gifts at Christmas.

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  18. I love all things Bent Objects :)

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  19. That video with the bent cheesy puff being a self-cleaning cat is funny because my wife and I have a game related to that. We each try to make the other look at the cat while she's cleaning herself. The score's about even.

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  20. I actually commissioned a work from Terry a few years back. He did a great job of translating my idea into 3-D images. Super talented guy.

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  21. I have followed Bent Objects for a while and really enjoy his work.

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  22. I've been following him for almost a year now. His art makes me want to send him a box of knick knacks just to see which ones would inspire him!

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  23. I just found out about "Bent Objects", and plan to keep following it!

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  24. I've been following Bent Objects for ever and ever! It's so great to see Terry publishing a book of his work! Fun stuff!

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  25. I love Terry's work, have subscribed to his blog for quite a while now. Awesome stuff!

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  26. Terry's other blog... "Really Bent Objects," is just as fun if not MORE than Bent Objects. Kudos to Terry!

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  27. Hooray! I love the Bent Objects blog. Thanks for doing the giveaway.

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  28. I love Bent Objects...I also think Terry is swell!
    I could use a book!

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  29. Oooo pick me, I love his work:D So simple yet so clever!

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  30. I have been following Terry for a couple years. It has been a joy watching his objects ideas evolve. He is a fantastic speaker too!

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  31. I want it. I deserve it. I demand it. And I will bend over for this.

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  32. me!! I'm a bent object myself!

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  33. I love his work! the circus peanuts were my favourites i think, that or the one that shows us where chocolate covered raisins 'really' come from

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  34. Basil leaves on a motorcycle? Crushed and crying rosemary? Brilliant! Thanks for sharing!

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  35. Bent Objects is my new favorite blog. I love his sense of humor (which you see in the art).

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  36. He obviously has loads of fun with it!

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  37. Hot damn... i want to get my hands on one of those

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  38. Love Bent Objects....looking forward to checking out your blog.

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  39. You should definitely pick me! I've been LOL'ing over his stuff for months. What a crazy brain!

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  40. I would so LOVE this book! Bent Objects always gives me a laugh

    Anna

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  41. this would be great to have, i remember finding his site back when he had an 'adult' section, wonder where that went, i haven't seen it in a long time

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  42. This book is fantastic! I love Terrys site.

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  43. Pumpkin soup with candy corn garnish.

    (You did say *random* commentor, correct?)

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  44. I enjoy Terry's blog and his unusual sense of humor. Would LOVE to win a book!

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  45. Great contest! I love Bent Objects!

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  46. I LOVE Bent Objects! If I don't win te book, I'll buy it anyway, but don't let that keep you from picking me ;-) Have you seen Terry's tweets too? Highly entertaining!

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  47. I had insomnia last night and I read through his entire site. Very cool stuff.

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  48. Love his work! Thanks for having this contest...

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  49. What a fab laugh first thing in the a.m. I'm heading over to his blog now...

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  50. I really like Bent Objects -- especially the way they have so much personality!

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  51. I love Bent Objects - the concepts are always so clever =)

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  52. I first found out about Bent Objects when Rhett and Link (from rhettandlink.com) did a video on him. I've been following him ever since!

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  53. Bent Object is most awesome. Woot!

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  54. me! me! me! random generator magic :)

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  56. I have never seen this blog or his work.. WOW I LOVE it! The flower one is actually moving in a sick way. COOL!

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  57. I stumbled across the Bent Objectrs book first, and then discovered the blog... and so I'm new to Terry's work - but what a please it's been to laugh over the humor he sees in the little things we over look every day.

    What's been nearly as great as his mishapen treasures are the blogs I've found from his... and so here's another I can add to my list!

    Kudos!

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  58. I've read through all of his past blog entries, and am fascinated with how he sees things - excellent work!

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  59. I've read through the comments and feel I should get the book because I am the best

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  60. Bent Objects are awesome. I found terri's blog in early 2007.

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  61. I've been a huge fan of Terry's blog for several years now. I've always really connected with his sense of humor... Maybe it's because when I was very young, I used to believe that every inanimate object had a soul and genuine feelings. (I think I even imagined popsicle sticks were crying when I threw them in the garbage.) I'm buying the book either way, but it'd be cool to get a signed copy from Terry!

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  62. Would rock to get a copy of this!! I'm a bigtime follower, but currently limited on purchases!!!

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  63. Any delicious new craft book is a great addition to my collection.

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  64. Have only recently come across Terry's blog . . . enjoying his sense of humour immensely! Thanks for a chance to win a copy of his book :)

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  65. I was married to that cheese doodle on the couch.

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  66. SDF - That is the best comment ever! FTW!

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