|Camel in Action - a rare book, and a rare book cover|
I just spotted the last review on Amazon, which I though was much inline what we have heard people say about the book. Let me just quote that review.
It isn't often that I give a technical book a 5 star rating. This is the exception because it is an exceptional book.If you have spotted it, the above image of the book cover is also rare. In fact it was the first draft of the cover, where the Camel is standing up. However Manning later decide to have the Camel sitting instead, which is the actual used cover. You can see the actual cover on the sidebar of my blog.
This book is fascinating reading and how often can you say that about a technical reference? As one goes through the material the author always seems to be at the place you need him to be at that moment. You don't get that "now waitaminit" feeling that other books can leave you with when they switch topics.
There are smooth context switches from how one uses the system to how one implements the details and then back up again. This makes it easy to follow and is one of the reasons it is actually fun to read.
Boy, fun to read, is that ever an exceptional technical book.