(1/10/14...2nd update to review)
This excellent book continues to be the one (of several other good ones) I reach for, and routinely carry with me, especially
when I know I'll have time on my hands...it's a sanity saver as well as time well spent.
E.g. Chapter 12 on Modifiers, and Chapter 13 on Particle Systems (both about 40 pages each) are a wealth of
information. Detailed & easy to follow.
It's starting to show wear, but holding up very well despite frequent use.
BTW, for all the books I use regularly, I have the spine cut off, and replaced
with a plastic coil which allows the book to be opened flat...it only cost ~$5 to have done,
and makes the book last longer, and much more useable.
(1st update to review)
I purchased this excellent book last September, and am still very glad I did.
Not trying to be argumentative, but felt I must answer the review from March 21, 2013,
that gave it only 2 stars, which is very unfair, imho.
I do agree that the index is thin...I mentioned it in my original review, and others have as well.
But the material more than makes up for that flaw.
The information between the table of contents (decent), and the index is what's most important,
and worth having to look (just) a little harder to find what you want. If you use it at all,
you become familiar quickly enough where things are.....and it's a "gold mine" of Blender learning.
There are only a relative handful of books on Blender that cover so many topics. And there is
not one book that covers everything. And Blender IS constantly evolving, so any book will be behind
the curve...it's just not possible to keep up with the latest version.
BUT, the core information of this book is very relevant, well presented, and very helpful.
I have no reservations about recommending this book.
My advice is to get the book, check it out, and see for yourself if it's worth having.
You can always return it, but I believe that most will find it to be a keeper. =)
Original review: September 17, 2012
This is an excellent book for learning Blender A~Z, OR to use as a reference.
I'm learning things about Fluid Sims I'd never seen in any of the many free video tutorials.
Same for using Nodes...more in depth (though good to have videos in addition).
Initially I had some reservations about this book...e.g. "the font is too small, the index is
But after using it a few days I have to say it's a great resource...very comprehensive
and detailed content. In addition, it's very nicely bound & printed on very good stock with
helpful color screenshots on every page.
Any reservations I had seem inconsequential & trivial now...this book's pro's far out-weigh
any cons, and is still worth 5 stars.
And it's not just for noobs...I highly recommend it to beginners AND intermediate users alike.