2.0 out of 5 stars
Simple but, but not focused on the software., June 22 2011
The book is badly structured. It is not focused on the software and the authors expressively accept this at some point (they say you need to learn how to do things independently of the software anyway). For this reason, chapters are made of examples that show where to click without previously explaining what that button or that option do. You end up doing things blindly, only to understand later that something you did before was important. There is no overview of the tools being used, just click here and click there. If you want to go back and look how was something done, there is no way other then parsing the example in search of what you need.
It is not good to start learning 3DS Max systematically. And it is not worth all those pages filled with click here and click there. The first part of the book contains a lot of paragraphs of how you should feel as a person, that you have to work hard, that you can't know everything, etc. On my eyes, this book could be 25% shorter if this kind of morality is skipped and the examples are restructured. After all, the reader need first to know the functionality and then how it is applied in examples. You cannot learn everything on examples, since you have no structure in your mind. This book deserves 2 stars, but I didn't find a better option out there. From a first exploration it seemed simple. Only after reading it I discovered it doesn't teach you well enough coz I was forgetting everything pretty fast. :)