I had just finished a book about 3D Studio Max when I picked up this book, eager to start learning Maya. Boy was I ever disappointed. No more than 20 pages into it I realized that this book was little more than a distant overview of 3D with Maya. There are some useful parts to it, but don’t expect to learn anything specific from this book. It’s like a cookbook without recipes; “Look at this; doesn’t it look great?! …but we’re not gonna tell you how to make it.” It is little more than a promo piece for the makers of Maya. Keep it on the coffee table, or better yet, the bookstore shelf.