Fantastic book. It's easy to read and understand. The tutorials are comprehensive and you fully understand each process by the end of the lesson. Unlike a lot of other MAX books, this one doesn't breeze over a subject, but delves deep in to the how and why. If you want to know more about creating effects with max, or how to use surface tools, get this book. The CD is also packed with texture maps and has the Greeble and Terrain plugins.