Top positive review
Covers animation and layout, the second half being better than the first
on 12 January 2014
My first impressions were that it might be focussed on animation and cheap effects that often don't add that much to a site. However, having covered the animation side of things, the second half focuses more on layout and text presentation, and is arguably a lot more generally useful for making a good-looking site. It also briefly explores options like LESS as languages that help generate good CSS.
Importantly, as well as covering how styles should be used, it explains which browsers support it properly, and notes when there is support only using prefixed versions. In at least one case, it explains the CSS3 standard and then notes that none of the major browsers support it yet, making it a little hard to use in the real world, but at least it shows where things should be going as well as the current state of play.
I'm not that keen on unnecessary animations that slow down a site just to look swish, so the first part of the book didn't particularly appeal, although setting up single-image animations using sprites was an interesting one (it might have been more interesting if it had similarly explored using a single image set up as a tile of icons to compress all the standard images for quicker loading, but the book is not long enough to cover everything.
It's less focused on real-world examples, or use of CSS from anything like ASP.NET or CMSes, but does still provide a useful insight into what CSS achieves and what it will achieve, and is a potentially useful, if somewhat short and basic, introduction to CSS3.