A very good book so far. I completed the first excercise and it's pretty good with explaining how to go about creating the scenes. I'm still pretty much a noob, but know the basics/layout of the user interface with basic knowledge on modelling. I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone who's pretty newish to Maya. The book will work with all versions of Maya as it only covers the basic functions present in all of the versions. I did not want to get the more basic books as I have already gone through the Buzz training vids on my UT2k4 DVD.

The enclosed DVD has the lessons in DVD format - but I use mainly the book itself as the lessons are a bit blurry (not high res - but you can see what they doing). I'd planning to get the rendering book after going through this one.