While I have found the title to such series slightly annoying, they never bothered me.
Having plowed through stacks of reading where the concepts were relatively simple, but made difficult to grasp by unnecessarily complicated or poor writing I thought the idea behind such series was a good one. That is, give the same information, explain the same things, but do it well and simply.
I try to not to use these books because they are usually too elementary. After reading one I will feel like I have not learned enough and that I want another more thorough introductory book.
Last edited by Cron; 01-19-2007 at 01:19 AM.