I just finished reading "jQuery: Novice to Ninja" by Earle Castledine & Craig Sharkie, and I have to say - it was as delightful as it was disturbing: without a doubt it is this year's must-read sleeper hit. The authors excel in propelling the reader on an epic personal journey that immerses them in the sights, sounds, and smells of jQuery 1.4. Long after the last page has been turned, and the powerful electric sparks of wonder subside... a feeling of gentle tranquility and wisdom remain. And we get $2 a copy.
The book opens with what we might assume to be the present day. A sense of tension and foreboding seeps from the text as we are introduced to the perils and dangers of cross-browser Web development. A likeable and handsome protagonist - the reader - emerges from darkness and attempts to harness the powers of jQuery to overcome these obstacles. By the end of the piece, our hero has changed: the naivety and timidness replaced with a quiet strength - an enchanting energy that knows no boundaries.
At least, that's what I got out of it. If you wanted to ignore the sub-text then I guess you'd just say it was a kick-ass jQuery book.
I'll conclude this review by saying that it is possibly the most important work released in the last 500 years, and leave you with an appropriate quote from Australian television personality, John Safran:
If you're not writing your own reviews, then you don't deserve to be famous.