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I definitely suggest that you pick up this book.
It really is too shallow and too focused on just those parts of Java that are required to write games to be helpful to a complete Java novice.
If I had to give a couple of criticisms, I'd say that I would have liked this book to be a few hundred pages longer.
I've been working through the book, and there are some interesting and educational concepts. The book assumes you have some strength with Java, and doesn't take the time to hold... Read morePublished on November 19, 2007 by Me
I first bought Jon's book Game Programming all in one. Creating games in Allegro was fun and put me on a track that has not stopped. Read morePublished on May 30, 2006 by Craig A. Hinrichs