I'll echo (har har) most reviews on this book in that it is like pulling teeth; no explanation of logic, random introduction of syntax (again without explanation), etc. It's a rigorous lesson in typing and then an even stronger lesson in empathizing with the archaeologists that had the task of deciphering hieroglyphics.
NOT for beginners. In fact, run away if you're a beginner. Like previous reviewers, I found myself prefacing my critiques of the hours and hours spent on a less than 20-30 pages, with how many courses I've taken, my experience with computers, my industry experience, etc. because I had to convince myself that I am not stupid or suffering brain damage (hmmmm...). Or perhaps I am, and the majority of the reviewers are as well.
In either case, we need a book that makes sense for us stupids of the world. The only thing worse than this book is the inconsiderate instructor that says go to php.net if there's questions because he's too busy, and gives quizzes on our understanding of this book before covering material. No hyperbole here, but there's more room on the internet for me trounce his name elsewhere. What a cluster#*&%
I'm already getting other books to help combat the total disaster that is my first introduction to PHP.