I received this book a few days ago from Amazon. The second edition. It's quite up to date. Even features some storyboards and test renders of Adam Swaab's (our good old member Chinaski) "Icarus".
However, I haven't read it all yet, but so far my impression is this: lots of examples, plenty of great pictures and the DVD has a lot of great stuff.
So, it's worth the money already for the inspirational stuff alone. I expected a little bit more from the book when it comes to knowledge though. The chapter titles sound great. But then there's often just a short introduction, a bit shallow, followed by lots of examples. Good thing about the examples is, that often the concepts behind the animations are nicely explained and the author (Jon Krasner) points out some things that you might not have noticed otherwise. Anyway, sometimes I would have preferred less examples and more theory – even though I usually love learning from examples, but in this book it seems just a bit too much focus on them rather than on explanations of the principles and basics themselves.
Well, that's my impression. But like I said, I haven't read it all yet.
I'd give 4 stars (from 5). It's good but I still hope to find a better book.