I first ran into Michael Lucas’ writing through his Big Scary Daemons articles. They were clear, concise, and had a lively sense of humor! When he started to write books, I knew I would have to get a copy of AbsoluteBSD. I still have it, in fact! I pre-ordered it and, due a congenital lack of ability to be patient, spent weeks irritable whilst waiting to get a shipping confirmation from NoStarch Press. It had some minor delays in printing, but finally it did arrive and there was much rejoicing!
Did it transport me to new dimensions of being? Did it make me capable of peering across the landscape from a transcendent height? No, but better still! It was as enjoyable to read as I had hoped. And, I submit, THAT is an achievement for tech writing. Fun, interesting, and instructive? I don’t think you can beat that very easily! There are many who write turgid passages for tech books that barely keep one awake, let alone engaged with the subject. There are few that I have seen that are as interesting, and no one I have pre-ordered as often.
I haven’t been able to follow the BSD world as closely as I would have preferred these past years, so I didn’t catch Lucas’ announcement about pre-orders for AbsoluteOpenBSD when it came out. On the other hand it made for a great surprise and something to which I am again looking forward to reading!