I finished the book. It's more than what I expected. Well written, to-the-point, compact, and definitely not just for a beginner! It has everything a serious beginner would like to know. Aptly titled, it's a great resource for the novice and experienced alike.
I almost fell in love with this one and wasn't surprised when I received my own copy as a mother's day gift.
I will recommend this book to anyone who has interest and asks for a reference. I also have thanked the author for this one and yet to hear back from him. In the meantime, I am working on the advice I received in the book about practice, experimentation and the sincerity of effort.
"The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have." --Ari Berstein