So many game programming books today come with absolutely not a single sample game for the reader to play with. The whole point of reading a game book is to learn how to write games, right? Well how is one supposed to learn to write a complete game from scratch if the book doesn't include even a single game?
That is why I loved this book! It includes a ton of sample programs, and I think five or six complete games--that's right, complete games! Even check out that last game in the book, Pocket Air Hockey, which is multiplayer! Amazing! I can't believe that. This book had enough material to make it a good book, maybe with some coverage of more types of games, but instead the author took it to a whole new level and did what most game programming books don't even attempt--creating a complete multiplayer networked game. The game even includes a mini chat screen where two players can send messages back and forth before playing.
As far as I'm concerned, this book is the complete package for writing games for Pocket PCs. So many books cover a subset of game programming, one specific thing here or there, but this book covers everything about Pocket PCs you will need for the next couple years. The only thing I would add--and I'm not complaining--but it would be cool to have covered a Game API bitmap drawing function. Hopefully a GAPI blitter will be available on the author's web site soon.
Anyways, this book is the only book you need to write PPc games, period. Oh and be sure to join the YahooGroups's list which has a lot of cool programmers who will help you out.