I've been getting my feet wet with Blender using the Blender 3D: Noob to Pro wiki book. All I'm going say is that it's been frustrating and painful. In other words, it's a typical newbie reaction to learning something very complicated.
The wiki book is adequate but it is occasionally almost as annoying as Blender's UI. There are sometimes multiple hot key combinations that might be used and the book sometimes unnecessarily mentions all of the combinations. This not something that a newbie really needs to know. It's good that it is a wiki book so it can be improved over time.
It is also the only way for any book to keep up with the UI changes in Blender. I peeked at a beta version available in Debian experimental and the next version looks like a completely different application!