With Sam raving about Fritz Onion's Essential ASP.NET book, I decided to pick a copy up myself. Heck, it meets Phil's Theory of Book Buying #3: "Buy anything with Ted Pattison's name on it." Plus, I'm teaching an ASP.NET class next week and maybe a bit of Fritz's brilliance will rub off on me :)
I even drove down to the Barnes & Noble and bought the book 1997 style over the counter for the list price. I was tempted to pick up Keith's ".NET Web Services: Architecture and Implementation with .NET" but I think I'll just pick that book up with my next big book purchase because $50 bucks seems a bit steep, and I can hold off a week or two.
Of course I had to choose between the VB .NET or the C# edition. Normally, in cases like Ingo's book or Applied .NET, I naturally just pick up the C# version because they're the first one out. But I think I can read VB.NET with a lot less effort than I can C#, so I went with that. Plus, 99% of my students are working with VB.NET so if they're going to be flipping through a book, C# sometimes scares them off.
Now my question: "Essential ADO.NET" or "Pragmatic ADO.NET: Data Access for the Internet World." I think I can hear my credit card company drooling...Of course, as Scott said, if DevelopMentor has any books laying around that they'd like pimped in a classroom, I'm willing to "review" them for students.