Learn You a Haskell for Great Good (ISBN 1593272839) is a hard book to judge by its cover. It’s about the Haskell programming language, but what is it like? The title and the art work are playful, and that gives the impression the book is light-weight. On the other hand, the table of contents lists two chapters on monads, so maybe it isn’t so light-weight after all.
Is this book funny or serious? It’s both. It reminds me of a couple of my favorite lines from G. K. Chesterton’s Heretics (ISBN 1613822707):
Mr. McCabe thinks that I am not serious but only funny, because Mr. McCabe thinks funny is the opposite of serious. Funny is the opposite of not funny, and of nothing else.
I’m not going to write a detailed review here because a lot of other people have reviewed it and I have only started reading it. Like I said in the title, I’m late to this party. But I’ve read enough that I think I understand why people recommend it. The book is written with a sense of humor and a casual pace, and yet it covers quite a bit. If you’ve looked at other Haskell books and found them too dry to read, as I have, you might want to try this one.