Sybex does not have the best reputation although they produce a ubiquitous amount of books on every conceivable topic.
For the money you cannot beat video training. With Maya it's not so much getting a item by item description of what is in all the menus as much as learning the proper work flow. I find books to be a good reference but not my first choice for learning. Even when they have projects it's much harder to get the work flow down than from a video.
"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Sir Isaac Newton, 1675