This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
Check my thread in this very forum called "Getting Started". I went of RMHs tome and "Java Web Service - Up and Running" from O'Reilly.
I think a lot of the "meat" will have to taken from the web, which is never as good as "long reading" from a book IMHO.