This week's book giveaway is in the Mac OS forum. We're giving away four copies of a choice of "Take Control of Upgrading to Yosemite" or "Take Control of Automating Your Mac" and have Joe Kissell on-line! See this thread for details.
I haven't read them but the animal covered O'Reilly books on PHP are likely to be what you are looking for. That series isn't known for being verbose. And all the books I've read in the series on other topics are fast moving and information dense.