I just picked up the first book I’ve seen on Monad from my local Barnes & Noble. It is titled "Monad". The author is Andy Oakley (a Microsoftie) and the publisher is O’Reilly. A very quick perusal indicates to me that this is a good introductory book on Monad a.k.a. Microsoft Shell. Here’s the O’Reilly web page for the book. Appendix A provides a handy Syntax and Grammar reference and Appendix B provides a list of the standard cmdlets, functions and aliases. At 173 pages it isn’t an in depth treatise on Monad e.g. it doesn’t cover cmdlet or provider implementation details. However for a Monad newbie or a sys admin this appears to be a very easily digestable treatment of Monad. One thing I really like about the book over the MSH docs is that the book spends more time explaining why things are the way they are in sections titled "What Just Happened". The Monad docs tend to present just the facts without expounding any more which leaves me wanting more.