I think it can be good book when moving from one language to another, so you do not have to go through basics that are fairly similar across languages.
However if you absolute novice to programming world then Head First Java or Java - How to Program would be more suitable as they took from absolute basics
Longtime Pythoneer and now a Small C++er so the issue is, it is fit for me, right?? :D
Currently I'm jumping into Java (I have a C++ background), and I took Head First Java to get my first Java experience, I haven't finished it yet, but up until now it's a great book.
You might say: how can I learn Java from this book?
But you can trust me, the book will teach you how to program in Java.
The new learning approach they introduce in the book really works, but that's maybe just my opinion.
But the book is maybe a bit too slow for me, as I'm not a programming novice anymore.