thanks for the replies. yeah i have some books already on C/C++ game programming including tricks of the windows game programming gurus (2nd ed.), programming role-playing games with directx (adams), and multiplayer game programming (barron).
i'm just trying to figure out how to make one of those multiplayer network games. i'm not a real game programmer or anything, so i think i can do without the speed and efficiency of C/C++ right now. it's just that i also have a solaris and linux box that i want it to be able to run on so i figure that maybe i'll write the server code in C and the clients in java so that i don't have to write separate client apps for each OS. so i was just wondering what's a good book to get to learn java game programming.