Well if you are looking for "total detail" you should really start at the beginning. You got ahead of yourself by purchasing game programming books.
Ivor Horton "Beginning Java 2 JDK 5"http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0764568744/qid=1126710261/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/002-6127791-5035263?v=glance&s=books&n=507846
Try making a tic tac toe game first, since its the easiest (no animation).
You'll find lots of online stuff or in books to make pong or asteroids.
More advanced game book:
"Developing Games In Java" by David Brackeen
Dont waste you money buying this until you've read most of the first one and done a few simple games.