Ok, you might have spotted that I've been in catch up mode of late so there is a fair chance I'm the last person to spot this but on the Visual Basic 2005 there is a free book titled "Introducing Visual Basic 2005 for Developers".  It downloads and installs as a set of PDF docs.   Oh and on the VB 2005 site you'll also find a stack of resources ranging from data access, to threading to doing generics with VB, awesome, tons of "free" bed time reading!!