Actually, since the book was written, an HTML version has been published. You may prefer to just store that on your hard drive rather than prinitng a several hundred page Postscript file.
You can get the complete set from ftp://ftp.javasoft.com/pub/.
These days it's at http://java.sun.com/java.sun.com/faqIndex.html.
Since the book was written, comp.lang.java has been split into comp.lang.java.programmer, comp.lang.java.setup, comp.lang.java.misc, and comp.lang.java.tech. read them all, at least a little, until you find out which ones suit your needs.
The current list of Java user groups may help you a little with this problem. If you want to start a new grloup in your area, send me email and I'll add your name to my list so other interested people can find you.