This book is about inspiration. There is no code and no mention of how specific web page layouts are achieved. This is refreshing... books on web aesthetics are rare compared to books on HTML and CSS. So lots of examples of layout, color, and style. Not all the styles have good examples though. Could not find a good 'grunge' example; one was said to have 'subtle grunge' but perhaps the screen capture was too small to see it.
On the other hand, many of the displayed web pages screamed grid system, it would have been nice to include a comment about where to explore grid layout techniques. A short technical appendix about grids, jQuery, etc. would have been useful. No code, just exceptional URLs.
Roughly speaking, the first half of the book is illustrated using screen captures of web pages. Kinda nice... some are indeed inspirational. From that point on the book is populated with images drawn for Flickr. The section on drawing inspiration by industry is intersting, but not all industried used for inspiration are represented through web pages. The chapter on drawing inspiration from architecture and interior design is all Flickr images. It's not clear why this distinction is made. I believe it would have been better to use both web pages and images together for specific industries. Other industires treated as photo only include toys, technology and textiles.
Since the whole last half of the book is Flickr images the book might have been better organized as inspiration by web page examples, and inspiration by photography. There is a chapter on photography with examples of Lomography, HDR, people, landscapes and macro. Frankly the images selected are not drawn from photographers with exceptional portfolios on Flickr. The ones I was able to locate were images from typical users. Not sure what the inspirational lesson is here. I was left with the feeling that the author was faced with a deadline that could most easily be met with Flickr images, not finding appropriate web sites.
I can only conclude that those things that inspire us are unique to the individual. A book of inspiration is unlikely to satisfy all readers. In this case, I liked the use of web site examples; most were clearly well done even if not inspirational. The images chosen were generally dark and forboding, and to me disppointing. Your mileage may vary...