xScape 1.5.4 is first update in 2011 and contains some new features as well as number of minor changes and fixed bugs reported in the past couple of weeks. Themes are updated with new framework and will be released in the next couple of days starting tomorrow.
I managed to make lightScape working, and the beta version is now on the xScape.info demo website. Theme is not yet completed, and in the next week more styles (15-16) will be added, styling for elements improved. So, test it and leave suggestions in comments or forum.
Few months ago Packt Publishing published interesting book on WordPress 2.7 written by April Hodge Silver and Hasin Hayder. This is a guide for people starting with either WordPress.com or self hosted blogs. All chapters are easy to follow, with many screenshots that will help guide you.