Look into Cipher, its easier to use than Torque, better docs, and better tools. The only problem with it is that you may be more restricted for a larger project. But it depends on what type of game you are looking to create.
Also pop over to source forge, and do a search for CatMother, thats a very good DX9 engine that was developed by a failed studio. Pretty good.
If you want books, cd’s etc. Open up outlook type in my name and pop down to my seat. No point having an intra net if you dont use it.