Shutter shock/mirror slap appears to only be something that some people experience and usually only when using VR.
Never experienced it myself but then I rarely use VR and if I do it's at sensible shutter speeds.
I have that book. Hard to pic a fav though as the pics just get more outrageous as you turn the pages. Photography wise, the guy with the mirror is pretty good. Some of the livestock pics are a tad distressing, but hey that's Asia.