Whether or not the extensive discussion from the past post will continue or not here I don’t know, but seeing as it has become long and is slightly off (the original) topic I am making a new post. Also, the following links may be more useful and easier to spot for other people here rather than buried in the comments section of the last post. So, the book:
Remembering the Kanji, James W. Heisig.
The basic idea behind this book is learning the kanji characters without the on/kun yomi using your imagination to keep them firmly in your memory. The second book moves on to the readings.
It’s an interesting idea to leave aside the yomi-kata and learn the characters first. Using imaginative stories for remembering things is hardly a new idea, but by using ‘principles’ or a common set of building blocks this feels like much more of a complete memory system rather than making up totally different stories for every part of every kanji.
I’ve only read some of the preview so can’t really give a totally useful comment but I’d suggest you have a quick look and join the discussion!
[Links and discussion credit: Roy & Tae Kim]