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"The book is comprehensive and up-to-date. … The definitions are illustrated by good examples, the proofs are complete and proceed at a convenient pace, the connections and the implications of the results are spelled out clearly, the exercises are relevant. The book is recommended to specialists as a work of reference, as well as to beginners who want a solid introduction to the theory of parametrized computational problems." (Marius Zimand, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1143, 2008)