The designers have gone to town on this one, as have the production team.
The result is a glorious, unique and quite beautiful piece of cover design.
This is a self-indulgent and completely illegible waste of time and money.
In fact, it is so hard to work out the title and the author name that the publisher has been forced to spend extra money on adding a sticker to explain who has written the thing.
You don’t even want to imagine what this looks like as a thumbnail.
Sure, the publishers will argue that John Sayles’ loyal audience will know what this is all about and will rejoice in having a book that oozes beauty and production values. Especially in an era when the hardback has to fight tooth and nail to add value
But can any author afford to turn their back on conquering new readers?
And does it have to be this extreme?
Does interesting design have to mean terrible communication?
We think not — so although we appreciate the intent behind this cover — ultimately this is design shooting itself in the foot by wilfully ignoring common sense and commercial reality.