A short post today, inspired by the effective and appealing cover design for Ben Dolnick's Zoology, which I'm currently enjoying (with a few minor reservations). It's credited to Neil Simpson, and well suits the story of a man who works in a zoo, alongside a Nubian goat called Newman.
This is also reminiscent of two other recent books, John Harding's comedic One Damn Big Puzzler (the title a pidgin corruption of 'To be or not to be, that is the question.") and Robert Löhr's The Secrets of the Chess Machine, a novel based on one of the most famous hoaxes in history.
All three are simple in concept, intricately complicated in execution, and very nice indeed.