They say you can’t tell a book by its cover. Not unless you’re Jerry Coyne, that is. He is quite certain that Stephen Meyer’s forthcoming book Darwin’s Doubt is a sellout on the part of publisher HarperCollins: nothing but God-of-the-Gaps.
Nice work to be able to tell that kind of thing without having to bother reading it. Reminds me of Meyer’s last book, Signature in the Cell,which was also roundly pummeled by reviewers who hadn’t read it.
At least most of them had the decency to wait until the book had been released.
Speaking of which, now is a great time for you to pre-order Darwin’s Doubt at a steep discount. Don’t feel compelled to let anyone know what you think of it until you’ve read it. But do be encouraged to buy it. For there are some things you really can tell about a book from its cover. Meyer is an outstanding author, and HarperCollins is no slack publisher.
I’m betting Coyne is seriously wrong on this. It wouldn’t be the first time.