The lively, passionate sound that kick-started the career of Los Campesinos! career is still there, tempered by a sense of despair. The imagery is rich, but in typical indie-angst fashion, it's hard to tell if Paisley is meditating on the transience of life or merely upset over his latest heartbreak.
For Atwood’s established readers, “MaddAddam” provides the excitement of returning to the world she so vividly created in “Oryx and Crake” and “The Year of the Flood,” as well as a sense of closure previously absent. But the new novel pales in comparison to its predecessors.
Yes, the lack of tangentially related “Harry Potter” prequels is definitely just as bad as sitting in a prison cell in the middle of the North Sea letting literally soul-sucking creatures drain every happy thought from your mind.
The two projects in a central framework and break down some of the binaries—developed vs. developing countries, Europe vs. South America—commonly emphasized when two cities such as Porto and Medellín are compared