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Michael Miller has commented on (9) products.

Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo
Italian Ways: On and Off the Rails from Milan to Palermo

Michael Miller, October 21, 2014

Two trips to Italy and I love the country: the people, the smells, riding the rails. The writer captures all the past glory and past - and present - failure and madness that is the Italian railway system. His committment ride to far off places and end-of-the-line locales is admirable and confusing and fraught with delays, no trains, missed trains, and colorful anecdotes.

Somehow, all the bureaucracy and shifting enforcements makes me even more enamored with the country.
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Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Beautiful Ruins

Michael Miller, January 2, 2013

Forget the craggy Italian backdrop. Or the flitting glimpse of Hollywood royalty. This novel captures a love unrequited with such honesty and heartache that, despite all the other great books I read this year, it stayed with me to such a delightful and painful degree.
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Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Beautiful Ruins

Michael Miller, August 6, 2012

Of course, some pining for another trip to Italy might be in-play here...

The novel traces a heartwarming and heartbreaking path for its characters over 5 decades. And though Hollywood heavyweights Richard Burton (an active participant) and Elizabeth Taylor (by mention only) figure into the plot, it's the created patrons of Jess Walter's novel that take the stage and deliver a powerful, crushing, maddening story, all while leading to an emotional and just ending.

I'm recommending this to everyone!
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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Ready Player One

Michael Miller, January 9, 2012

I had a lot of books that blew me away this past year...but I daresay none of them were quite as (overall) fun and nostalgic as this one.

All the 80's geek culture one could possible cram in to one book is here, and yet it felt very organic in how it was arranged. Nothing felt forced - and I cared about the characters and their journey throughout.

Just an incredibly witty and hilarious take on what the resurrection of hope in a dystopic future might look like.
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Busy Monsters by William Giraldi
Busy Monsters

Michael Miller, September 1, 2011

It's so hard to determine a favorite book, so I decided to go with a recent favorite book.

I picked this up on a lark, having remembered reading about it on some site. And I have to say, it's refreshing to read a book that cares about language and character as much as "Busy Monsters" does, without sacrificing story and humor.

At its core, this novel is about a man trying to win back his woman. How he goes about it, the cast of characters he meets, the zany adventures, the divergent suggestions...all these blend together to create an inane sort of Odyssey for the main character.

What I really liked was the fact that the chapters are written as though the main character is posting them as his serially-published memoirs. And the fact the characters critique his writing from previous installments and a sort of nod-and-a-wink/4th wall breakdown that really adds another level of hilarity.
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