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Michael Miller has commented on (9) products.

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

Michael Miller, January 3, 2011

For a novel so historically and technically sound as this one, the plot is jolting. David Mitchell propels the reader along at a nice clip, while still taking time to allow us to eavesdrop on gambling games, Japanese politics, merchant goings-on...

The story is engrossing, and because so meticulously researched, the setting and activities/movements feel natural, welcoming. It's an immersive experience.

And the central plot is gut-wrenching, inspiring; it's sad and redeeming.

Highly recommended.
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Michael Miller, January 4, 2010

For reasons very obvious to those who read this, never has a book stayed in my head quite as much as Junot Diaz's "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao". The blend of fantasy, culture, love-ache, and curses, left an indelible mark on me and made me reconsider what constitutes a great novel.
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The Motel Life: A Novel (P.S.) by Willy Vlautin
The Motel Life: A Novel (P.S.)

Michael Miller, November 20, 2008

I found this novel to be so gritty, dirty, seedy, and yet - beneath all the grime - wonderfully sentimental. The brothers foster in each other a buoyancy that contradicts their "on the fringe" lives. It was such a sad story that was uplifting at the same time, something that speaks to a realistic set of characters struggling to achieve happiness despite the odds stacked against them.
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Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins
Jitterbug Perfume

Michael Miller, June 7, 2007

First time reading this author - very good mix of genuine emotion, wit, humor, sexuality. It spans thousands of years, thus technically qualifying it as an epic about...beets.
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