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House of Sand and Fog
House of Sand and Fog
DVD ~ Jennifer Connelly
Offered by Phase 3, LLC
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives like houses on sand & fog are meant to collapse, September 2, 2004
This review is from: House of Sand and Fog (DVD)
This one is a great & tragic story. Character performances are great, and each will elicit a combination of emotions like compassion, loathing, understanding, but never a simple "black or white" . As the title connotes, sand & fog both pertain to weaknesses. Sand is often associated with being a weak foundation while fog cloaks one's visibility. Both sides suffering from (twisted) pride hampering their better judgement, aggravated by their haste to leave their pasts behind. Their lives were like a house built on sand & fog. At the end, nobody took hold of anything, just like someone trying to grab a fistful of seeping sand.


Alias - The Complete Third Season
Alias - The Complete Third Season
DVD ~ Jennifer Garner
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Something is lacking, September 2, 2004
After the cliffhanger ending of Season 2, I couldn't wait to watch Season 3. However, I have to admit that I am one of the Alias fans who did not find this season appealing enough to stick around till the end. I searched the Net for the season's plot in my enthusiasm, but the weekly series was just not at par. True, the scenes are still great, the confrontations exciting, BUT there is something lacking. With the absence of some great characters present in Season 2, Season 3 somehow lost a binding effect. We can say that in the case of Season 3, each individual part is greater than the whole picture. However, I am still looking forward to the next season, hoping that it will offer a better story line.


Angels & Demons
Angels & Demons
by Dan Brown
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as controversial as DVC but better, September 2, 2004
A&D is the 1st of the RL series but somehow, it gained recognition after the more controversial DVC, which seemingly attacked a particular religion. A&D is a good read,& I actually find it faster paced than its RL sequel, but the only disappointment is that the author seems to be following a certain formula in writing. The A&D characters & events are parallel with the DVC, almost one-on-one. & even the twists & climaxes are quite predictable. If you have read one, you know what to expect with the other. Nonetheless,I enjoyed reading A&D and have no regrets spending some late nights.


The Bourne Ultimatum (Bourne Trilogy, Book 3)
The Bourne Ultimatum (Bourne Trilogy, Book 3)
by Robert Ludlum
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And so the great ones aged..., September 1, 2004
Although the plot obsessed on the Jackal-Bourne confrontation, the two had little exposure towards each other for the most part of the story. And what little face-to-face combat they had had to be made as realistic as possible, as it would seem preposterous to see 2 aging assassins shooting each other to no end. Although the turn of events were too convenient for our protagonist, and in reality, his killing skills were no match for the Jackal (as Bourne supposedly had conscience), it was nonetheless exciting to witness every nuances, twists, developments and success in Jason Bourne/David Webb's life.


Murder on Cue (Jocelyn O'Roarke Mystery)
Murder on Cue (Jocelyn O'Roarke Mystery)
by Jane Dentinger
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enoyable read, July 15, 2004
Murder on Cue is the first of the O'Roarke series. It is an easy & enjoyable read, one you can finish in a day's time. Despite the amateurish mystery approach, the blend of interesting characters with their theatrical lines make up for any shortcoming(s) the book may have.


Drowning Ruth: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
Drowning Ruth: A Novel (Oprah's Book Club)
by Christina Schwarz
Edition: Paperback
Price: $11.28
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Drowning everyone, July 12, 2004
The title is very symbolic. It does not only refer to the physical drowning as experienced by some of the characters, but also to the suffocating love & possesiveness of Ruth's aunt towards her. It also stands for Amanda's drowning in her own secrets & personal internal turmoils - a choice she made to protect herself instead of telling the truth. It also refers to Carl's frantic search for truth like a drowning man clawing for support & life. In the midst of these all, we see Ruth desperately wanting to be free but finding herself clutching to the one thing that actually holds her back.


Daily Inspiration for the Purpose Driven Life: Scriptures and Reflections from the 40 Days of Purpose
Daily Inspiration for the Purpose Driven Life: Scriptures and Reflections from the 40 Days of Purpose
by Rick Warren
Edition: Paperback
Price: $4.99
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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit overrated, July 12, 2004
I received great reviews from friends about this book so I became interested myself. However, upon reading, I wondered if their praises were over generous & the book overrated? I don't want to sound too negative in reviewing this book. Maybe had I read it during a more receptive state, then, I probably would have appreciated it more. As it is, I found the introductory phase too long. The author could have simply made this shorter & proceeded with the "purpose chapters" immediately. What I appreciate though is the "reflection portions" at the end of each chapter. These do not only summarize the several-pages long chapters, but most importantly allow you to reflect & get in touch with your inner self.


Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man and Life's Greatest Lesson
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man and Life's Greatest Lesson
by Mitch Albom
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.25
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to basics, July 12, 2004
We all know what the story is about & how it goes. We also know the important lessons Morrie imparts not only to Mitch but to each one of us. Transcending race, culture and social class, we are all one way or another similar to Mitch...preoccupied with the future, blinded with wealth and need for fame. Morrie reaches out to us all to acknowledge and go back to the basics, which happen to be the more important aspect of life. For despite wealth & fame, true love, peace & happiness can never be gained.


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