Book Review: The Burden Of The Protector -S.C. Eston



            In a place where boundaries are not meant to be broken Dar pushes through obstacles only to find himself in a journey to survive. His friendships are tested but will he do the right thing or will he let his prohibited discoveries overcome his need to fight for what is true and right. In his premiere novella S.C. Eston takes us to a land where the ever vigilant high power Sy’ll spreads subconscious fear and oppression. Dar is a knight, a protector of the land when he makes a discovery it will not only threaten and challenge the Sy’ll, but his desire to protect his family and his own life. If you enjoy reading about quests and discoveries you will enjoy this story. Dar’s journey is reminiscent of challenges we encounter when we encounter unexpected situations that force us to make decisions we would not make otherwise. Decisions that haunt us and take time to fully have an effect on our lives only to realize that waiting had the greatest impact. I submerged myself right into the story and navigated along with the characters reaching the end too quickly. It’s a captivating story of a life’s journey that transfers the characters emotion right to the reader. 

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You’re a graduate…Now What?

Graduation. Graduation sums up both your hard work or lack there of and your ‘future’. This ‘future’ that everyone is so curious to know about and convinced you have it all figured out. Well, fear not because it’s okay to not know what you what to be or where you want to go. It’s okay to also ‘think’ you know those things and then change your mind later. No one ever tells you that. You have choices. You have so many resources that can guide you. You don’t have to go to college right away. If you do be smart about it and think about your options in the most realistic way.

If you didn’t get into your school of choice or didn’t get enough financial aid or you simply missed a lot of the deadlines for the applications don’t think you don’t have options. You have so many options. Options galore. Venture out try out a couple of classes at a community college, join a gym, try out a cooking class because this is the time for you to get to know yourself. By exploring your interest you will learn more about who you are and the kind of stuff that you like to do and wouldn’t mind getting paid for it.

During this time and even months before you would have been asked about your plans after graduation. Embrace it and breathe because it will be alright. Be positive, be proactive and be yourself. You can do it.


Review: The Lobster


This is by far Collin Farrell’s best performance. Filled with a stellar cast this witty and enigmatic film will have your imagination running wild and thirsty for more. In the beginning we meet David played by Farrell and we learn that after his failed marriage he must check himself into The Hotel in order to survive. You see the wonder of this film is both the story and the cinematography that gives it its appeal. But within the first five minutes you will notice how much this film is made by Farrell’s sharp transcendence into his character that is narrowly matched by his costars. I walked into the theatre not knowing much about the film and went along for the adventure.

The story takes place in a dystopian future where being single is not an option. The choices they are given are: find your one love within 45 days or get turned into an animal of your choice. Now that is where the title comes into play. Yes, think about the lobsters and their mating journey. Lobsters are polygamous animals. Now think about that in terms of the film. Yup a contradiction which is the beauty of this story. You won’t know what to expect and just when you think you’ve figured it out. You don’t. It had been awhile since I had seen anything that had captured my attention in terms of story, plot, characters, scene structure and location. The Lobster has a little bit of everything: love, dystopian society, twisty and disturbing consequences, humor, and suspense. But above all it has heart.