Dylan.Blog Writing and musings by Dylan Reed

The Goblin Emperor

The Goblin Emperor


The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an “accident,” he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir.


Do you know what a Fantasy of Manners is? I didn’t until I read this book. If you have read Game of Thrones and love all of the court intrigue than this is the book for you. If you hated all of that and spent your time reading it waiting for someone to die, The Goblin Emperor might not be the book for you.

I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this book and it was amazing. Everything moves a long at a perfect pace and you learn about the elf court as the new emperor does.

Now I just need to find more fantasy of manners books.

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Week Eleven

Week Eleven - Dylan looking insane at the end of a panoramic of Wellington NZ

Everything is looking up. I have been bullet journaling for about six months or so. I stumbled upon it when I was binge watching the HowtoADHD (or as I read it: How Toad HD) and she did a great video on the benefits of the BuJo.

My first couple months were garbage. Like most of my efforts to have a day planner this one was ignored and forgotten. But I kept going back. At the most basic level the BuJo is great because nothing about it is set in stone.

Now I have created a weekly spread that fits what I need it to, added goal and habit trackers, and I use it almost daily. Since I keep adding new things to my life it is nice to have a way to track them.

The hardest thing, for me, about bullet journals is looking at all the cool things people do with them. They paint them, color them, basically make them little works of art. I will probably never get there, but mine does have pictures of Ramona in them… so I got that going for me.

Now I just need to keep focused on my goals and reach them. I should also stop adding things to my plate, but that isn’t going to happen.

Have a great week!!

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The Bow Tie Project Week Ten

This week was a more vintage style heart tie. It is a round point bow tie. One of the best things about all of the heart fabrics I have used is that they aren’t obviously valentine day ties. They just happen to be ties with hearts on them.

Speaking of hearts… I should probably find some St Patricks day fabric. Maybe even just a nice solid green would be nice.

How can you help?

Do you also love bow ties? No one needs 52 bow ties, so I was thinking I could share the making of them with others. If you want a bow tie, you just need to buy the fabric, pay for shipping, and I will add you to the list. Shoot me an email so we can set it up. I will need to know what size your neck is.

Since I also want to gain some bow ties from this experience I will be only opening up twenty-six of the fifty-two ties for people. So get in now or miss out. Fill out the form

Wish me luck and check back every week for the newest bowtie.

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Chew - Sour Grapes



Tony Chu is a cop with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he’s a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn’t mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. It’s a dirty job, and Tony has to eat terrible things in the name of justice. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the government has figured out Tony Chu’s secret. They have plans for him, whether he likes it or not.


This is more of a review for the entire Chew series. This is the best comic I have ever read. And I have read quite a few. Some of them have humor, others are serious. Chew has it all. Humor, serious moments, Poyo, and cannibals. It really can’t be beat.

This is the last trade paperback. Which makes this a bittersweet moment for me. I knew when I started with issue one that they were planning on sixty total issues. And they delivered.

The end of the series, mixed with how the series ended, breaks my heart. What started as a light hearted comic turned into a wonderful story, full of amazing art and writing.

If you read one graphic novel this year (or any year), you should read Chew. It is fantastic.

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