Dylan.Blog Writing and musings by Dylan Reed

The Children of the Sky

The Children of the Sky


Ten years have passed on Tines World, where Ravna Bergnsdot and a number of human children ended up after a disaster that nearly obliterated humankind throughout the galaxy. Ravna and the pack animals for which the planet is named have survived a war, and Ravna has saved more than one hundred children who were in cold-sleep aboard the vessel that brought them.

While there is peace among the Tines, there are those among them—and among the humans—who seek power… and no matter the cost, these malcontents are determined to overturn the fledgling civilization that has taken root since the humans landed.


I loved A Fire Upon the Deep it was my first big science fiction book and it changed everything for me as far as science fiction. Before this most of my science fiction reading had been Philip K. Dick, who I love, but this was something different.

The first encounter with the Tines was amazing and I felt like it was such an amazing alien race. Non-humanoid and awesome.

This is not that book. The Children of the Sky was good, but I didn’t get the same magical feeling as the first book. I think part of this is because the characters that I loved in the first book are all grown up and I did not love the people they had become. I don’t disagree with any choices made but I found so many characters unlikable in their current form.

The writing more than makes up for that though. Verner Vinge’s style is wonderful to read and I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. It was a longer read but more than worth it.

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Week Sixteen

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

This was the week that I discovered Minecraft… again. Thanks Harper. Since Minecraft is just legos for adults it is really easy to lose and hour or six in. This isn’t my first time experiencing this phenomenon, but I am having a hard time pulling myself away from it this time.

So instead of stopping I am making myself use it as a reward. If I get all of my writing, ukulele and other projects done I can work on my buildings. Right now I am making a western town in a mesa and putting some finishing touches on an underwater town.

The book I am currently reading is super enjoyable so I am taking my time and savoring the circus ness of it. Oh, it is The Night Circus, and it is everything I wanted in a book about a circus.

Everyone have a great week.

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The Bow Tie Project Week Fifteen

First Batik tie. Look how pretty it is!! When sewing it the fabric was so stiff that I almost didn’t add interfacing. But luckily I did. Apparently when batik fabrics are washed for the first time it washing away the last of the wax left over from the dying process and softens the fabric. So I dodged a bullet there.

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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The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

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Twelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket), who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. The new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than September. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn’t . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland. September is already making new friends, including a book-loving Wyvern and a mysterious boy named Saturday.


This is an amazing book. After reading Alice I wasn’t sure I was ready for another magical adventure. But this book changed everything.

One piece of advice that is given to authors all the time is to read a lot. This helps you become a better writer because it exposes you to a lot of different writing styles. The style this book is written in makes me want to write like this.

Every part of this book is well thought out and the villain has reasoning for being the villain that makes everything else in the book come into a sharper focus. I couldn’t put this book down.

The creatures and characters introduced are lovely and memorable. There is nothing I would change or even criticize. Read this book now!!

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