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Rachel Neumeier

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Rachel Neumeier started writing fiction to relax when she was a graduate student and needed a hobby unrelated to her research. Prior to selling her first fantasy novel, she had published only a few articles in venues such as The American Journal of Botany. However, finding that her interests did not lie in research, Rachel left academia and began to let her hobbies take over her life instead.

She now raises and shows dogs, gardens, cooks, and occasionally finds time to read. She works part-time for a tutoring program, though she tutors far more students in Math and Chemistry than in English Composition.

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Rachel Neumeier Answer varies with the phase of the moon! But stepping outside fantasy and SF, one of my favorite couples is from Laura Florand's The Chocolate Touch

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Answer varies with the phase of the moon! But stepping outside fantasy and SF, one of my favorite couples is from Laura Florand's The Chocolate Touch

In fantasy ... Lois McMaster Bujold does such a wonderful job with Dag and Fawn, overcoming the iffy age difference, at least for me.

In SF ... actually, now that I've thought of LMB, it's hard not to vote for Miles and Ekaterin.(less)
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The Floating Islands

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House of Shadows

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The Keeper of the Mist

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The City in the Lake

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Black Dog (Black Dog, #1)

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More books by Rachel Neumeier…

So here we are, nearly in July, the year half over, and in some ways I feel like the year’s just started. Instead, it’s just about time for a retrospective: What are the best books I’ve read this year so far? I do keep a list of books acquired and books read, though generally I get behind and then have to try to remember what all I’ve been reading lately. But let’s just take a look:


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Okay, first, "Murderbot" is definitely a misleading sobriquet. The protagonist may apply that nickname to itself, but ironically. I mention this because the title was kind of a turn-off for me, but this whole "murderous android" thing is very much ov ...more
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A fine follow-up to the first book, this one introduces Even More Complications and sets up the third installment, yet offers a surprisingly self-contained reading experience. I would love to say more about it, but would hate to give away spoilers, s ...more
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"Robin Mckinley, I could kiss you. I almost thought you were going to leave Pegasus as it was. I'm dying for this book, and I hope you hurry to finish it!

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"Insanely, mind-blowingly original. I have no idea how Neumeier thinks up these ideas, but I approve immensely!"
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"A very absorbing and thoroughly enjoyable fantasy. I found it more along the lines of Meghan Whelan Turner and Kristin Cashore than Guy Gabriel Kay or Robin McKinley. Lots of intrigue, a real sense of discovering a new world, political machination..." Read more of this review »
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So, these are historical fantasy. WWI has recently ended and WWII has not yet begun, so that adds a poignant note as characters think about their recent lived experience of the Great War and hope nothing like that ever happens again.

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This one is a Gothic fantasy, with a close focus on the protagonist and plenty of atmosphere. If the story gives the protagonist’s first name, I’ve forgotten it. The story is first person, which suits the Gothic style but means we never see the prota ...more
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“Some men are not capable of learning anything that does not agree with their own opinions.”
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“When we endure loss, the past reaches out to grip us from behind, but it's not wrong to turn your face forward.”
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“The grief doesn't go away, ... "But you...get used to it, you know? It's like carrying a heavy stone, one that's really too heavy for you: you learn to settle the weight properly, and then you get used to it, and then sometimes you can forget you're carrying it.”
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“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
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Rachel Neumeier Oh, I'm sure I will! [Watches TBR pile expand into the indefinite future...]


Estara Thanks for the friendvite ^^ - I feel flattered and hope you'll find as many interesting books via my friends and me as I find via your blog posts.


Rachel Neumeier That's definitely the best reason!


♥iDevourBooks♥ ☆Sonic~Obsessed☆ Thanks for adding me as a friend!! Be proud to be my 100th friend on Goodreads, even if I'm mainly on Goodreads to rate and write reviews on books. :)


Cheryl Landmark Good luck with your new manuscript! I can't wait to read "Lord of the Changing Winds".


Rachel Neumeier Well, plus I'm finishing a manuscript . . . I think by Wednesday. Probably. Maybe. Soon, anyway. Then, before revising, a break to tear into the growing To Be Read pile!


Cheryl Landmark I know. So many books, so little time! :)


Rachel Neumeier Of course; thanks for your request.

I've just started to use Goodreads more, so I hope to start reviewing books here and reading other members' reviews . . . any day now, as soon as I have time!


Cheryl Landmark Thanks for accepting my friendship, Rachel.


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