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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.

Average rating: 3.63 · 4,789 ratings · 739 reviews · 15 distinct works · Similar authors
The Floating Islands
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A commenter kindly contributed links to some of Carter Reid’s book covers. This is my favorite — if you’d like to see the others, click through via the links in the comments to the Hugo post below.

Carter Reid

Reid’s other covers look rather pulp style, which is not really my thing, but I do like this one.

And at least now I don’t have to think about putting No Award on the ballot. It’s a pity Reid didn’t...

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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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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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