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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: 3.61 · 5,928 ratings · 897 reviews · 16 distinct works · Similar authors
The Floating Islands

3.76 avg rating — 1,449 ratings — published 2011 — 7 editions
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Lord of the Changing Winds ...

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Land of the Burning Sands (...

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House of Shadows

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The City in the Lake

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Black Dog (Black Dog, #1)

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The Keeper of the Mist

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The Griffin Mage

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Pure Magic

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Brandy at Random Musings has a post up about books she’s had on her TBR pile since before she starting blogging. What an fun (if mildly depressing) idea for a blog post! It’s from The Broke and the Bookish; here is the overall list of blog posts on this topic.


Brandy’s list is interesting. You know what’s on there? The Curse of Chalion. Wow. If I could choose one book I could MAKE people read, t...

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I don't normally comment about my own books here . . . but I just want to mention up front that The White Road of the Moon has no romance in it at all. None. Zilch.

It was going to, but that subplot got removed when the book started to grow out of con
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" You're probably right, but I like historical fantasy, so I hope I like enough of these to make the bundle wothwhile. Plus when I'm working on somethin ...more "
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I didn't think of A Stranger to Command because, as you say, the parents aren't on stage. When I think of that on
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The Steerswoman by Rosemary Kirstein
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The characters: Well-drawn. Rowan, Bel, and Willam are all quite appealing in their different ways. Rowan’s observation skills and general perceptiveness are beautifully handled throughout, and believable, none of that too-good-to-be-true Sherlock Ho ...more
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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 ...more Ira Glass
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The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher
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Very different from the previous book of Katcher’s that I’ve read (Almost Perfect) – this is a light, quick read; in fact, I read the whole thing in one sitting, which is very rare for me. I normally enjoy a book more if I stretch it out over at leas ...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.”
Rachel Neumeier, The Floating Islands

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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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