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Location: Iowa, USA
About Aaron: Aaron is currently immersing himself in the life of a college student with a major in English. To go along with this, he is entertaining the fantasy (and working toward the reality) of one day ascending to great fame and glory by becoming a published author. He is obsessed with movies and desperately in love with books (and feels most at home when snuggled between the shelves of a bookstore). Aaron is also extremely proud to be a nerd, and so therefore isn’t ashamed to admit that he doesn’t get out much. He spends his free time unintentionally growing a beard.
What he finds important in a novel: Characters, Setting, Writing Style, Creativity.
Favorite Fantasy Authors: George R.R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss, Steven Erikson, Brent Weeks, Neil Gaiman, Brandon Sanderson.
Favorite Fantasy Sub-Genres: Dark Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Low Fantasy, Magic Realism, Sword & Sorcery, Heroic Fantasy, Adventure.
Aaron is a regular reviewer. You can read his reviews here.
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Location: Virginia, USA
About Garrett: An avid musician, Garrett is an accompanist for musical theatre by day and an all-around nerd by night. …Well, he’s both all day, everyday, if we’re being completely honest. Outside of the theatre and books, Garrett also enjoys RPGs both on and off the table, karaoke, ultimate frisbee, and spending time with friends and his cats. He continues to re-realize that his life is essentially defined by Billy Joel’s music.
What he finds important in a novel: Writing Style, Pacing, Premise, Creativity, (Un)Predictability.
Favorite Fantasy Authors: Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, P.V. Brett, Tom Sniegoski, Kat Richardson.
Favorite Fantasy Sub-Genres: Urban Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Contemporary Fantasy, Historical Fantasy.
Garrett is our superstar writer and editor. He’s also our team’s urban fantasy guru. And the guy in charge of staffing and recruitment. …He does kinda-sorta-pretty much everything. Read all of Garrett’s articles and reviews here.
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Location: Texas, USA
About Magen: Magen is twenty-six years old and has been a professional bookseller for eight of those years. She is completely obsessed with books and cannot imagine having at least one book on her person at all times, although it takes a pretty compelling read to pass what she calls the Worth Lugging Around Test. She is an incurable optimist who absolutely loves learning new things and often amuses those nearby with her unbridled enthusiasm. When she isn’t gushing over some wonderful book or another at work, she can be found playing hermit, reading, writing, and unintentionally surrendering hours of her life to things like Tumblr and Pinterest.
Favorite Fantasy Authors: Simon R. Green, Robin McKinley, Patrick Rothfuss, Neil Gaiman, J. R. R. Tolkien, Peter S. Beagle, Alfred Bester, H. P. Lovecraft, Orson Scott Card, Rob Thurman, William Goldman, and Tamora Pierce.
Favorite Fantasy Sub-Genres: Magen is absolutely terrible at defining any given genre, but it’s generally safe to say that she enjoys Dark Fantasy/Horror, High Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Urban Fantasy, Comic Fantasy and anything in between.
What she finds important in a novel: Catch her eye with an intriguing premise and then keep her attention with fleshed-out characters in a well-built world, throw in an unpredictable plot and a few clever turns of phrase and Magen couldn’t be happier.
Magen is an editor. She rights all our wrongs.
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Location: Neverland
About Marnie: Marnie is quite a silly person, with a head full of dreams and impossible imaginings. She has an almost unhealthy love for her hair and spends far too much time brushing it and even talking to it on occasion. Marnie spends most of her time braving the treacherous passages of Barnes and Noble, cursing those who can’t seem to put books back on the shelves and mocking the fools who try to use a Borders gift card to pay for their purchases. If she ever obtains the gift of flight, she plans to take off immediately for the second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.
Favorite Fantasy Authors: Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, William Goldman, Scott Lynch, John Connolly, Frank Beddor, J.K. Rowling, and Cassandra Clare ( Favorite Fantasy Sub-Genres: Marnie don’t believe in labels, sucka! In all seriousness, though, Marnie is simply not all that picky and will read just about any fantasy book as long as it comes with a good (and reliable) recommendation.
What Marnie finds important in a novel: Well-developed characters and an intriguing, unpredictable plot are all Marnie -really- needs, though a little bit of humor is always nice, too.
Marnie is the indispensable head of our editing department. She also writes the occasional review. Read Marnie’s reviews here.
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Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
About Rebecca: Rebecca, a 25-year-old from Arizona, is a born bibliophile and wordsmith. She began “reading” books out loud at 1 ½ years old, and was really reading and writing by the age of 3. By age 12, she knew she wanted to be an author. Since high school, she has been the go-to girl for all her friends’ essay editing needs. When Rebecca isn’t busy at work or editing articles for RD, she enjoys Skyping with Stephan, planning for their wedding, and reading fantasy and occasionally science fiction. She also sometimes plays video games. She currently works providing relay calls for deaf and hard of hearing people.
What she finds important in a novel: Rebecca isn’t usually a picky reader. She’ll lose interest in a book if too many factors are weak, but as long as the overall product is strong, individual factors don’t matter as much.
Favorite Fantasy Authors: Rebecca’s ultimate favorite author is Brandon Sanderson. She also quite likes Timothy Zahn, Jane Lindskold, Tamora Pierce, Sharon Shinn, and Shanna Swendson.
Favorite Fantasy Sub-Genres: Rebecca enjoys many sub-genres, including epic or high fantasy, low fantasy, magic realism, mythic, sword and sorcery, heroic fantasy, adventure, science fantasy, and young adult.
Rebecca is our most fervent editor. She also writes now and then. Read those writings here.
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Location: Soest, The Netherlands
About Stephan: A 26 year-old Communications student, Stephan loves publicity and design, particularly web design. When he’s not designing websites, he’s busy being a total geek for fantasy. In The Ranting Dragon, he has found a way to combine these passions and discover a new love for writing too. Most of all, though, Stephan is just a crazy Dutch guy who enjoys doing things that people don’t expect. He has a lot of bad habits, the least of which is going to bed at 5 AM night after night because he enjoys talking to his American fellow reviewers and editor fiancée Rebecca.
What he finds important in a novel: A believable, well-conceived world and magic system, fleshed out characters who feel like individuals, an original premise.
Favorite Fantasy Authors: Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Brent Weeks, Stephen Deas, Peter V. Brett, Mazarkis Williams, Mark Lawrence, and N.K. Jemisin.
Favorite Fantasy Sub-Genres: Epic, Dark, Heroic, Science, and Postmodern Fantasy, as well as some Steampunk every now and then.
Stephan is the evil overlord editor-in-chief of The Ranting Dragon and also writes from time to time. Read his writings here.
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Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
About Tracie: Though she was raised in Southern California, Tracie has lived in Utah for several years and has no plans to leave. She taught herself to read when she was 3 years old – maybe earlier. It’s hard to tell because she didn’t start talking until she was 3. Since then Tracie’s been an insatiable reader, and earned her bachelor’s degree in English (professional and technical writing emphasis) in 2011. She worked as an editor and reporter for St. George (Utah) News before relocating to Salt Lake City. Unfortunately, working a full-time job, being a wife, owning a house, and generally being a responsible grown-up now cuts severely into Tracie’s reading habit. In her spare time, Tracie enjoys playing tabletop games, wasting time on Facebook, spending time with her husband, Brandon and (of course) reading. She works in the financial sector.
What she finds important in a novel: Three-dimensional characters, skilled worldbuilding, and an exciting plot. If a book isn’t interesting enough to allow her to suspend her disbelief, she won’t read it.
Favorite Fantasy Authors: Garth Nix, Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan, Kristen Simmons, and Jacqueline Carey.
Favorite Fantasy Sub-Genres: Dystopian, high/epic fantasy, science fantasy, adventure, sword and sorcery, and young adult.
Tracie is one of our regular reviewers. Read her writings here.

A list of former members of the Ranting Dragon team can be found here.

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