M.K. Wren

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M.K. Wren


Born
in Amarillo, Texas, The United States
June 05, 1938

Died
August 20, 2016

Genre


Martha Kay Renfroe was an Oregon writer, author of mystery and science fiction under the penname M.K. Wren. Her work included the "Conan Flagg" mystery series and the post-apocalyptic novel A Gift Upon the Shore, set along the Oregon coast. ...more

Average rating: 3.98 · 3,136 ratings · 307 reviews · 20 distinct worksSimilar authors
A Gift Upon the Shore

3.90 avg rating — 1,375 ratings — published 1990 — 14 editions
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Sword of the Lamb (The Phoe...

4.07 avg rating — 408 ratings — published 1981 — 11 editions
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Shadow of the Swan  (The Ph...

4.21 avg rating — 314 ratings — published 1981 — 14 editions
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House of the Wolf (The Phoe...

4.18 avg rating — 314 ratings — published 1981 — 10 editions
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Curiosity Didn't Kill the C...

3.69 avg rating — 144 ratings — published 1973 — 6 editions
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A Multitude of Sins (Conan ...

3.88 avg rating — 89 ratings — published 1975 — 6 editions
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Oh, Bury Me Not (Conan Flag...

3.83 avg rating — 77 ratings — published 1976 — 7 editions
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Dead Matter (Conan Flagg, #7)

3.85 avg rating — 62 ratings — published 1993 — 4 editions
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Seasons of Death (Conan Fla...

3.76 avg rating — 63 ratings — published 2014 — 7 editions
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Nothing's Certain but Death...

3.90 avg rating — 59 ratings — published 1978 — 6 editions
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Sword of the Lamb Shadow of the Swan House of the Wolf
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Curiosity Didn't Kill the Cat A Multitude of Sins Oh, Bury Me Not Nothing's Certain but Death Seasons of Death Wake Up, Darlin' Corey Dead Matter
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3.82 avg rating — 624 ratings

Quotes by M.K. Wren  (?)
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“I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. —SIR ISAAC NEWTON (1642–1727)”
M.K. Wren, A Gift Upon the Shore

“For as there are misanthropists, or haters of men, there are also misologists, or haters of ideas, and both spring from the same cause, which is ignorance of the world. —PLATO (428–348 B.C.), PHAEDO”
M.K. Wren, A Gift Upon the Shore

Polls

What book would you like to read in November to discuss in December? [Please vote only if you will return for the discussion, to be fair to others.] *As always I recommend if any look good to you, go ahead and put them on hold at the library if available.*

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham
1977, 200 pages, 3.93 stars
$2.99 Kindle, cheap used, probably at library

"A world paralysed by genetic mutation

John Wyndham takes the reader into the anguished heart of a community where the chances of breeding true are less than fifty per cent and where deviations are rooted out and destroyed as offences and abominations."


 
  11 votes, 34.4%

Stranded by Bracken MacLeod
2016, 304 pages, 3.47 stars
$9.99 Kindle, cheap used, at library

"In the spirit of John Carpenter's The Thing and Jacob's Ladder comes a terrifying, icebound thriller where nothing is quite what it seems.

Badly battered by an apocalyptic storm, the crew of the Arctic Promise find themselves in increasingly dire circumstances as they sail blindly into unfamiliar waters and an ominously thickening fog. Without functioning navigation or communication equipment, they are lost and completely alone. One by one, the men fall prey to a mysterious illness. Deckhand Noah Cabot is the only person unaffected by the strange force plaguing the ship and her crew, which does little to ease their growing distrust of him.

Dismissing Noah's warnings of worsening conditions, the captain of the ship presses on until the sea freezes into ice and they can go no farther. When the men are ordered overboard in an attempt to break the ship free by hand, the fog clears, revealing a faint shape in the distance that may or may not be their destination. Noah leads the last of the able-bodied crew on a journey across the ice and into an uncertain future where they must fight for their lives against the elements, the ghosts of the past and, ultimately, themselves."


 
  10 votes, 31.3%

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
2013, 457 pages, 4.05 stars
$9.99 Kindle, cheap used, at library

"After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up."


 
  7 votes, 21.9%

Gibbon's Decline and Fall by Sheri S. Tepper
1997, 480 pages, 3.91 stars
$7.99 Kindle, cheap used, probably at library

"A wave of fundamentalism is sweeping across the globe as the millennium approaches, and a power-hungry presidential candidate sees his ticket to success in making an example out of a teenage girl who abandoned her infant in a Dumpster. Taking the girl's case is Carolyn Crespin, a former attorney, who left her job for a quiet family life. Now she must call upon five friends from college, who took a vow to always stand together. But their success might depend on the assistance of Sophy, the enigmatic sixth friend, whom they all believed dead."


 
  3 votes, 9.4%

A Gift Upon the Shore by M.K. Wren
2000, 388 pages, 3.88 stars
$8.69 Kindle, cheap used, at library

"In the Pacific Northwest of the near future, the golden age has ended in apocalypse. Nuclear war has unleased firestorms and the killing cold of nuclear winter. Earthquakes and tidal waves have ravaged the West Coast of America. Desperate violent looters comb the devastated land. And a horrifying pandemic lays waste to the remaining human population. But one of the few survivors, Mary Hope, is determined to see that some spark of culture survives. Together with her beloved friend Rachel, she sets out to preserve the precious knowledge of the past by saving every book she can in what may very well be the last library—the only record of a world that has perished. But Mary and Rachel are not alone. They are forced to share their small subsistence farm, Amarna, with the Flock, a small band of survivors with fanatical beliefs. And one of those beliefs is that books are blasphemous and should be destroyed."


 
  1 vote, 3.1%

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