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M. K. Wren (1938–2016)

Forfatter af A Gift Upon the Shore

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Martha Kay Renfroe was born in Amarillo, Texas on June 5, 1938. She wrote mystery and science fiction novels under the pen name M. K. Wren. Her books included the Conan Flagg series, the Phoenix Legacy Trilogy, A Gift Upon the Shore, and Nitty Gritties: The Pursuit of the Perfect Manuscript. She vis mere was also an artist whose work was shown in galleries and shows. She died on August 20, 2016 at the age of 78. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

Omfatter også følgende navne: M. K. Wren, Martha Kay Renfroe - aka M. K. Wren


Værker af M. K. Wren

A Gift Upon the Shore (1990) 430 eksemplarer
Sword of the Lamb (1981) — Forfatter — 231 eksemplarer
Shadow of the Swan (1981) — Forfatter — 197 eksemplarer
House of the Wolf (1981) — Forfatter — 179 eksemplarer
Curiosity Didn't Kill the Cat (1973) 75 eksemplarer
A Multitude of Sins (1975) 59 eksemplarer
Dead Matter (1993) 59 eksemplarer
Seasons of Death (1981) 57 eksemplarer
Oh, Bury Me Not (1976) 54 eksemplarer
Wake Up, Darlin' Corey (1984) 53 eksemplarer
King of the Mountain (1994) 49 eksemplarer
Nothing's Certain but Death (1978) 42 eksemplarer
The Phoenix Legacy (1981) 19 eksemplarer
Neely Jones: The Medusa Pool (1999) 18 eksemplarer

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Post-Apocalyptic Novel From '80's i Name that Book (oktober 2009)


Really awesome book for anyone who loves post-apocalyptic stories, survivalist stories, or who just appreciates the power of books. Set in Oregon, and has horses, dogs, and nuclear war. What more do you need?
Serenity17 | 16 andre anmeldelser | Nov 5, 2022 |
My copy of this book was published in 1981, when I was in high school. I haven't read it in decades (probably not since the early 90's), but my memory of the story was so strongly positive it's remained on my shelves all these years, along with the rest of the "Phoenix Legacy" trilogy. Yesterday, needing something to read, I picked it up with a bit of trepidation. It was hard to believe the story would stand the test of time.

It has.

There are plenty of science fiction tales about dynastic empires and the threat of revolution, of families and politics and high tech, but this one manages to be special -- perhaps because it has so much heart as well as insight. I've been reading it as fast as I can, and am looking forward to the next two books.… (mere)
jsabrina | 2 andre anmeldelser | Jul 13, 2021 |
I'm a sucker for end of the world stories. This one wasn't bad. Two women survive on an Oregon valley farm and preserve books as a tenuous link to the future after plague and nuclear war. Fundamentalists also survive. The story was engaging, but maybe I've read too many end of the world stories. I felt like I'd read other versions of it already. Am I just jaded to the apocalypse? (January 03, 2004)
cindywho | 16 andre anmeldelser | May 27, 2019 |
Tells the story (and the story of the story) of Rachel and Mary, who literally decide to survive the end of the world, in order to preserve (again literally) the books that represent what's left of their civilization. It is told half in flashbacks of that end time and half from the first person perspective of Mary, who now lives with a group of fundamentalist Christians, who believe there is only truth and one book worth reading. The villian of the story is a woman who takes this belief to its "logical" and lethal conclusion--her character is that perfect combination of traits, utter ignorance of history and science and the unwavering conviction that the one idea in her head is the whole and unimpeachable truth. Sound familiar? She is a caricature to be sure, and there is one other character in the book as extreme as she is, and it is Mary's conviction, and the theme of the book, that this is a form of insanity and ultimately evil. There's nothing subtle about the treatment of this theme in the book, but the other characters in it are more three-dimensional and sympathetic than the two crackpots, and the relationships between them and Mary are more complex and nuanced. The flashbacks to the apocalypse are appropriately horrific and tragic, and the glue that holds the book together is the character of Rachel, an atheist who represents everything one could ask of a friend and helper through the end of the world, or any other troubles. To call it simply a battle between religious lunacy and agnostic sanity would be an over simplification, but that's the thrust of the book, at least the parts that deal with Mary's "present." All of that said, it is beautifully written, with an almost unbearable sense of what is lost and a powerful belief in what is worth preserving. I'd recommend it to any fan of these kinds of books.… (mere)
unclebob53703 | 16 andre anmeldelser | Feb 22, 2019 |


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