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Sunset Lavaflies: 3 Tales of Speculative Fiction Kindle Edition

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Scott Niven was born in 1969, but he still hasn't grown up. He loves being a parent though, so he pretends to be a grownup when he's with his son.

Scott's been writing in one form or another for over 25 years. His short stories have appeared in various publications, including the literary journal Pembroke Magazine. He was also a finalist in the prestigious L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest.

When Scott's not writing or spending time with his son, he enjoys snapping forgettable photos, running through his neighborhood, geocaching, and hopping on airplanes. He's visited 40 states, 17 national parks, and sadly, only 6 foreign countries.

When Scott grows up, he hopes to become an astronaut. If that doesn't work out, his fallback dream is to make a living writing.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cillamae on April 24, 2011
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This is our second taste of the visions of Scott Niven and I want more! His short story skills are of the hightest caliber and are satisfyingly reminiscent of some of the great works of the 60's and 70's. He is not afraid to tackle tough subjects either. His first story takes on the subject of religion with fresh, intelligent characters that challenge our perceptions. In fact I am most impressed with Mr. Niven's characters. They are complete and complex which is often hard to achieve in the short story setting. In his second story he gives us a woman faced with an unnatural creature for the second time in her life. She faces it with determination, some fear and a great deal of practicality. We are easily drawn into her world and by the end of the story we know just how much she has really faced. His final story is a magical tale filled with wonder, devotion and love. Again it is the characters that fill this story with their substance. You can feel the desperation that the main character faces and how unwillingly he makes the choice that in the end he must make. Mr. Niven's first outing was very good and I do recommend it but this second book far exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend this book and truly look forward to more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GMTA Publishing on May 21, 2011
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Three timeless, original, and nostalgic tales of wonder. That is how I would describe this collection to other readers. The first story shows what can happen when faith takes a backseat and technology is allowed to run things. It's a sad situation in which what could happen is never allowed to be known. The second story reminds one of a folk tale, something straight out of an old book found in some dusty library or used book store. The final story is one that lifts your heart and makes you feel the 'wonder' of the magic that can be found if one only has the patience to wait for it. With regards to the writer and the intent not to give away too much this is as far as I'll go with the narrative. You'll simply have to read this collection of short stories to get the full affect.

Scott Niven is a masterful writer, able to weave colorful stories that spark the imagination to full fruition. I look forward to reading more of his work in the near future. Please read this book, you won't regret it!

-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Clemens on May 17, 2011
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Run, don't walk, to find a copy of this intriguing set of short stories. I read the book in one sitting, put it away, then re-read it the next day. Each of the three stories is compelling in its own way. Scott Niven takes the reader from the depths of outer space, to the bleakness of the Sonoran Desert, to a farmer in need of a miracle. Finishing the book is a little like waking up the morning after Christmas and feeling the slight letdown upon realizing the enchantment is over. The magic remains though and any sadness soon gives way to the sparkling possibilities for play when you see the toys beside your bed.

In the case of Sunset Lavaflies, "play" comes from the ideas that dance through your mind and refuse to be ignored when the book is finished. Scott Niven is brilliant at crafting unforgettable short stories and I hope he decides to try his hand at a novel sometime soon.

I have to go now -- I'm off to find copies of anything and everything else written by Scott Niven.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Hoskins on June 6, 2011
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The stories told in Sunset Lavaflies were entrancing. I loved Displaced Miracle. The author has a way of making you believe even the most unbelievable tales. His short and vivid descriptions are perfect, and the endings were either shocking or left you hungry for more. Absolutely loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on October 9, 2011
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This was a series of 3 short stories. They were fascinating. The first story is about a spaceship with children aboard who are convinced they have received a message from God. The children want to return to Earth to share their message, but the people on Earth are not so sure they want to hear. This story asked some interesting questions, however I felt the ending was a little abrupt. The second story was fairly short. It's kind of hard to describe without spoiling anything, but it involved a mother protecting her daughter. It was rather bizarre, but still entertaining.

The last story is about a man who discovers something extraordinary in the lake near his home. He's soon forced to make a difficult choice when the area is ravaged by drought. I think this was my favorite story of the three, but they were all good in different ways. I think short stories can sometimes be hard to get into, but that was not the case with these. They are an excellent way to spend some time reading. They stories are very fast reads, but they are definitely worth your time.

Book won in Librarything Member Giveaway.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maria on June 21, 2011
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Sunset Lavaflies is a book of three science fiction short stories. I normally don't read short stories, but I made an exception here. The stories were very unique and intriguing. There's a lot of layers in the stories that really made me think. Also, the visuals that the author put in the third story were beautiful. These are not your typical science fiction stories, but they are definitely worth the read!
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