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Lower Myths

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  10 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Lower Myths features two compelling novellas of contemporary fantasy from Eliza Victoria, one of the most talented young writers in Asian speculative fiction today. In “Trust Fund Babies,” children of two warring witch and fairy families face off in the final round to a centuries-old vendetta.

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Published March 27th 2012 by Smashwords Edition
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May 10, 2012 Meann rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like Philippine Speculative Fiction, People who like alternative mythologies
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I’ve stopped wondering some time ago why Eliza Victoria keeps winning all these different awards for her fiction and poetry. And with Lower Myths, she has definitely earned a place in my list of favorite Filipino authors.

Trust Fund Babies is my favorite of the two stories in Lower Myths. I love the whole The Godfather feel, and the mythology that Victoria re-imagined for this particular world. The story is pretty straightforward, sometime
Kristine Muslim
Lower Myths is Eliza Victoria's splendid two-story debut collection. I like the second novella better than the first one. "The Very Last Case of Messrs. Aristotel and Arkimedes Magtanggol, Attorneys-at-Law" unfolds at an Elmore Leonard pace - brute, concise, confident. There's a combination of boldness and grace in Lower Myths, making it an enjoyable romp into the macabre. I imagined the two stories, with their distinct Philippine flavor and genre trappings culled straight from the vernacular, w ...more

Complete marginalia for this and two other Eliza Victoria books here .

"Why can't life just be like this, as simple as this?"
Original post at One More Page

I got this one as a sample first, and this was one of the cases where I loved the sample so much that I had to get the book soon after.To be quite honest, I was not sure what Lower Myths was all about, except that it contains two short stories/novellas and the sample just made me want to read on.Trust Fund Babies is a fun, with and fairy story that totally had that mafia feel. It's violent and can be quite gory, but all done in a tasteful way. I liked the relation
LOWER MYTHS is no ordinary fantasy despite the presence of supernatural characters popular in Philippine folklore: mambabarang(witches), diwata(fairies), kapre(a tobacco-smoking giant who lives in trees). Award-winning author Eliza Victoria offers two equally riveting novellas that are sure to surprise readers already hooked on her thought-provoking, mysterious, magical stories. Rare is the fictionist who can make a successful transition to a longer form, but Victoria effortlessly leapfrogged in ...more
Kristel Villar
Speculative fiction at its finest. I'm beginning to become a fan of Eliza Victoria because she never runs out of something new to give to her readers. Lower Myths is a "collection" of two short stories that are so different, you won't think at first that they were written by the same author. I love the action, mafia-like vibe of "Trust Fund Babies", which is about two warring families of diwatas and barangs. It reminded me of The Godfather, with all those angst, guns, and gore of a family drama. ...more
Teddy Gram
Wow! Dark... and above all different... *****
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Eliza Victoria is a Filipino author. Her books include Dwellers (2014), Project 17 (2013), A Bottle of Storm Clouds (2012), and the self-published collection Unseen Moon (2013). Her fiction and poetry have appeared in several online and print publications in the Philippines and elsewhere, including Daily Science Fiction, Stone Telling, Room Magazine, Story Quarterly, The Pedestal Magazine, High Ch ...more
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Dwellers A Bottle of Storm Clouds: Stories Project 17 Unseen Moon The Viewless Dark

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