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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.

In “The Very Last Case of Messrs. Aristotel and Arkimedes Magtanggol,” an aristoc...more
ebook, 87 pages
Published March 27th 2012
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Meann
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, sometimes...more
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
Tina
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 relations...more
Angelo
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
Teddy Gram
Wow! Dark... and above all different... *****
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Eliza Victoria is the author of the short story collection A Bottle of Storm Clouds (2012), the horror collection Unseen Moon (2013) and the poetry collection Apocalypses (2013). Her fiction and poetry have appeared in several online and print publications in the Philippines and elsewhere. Her work has won prizes in the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and the Philippines Free Press L...more
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