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A Bottle of Storm Clouds: Stories

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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  84 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Award-winning author Eliza Victoria mixes magic with the mundane in this special concoction of 16 short stories. A girl meets a young man with the legs of a chicken. A boy is employed by a goddess running a pawnshop. A group of teenagers are trapped in an enchanted forest for 900 days. A man finds himself in an MRT station beyond Taft, a station that was not supposed to ex ...more
Paperback, First Edition, 206 pages
Published July 2012 by Visprint, Inc. (first published January 1st 2012)
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K.D. Absolutely
My other Halloween read this year. My first one is The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings (4 stars) by Edgar Allan Poe. I picked this one up because I'd like to try a newer and a local book. Also, a friend really liked this.

For a new author, Eliza Victoria, this is already a great output. The cover is really nice. The stories are mostly worth reading especially for fans of horror, supernatural and fantasy. They are just not my cups of tea. Some of the narratives are confusing (maybe because I wa
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Emir Never
Dec 21, 2014 Emir Never rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emir Never by: Monique
Only A Bottle of Storm Clouds will make you glad about a storm (talent) gaining strength. Ms. Victoria's secret is out: She's a writer who can whip up a storm with her pen and imagination. A writer to watch.
Ekairidium
There was one night when a man came in and bought a bottle of storm clouds. He claimed to be a poet. "I needed the rain," he said. "I couldn't write in this goddamn heat."

"What did he pay for that?" I asked.

"That's just a week's supply of storm clouds," Ana said, "so I only asked for six months of his life. I'm going to use that for my sunflowers. That way, they wouldn't wait for a long time--isn't that fantastic?"

I hoped the man wrote good poems.

Loss, I believe, is a theme in fiction that's d
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Monique

Originally posted here.

A very satisfying read.

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Confession: I had no idea that this book existed nor have I heard of the author before my wonderful bookish friend Tina marked it as her currently-reading book sometime last November, perhaps earlier. And then, the author herself rated one of my favorite Mitchell novels, Cloud Atlas, with 5 stars over at Goodreads, which popped up on my feed through Tina. (Anyone who rates Cloud Atlas with 5 stars has impeccable taste in books, ergo, he/she is someo
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Tina
Original post at One More Page

Lower Myths got me craving for more of Eliza's stories, so when I found out that Visprint released an anthology of her stories, I knew I had to get it. A Bottle of Storm Clouds contains 16 short stories that have appeared in various anthologies, all with the same local fantasy goodness. I was so excited to get this one after the 2nd Filipino ReaderCon (I really, really wanted to win one, but alas, I didn't) -- and I wasn't planning to read it immediately to save m
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Lynai
Also posted in It's A Wonderful Bookworld.

As a reader, I am fairly easy to please. Give me fiction any time, and I’d most likely keel over in delight (that’s actually an exaggeration, but I think you get the point). However, I must admit that speculative fiction is something new to my reading taste buds. The very first book that I remember reading along this genre is Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, and I confess that I didn’t like it that much that time. I guess at that time my mind’s not ready yet for
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Maria
Aug 04, 2014 Maria rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maria by: Lynai
(I read this last night in 4.5 hours straight. Power was out again because of the typhoon, so I read it with nothing but my flashlight on, in my room cloaked in darkness. :D *fist pump*)

Some of the story plots are not new to me, but the characters (and the relationships between), that did me in. I am fan, Eliza Victoria!

Some of my favorites are:
Man on the Train
Parallel
An Abduction of Mermaids
The End of Pi(?)
Reunion
Storyteller's Curse
Siren Song
Victor Ocampo
Many writers of the fantastic forget that stories should be about people and not concepts, magic or myth. Eliza Victoria's greatest talent is her uncanny ability to spin complex narratives using simple, unadorned language and to tell riveting tales from the point of view of ordinary people -- regular folks caught in the claws of the awesome and the uncanny. Not all the stories are perfect, but many are literary treasures (or at least guilty reading pleasures), particularly "The Man on The Train" ...more
Yejoon Kim
I like the concept of the book: using our own myths and gods as characters.

I also like how (I think), in every story, there's a hidden message. It made me think the stories through and read it between the lines, not taking the stories as it is.

What I don't want here is the confusing endings. There are some stories here that really drove me nuts, thinking what the hell does the story is all about.

But overall, I like it. :)
Francesca
My new favorite author <3 Writing is very fluid; it's like her words are gliding through the pages along with easy comprehension. :) Stories are amazing as well; it reminds me of Neil Gaiman, with her take on the fantastic and gothic, but still relatable and doesn't seem forced. :)
Kristel Villar
A nice read for Halloween! If you want speculative fiction stories with a touch of Filipino culture, then this short story collection by Eliza Victoria is a good start. I love that this 16-story compilation is packed with so much local flavor that it made me reminisce local urban legends and folklore that I used to hear and read when I was younger (remember those horror komiks and Kwento ni Lola Basyang?). Whether it is demons, gods and goddesses, kulam, mermaids, ghosts... the book doesn't run ...more
Imee Alfonso
A fantasy-themed book with stories that can never be more real than reality.

Filled with brain-freezing life truths and fridge brilliance, it took me an hour to finish one story. 15-30 minutes of reading, the rest staring into space, trying to grasp the whole story and just falling in love with book more.
Larisse
Why haven't you read this book?

I've always looked for literature that imbibed Filipino culture but was told in English. This is it. I just loved it.

It kind of reminded me of Neil Gaiman's stories but in a Philippine setting.
Kallena
This is an amazing story. At first, I saw this on Google. By the looks of it, I got really interested because of the cover and while I am reading, I am able to feel the story tralalalala
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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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