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What Doctor Gottlieb Saw (Milkweed Triptych 0.5)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  285 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews

Gretel has wires in her head. Gretel likes to pick wildflowers. Gretel is one of the subjects on the farm, and she is Doctor Gottlieb's responsibility, but she knows something she isn't telling -- and if Doctor Gottlieb doesn't figure it out, it may be his body in a ditch next. This story is set in the world of Ian Tregillis's Milkweed series, which began with Bitter Seeds
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Published June 2010 by
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⊱ Irena ⊰

What Doctor Gottlieb Saw is a prequel of Milkweed Triptych series I've heard a lot about. Not my favourite time setting (WWII or around), but it's alternate history combined with paranormal elements and science fiction, so I will probably like the whole series.
This story takes place on a farm where they are experimenting on talented individuals (telekinesis, clairvoyance and such) and one of them dies during an experiment.
Doctor Gottlieb is part of medical personnel and he fears he might
Aug 24, 2013 Fence rated it really liked it
Shelves: sff, short-stories
What Doctor Gottlieb saw is very much an introduction to Gretel. If you have read Bitter Seeds you’ll know that Gretel is probably the most dangerous of all the characters. Even before she was experimented on she wasn’t right, the farm merely gave her the talent to be very very good at being bad.

Dr. Gottlieb works on the farm, he is pretty much the farm’s shrink. Everyone needs a bit of help coping with what is going on there, but Gretel is really starting to come into her own her and Gottlieb i
Brian Sealey
Jan 07, 2013 Brian Sealey rated it really liked it
Ian Tregillis is one of my favorite new authors. "Bitter Seeds" and "The Coldest War" are a brilliant blend of science fiction, alternate history, and horror, and I cannot wait for the third book in the series (especially after the stunning cliffhanger at the end of "The Coldest War") in the series. Tregillis writes with a cruel fluency, so that you feel every horror like a punch in the gut. Imagine Highsmith's brutally casual depiction of sociopathy combined with Lovecraft's ability to show the ...more
MB Taylor
Apr 10, 2011 MB Taylor rated it liked it
Interesting read. Finished reading Bitter Seeds Friday night and read this short story early Sunday morning. Both are pretty good, and share common characters. The time-lines of the two overlap, with “What Doctor Gottlieb Saw” happening before most of Bitter Seeds, but I think I’m glad I read Bitter Seeds first. I think reading “What Doctor Gottlieb Saw” first would have spoiled some of my enjoyment of learning slowly about some of the characters, Gretel in particular.

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Dan Campos
Jul 04, 2014 Dan Campos rated it really liked it
Terminando Something More than Night decidí aventarme esta narración más corta, ubicada en el universo de la trilogía anterior de Tregillis. Es un cuento que ocurre antes de que inicien los mismos libros, en donde empezamos a ver la capacidad de reciocinio y planeación de una Gretel que todavía no muestra el cobre.

La historia empieza con Gretel preguntándole a Gottlieb si se podía matar a dios. La pregunta busca implicaciones sobre lo posible o lo imposible, aunque la respuesta dada por Gottlie
Paul Genesse
Jun 06, 2012 Paul Genesse rated it it was amazing
Awesome little short story that goes along with Bitter Seeds.

I love the opening:

"Do you suppose it's possible to murder God?"

Gretel was Gottlieb's most troubling patient. She was also, he feared, quite mad.

Such a great opening and the story goes along with Bitter Seeds, but I think it should be read after you read Bitter Seeds. You can read it first, but I think it would mean much more if you read it afterward. The story does shed some light on events in Bitter Seeds, like how Klaus lost part o
Kristýna Obrdlíková
Je tam několik hodně silných klišé, ale téma je chycené bezrozporně a elegantně. A to myslím nebylo vůbec jednoduché. Skvělé rámování, různorodé a uvěřitelné postavy. Neměla jsem ráda ani jednu z nich. :-)
Jul 30, 2014 Mairita rated it really liked it
Domāju, ka tas ir "Rūgtajās sēklās" neiekļauts gabals, bet nē. Tomēr tik un tā forši bija pārlasīt. Spēcīgs fragments un var dot apjausmu vai gribas izlasīt visu grāmatu.
Jul 17, 2015 kari rated it really liked it
Yet again, Tregillis's intricate storytelling took me by surprise and left me awestruck and a little breathless. One word: Gretel.
May 21, 2015 Luci rated it liked it
Good story but if doesn't make a lot of sense without reading the first book.
Varsha V.
Read most of it for school, very interesting!
Jan 14, 2014 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Fantastic bit of extra insight into the events of the Milkweed Tryptich as a whole, and Gretel's character in particular.
Jul 31, 2010 Rob rated it really liked it
What Doctor Gottlieb Saw is offered for free on A few comments on this short story in the Milkweed Triptych setting can be found my blog.
Feb 14, 2015 Kimikimi rated it really liked it
Shelves: tor-com
Another short story

First thought: yay Nazis /sarcasm.

Second thought: wow, I liked this a lot more then I thought I would. The details seem accurate and the psychological aspects seem valid. And the idea of Gretal is just too damn creepy!
Apr 23, 2015 Manu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ucronía, relato
Muy buen relato corto sobre una joven Gretel (del Tríptico Asclepia) y su precognición en la granja del doctor von Westarp. Puede leerse sin problemas de spoilers después de Semillas amargas.
Oct 06, 2011 Marsha rated it it was amazing
Excellent adjunct to "Bitter Seeds." A quick read, well crafted. The story line and characters are very unique and memorable. I can't wait to read the next book in this series (due to be released next year).
Adrienne Crezo
Aug 08, 2010 Adrienne Crezo rated it really liked it
If you've read Bitter Seeds, and certainly if you intend to read the Milkweed Triptych, go to and get this short story. You'll be so glad you did, and it's free!
Mar 12, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Chilling side story set in the Milkweed Triptych universe about Gretel, the most disturbing of the Nazi super people.
Mar 22, 2011 Miriam rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This can now be read without logging in to Tor's site:
Kate O'Hanlon
A nice addition to the Milkweek trilogy but not a story I;d recommend reading in isolation.
Dec 17, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Short, sweet, and adding another layer to the whole background of Gretel and Klaus.
Sep 13, 2011 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick short story that is best for people that have read Bitterseeds.
Feb 20, 2013 Matt rated it it was amazing
you will want to have read bitter seeds first. then this is amazing.
Apr 24, 2013 Casey rated it really liked it
Good complement to Bitter Seeds!
Jul 22, 2013 Tamara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little look into how Gretel operates.
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