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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
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ebook, 87 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Smashwords Edition
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Meann
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like Philippine Speculative Fiction, People who like alternative mythologies
Shelves: e-book, review-copy
Originally posted on The Girl Who Read and Other Stories

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
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Kristine Muslim
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Anne
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Trust Fund Babies was a great and engaging story that was an enjoyable read. The Last Case, however, was somewhat confusing because of the alternate realities which was a challenge to follow. I’m still giving this 4 stars due to the excellent 1st story.
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Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This has been in my to-read shelves for a while and after I finally downloaded the Kobo reading app (because a friend was talking about it and I was intrigued) I decided this, along with a couple other novellas by the same author, would be my first purchase.

Very much worth it. Lower Myths comprises two novellas; 'Trust Fund Babies' which is (as every other reviewer has mentioned, a mafia-like story of hella rich families trying to off each other. The twist is that these people are actually not
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Tina
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, filipino, ebooks, fantasy
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
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Angelo
Apr 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: filipiniana, 2014, fantasy
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
Monique
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it

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

"Why can't life just be like this, as simple as this?"
Teddy
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gothic
Wow! Dark... and above all different... *****
bubbliophile
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Trust Fund Babies is a short but fascinating story about two (supernatural) families and their war for power. Also the "ubusan ng lahi" (an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth) is really what distinguishes it as filipino-made.

The Last Case of Messrs. Aristotel and Arkimedes Magtanggol is a bit confusing due to the alternate realities. However, this is the case where your confusion propels you towards the end to know which reality was which. I like this better than the first.
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Eliza Victoria is the author of several books including the National Book Award-winning Dwellers (2014), the novel Wounded Little Gods (2016), and the graphic novel After Lambana (2016, with Mervin Malonzo). Her fiction and poetry have appeared in several online and print publications, including Daily Science Fiction, Stone Telling, Room Magazine, Story Quarterly, The Pedestal Magazine, High Chair ...more
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