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A Bottle of Storm Clouds: Stories

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  297 ratings  ·  36 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, 209 pages
Published 2012 by Visprint
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K.D. Absolutely
Oct 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to K.D. by: Ayban Gabriyel
Shelves: ya, pinoy, horror, fantasy
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
Neil (or bleed)
Unique, imaginative and totally intriguing, A Bottle of Storm Clouds will take you to a familiar and bizarre world at the same time. Every short story has it's own dash of fantasy, magic, sci-fi and magical realism. Eliza Victoria did a good job in blending and balancing the reality and fantasy in this book.

Anyway, I didn't like every short story in this collection. Some are just okay. Some are just so confusing. Maybe because of the wordy? and long narrative. Some didn't make sense or should I

Originally posted here.

A very satisfying read.


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
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Horror-themed book read for the club this month. And nakakatakot nga, in all fairness.

Not just on the monsters/ghosts level kind of horror, but more on the reality kind of horror.

I'm scared of the stories about parallel universes, the most.
Selkie ✦ Queen
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
An Abduction of Mermaids
The End of Pi(?)
Storyteller's Curse
Siren Song
3.5 ⭐️

Beautifully written but much of the stories are too depressing.
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-books
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
Victor Ocampo
Oct 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 18, 2012 rated it liked it
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. :)
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Before the actual review, I just have to say that this was great. No story was weak and I end up thinking, 'Oh this if my favourite' only to find a new favourite when I read the next one.

The stories, aside from being fantastical or horrific, are also about loss. Even the light-hearted 'Sugar Pi' is about the loss of a certain kind of innocence. And I think that loss is something that everyone has experienced, something that everyone can relate to. (The whole, 'Everyone has experienced falling in
A compilation of 16 short stories featuring urban myths, superstitions, fantasy, the supernatural, sci-fi and basically anything a reader was quite fond of, however, some of the stories are super short that sometimes you have to use your hyperactive imagination to come to a conclusion. My fave, I think would be Ana's Little Pawnshop on Makiling street so that after I've read it, I even wished that I would encounter such a store in my lifetime wherein I can actully bargain for something in exchan ...more
Mar 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. :) ...more
Don Jaucian
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always lovely reading an Eliza Victoria story. My favorites are:

Sand, Crushed Shells, and Chicken Feathers
Siren Song
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The rating is based on the (biased) average of all the ratings of each story. With every story having the theme: of longing, of the characters being out of their comfort zones, of being not that horrifying but still dark as what they are. And the stories, though not all of them, are somewhat still hanging in thread, in a thin thread that makes me think if it will fall or it will forever stay hanging since there's no sense of the ground throughout the stories.

Opening A Bottle of Storm Clouds lea
Aviecayl Uy
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"A Bottle of Storm Clouds: Stories" by Eliza Victoria contained a total of 16 short stories. I would list down my favorite short stories, the just-okay, and my least favorite ones.

The Just-Okay Short Stories:
#1: Salot
This first story scared me. I liked the concept - man with chicken legs - how could I not? My only issue with this story was its ending. It was quite underwhelming (as it had a great buildup).

#2: Ana's Little Pawnshop on Makiling St.
This had such an amazing concept: A goddess in a h
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
Dec 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Reading her later works, I wouldn't be surprised reading such stories. Ang taba ng utak! She takes daily situations (and current events I guess - the Glorietta Explosion, things regarding the MRT), add a What If and turn it into a fantastic story that will make you say "Oo nga no".

Top 2 for me will be Sugar Pi and Ana's Pawnshop.
Imee Alfonso
Jul 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it
These are modern takes on different on characters like Maria and the likes. Some of her open ended endings work for me but some didn't.

I like the way she gave Maria a different persona with one of her stories. A fresh way to look at an old character.
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
i like the story of the pawnshop, the siren song. uhmm well, these two really stand out in my memory hahaha

don't expect happy endings, you end it.
Maricar Dizon
“I really like the notion of transcendental numbers, of infinity. It makes me think of the soul. A lot of people don’t believe that a part of them can last forever, because they can’t imagine it. But Math believes in it.”

This collection of short stories has been in my shelf for a couple of years now. It was given to me as a gift but even before that it was already in my radar. I have been interested because I love the title and I am also fascinated with Philippine Speculative Fiction. I trie
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sariling-atin
“I really like the notion of transcendental numbers, of infinity. It makes me think of a soul. A lot of people don’t believe that a part of them can last forever, because they can’t imagine it. But math believes in it.”

A collection of short stories that would leave you in sleepless nights and staring into nothingness asking yourself a bunch of “What if’s?”

Eliza would take you in an exploration of a parallel universe, where your other self exist; where your recently deceased sibling is s
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This has got to be my most favorite book of Eliza Victoria. Ana's Little Pawnshop, The Man on the Train, Sand, Crushed Shells, Chicken Feathers, Earthset, Parallel, Monsters, Siren Song, and Once, in a small town were among my favorites. Ikaw na, Eliza. Ikaw na talaga. 💕

What I realized about reading her books is that the endings were not meant to be satisfying. And I don't mean in a bad way. I meant not satisfying enough that you find yourself craving to read more of her works. Look where it got
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: philippine-lit

Ana's Little Pawnshop
Sugar Pi
Storyteller's Curse

I like how the stories ended with a "What now?" thing because it gives the readers an immersion to the story and they'll fill up the narrative after that.

I also liked how the author put it in a colorful Filipino context that will make Filipino readers understand the narrative more.

Some stories ended in confusion but I think that confusion is a bad or a good thing from the perspective of the readers.
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Mixed emotions (just like most story collectoons because you can't possibly like everything). I have a few favorites: Sugar Pi, Siren Song, and Monsters. There were some stories that knocked me flat and some put me off. Still, this is a wonderful collection (generally) and is more than the sum of its parts. Speculative fiction at its finest (and plus points for being Pinoy).
Zofia Bacewicz
May 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
Interesting stories but written in a very coarse manner. It was a book that tries to mimic the writings of Neil Gaiman and that simply falls short big time.
John Paul
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: filipino
Great collection of short stories. I think all stories exist in the same "Elizaverse," and each time I finish a story I can't help but think of the future of the characters in said story.
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Eliza Victoria is the author of several books including the Philippine National Book Award-winning Dwellers (2014), the novel Wounded Little Gods (2016), the graphic novel After Lambana (2016, a collaboration with Mervin Malonzo), and the science fiction novel-in-stories, Nightfall (2018). Her fiction and poetry have appeared in several online and print publications, most recently in LONTAR: The J ...more

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