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Si Janus Sílang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon

(Janus Sílang #1)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,103 ratings  ·  179 reviews
Sa tournament ng TALA Online sa bayan ng Balanga, namatay ang lahat ng manlalaro maliban kay Janus. Sunod-sunod pa ang naging kaso ng pagkamatay ng mga kabataan sa computer shops sa iba’t-ibang panig ng bansa. Kinontak si Janus ng nagpakilalang Joey, isa rin umano sa mga nakaligtas sa paglalaro ng TALA na gaya niya. Hindi inasahan ni Janus ang mga matutuklasan niya mula ri ...more
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Published 2014 by Adarna House
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Dec 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this series! More so because it's a book coming from a Filipino author. Some would say that it's like Harry Potter or Percy Jackson maybe because the book is marketed as YA and it has a young boy as the protagonist but the story is very Filipino, at the same time people especially kids will relate to. It's about a boy named Janus Silang who participated in an online tournament game but his companions died after finishing a difficult level, he's the only survivor in that internet cafe who ...more
Biena (The Library Mistress)
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, review-copy, signed
Crossposted @ The Library Mistress

I've been a gamer myself. I used to go to computer shops to play Counter Strike in elementary, but what really hooked me was Gunbound, I don't know if any of you still remember that game but it has really been popular back in 2006. Don't let its cute GUI fool you because I've met serious gamers around the world in the Gunbound arena. It's not just two players firing at each other, this artillery game is all about strategic calculation. However, as the fuss died
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pink-novels, fictions
I have read a great deal of positive feedback about this. My fellow blogger reviewed that it is likened to the Harry Potter and Lord of the Ring series of Britain or to anything else out there considered world-class. Someone on Goodreads shouts out to the world that it is “ang lupet! ” . Also, someone outspoken professed that he is willing to die, ignoring the fact that the “Tiyanak” might come out to bite out his throat and stomach; he insisted on giving it 5 stars on Goodreads no matter what y ...more
Nicay Magnate
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Phoebe Andamo
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: filipino, signed, ya
I was hooked since I first heard the idea of Janus Silang from Sir Egay in Laguna. He said that he was planning a book about a hero set for young readers. His previous published books are mind-boggling metafiction Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog and Kasunod ng 909. I also read his short story, and his literary criticism book Halos Isang Buhay.

As a fan of Harry Potter, I am interested to read Janus Silang series. 'What's the connection?', you may ask. Harry Potter is set for young readers involving m
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Here are the reasons why Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon is a MUST HAVE in your bookshelf:

The book and cover. Seriously, when I saw this picture of my friend with her copy of the book (and later on the author in a magazine interview), I had to say it was really pretty. It made me look for it in my nearest book store, and when I finally held it in my hands, it was way more amazing—the cover was fantastic, the font typography, size, and spacing inside the book were just right.

The story an
Jedi JC Daquis
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it
A big indicator of a successful young adult novel is that it transcends across all ages. Edgar Samar's Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon (JS1) does that and manages to stand out above others in an overcrowded sea of the YA genre. And yes, the book is written in Filipino. This is recommended for everybody.

JS1 has a solid story which fuses the modern social media culture with our timeless folklore. That one is so neat! You can feel some elements coming from other stories but let me tell you
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May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is 'WOW!'. It was beyond that, but I am running out of words to describe it. This book took me to different levels. When you think you already know what will happen, that is when it will take on a dramatic change. And it just does not end with one surprise. It holds a lot of surprises that will make you go weak, scared, confused, intrigued and thinking all at the same time. I dunno what else to say, but i am definitely going to grab the second book!
Maria Ella
One of the works of Egay that is very much linear and appealing to the kids. Combining elemental characters and Techie specifics in a light-read and very Filipino prose.
Weng Cahiles
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I recently found out that the author of the Janus Silang series, Edgar Calabia Samar, was my batchmate in university, plus this book was recommended by a fellow book club member, so I was eager to read it. At the start, however, I had difficulty reading because it was in Tagalog, while the majority of the books I read are in English, so I had to get used to processing Tagalog words in my mind. I find that sad but I guess I need to find more works in Tagalog that I can appreciate.

I thought the fi
Richmond Sim
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third Filipino book (next to El Filibusterismo and Noli Me Tangere) that I have ever finished my entire life, and I'll have to say that it's totally worth it. As compared to other young adult novels published in the Philippines, this one tickles your mind and satisfies the imaginative desires of your cognition while also giving your heart a lingering fast beat through its dread and terror themes. Read it guys!

PS: I think the Book 2 is going to be released this (Ateneo) second semeste
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was one of those stories that made me repeatedly say: "Shit. Ang Ganda. Paano nanaman niya naiisip to?" Really engrossing. The last time I read something like this was Neil Gaiman's American Gods and it just distracted me from my whole vacation. I hope readers of the YA genre won't be intimidated by the Filipino language used in this book, and won't miss out on such an engrossing story, because it was totally "readable". Would definitely read and buy Book 2 when it comes out in November.
Eugene Soyosa
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great writers can write anything, and Samar's first YA novel showcases his versatility. You can't help but feel the sensation of the "dilang-karayom ng manananggal" on your heart every time he utters these words. With only 179 pages, you can finish this book in one sitting. It's like playing your addicting video game, only much better. After reading, you'd want to grab old comics and learn more about pinoy mythology, while indulging in good old scramble. Can't wait for the next book.
Review to follow. hehe
If British people have Harry Potter and Americans have Percy Jackson, we Filipinos have Janus Silang. :)

I was gushing after I finished this book.

The book is about a teenager named Janus, who, along with his friends, is so obsessed with an online game called TALA, or Terra Anima Legion of Anitos, a role playing game developed by three Filipinos. The players create their own characters, known as BAT or the Bayani-Anito-Tandem and should pass each level to continue with the game. The developers mad
Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: filipiniana
Ngl, it took me a loooong time to finish this book. The build-up is slow and somewhat tedious, the narrative bugged down with sentences that I thought (as someone who's more comfortable writing and reading English than Filipino) would work in English but sounds stilted in Filipino. I wondered if maybe the writer is the same. The characters don't really talk like normal people--which MIGHT work because Janus is from the countryside and all (my relatives from the countryside do indeed use words th ...more
Kevin Cortes
This novel will surely drain away the happiness within you as you reach the last pages of the book. A surge of different emotions such as shock, anger, despair and sorrow will be felt as the author left us astonished by the smooth unveiling of the painful truth.

A Filipino reader would be really pleased and be proud of having the opportunity to read this excellent work of Edgar Samar.

This is a novel that is highly recommended to all.

More of my review at:
Don Jaucian
Dec 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Struggled with this book because it can get sluggish and there’s A LOT of exposition. It’s more like a prequel — an origin story of sorts — of the Janus Silang series. I love the retooling of the tiyanak myth, that it’s the origin of all things evil. There are a lot of new Filipino folkore elements being deployed here — the bagani, the pusong, the tiyanak’s twin and nemesis. It can get pretty terrifying, more specifically the last act (which still has an exposition) where the action picked up. S ...more
Daryl Rosales
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ang book na 'to ay super ambitious without being pretentious. Sobrang nakaka-inspire sa mga aspiring writers/artists na gaya ko. Sana makagawa rin ako ng gaya nito balang araw. :)
Nikka Calindas
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
I just have one question: where the hell is the second book in this series and where can I buy it?
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: filipiniana

I thought it was one of the usual YA story tropes that are published nowadays. Yes, it proved me wrong. As a Filipino, the story is so relatable. The words are well thought-out, ergo the target emotions are successfully conveyed specially the witty ones. Though, I already guessed one of the major twists, it was just easy to brush off since the story, as a whole, is undeniably a good one.
Pauline Ang
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-paperback
Originally posted at Fathomless Reveries

I am speechless. That’s all I can say.

I actually don’t read Filipino books, just because my vocabulary is pretty much limited compared to a typical Filipino teenager (I’m Chinese-Filipino teehee). This time around, I was forced to read this novel because it was selected as final paper for the semester in my Filipino subject. I wasn’t looking any forward to reading it even though it was just really short (ohmy, it’s just 179 pages) and I just started crammi
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
Haay Filipino Literature, Salamat sa Diyos, I am rediscovering it. It started with romance and now I have Filipino YA books to read. Ako naman ay tunay na masaya :D

I discovered Janus Silang through a recommendation from a friend (Chrissie Peria). I was asking around if there were any Filipino Young Adult books and Lo and Behold! There is Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon.

Online games, which play a big part in the story, usually starts with a tutorial. But Janus Silang begins in the middle of
Nov 13, 2015 rated it liked it
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Girlie Lastra
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished reading books 1 to 4 of the Janus Silang series. It's a young adult fiction series written by a Filipino author, Edgar Calabia Samar. The story revolves around the main protagonist, Janus, a teenage boy who got hooked to an online RPG called TALA(Terra Anima Legion of Anitos) --- somewhat like DOTA but the player needs to fight off Philippine mythical creatures on each level like the Tiyanak on level 1.
Then came the TALA tournament… Janus with 5 other online gamers were at the Mal
Oct 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-read
longest prologue i’ve ever read
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full review coming soon, but wait. Why didn't I pick this up sooner? It was published in 2014 and I only took a chance on it today. It was so worth it!
I’m currently reading two books for school — Janus Silang being the better one of the two, which is surprising considering this is a Filipino book. It’s surprising to me not because it was written by a Filipino author (or because I generalize Filipino books as crap or some other nonsense reason), but because of the fact that I really suck at understanding deep Filipino words. This shortcoming is usually a big hindrance for me to enjoy any book written in Filipino, but thankfully, it wasn’t a hug ...more
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Edgar Calabia Samar is a multi-awarded poet and novelist from the Philippines. His first novel, Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog, received the NCCA Writer’s Prize in 2005, and its English translation as Eight Muses of the Fall was longlisted in the Man Asian Literary Prize in 2009. In 2013, he received two Philippine National Book Awards––one for his second novel, Sa Kasunod ng 909 (Best Novel), and an ...more

Other books in the series

Janus Sílang (5 books)
  • Si Janus Sílang at ang Labanáng Manananggal-Mambabarang (Janus Sílang, #2)
  • Si Janus Sílang at ang Pitumpu't Pitong Púsong (Janus Sílang, #3)
  • Si Janus Sílang at ang Tiyanak ng Tábon
  • Si Janus Sílang at ang Hiwagang may Dalawang Mukha (Janus Sílang, #4)

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