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never were they myth in the first place...

The world ended. It was not because of a comet, prophecy, natural disaster or whatever garbage foretold on the internet, but because every myth ever written turned out to be an account of historical fact. These monsters we’ve read about as children waged a war that lead to the human race’s downfall. And the unlucky who survived are
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 2010 by Visprint
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kwesi 章英狮
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
When I was young my yaya have the power to create mythical creatures into real moving creatures by sharing stories and giving a week of nightmares. I lived in a place where mountains, rivers and forests were not fully discovered with thick bushes and spirits roaming around the grounds. Some said, those places were used to be houses for creatures that are hiding for centuries. Nobody knows when this myth will be real but maybe almost of us already experience or saw this creatures waiting for them ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommended to K.D. by: Filipinos
Shelves: local, sci-fi
This is a well-crafted piece of work. Karen Francisco wrote this book probably based on what she thought would be saleable, as in "uso" but I think she was also trying to positively influence the taste of the reading public. Not to the extent of going doing it ala-Syjuco, i.e., making the story hard to read so that it will be seen as a cerebral work, but Francisco did it in a local-exporter style. She made use of our indigenous materials. She used local yet skillful world-class craftsmanship. An ...more
Nov 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
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I spotted Naermyth by Karen Francisco in Fully Booked by sheer accident. I was supposed to get The Giver by Lois Lowry when I felt like ambling over to the Filipiniana section of the store and then I saw the black and orange spine of the book. I thought it was just a new local comics or something but when I read the blurb, I was sold. Could it be? Local dystopian fantasy? This I have to read.

Naermyth is a word play on the phrase "never myth", which is what the p
Originally posted on my blog.

It's a little weird, writing this post months after having read the book and having given my copy away, but my personal need to chronicle my reading life is compelling me, so here we go.

Naermyth by Karen Francisco is a take on post-apocalyptic YA that combines the tropes of the genre with uniquely Filipino references. In this world, the creatures of mythology suddenly emerge and lay waste to most of civilization. In the Philippines, these are the creatures paren
Dec 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Filipnos who loves Dystopian and Paranormal Romance
Recommended to Joyzi by: Tina
My Book Review as Promise that might Suck because I'm watching something

So okay I'll just use pros and cons


1. Some parts are original (or rather I first know from it) like the Rumpelstiltskin Anomaly etc.
2. Okay the filipino lore was cool like the Kapre, dwende, aswang, diwata etc.
3. She actually writes decent action scenes which reminds me of how Cassandra Clare would write it.
4. The ending was really good and unpredictable though the epilogue was just meh.
5. I do love the Macky part but I
Aljohn Laid
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is the first novel written in English by a Filipino author that I read from start to finish as far as I could remember. I picked the book because of my love for apocalyptic literature and Philippine folklore, but it took me too long to finish it; this book is not an easy "speedy" read. This is a promising debut from Karen Francisco I should say because it is rather uncommon among Filipino writers to produce a project that is set in the backdrop of apocalyptic/dystopian universe.

Naermyth is
It was an awesome read. It was refreshing for me, since the lore used by the author in this urban fantasy was distinctively of Philippine myths. I immediately got hooked on the main heroine of the story Aegis or Athena her real name. She kind of reminded me of Katniss in Hunger Games. She is badass and can kick ass of many many Naermyths. She is ruthless as a shepherd, and even lacking emotion sometimes but war does that to people. I like many of the characters in this story like her brothers in ...more
RE de Leon
I originally gave this book only two stars, but decided the reader of this review, if used to the usual scale of ambition among Filipino novels, might misunderstand me.

You see, I'm convinced this book is a milestone for Philippine books, earning it a place in the history of Philippine storytelling. And when I give it 2 stars, I do so on a scale that has Orson Scott Card and Ursula leGuin at the 5-star mark. Karen Francisco's opus, while in many ways technically flawed, is good enough that to not
The Silver King
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
First of, the premise was really a catch. Instead of the usual foreign zombies and vampires, a finally read a book about our local creatures. Imagining them in a post apocalyptic Philippines is really a treat, and I found that old hermit to be quite a laugh. My problem though, is with the plot twist. It was very predictable. I was not surprised with it at all. And as for the problem in the ending, there's a lot of modern ways to avoid it, which annoyed me too. But most was the tone the author us ...more
Sep 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
Saw several typos/grammar lapses that distracted me. She kept using the same verbs like growled through out the story that I sometimes imagined Aegis to be a she-lycan or something.

It's not as dark as I wanted it and to a certain degree I find the plot convoluted.

It's a great attempt at Philippine Fantasy Fiction and maybe if there were pictures to accompany the book (only because I'm unfamiliar with some of the mythical beings she mentioned) it would have helped me visualize the story.

If and w
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Nov 05, 2011 added it
nice attempt... poor execution. poor printing. poor characters.

only reading it cause i actually bought it.
Kathryn G.
May 11, 2017 rated it liked it
The first thing I noticed about this book once I began was the writing itself. It was pretty poorly written and held no evidence of ever having been edited - by the author or anyone else. This kept up throughout the entire book. Some passages were worse than others; I noticed consistent tense changes (sometimes even in the same sentence) and misspellings. Weird word choices were also present, along with a lot of Philippine terminology that I didn't understand. The author relied very heavily on h ...more
Kim Lee
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: two-stars, 2017
Huuuge disappointment for me. The reason why I gave it an additional star is because I did enjoy the story.

It had promise. The story's original plus I'm very familiar with the antagonists - the aswangs (i have a huge collection of True Philippine Ghost Stories and my thesis was about the reimagination of these creatures in fiction so yeah I have a great love and fascination for them). I mostly had problems with Athena because of how rude and conceited she is. I hate characters like that; I can'
Mar 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve read this book years ago but was surprised that I didn’t log this on Goodreads. Anyway, I remember loving this story the first time I read it. I was interested in local mythology before and it still holds true to this day. Naermyth was a great read for all those reasons, but reading it again made me more perceptive to the mishaps of the story, the grammar lapses, the deus ex machina quality of certain scenes and plot devices used, and the problem of a story told in 1st person by a main char ...more
Dec 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I wish I could rate this higher because I liked the concept and the plot. But the spelling and grammatical errors throughout the book bothered me. I spent more time unconsciously proof-reading/copy-editing the book than enjoying it :(
Aprilis Rin
Mar 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I recommend this book to those who love reading Philippine mythologies or Philippine creatures.
The only downside to other readers is that you have to be familiar or that you have to be patient with researching what one thing means or looks like.
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pinoy, fiction
Grateful for having read another splendid piece of local sci-fi literature. The story was well-written and the world was well-built that it was easy to imagine and make sense of all that is happening in the novel.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: filipino-fiction
"As for how I saw myself, to shed blood that was not your own was to kill; and no legal, social or customary description could paint the truth." ...more
Spencer Ghreg
Its my own stories....i like that
Karlyn Velez
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The characters are well drawn and fleshed. I couldn't put it down. ...more
Ezell Reviews
Jun 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Really good read, love the concept.
Odracir Nebriaga
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Luke Anthony
i want to know what things will end up and how the writer told this very complex story......
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
It was human error, on my part, to have not read this book continually. Time restrains me and it has affected my overall understanding of the story. This novel deserves to be read, to be consumed and to be understood in one seating. I wish to read it again for a better review, but here goes my first bat at this book, proudly written by Filipino blood.

At first, with all the names and terms being introduced to the reader, it was going predictable. But then, as the story progressed, things turned a
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
The concept is freshly Filipino, and I mean that in a good way, it had great potential for the, one that would make the likes of Stephen King, Salvatore, Jim Butcher, and other SF and F authors raise their hands in applause. The main protagonist of the story also had the potential to show great depth and character, in fact if given enough thought and thorough development, "Aegis" would have been one of my favorite characters, and believe me you I am a certified nerd when it comes to this genre. ...more
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Bought Naermyth for my birthday because I've been looking forever for this book and I randomly stumbled upon it (thank you Fully Booked Promenade) :D Stayed waaaaaay up late last night to finish it because I cannot put it down! A few gripes here and there but in my book... STORYTELLING trumps everything else--and this is one solid novel that can stand against any fantasy/young adult story out there today (Pinoy or not). SO YAY :D

SERIOUSLY GO BUY ONE NOW (I'd say buy to support Pinoy writers, but
Jun 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Development was, ermm... not quite dull but somewhat interesting, though nevertheless too mild to be flavorful. Characters seemed shallow, or maybe just underdeveloped or underutilized, for the pace the book was going. I had higher hopes from the plot and setting, since it was one that was unlike any other written: unique, creative, ingenious. There were typos here and there. Why were there so many typos? Loved the whole mythological background, and how it was presented from key characters' POV' ...more
Jul 21, 2012 rated it liked it
What I appreciate most about “Naermyth” is the concept and the attempt to retell local myths to suit modern readers. It’s something that Rick Riordan has done very successfully for Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology. And while I wouldn’t go so far as to say that “Naermyth” is up to par with Riordan’s work, it’s a respectable step towards getting there.

Read the full review on The Girl Who Read and Other Stories.
Roger Casaliñas
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of the books that kept me entertained for a while! :)

I've always been fascinated by Filipino mythology and that being intertwined in a dystopian drama is epic! This is the first time I've read a modern Filipino fiction author's work and I am looking forward to the next instalment (if any).

There were parts of it that felt anime-ish though. Can't put my finger on it but it's there. Still doesn't ruin the overall read!
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Karen Francisco graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Ateneo de Manila University. After a brief but very memorable stint in law school, she finally pursued her love of the arts at the University of the Philippines with a second degree in Visual Communications. Francisco started writing Naermyth while interning in a government office, hoping an apocalypse would spice up ...more

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