Book Review: Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon

Edgar Calabia Samar's Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon is what you get when you mix the excitement of video games and the fright of supernatural creatures. Combined with the perfect amount of filial piety and unrequited love. So yes, for a book with less than 200 pages, it isn't that heavy. NOT AT ALL.

That's sarcastic. Just in case.

Title: Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon
Author: Edgar Calabia Samar

In a TALA Online tournament in the town of Balanga, all the players fell dead, save for Janus. Soon after that, teen after teen suffered deaths in computer shops around the country. Janus was contacted by someone who calls himself Joey, apparently another survivor of TALA like him. Janus did not expect the truths he would discover, weaving him into the mystery of the RPG that enthralled him—and into the legend of the Tiyanak from Tábon! - Adarna House


I never gave an "impossible to put down" judgement to any of the books I had read. Practically because all of the books I had seen with that blurb were indeed impossible to put down because you would rather put them away. Like really really really far away from you. But for the first time, I would say that I didn't put this one down. I read Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon for five straight hours and it came rather imperative. It is simply impossible to resist going on and on because it emits the kind of excitement and curiosity that is just too heavy to bear- in a relatively fast-paced time frame. I am not a big fan of adventure stories so I do not really have enough metaphors to describe the feeling. But when you see a very cute panda jumping off a cliff, that's the kind of adrenaline rush you will get as you read this book. That's too much I'm telling you!

This was me talking to myself while reading. Excuse the profanity.

This is one Filipino novel that does not demand to be over-read in spite of its profundity. Of all these years that I have been reading Filipino novels, I kind of get the feeling that they always hint something deeper or more, well, political. Although it is inevitable, and there is absolutely nothing bad about that, but it is just nice to have something that does not shout I AM FAR FAR FAR BIGGER THAN HOW YOU ARE READING ME NOW. Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon is not like that. In spite of that one tiny scene that has a conspicuous mark of political activism, it will let you enjoy it's beauty first. Then, it is wholly up to you if you will go farther from there. Such a breath of fresh air.

Buttttt, what I love the most about Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon is its use of Filipino supernatural characters. I always have this weird attachment to the concept of Aswangs and other Filipino dark creatures. Perhaps it is because I grew up knowing them... and I am still asking my parents why. It is an all win situation actually. To those who are not yet familiar with the different Filipino supernatural creatures... why aren't you?! Well, Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon can give you a good head start. On the other hand, to those who have known all about them ever since, this book will show you that you do not know enough yet, that there is so much more in store for you. While giving you a very exciting adventure, Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon will also give you an in depth guide to Filipino history and culture.

Once a Jejemon, forever a Jejemon.

Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon is the closest a Filipino has ever been to J.K Rowling's Harry Potter and J.R.R Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, at least for now. And as to how this first book goes, this series is up with the kind of adventure Filipinos would definitely love.

Edgar Calabia Samar's Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon will have its book launch this coming May 10 at National Bookstore SM North! You can like its official Facebook Page Janus Silang Series.

* This blog post is a part of Si Janus Silang at ang Tiyanak ng Tabon's official blog tour sponsored by Adarna House. Like their official Facebook Page Adarna House  or follow them on Twitter @AdarnaHouse.

4 (na) komento:

  1. Aww. This made me more excited to read the book. Awesome review, Rhea! See you on 10th! :D

    By the way, have you already joined PRPB? :)

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  3. Ooooh sis! parang ang ganda nga basahin! na curious ako!! Gusto ko din yung mga supernatural creatures ng Philippines.. though takot ako panuorin pero yung gawan sila ng ganyang klaseng story ay awesome!!!!!

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