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Aaron Vincent (aaronvincent) | 2053 comments This is the buddy reads thread for China Mieville's Perdido Street Station.

Participants: Aaron, Joy, Louize, Lynai, Meliza, Monique, Tintin

This book has 8 parts so we'll be reading 2 parts per week.

Happy reading! :)


Monique (attymonique) | 2127 comments Guys, question. This pertains to the end of Chapter 2 lang naman.

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Louize (thepagewalker) | 1830 comments From what I gathered, (view spoiler).


Monique (attymonique) | 2127 comments But Mommy, (view spoiler)


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Tin (rabbitin) | 560 comments I think somewhere sa chapter two, (view spoiler)

Also (view spoiler)


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Aaron Vincent (aaronvincent) | 2053 comments Cousin: (view spoiler)


message 7: by Monique (last edited Feb 02, 2015 06:35PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Monique (attymonique) | 2127 comments The book mentioned in Chapter 1 the word (view spoiler)

Tin, (view spoiler)\

Anyway, now that we know that (view spoiler)


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Tin (rabbitin) | 560 comments Ah, from mythology pala siya!

Monique:(view spoiler)

From the illustration (French edition daw siya), I thought nga
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message 9: by Louize (last edited Feb 02, 2015 11:00PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Louize (thepagewalker) | 1830 comments Aaron: Hehehe. Talagang pabaliktad ang mukha ng khepri? Di ba dapat yung mandibles part of the jaw?

Either way, ewww pa rin.

Si Isaac, ano naman?


Monique (attymonique) | 2127 comments Mommy, si Isaac naman (view spoiler)


message 11: by Aaron Vincent (last edited Feb 03, 2015 12:16AM) (new)

Aaron Vincent (aaronvincent) | 2053 comments Found this handy creatures guide over at deviantart:

Left mouse click -> view image to embiggen.

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message 12: by Monique (last edited Feb 03, 2015 12:23AM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Monique (attymonique) | 2127 comments OOOOH. There's the (view spoiler)


message 13: by Louize (last edited Feb 03, 2015 05:04AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Louize (thepagewalker) | 1830 comments Kasi, going back to the breakfast scene, (view spoiler)

so, I thought he's another kind of creature naman.


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Meliza (mecawish) | 720 comments (view spoiler)

O sige na nga, beautiful na.
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Tin (rabbitin) | 560 comments Cooool! (view spoiler)

Mommy Louize: (view spoiler)

Meliza:(view spoiler)

Also question:(view spoiler)


Meliza (mecawish) | 720 comments Tin: (view spoiler)


Monique (attymonique) | 2127 comments As for Isaac: (view spoiler)

As for Xenians: (view spoiler)

And as for Cymek: (view spoiler)


Louize (thepagewalker) | 1830 comments Meliza: Ako din doon ako sa beautiful wings nag-focus. Atsaka, sabi kasi yung spit nila tumitigas, hard enough to make statues. :)

Monique: LOL! :D

Tin: Grabe din yung imagination ko ng vodyanoi. As in, slime is oozing from them.(view spoiler)


Monique (attymonique) | 2127 comments General observation: One thing I noticed, China Mieville likes his politics.


Meliza (mecawish) | 720 comments From Chapter Ten, (view spoiler)


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Tin (rabbitin) | 560 comments Monique: Oo nga noh? From a you tube interview I watched before, I found out that Mieville is a leftist and is active sa isang Socialist group, or something. It looks like he put some of his political beliefs in Isaac's character. And also maybe Derkhan. :)


Monique (attymonique) | 2127 comments TIN: I mean this is only my second Mieville pero the politics was also present in The City & The City right? And then this one again. Mukha nga siyang aktibista, hehe!

MELIZA: I'm still looking for fan art for Mr Motley but I can't find one that satisfies the, uh, Motley description of him. (view spoiler)


Meliza (mecawish) | 720 comments Politics is also prominent in his Embassytown.

In Un Lun Dun, it was much more subtle maybe because it's YA. But with regards to activism, Deeba, the protagonist there, shows it in her actions.


Lynai | 1188 comments I agree on the politics. Un Lun Dun is more about environmental activism. :)

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message 25: by Louize (last edited Feb 07, 2015 06:15AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Louize (thepagewalker) | 1830 comments CM is a Marxist. He mapped out the Bas-Lag universe 10 years before he finally wrote Perdido Street Station. And while writing the Bas-Lag novels, he was working on his PhD, then wrote a thesis on Marxism. I guess, it's why PSS is soaking in politics.

When he wrote Un Lun Dun and The City and the city mellow na daw sya. Maybe, kasi natalo sya when he stood as candidate for the Socialist Alliance sa UK.


Meliza (mecawish) | 720 comments Hello, I just finished Chapter 20.

For Xenians, (view spoiler)

Also in the Prologue, (view spoiler)

The male khepris (view spoiler)


Monique (attymonique) | 2127 comments MELIZA: Yep, the narrator is (view spoiler)

OMG, read Chapter 21-23 now na now na! Haha. After reading chapter 21 nawala antok ko kagabi, hahaha.


Meliza (mecawish) | 720 comments Agree on the ew. Haha!

Ayan, naexcite ako bigla. Will read them today. :)


message 29: by Louize (last edited Feb 11, 2015 11:12PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Louize (thepagewalker) | 1830 comments Sa chapter 21 din ako nag-stop kagabi e...
Ayan, wala ng tulugan mamaya! :)

BTW, sobrang intriga ako doon sa repairman. Will we meet him again?


Meliza (mecawish) | 720 comments Ako din! Kasi before leaving, me whisper pa s'ya na "Virus be done."


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Tin (rabbitin) | 560 comments Monique: Chapter 23 na ako!(view spoiler)

Meliza: (view spoiler)

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Louize: Onga, the repairman, I am curious kung anong mangyayari dun sa cleaning construct. (view spoiler)


Monique (attymonique) | 2127 comments It's a (view spoiler)

Unfortunately I'll have to leave Perdido Street Station for now, I have to prepare for F2F39. I'll hang out back here as soon as I can. See you later, friends. :)


message 33: by Louize (last edited Feb 15, 2015 07:39AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Louize (thepagewalker) | 1830 comments Chapter 28 pa lang ako last night.
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Meliza (mecawish) | 720 comments I'm currently at Chapter 32.
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Sincerity is a what? Naskip ko ata descriptions nya. What's his/her/its role?


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Tin (rabbitin) | 560 comments Nasa chapter 39 na ako! By Jabbers! Soooo many revelations!

Louize:(view spoiler)

Meliza:(view spoiler)


Louize (thepagewalker) | 1830 comments Tin wrote: "Louize:[I think your theory will more or less prove to be correct.:)"

Oo nga, tama. (view spoiler)


message 37: by Lynai (last edited Feb 16, 2015 10:57PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Lynai | 1188 comments Hi friends! Starting Part II pa lang ako, eeep! Pero hahabol ako ng bonggang-bongga during the holidays. :D

Ang icky lang ng New Corbuzon. Parang di ako makahinga sa descriptions ng filth and the underground. Pero I want to be a khepri, if only for the art. Chos. :)


Meliza (mecawish) | 720 comments Why are you so fast, Tin? Haha! I'm at Chapter 37, hahabulin kita. Haha. Joke lang.

As for Sincerity, (view spoiler)?

MONIQUE: Good luck to the f2f next month! :) I'm excited to read our March book.

LOUIZE: (view spoiler)

LYNAI: Yup, it's icky at the start. Prologue pa nga lang e filthy na. Hehe! I hope you could "habol" soon. :)


message 39: by Louize (last edited Feb 17, 2015 03:53AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Louize (thepagewalker) | 1830 comments Lynai wrote: "Ang icky lang ng New Corbuzon. Parang di ako makahinga sa descriptions ng filth and the underground."

Kapag may description nga ng lugar, lalo na yung trip ni Isaac at Lin sa Spatters, di ko rin masyado ini-imagine kasi pakiramdam ko anytime may gagapang na sa binti ko! hahaha

Meliza wrote: "As for Sincerity, [E why did David bring it? Hehe! Okay, pampacute. (hide spoiler)]?

Si David kasi ang may ari kay Sincerity.(Chapter 3).


Lynai | 1188 comments Also, the way that pigeon was killed in Isaac's lab and how the pigs were gutted when Derkhan visited Benjamin in Dog Fenn (?), yuck. Kawawang ibon. Kawawang baboy.


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Tin (rabbitin) | 560 comments Lynai and Luoize: Haha! Naaalala ko tuloy si Charles Dickens sa ATo2C, kung maka describe nang squalor sa gay paree, wagas. Filth, grime, muck...hahahaha.

Part Five: Councils (Chapter 34-41):
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Louize (thepagewalker) | 1830 comments OMG! (view spoiler) That fight scene was like 4D!


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Tin (rabbitin) | 560 comments Louize: I know right!!! (view spoiler)


Louize (thepagewalker) | 1830 comments Finished! But I'm still rereading some parts because I still can't explain how I feel. :(


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Tin (rabbitin) | 560 comments Ako din! Finished!(view spoiler)
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Meliza (mecawish) | 720 comments About the ending: (view spoiler)


message 47: by Louize (last edited Mar 01, 2015 04:55PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Louize (thepagewalker) | 1830 comments Tin wrote: "Ako din! Finished!
Why can't the Council replicate Isaac's crisis engine again?

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Tin (rabbitin) | 560 comments Louize: (view spoiler)

Meliza:(view spoiler)


Lynai | 1188 comments Hi buddies! Just finished Chapter 31 and I had to stop and process everything. (view spoiler)

And about David. Agggh, I hate the cowardice of the man. Will he be able to redeem himself at the end. Nah, don't answer that haha!

Will resume reading once I get over the ickiness of the brain-eating. EWWWW


message 50: by Louize (last edited Mar 05, 2015 09:37AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Louize (thepagewalker) | 1830 comments Hi guys!
Please indulge me by answering these questions:

For you, what is the best part of the book? Why?

Will you consider Isaac as heroic? Why, or why not?


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