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The Trainspotting lads are back...and in worse shape than ever.In the last gasp of youth, Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson is back in Edinburgh. He taps into one last great scam: directing and producing a porn film. To make it work, he needs bedfellows: the lovely Nikki Fuller-Smith, a student with ambition, ego, and troubles to rival his own; old pal Mark Renton; and a motley The Trainspotting lads are back...and in worse shape than ever.In the last gasp of youth, Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson is back in Edinburgh. He taps into one last great scam: directing and producing a porn film. To make it work, he needs bedfellows: the lovely Nikki Fuller-Smith, a student with ambition, ego, and troubles to rival his own; old pal Mark Renton; and a motley crew that includes the neighborhood's favorite ex-beverage salesman, "Juice" Terry. In the world of Porno, however, even the cons are conned. Sick Boy and Renton jockey for top dog. The out-of-jail and in-for-revenge Begbie is on the loose. But it's the hapless, drug-addled Spud who may be spreading the most trouble. Porno is a novel about the Trainspotting crew ten years further down the line: still scheming, still scamming, still fighting for the first-class seats as the train careens at high velocity with derailment looming around the next corner.


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The Trainspotting lads are back...and in worse shape than ever.In the last gasp of youth, Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson is back in Edinburgh. He taps into one last great scam: directing and producing a porn film. To make it work, he needs bedfellows: the lovely Nikki Fuller-Smith, a student with ambition, ego, and troubles to rival his own; old pal Mark Renton; and a motley The Trainspotting lads are back...and in worse shape than ever.In the last gasp of youth, Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson is back in Edinburgh. He taps into one last great scam: directing and producing a porn film. To make it work, he needs bedfellows: the lovely Nikki Fuller-Smith, a student with ambition, ego, and troubles to rival his own; old pal Mark Renton; and a motley crew that includes the neighborhood's favorite ex-beverage salesman, "Juice" Terry. In the world of Porno, however, even the cons are conned. Sick Boy and Renton jockey for top dog. The out-of-jail and in-for-revenge Begbie is on the loose. But it's the hapless, drug-addled Spud who may be spreading the most trouble. Porno is a novel about the Trainspotting crew ten years further down the line: still scheming, still scamming, still fighting for the first-class seats as the train careens at high velocity with derailment looming around the next corner.

30 review for Porno

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    So now, ye should prolly ken tha I jist finished up this Irvine Welsh cunt’s book ehs cault Porno. I cannae honestly be puttin masel n a spot of callin it the bes book ays ever read, likesay. But I’d some kinda daft liar if I cault it pure trash also! I cannae rightly say whae I felt like eh went wrong. Ehs like written a follow-up to dem lads fae Trainspotting — Rents n Simon “Sick Boy” n even Spud n the Beggar Boy! Ehs given ays dis tale a betrayal n redemption and wrapt it all up raun some sc So now, ye should prolly ken tha I jist finished up this Irvine Welsh cunt’s book ehs cault Porno. I cannae honestly be puttin masel n a spot of callin it the bes book ays ever read, likesay. But I’d some kinda daft liar if I cault it pure trash also! I cannae rightly say whae I felt like eh went wrong. Ehs like written a follow-up to dem lads fae Trainspotting — Rents n Simon “Sick Boy” n even Spud n the Beggar Boy! Ehs given ays dis tale a betrayal n redemption and wrapt it all up raun some scam fae Sick Boy to get tae riches fae makin some stag film, likesay. Now, ye should ken tha ehs nae a bad book. Ehs got ehs gauns on and like some really well writ passages. This Welsh cunt’s got a keen eye fae ehs stories, mind. This one jist don inspire like Trainspotting did — it didnae knock ays on ma arse, likesay. Again, ehs nowt without ehs charms n aw. Mibbe ehs jist used up all ehs bes work? I dinnae ken nowt aboot tha. One thing ehs got in spades like is ehs still got this full on fuckin mastery of ehs words. Ehs like this. Ave ye ever done that optical illusion wi some cunt’s inverted flag? Ken wha ays mean? Mibbe ye seen dis one? Well this daft cunt Welsh, ehs writin ehs like some kinda afterimage only ehs wit words in YER BRAIN! Ye pick up the book tha ehs writ and struggle to get yer way through some fully dense passage tha is like full of all dese mashed up words that ye cannae ken on tha spot and so it takes ays fully way too long tae parse through it and it gies masel a right migraine tryin tae fae figure it oot. And but then whin I puts tha book doan and says to masel FUCK IT, I’M ALL DUN then the words that ehs writ are right stuck in ma heid. I tells ye, ehs fuckin horrible. But now ahm jist so stuck on tha pish wi ehs language tha I cannae hardly make a fully qualified statement aboot ehs fuckin plot! Somethin about betrayal and jist bein consumers, likesay. But anyways, mibbe I’ll run doan tae tha fuckin boozer and grab a lager wi ma mates to put the edge off and sort masel right oot. [http://blog.founddrama.net/2006/12/po...]

  2. 4 out of 5

    F

    Perfect. Love these boys, they are like my family. Film was 10/10 too.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    this books really doesn't need to exist. it was great but what i loved about 'trainspotting' was that the ending was a whole "this is how it is" vibe. 'porno' never needed to be born. i always appreciated authors that really loved their characters and this is an instance where you can tell that irvine welsh just really wanted another chance to tell the stories of these great characters. it was strange, but pleasing, to read about them again. i almost want to say "read about them as grown-ups" bu this books really doesn't need to exist. it was great but what i loved about 'trainspotting' was that the ending was a whole "this is how it is" vibe. 'porno' never needed to be born. i always appreciated authors that really loved their characters and this is an instance where you can tell that irvine welsh just really wanted another chance to tell the stories of these great characters. it was strange, but pleasing, to read about them again. i almost want to say "read about them as grown-ups" but i don't think that's what i would call them. in any case, they are not as nihilistic as they were the first time around. just don't mistake that as being tamed or toned down, they aren't that either. the same recklessness is present but this time each character thinks they have the key to moderation, although this is rarely the case. my favourite part is how cleverly welsh intertwines the 'trainspotting' characters' lives with characters from his other novels. simple things like that give life to all of the novels, making the world he has created simultaneously smaller and larger. although it took me some time to adjust to how much had changed for these people [and the place they call home:], i did enjoy what he had done. for me, it didn't seem like an author who had run out of ideas but a man who had thought long and hard over a plot and realized he had more to say...or rather the gang of characters did. in the end i think justice was served.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ray

    Hey, I think I already read this some years back... Yes, it's one of those books with the movie posters which we are always embarrassed to have. But this time they renamed it; the book Porno is now called T2 Trainspotting because of that film. It's almost false advertising in fact, as the new movie is very loosely based on the original prose novel sequel to you-know-which movie. Yet here I am and I would still like to do a review that is in part film review and book, because it comparisons canno Hey, I think I already read this some years back... Yes, it's one of those books with the movie posters which we are always embarrassed to have. But this time they renamed it; the book Porno is now called T2 Trainspotting because of that film. It's almost false advertising in fact, as the new movie is very loosely based on the original prose novel sequel to you-know-which movie. Yet here I am and I would still like to do a review that is in part film review and book, because it comparisons cannot help being made. The novel Porno is longer than Trainspotting, and Welsh seems to have a lot more to say, but overall it is inferior in almost every way. It isn't as powerful, or as classic, and doesn't seem necessary. Still one does enjoy going back to the colorful characters of Trainspotting. This time the shocking vice isn't heroin but rather a pornographic film as part of Sick Boy's scam. The plot is far more structured than the interweaving short stories of Trainspotting, with much of Welsh's later work follow 3-act structure and all that. Oddly though our favorite of the cast Renton isn't really the protagonist. It's more about Simon/Sick Boy and the narration from his point of view can be both fun and disturbing to say the least. It is interesting that the 1996 Trainspotting film had such an impact on the literary world, with Diane who was minimal in the book returning as a character, and even the part with Rents sending Spud money in the post-credits scene has become official cannon. The plot point of Begbie going after Rents is probably the only major thing that transferred to the new film. So there's the four narrators: Sick Boy, Begbie, Rents, and Spud. And one new addition to the mythos, English porn star Nicki. Her point of view is fascinating, a rare female narrator in the Welsh-verse with feminine attributes indeed but also does the whole graphic sex worker thing. Interestingly, Porno as a novel is very ahead of its time by engaging in an ongoing debate as per feminism with regards sex work, issues about far more in recent times. The Slovenian main female lead in T2 is quite a different character, and frankly not as compelling. As for my take on the movie, Danny Boyle's directing -- and the editing -- is indeed awesome, but it doesn't work as a film on it's own. Even worse than in most sequels, it only exists as a reaction to the original and the overall point is just plain nostalgia. Worth watching, but simply not in the same league as the real Trainspotting. I suppose another thing though worth noting is that Porno and T2 but share a theme of the gentrification of old Scotland which is at least acknowledged. Porno/T2 the novelization (not really, it's just the book Porno) is worth reading for an Irvine Welsh completist but don't expect the same impact as the first book. Oh and lastly I must say it would have been nice to see Juice Terry, the guy from Glue in the Welsh-verse, in real life cinema... but without the pornography storyline I guess there was no place for him. Porno and T2, a book and movie that have almost nothing to do with each other!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Steven Ryan

    Read this years ago and only writing a review now because I just saw T2 the other day, which I thought was going to be Porno but could never see how it would be possible. Porno is graphically porno and the rape of a prostitute who was drug addled and had already poo'd her knickers before they raped her was a stark and brilliant depiction of junkies and their norms and has remained with me for years. I've read a few Welsh books and it's great how, in your head, you can read it with a Scottish acc Read this years ago and only writing a review now because I just saw T2 the other day, which I thought was going to be Porno but could never see how it would be possible. Porno is graphically porno and the rape of a prostitute who was drug addled and had already poo'd her knickers before they raped her was a stark and brilliant depiction of junkies and their norms and has remained with me for years. I've read a few Welsh books and it's great how, in your head, you can read it with a Scottish accent, which is the brilliance of the author and his ability to spell out an accent (David Niven did the same in the moon's a balloon) Porno; graphic and horrible and great.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Quick

    Someone else on here likened it to fan fiction and thats kind of what this is, fan fiction written by the author. So all this poverty/violence/junky porn fiction was getting a little overworked and obvious? then chuck in some 'real' porn to spice it up. Irvine Welshs greatest skill as a writer for me is his ability to take a despicable lowlife scumbag character and make you see his humanity, like in Filth. His worst quality is that he can't write women characters for shite, they're two-dimensiona Someone else on here likened it to fan fiction and thats kind of what this is, fan fiction written by the author. So all this poverty/violence/junky porn fiction was getting a little overworked and obvious? then chuck in some 'real' porn to spice it up. Irvine Welshs greatest skill as a writer for me is his ability to take a despicable lowlife scumbag character and make you see his humanity, like in Filth. His worst quality is that he can't write women characters for shite, they're two-dimensional bits of wallpaper to decorate the background. Like with all of his books I felt a little more cynical, grubby and disappointed in the world when I finished it.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kaita

    "If the word of the eighties was 'me', and in the nineties 'it', in the millennium it's 'ish'. Everything has to be vague and qualified. Substance used to be important, then style was everything. Now it's all just faking it." 5/5 Just like with Glue, I love Porno more now than ever. Porno by Irvine Welsh is the third book in a series about the Trainspotting crew, which is made up primarily of Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie. It is set in the future, with all of them in their 30s. And it is MAGN "If the word of the eighties was 'me', and in the nineties 'it', in the millennium it's 'ish'. Everything has to be vague and qualified. Substance used to be important, then style was everything. Now it's all just faking it." 5/5 Just like with Glue, I love Porno more now than ever. Porno by Irvine Welsh is the third book in a series about the Trainspotting crew, which is made up primarily of Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie. It is set in the future, with all of them in their 30s. And it is MAGNIFICENT! I have been invested in these characters since I was in the range of mid-teens, so I know what they're about. I understand what makes them tick and the personalities that build up the core of them. Saying that, I also greatly enjoy watching the world crash down, either on them or around. I like cheering for them when they show their best selves, and I eagerly await karma when they reveal their brutally vicious sides (apart from Spud, because he's just a sweetheart). Everything played out just so perfectly and I couldn't possibly ask for more. Except that there is more. There is The Blade Artist.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Its hard to know what to say about this book. Trainspotting has been such a favorite of mine for ages that I was a little excited to finally get around to reading the sequel. I think the biggest problem I have with the book is that I'm not convinced that it needed to exists. It almost comes off as a piece of fan fiction Welsh wrote as a fan of his own characters. Thats not to say that parts of it aren't entertaining, because they are. The beginning is alright with the set up of the current schem Its hard to know what to say about this book. Trainspotting has been such a favorite of mine for ages that I was a little excited to finally get around to reading the sequel. I think the biggest problem I have with the book is that I'm not convinced that it needed to exists. It almost comes off as a piece of fan fiction Welsh wrote as a fan of his own characters. Thats not to say that parts of it aren't entertaining, because they are. The beginning is alright with the set up of the current scheme (as ridiculous as that scheme may be), and the end was sort of exciting. Much of the second section of the novel suffers from drawn out narrative and not much as far as plot of character development. The whole middle section could be a fraction of what it is and probably be more effective. In short, if you've got the time and curiosity, go ahead and read it. Its not a total waste of time. But its far from being the classic it tries to follow and new-comers will want to read something more fining to Welsh's abilities.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Luke

    Am I crazy for thinking this almost rivals Trainspotting? Probably. I never see people include this on their list of favorite Irvine Welsh books, but it's right up there for me. Sequels are usually disappointing, and the idea of seeing your favorite slackers 10 years on (give or take), skag-free, with adult responsibilities doesn't sound very appealing, but, trust me, they haven't changed that much. And while Trainspotting felt like more of a short story collection than a conventional novel, Por Am I crazy for thinking this almost rivals Trainspotting? Probably. I never see people include this on their list of favorite Irvine Welsh books, but it's right up there for me. Sequels are usually disappointing, and the idea of seeing your favorite slackers 10 years on (give or take), skag-free, with adult responsibilities doesn't sound very appealing, but, trust me, they haven't changed that much. And while Trainspotting felt like more of a short story collection than a conventional novel, Porno is more linear, less chaotic, more focused. It's written in the same style of alternating first-person narrators with wildly different views on common events, but the number of characters and locations is pared down so as to be less confusing. Welsh does as much with his characters' voices (the language, slang and dialect) as anyone I've read, and there's certainly nothing else like it in literature that I'm aware of. His narrators sometimes have this manic stream of consciousness style that is just spellbinding. No real action is taking place, and yet, I can't put the book down to save my life. Hours fly by like minutes and I end up finding myself pissed off at the sun for rising in a couple hours and making me go to sleep. The onlay bad thing aboot readin' an Irvine Welsh novay is ah cannae stoap thinkin' en Scoatish dialect for yonks afterwords, likes, but ah'm no really complainin', ken? It just gies pure seared intae ma brain and thairs nowt ah can dae aboot it, likesay. Now let's jist hope Danny Boyle does the adaptation justice, the doss cunt. Otherwise, eh'll be gittin' a burst mooth!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Allan

    I've had this on my shelves for a long long time, and was hoping that it'd come out on audiobook, which is the medium through which I enjoyed the first two in the series, but given that the film based on the book was due for release, I decided to read the copy physically, despite its imposing length and seemingly impenetrable Scottish dialect in parts. All the main characters and many of the minor ones from the previous books make an appearance in this one, the story picking up a number of years I've had this on my shelves for a long long time, and was hoping that it'd come out on audiobook, which is the medium through which I enjoyed the first two in the series, but given that the film based on the book was due for release, I decided to read the copy physically, despite its imposing length and seemingly impenetrable Scottish dialect in parts. All the main characters and many of the minor ones from the previous books make an appearance in this one, the story picking up a number of years after 'Trainspotting' left off. The narrative is typical Welsh - very close to the bone and indeeed beyond in many instances - but in a way that, in my eyes, perfectly captures the characteristics of those he is attempting to create. I got the cultural references that would probably be lost on a lot of readers, given the obscure Hibs players mentioned etc, and while I felt uncomfortable at times, and actively disliked most of the characters, I still appreciated the book. It'll be interesting how closely the film sticks to the narrative of the novel, if at all.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kiah

    A very satisfying sequel to Trainspotting, in which all your favorite characters return. The plot centers around Sick Boy's desire to get revenge on Mark Renton, who's returned to Edinburgh from Amsterdam to help Sick Boy and some of the rest of the old crew produce an indie porn flick. Yup. Meanwhile, our dear Begbie has been released from prison and is dead-set on essentially murdering Rents. More fun and less intense than Trainspotting, and each chapter is still told by different characters. A very satisfying sequel to Trainspotting, in which all your favorite characters return. The plot centers around Sick Boy's desire to get revenge on Mark Renton, who's returned to Edinburgh from Amsterdam to help Sick Boy and some of the rest of the old crew produce an indie porn flick. Yup. Meanwhile, our dear Begbie has been released from prison and is dead-set on essentially murdering Rents. More fun and less intense than Trainspotting, and each chapter is still told by different characters. Less about drugs and more about sex (go figure) and revenge. Irvine Welsh still writes everything in Scottish brogue, so once again, it can be difficult to get used to reading, but after reading a few pages out loud you should get into the language, and it's worth the work. And, get this, some of the actors from Trainspotting the film have said they'd love to make the film of the sequel. Let's hope, people, let's hope!!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ana

    I don't usually read books with that much swearing in them but.. Loved this one! :))

  13. 5 out of 5

    Praj

    Ah’ll tell, fuckin crappin Welsh ah think masel jist git a beer n read aboot aw auld Leithers. Ah’m thinking aboot thit cunt book Porno like it wis pillin ma heid oaf. Porno marks the arrival of the conniving Leithers-Sick Boy, Renton, Spud and Begbie. The narration parting in three dimensions Stag, Porno and Exhibition; drafts the homecoming of Simon (Sick Boy) to Leith amid resuming his wayward Machiavellian schemes to earn hard cash through filming a lowly dissident pornographic film with few Ah’ll tell, fuckin crappin Welsh ah think masel jist git a beer n read aboot aw auld Leithers. Ah’m thinking aboot thit cunt book Porno like it wis pillin ma heid oaf. Porno marks the arrival of the conniving Leithers-Sick Boy, Renton, Spud and Begbie. The narration parting in three dimensions Stag, Porno and Exhibition; drafts the homecoming of Simon (Sick Boy) to Leith amid resuming his wayward Machiavellian schemes to earn hard cash through filming a lowly dissident pornographic film with few distorted local chums and couple university chicks. Meanwhile Mark Renton is a co-owner of a classy club in Amsterdam however discontented with his whorish girlfriend. Spud on the other hand is still the low-life scum trying to get his drug habit kicked off, attending several rehab sessions. Begbie, serving imprisonment unknowingly receives a steady supply of gay porn from Sick Boy and harbors resentment towards Renton. As the novel progresses, the iniquitous members of Leith’s most fucked up dwellers intervene in each other lives trustfully, shagging their way to merriment whilst fabricating plots to avenge Renton’s swindle. It is highly unfeasible to deter from comparing the two novels as it a continuum. Welsh’s struggle to fetch the magnetism of Trainspotting seems to be lost in the uncanny setting. Contrasting the former, the asymmetrical placement of each character’s existence into alternate segments of defined chapters thwarts the streaming of the offered storyline. Welsh bringing new characters viz: - Nikki Smith, Rabs, Carl Ewart; interlinking his other novel Glue (another feeble rationalization of Trainspotting) does compose the intriguing element giving an inventiveness. Alas! All fails to electrify and recapture the daunting enchantment of his sole winner- Trainspotting. At present I mull over the prospects of Skagboys- prequel to this scamming cult.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    A very interesting story about predators and their prey. It's so long since I've read Trainspotting that I'd forgotten the characters quite a bit but I soon remembered them as they were still the same selfish, opportunistic lot. I never thought I could really like a book that had no characters that I could like. A realistic portrayal of good and bad in one person is fine but I need to root for the protagonist in some way and care about what happens to them. Well I did like Porno but although the A very interesting story about predators and their prey. It's so long since I've read Trainspotting that I'd forgotten the characters quite a bit but I soon remembered them as they were still the same selfish, opportunistic lot. I never thought I could really like a book that had no characters that I could like. A realistic portrayal of good and bad in one person is fine but I need to root for the protagonist in some way and care about what happens to them. Well I did like Porno but although there were quite a few protagonists, as the story swaps between their different viewpoints, I didn't like any of them! Actually no, I liked Spud. Bless him he had no luck in life and he was so well meaning and had no malice in him. I didn't mind Rent boy too much either. He was a thief and selfish predator but he had grown a bit and did have some of the milk of human kindness in him. The reason I liked this book enough to give it 4 stars is because I became fascinated by the characters. I actively disliked Simon "sick boy"Williamson and Nikki too but I was fascinated by those two the most. I wanted to see what would happen to them and if they would "get their comeuppance" -no I'm not telling!:)Porno is very character driven and I love that. The changing viewpoint helps you get right inside each persons mind ...their horrible, sick, minds. Its very cleverly done.It made me want to watch the film of Trainspotting again and maybe read some more of Irvine Welsh's books.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lara Sijnesael

    ABSOLUTE BRILLIANCE! I was afraid that Porno would disappoint after Trainspotting but Welsh lifted this one to a whole new level. I liked the fact that Welsh didn't just emulate Trainspotting but did something very different. This book seems to be written for the screen. Cannot wait to see the film adaptation.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Eda

    Trainspotting was far better

  17. 4 out of 5

    J.M. Hushour

    This the sequel to 'Trainspotting' and in many ways, it surpasses it. I can sum up the novel in two phrases culled from it: "Nobody except destructive exploiters...have any passion." and "We live in an anal society." Two things are made apparent: 1) the novel is a snarky-as-fuck indictment of pretty much everything our culture stands for and 2) it's about sex. Don't be fooled, though, by my curious bifurcation. The two are hardly separable and that's the point. Welsh's genius lies in his ability This the sequel to 'Trainspotting' and in many ways, it surpasses it. I can sum up the novel in two phrases culled from it: "Nobody except destructive exploiters...have any passion." and "We live in an anal society." Two things are made apparent: 1) the novel is a snarky-as-fuck indictment of pretty much everything our culture stands for and 2) it's about sex. Don't be fooled, though, by my curious bifurcation. The two are hardly separable and that's the point. Welsh's genius lies in his ability to break down everything that is wrong with our world and embody it in his characters, Dostoevskyian-style. The Trainspotting crew is all here to fill this need: reformed Renton, psychotic Begbie (out of jail and on the hunt for Renton), wayward Spud (who's trying to write a history of Leith and get himself killed), and, most importantly, Sick Boy. Sick Boy is the novel's main focus and you will never read about a more charming, anti-anti-hero, anti-villain shit-ass son of a bitch. He wants to make a porno movie and reap the benefits of our consumer culture. Only Welsh can scold our culture through a Sick Boy diatribe involving the second quote above where the film auteur argues that anal sex is part and parcel of our capitalist, globalized culture. I don't want to get too jargony or smarmy, but it is what it is. And frankly, it's goddamn funny. The novel might make some uncomfortable, whether because of its blatant and often explicit sex scenes or as a thinly-veiled crotch-kick at everything we stand for, I'll let other readers decide. Why is it better? It's tighter, more character focused, and the scumtafucks we loved in Trainspotting get a lot of room to develop. Nowt but ta recommend.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Slymandra

    This is the follow-up to Trainspotting , and although the movie biased me towards the characters in the first installment, this time I'm sure: Sick Boy is my favorite character. He's sharing the front stage with another (female) character in this novel and shines like the most caustic star above them all. As usual with Welsh, this book is brutal and crude, too bad I couldn't read it in its original version because I know the translation tends to tone it down. The story was more structured than T This is the follow-up to Trainspotting , and although the movie biased me towards the characters in the first installment, this time I'm sure: Sick Boy is my favorite character. He's sharing the front stage with another (female) character in this novel and shines like the most caustic star above them all. As usual with Welsh, this book is brutal and crude, too bad I couldn't read it in its original version because I know the translation tends to tone it down. The story was more structured than Trainspotting's, which was a good point. Overall I had a great time once again with those characters, and now I'm planning on reading Skagboys .

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lea Dokter

    Though I really loved diving into the world of Trainspotting again, the plot in this sequel seems a bit forced and the point where everything starts to come together happens about ten pages before the end of the book, so there's little time to catch your breath and find some closure. Character development is great though, and so many of them are somehow brought back in from the first book, which is amazing. I just wish the ending was different or more worked out: I absolutely loved the open endi Though I really loved diving into the world of Trainspotting again, the plot in this sequel seems a bit forced and the point where everything starts to come together happens about ten pages before the end of the book, so there's little time to catch your breath and find some closure. Character development is great though, and so many of them are somehow brought back in from the first book, which is amazing. I just wish the ending was different or more worked out: I absolutely loved the open ending of Trainspotting, but Porno honestly feels a bit like a weak attempt to recreate Irvine Welsh's great success. All in all though, the negatives mostly come from the fact that I was so over the moon about Trainspotting.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Louise Atkin

    I loved this soooo much more than I expected to! It was great to see the old boys again, and the new characters were just as entertaining. The voices were sharp and moved in and out of each other very well - I remember finding the differentiation difficult to see in Trainspotting but here it was good. Everything about this just seemed exciting and fresh, especially the writing. Kind of wish there was more of Renton, because for me this was very much Sick Boys story. Yet then again, this wasn't T I loved this soooo much more than I expected to! It was great to see the old boys again, and the new characters were just as entertaining. The voices were sharp and moved in and out of each other very well - I remember finding the differentiation difficult to see in Trainspotting but here it was good. Everything about this just seemed exciting and fresh, especially the writing. Kind of wish there was more of Renton, because for me this was very much Sick Boys story. Yet then again, this wasn't Trainspotting, and it wasn't trying to be Trainspotting, and I appreciate that this novel had to take a new direction, and I really bloody loved this book anyway.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    l feel so much in love with both Mark Renton and Simon ! And with Irvine Welsh for creating them.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Agnė

    Trainspotting is one of my favourite books. Consisting of intertwining short stories, it's more about an idea that the story. It doesn't have a strong storyline or a storyline at all but that's what makes you think. The characters were just there, we get glimpses of their lives but also get the sense that their lives go on without us reading about them. Porno was a lot different in that sense. This is all about the characters and the storyline is very clear. It was interesting, engaging and at pa Trainspotting is one of my favourite books. Consisting of intertwining short stories, it's more about an idea that the story. It doesn't have a strong storyline or a storyline at all but that's what makes you think. The characters were just there, we get glimpses of their lives but also get the sense that their lives go on without us reading about them. Porno was a lot different in that sense. This is all about the characters and the storyline is very clear. It was interesting, engaging and at parts contained oh so disgusting scenes that only show that this reality is very different from the readers'. All in all I had fun while reading this book. It probably not fair to compare this to trainspotting, both stories are centered around completely different things but porno is enjoyable for what it is.

  23. 4 out of 5

    María Sánchez

    “...we need tits and arse because they have got to be available to us; to be pawed, fucked, wanked over. Because we’re men? No. Because we’re consumers. Because those are things we like, things we intrinsically feel or have been conned into believing will give us value, release satisfaction. We value them so we need to at least have the illusion of their availability. For tits and arse read coke, crisps, speedboats, cars, houses, computers, designer labels, replica shirts. That’s why advertising “...we need tits and arse because they have got to be available to us; to be pawed, fucked, wanked over. Because we’re men? No. Because we’re consumers. Because those are things we like, things we intrinsically feel or have been conned into believing will give us value, release satisfaction. We value them so we need to at least have the illusion of their availability. For tits and arse read coke, crisps, speedboats, cars, houses, computers, designer labels, replica shirts. That’s why advertising and pornography are similar; they sell the illusion of availability and the non-consequence of consumption.” “I'm more of a warrior than you'll ever be. I believe in the class war. I believe in the battle of the sexes. I believe in my tribe. I believe in the righteous, intelligent clued-up section of the working classes against the brain-dead moronic masses as well as the mediocre, soulless bourgeoisie. I believe in punk rock. In northern soul. In acid house. In mod. In rock and roll. I also believe in pre commercial righteous, rap and hip hop. That's my manifesto.”

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    I read this book a few years ago and I can honestly say that I actually preferred it to Trainspotting (which I also loved by the way). Welsh seems to drag me into his world of sleaze and filth (no pun intended - also a great Welsh novel) to the point where I feel part of the clique, having a ‘peeve’ in the local with the lads. Due to the success of Trainspotting on the big screen and its ending of betrayed friendship, Porno had me filled with suspense from the start, just waiting for Frank Begbi I read this book a few years ago and I can honestly say that I actually preferred it to Trainspotting (which I also loved by the way). Welsh seems to drag me into his world of sleaze and filth (no pun intended - also a great Welsh novel) to the point where I feel part of the clique, having a ‘peeve’ in the local with the lads. Due to the success of Trainspotting on the big screen and its ending of betrayed friendship, Porno had me filled with suspense from the start, just waiting for Frank Begbie to cross paths again with his old ‘mates’ . Irvine Welsh at his best.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hugh Dufour

    Started slow, but ended quite strongly. It's all about Sick Boy and his ubermensch philosophy. But then, it's also about porn, Leith, awareness of exploitation--pretty risky themes if you ask me. Okay, Irvine Welsh has done it again, he's wowed me. My favourite bit: "I believe in the battle of the sexes. I believe in my tribe. I believe in the righteous, intelligent clued-up section of the working classes against the brain-dead moronic masses as well as the mediocre, soulless bourgeoisie. I beli Started slow, but ended quite strongly. It's all about Sick Boy and his ubermensch philosophy. But then, it's also about porn, Leith, awareness of exploitation--pretty risky themes if you ask me. Okay, Irvine Welsh has done it again, he's wowed me. My favourite bit: "I believe in the battle of the sexes. I believe in my tribe. I believe in the righteous, intelligent clued-up section of the working classes against the brain-dead moronic masses as well as the mediocre, soulless bourgeoisie. I believe in punk rock." Kudos for this. I was a believer, now I'm a convert.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karen Tippett

    Once again, I had to get my head around reading various versions of phoenetic Scottish. After a few chapters, I became strangely proud of my ability to discern which character was narrating by the accent they were written in. It's a good story - many of the same characters from 'Trainspotting' with some new ones added. An interesting premise - the making of a porno. Nice little twist in the end. It was also one of the most awkward books I've read. I like to read when I'm at the hairdressers. I had Once again, I had to get my head around reading various versions of phoenetic Scottish. After a few chapters, I became strangely proud of my ability to discern which character was narrating by the accent they were written in. It's a good story - many of the same characters from 'Trainspotting' with some new ones added. An interesting premise - the making of a porno. Nice little twist in the end. It was also one of the most awkward books I've read. I like to read when I'm at the hairdressers. I had to awkwardly hold the book in my lap so the cover wasn't on display and shocking the oldies getting their perms, and at one point I had to put it away for a bit in case my hairdresser happened to look down, see the words on the page and become upset, even taking into account that English is not her first language. I love a bit of offence and outrage though- it was great. Give it a read, but if you don't know the characters and the background you might want to read 'Trainspotting' first, to give 'Porno' some context.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Iulia

    This book continues with the same witty note that Welsh has gotten his readers used to.With no censorship and tales that make you wonder "how in the world did that character get here?",it's a brilliant sequel to Welsh's infamous masterpiece,Trainspotting.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Solar

    "If the word of the eighties was 'me', and in the nineties 'it', in the millennium it's 'ish'. Everything has to be vague and qualified. Substance used to be important, then style was everything. Now it's all just faking it."

  29. 4 out of 5

    Antje Geussens

    Not as good as Trainspotting, but still tough, brutal and a slap in the face. A force to be reckoned with.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Meike

    Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie – I just love this gang. The movie “T2 – Trainspotting” was even better than the book.

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