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Ryan Mendoza.

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  9,489 ratings  ·  235 reviews
Made up of three of Welsh's most powerful stories, all come from the rough, tough badlands of the schemes of North Edinburgh and take us into a dark but hilarious world of drugs, deviant sex and football hooliganism fired by Welsh's passion and fierce steaming rock and roll.
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Published by White Cube (first published 1994)
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Paul Bryant
Holy shit, how could I have forgotten to add this to my list already, this collection of breakneck vileness, this wretchedness you wrench your head away from in shame that it happens to be so gripping and so funny. In the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind they have invented a method for erasing specified memories from your mind - I hope they invent just such a thing in real life so I can get them to erase all memory of my five star books so that I can read them all for the first time a ...more
Jessica
I'm pretty sure the novella "A Smart Cunt" was in here. Though I have zero recollection of it now, at the time I read that I thought it was brilliant, and because I was bored on vacation in London with nothing better to do, I wrote what I believe was the only fan letter to an author I've ever sent, telling him this. And he wrote me back! In my letter, I'd asked him if he actually listened to techno music, since all his characters did and it was inconceivable to me at the time (I was 18) that any ...more
Rupert Dreyfus
I really enjoyed these stories. Like a lot of Welsh's work, the language and the settings capture something really special which is why I've decided to bump it up from 3 stars to 4 stars as 3 would be unjustifiable. I felt waves of nostalgia when reading certain reference points which I've only come to appreciate when penning this review (it's got a very late '80s feel). And the Scots dialect in written form is what makes it for me; I could read it all day. Some people may see this as a bit of a ...more
Colin N.
In "the Acid House" Welsh once again exposes the vibrant, crass, depressing, and violent sex and drug-filled underbelly of Scotland. The majority of these stories are excellent, very few feel like filler. Welsh also takes a number of risks, moving away from stories narrated by junkies and pimps and focusing on other troubled members of society (an old man missing his wife, a movie-fanatic loner), although the junky stories are there too, most notably the novella at the end.



Welsh also plays arou
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Dan
May 29, 2009 Dan rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hardcore Welsh fans
Shelves: 50-books-2009
Let me say that Irvine Welsh is my all time favorite author. Books such as Trainspotting and Ecstasy are pinnacles of modern fiction (alright, not so modern anymore, I guess). His stories are always insane, his characters flawed but wonderful, and the usage of Scottish vernacular is the coolest way books have been written since A Clockwork Orange. The Acid House is a hit and miss short story collection. Don't get me wrong; probably half the stories are brilliant, as usual. Sadly, the other half ...more
Andrew
I had watched trainspotting as a teenager and had prematurly assumed that Irvine Welsh was a genius. I picked up Acid House and was quickly discouraged. His characterization was there, and better than what I witnessed in the films. The characters unfortunatly stand on a blank canvas. The stories were bland, shocking and disqusting, but still bland.

I would have given it one star except for a feeling I get, that the stories weren't written for me. I feel like if I lived my life in some dusty Scot
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Michael Bohli
Die totale Abkehr von Liebe und Menschlichkeit, dies zeichnet viele Texte von Irvine Welsh aus. Der Autor versteht es wie kein anderer, die Abgründe und dunklen Stellen der Gesellschaft auf den Menschen zu übertragen und ohne grosse Übertreibung darzustellen. In "Acid House" treibt er dies auf die Spitze, in dem er seine Figuren auf wenigen Seiten in Kurzgeschichten stolpern, fallen und verenden lässt.
Drogen, Sex, Dreck und Gewalt. Bekannte Zutaten vermengen sich auch hier zu faszinierenden Tex
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JK
Another wee collection of short stories! I'm really getting through these this year. I realised two stories into this that I had already read it as a teenager, but I'd forgotten almost everything that happened in the stories, so it wasn't a great loss.

In true Irvine Welsh fashion, everything about this collection is vile, dark, disturbing and vomit-inducing. It really is spit your dinner out material, but it grips you unbelievably hard.

Welsh explores a lot of different themes and styles here, it
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Laurie Mac
literary gold. Every one of these short stories are a work of genius. My favourite being the tale of coco brice. whilst out of his tree on drugs, his mind, and the mind of a new born baby are swapped over, turning coco into a slobbering idiot, and the baby into a dirty wee man.
Miss Michael
I'm between three and four stars on this one. I picked it up because I wanted to read more from Welsh. I didn't actually know anything about it, so I was surprised to find it was a collection of short stories and one novella. I enjoyed that aspect; we get to see Welsh explore different themes and styles. Not everything is set in the reality we know.

I was unsurprised to find the same vice-filled characters I expect from Welsh after reading Trainspotting. My opinion of the collection was tepid unt
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Jennifer
Nov 19, 2008 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like raunchy humour and drug books.
Recommended to Jennifer by: I saw trainspotting and decided to check out more of Irvine Wels
Shelves: owned
This book made me laugh so much. It's a bunch of short stories and there are two that really stuck out for me. In one a guy drops acid and ends up switching bodies with a baby (or thinking he did, I can't remember). The baby with his adult brain gets off on breast feeding and watching his parents have sex. The Adult with the baby brain ends up in the hospital drooling all over himself. His girlfriends visits him and everyone thinks he is messed up from the acid.
The second story that really stuc
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Gavin
Welsh's short stories in this collection were, as in most collections, hit or miss. I really enjoyed Snuff, The Acid House, and Eurotrash. I was also really impressed with the tone and dialect Welsh crafts in the collection's longest piece, a novella of 112 pages revolving around the stumblings of Brian, a wallowing, substance-abusing, well-meaning twenty-something. The phonetic Scots in most of the stories was often exhausting though and, as was the case with Marabou Stork Nightmares, the sheer ...more
Richard
Good book of Irvine Welsh's short stories from the 90s. Also made into a film.
John Opalenik
Just like every collection of short stories, this is hit or miss. It's definitely Irvine Welsh though. So expect darkly hilarious stories with heartbreaking endings, as well as his phonetic spellings of dialogue in a thick Scottish accent.
Greg
Some of the stories are good some are ok. The last novella was the best of the bunch, but nothing was really overwhelming.
Tim
This was the second book of Welsh’s that I have read, the first being of course the incomparable Trainspotting. This was a collection of short stories and a novella, some of which was along similar lines as his famous first novel, and other pieces that looked in other directions. Throughout the reader can count on Welsh’s wiseguy drollery, quick pacing, and narrative surprises. He often paints a dark picture, but the humor of a rebellious, working-class youth is never far from the surface. He se ...more
Mauro
Ho conosciuto Irvine Welsh con Trainspotting, prima con il film, e poi con il libro, trovato ancora pi geniale e... spietato.
Acid House mantiene sicuramente alto lo standard: un insieme di racconti cui lo scopo stupire, o per la forma narrativa, o per il linguaggio, o per la struttura e la trama della storia.
Devo ammettere che mi ha lasciato un po spiazzato, forse perch non sono pi "ggiovane" come quando lessi Trainspotting; le idee sono buone, ma a volte il linguaggio forzatamente "slang" ren
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Laurie
A bit uneven at times, as any collection will be. One of the stories contained one of the most vile tableaus I've ever read and now it is burned into my memory. I really enjoyed the novella at the end. Just a few weeks in the life of a smackhead, the goings-on and hangers-on. All in all a pretty interesting portrait of a point in time of Scotland's fringey youngsters.
Mowey
snort some coke. take some speed. drop some acid. drink some bevvy. shoot some heroin. down some ekky. fuck some girl. suck some boys. eat some shit. piss on some face. and what do you get?

these and a lot more of hella disturbing notoriety make The Acid House. found this as my new guilty pleasure. i have dibs for these retardates and sick children of sex, drugs, and violence like i know them. these monsters and junkies.

it's like a cross between A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess and The Inf
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Gilbert Lopez
Feb 03, 2008 Gilbert Lopez rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like trainspotting
The stories are written in a crazy-ass dialect, a little hard at first, but by the end you kinda feel like you've learned a new language. Irvine Welsh can write some pretty good short stories.
Old-Barbarossa
I think this is better than Trainspotting. Like a bunch of mad stories you'd overhear down the pub told by drunks...and funny, very funny.
Nate D
A whole mess of fairly standard-issue Irvine Welsh stories which, 3 years later, have not really stuck with me. Never boring, however.
Brett
This collection was my first introduction to Irvine Welsh in any medium and I'm well hooked already. Some of the stories here felt like filler, but quite rarely, and the only one I didn't enjoy was not for a lack of talent but rather that I plain found it upsetting that the Two Philosophers ended up coming to blows. Really, the best stories in here are more than engrossing and/or demented enough to make up for a moment's regret at witnessing two men of reason succumbing to human nature. The titl ...more
Aviendha47
I don't wanna be a fly...
Logan
In his short stories, Welsh's humor is a lot more prevalent. There's the dark, shitey side to everything, still, but it's mostly about being bizarre and funny. I'd probably give this 5 stars if it wasn't for the novella that caps the book off. It's really just a bit of a mess and then it just ends, which makes me think it was probably less of a novella and more of an unfinished/unrealized novel they decided to throw into this collection to beef up the page count. When I really let it sink in, th ...more
Joshua Boiser
Imagine reading Chuck Palahniuk and Hubert Selby Jr.'s collaboratory project whilst high on LSD. You'll get exactly Irvine Welsh's The Acid House. Damn.

I have always been an Irvine Welsh fanboy. I have been following his projects and novels for quite a long time now, and I've always found his demented, twisted, somewhat manipulative take on humour very impressive. Also, his tinting of prose with colloquial Scottish dialect, or at least I assumed that's what it was, added aura to his crippling se
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Christopher Vasquez
Just when I'd forgotten why I love reading Irvine Welsh this book brings it all rushing back. Each story is better than the last. I find myself simultaneously attracted to and repulsed by the stories and characters herein contained in ways I've scarcely experienced before. This goes way beyond the dark mystique of hard drugs, violence, and self-destructive living to true questioning of the soul taken with a grain of salt and a gram of something stronger. The experience of reading each short is m ...more
Lammoth
Поне за мен, най-доброто произведение на Ървин Уелш е “Есид Хаус”, сборник от разкази и кратки новели, в които се разказва за разврата на младото поколение, както и сексуалните туистове и катастрофи, които могат да се случат в едно такова отворено общество. Та да започна с най-ярките разкази/новели:

“Сексуалното минало на Робърт К. Леърд” : Това е най-кратичкото разказче, което някога съм чел. Състои се от три кратки изречения. След заглавието има няколко празни страници, а на последната от тях п
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Tiredstars
I'm not sure how I feel about short stories. I find them very easy to read, but rather unsatisfying. This might be because I'm slow to empathise with characters and situations, so don't make those quick connections that are important for short stories. Or it might be that because they're short and easy they don't make me feel like I've done some serious reading.

I read an essay about Trainspotting once, before I'd read the book, that argued that while the film had its good points, it failed to pr
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Javier Jiménez
Este libro consiste en un conjunto de historias cortas (algunas son muy cortas, incluso de menos de 5 páginas) y una novela cuyo tema constante es Escocia, en particular Edimburgo. Me agradó mucho la sensación de desorden de estas historias, reflejando suburbios escoces en donde nunca se sabe qué tan extravagantes pueden ser los personajes que encontrarás al entrar al pub más cercano.

También me gustó la forma en la que escribió algunos de estos cuentos, ya que la originalidad no se limitó solo a
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Probably most famous for his gritty depiction of a gang of Scottish Heroin addicts, Trainspotting, Welsh focuses on the darker side of human nature and drug use. All of his novels are set in his native Scotland and filled with anti-heroes, small time crooks and hooligans. Welsh manages, however to imbue these characters with a sad humanity that makes them likable despite their obvious scumbaggerry ...more
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“I was anti-everything and everyone. I didn't want people around me. This aversion was not some big crippling anxiety; merely a mature recognition of my own psychological vulnerability and my lack of suitability as a companion. Thoughts jostled for space in my crowded brain as i struggled to give them some order which might serve to motivate my listless life.” 158 likes
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