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Porno (Mark Renton #3)

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  12,946 Ratings  ·  358 Reviews
Ten years on from Trainspotting Sick Boy is back in Edinburgh after a long spell in London. Having failed spectacularly as a hustler, pimp, husband, father and businessman, Sick Boy taps into an opportunity which to him represents one last throw of the dice. However, to realise his dream of directing and producing a pornographic movie, Sick Boy must team up with old pal an ...more
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Published July 3rd 2003 by Vintage (first published 2000)
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Rob
Jun 29, 2007 Rob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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 ...more
Sara
Jun 16, 2010 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the author, fans of 'trainspotting'
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
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Alex
May 07, 2013 Alex rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
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
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Kiah
May 10, 2007 Kiah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Luke
Sep 15, 2014 Luke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
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Lara Sijnesael
Jan 20, 2016 Lara Sijnesael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
J.M. Hushour
Feb 11, 2016 J.M. Hushour rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Elaine
Jun 30, 2013 Elaine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Praj
Aug 31, 2010 Praj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: iw
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
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Raro de Concurso
Después de leer la trilogía de Trainspotting creo que el señor Welsh mejora con los años. Es decir, la que escribió más recientemente (la parte 1 de dicha trilogía, Skagboys) es la que más me ha gustado, y la que menos (Trainspotting), la primera que sacó.

Este "porno", escrita tras al éxito de Trainspotting, y final (por ahora) de su trilogía, se sitúa en un nivel medio. Los jóvenes de Lith ya son treintañeros, y más o menos, cada uno sigue con sus cosas. Renton, el más transformado, y no sólo f
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Janitag
Aug 31, 2014 Janitag rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After Trainspotting, Porno works around Sick Boy who wants to revenge Renton for stealing all the cash. He comes up with a plan to get all his old mates back together with a big porn movie scam. Meanwhile, Begbie is released from prison, wanting to kicks everyone's ass.


I did enjoy it. Trainspotting is one of my all-time-favourites and I have now finished Skagboys a.k.a. what happened before Trainspotting and now, Porno, a.k.a. what happened after Trainspotting. Porno was the only one I felt we d
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Jason
May 31, 2011 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some of Irv's best work!

This is not some sleazy account of graphic fornication as the title would suggest (in fact, the bits about sex are actually quite funny and sometimes disturbing, but never overly or disgustingly graphic).

What this book is, however, is a wild and unpredictable romp starring the cast of Trainspotting (Welsh's best book) plus a few more familiar Edinburgh eccentrics.

There's no point trying to describe the plot (why ruin the fun?) but suffice to say that each character's hope
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Kenny
Jan 26, 2014 Kenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite how this sat on my shelf for a decade I'm not sure. I guess I'd found the last stuff I'd read by Welsh a bit sensationalist, and was worried that this would make a mess of the Trainspotting characters.

Instead, it was much better than I'd hoped, with a mix of old and new(er) characters, and intelligent underplaying and underuse of Renton to keep the narrative going. Begbie is still great - and provides more laughs than even Spud, still an enjoyable car crash. Easy to plough through (and wit
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Sheree Crawford
Dec 16, 2014 Sheree Crawford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Irvine Welsh has blown me away; Porno is gritty, visceral, and so reflective of reality that you almost want to escape it.

"Sick-boy" was a selfish, arrogant character in previous appearances, but has become veritably ugly by this installment. His sidekicks are just as bad, in fact I'd happily throw all of them off a bridge, with the exception of Renton and his girlfriend Diane. With that said the plot is a stark look at how Porn is an abusive business, of how it tales from everyone i
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Can Küçükyılmaz
Trainspotting'in devamı aynı zamanda ondan daha güzel bir kitap. Kitaptaki bütün karakterler ilk romanda da olduğu gibi kaybeden, ama hiçbirine sempati duyamıyorsunuz. Çünkü her karakteri bir sonraki bölümde bir başka karakterin gözünden görüyorsunuz ve bu; o karakterden nefret etmeniz için geçerli bir sebep.

Kitabı ister istemez, Emrah Serbes'in Erken Kaybedenler'iyle karşılaştırdım. Bunu nedeni de; o kitapta farklı kişilerin hikayeleri sanki tek bir kişinin ağzından çıkmış gibiydi. Porno'da ise
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Patty
Sep 16, 2007 Patty rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nice-try
My second attempt at welsh, and it failed miserably. My first was Trainspotting, and needless to say I enjoyed the movie more, which is one of the rare case (Ewan McGregor does help, wink wink). People keep saying that I would enjoy Welsh (I wonder why :D) but I just don't get him. I wouldn't say that it's because we have an entirely different drug culture, for me lowlife is principally the same everywhere. I guess it's mainly the language barrier. His extensive use of slangs and heavy reference ...more
Stewart Mitchell
When I heard that the Trainspotting crew were coming back to film the sequel next year, and seeing that Irvine Welsh is one of my favorite authors, I figured that I had no excuses. I had to read the sequel. I had heard mixed things about Porno, and I was apprehensive about reading a book with a title like that in public, so I approached this one with caution.

30 pages in and I already knew I would love it.

I strongly suggest that before reading this book, you read not only Trainspotting but Glue,
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JK
Jun 16, 2015 JK rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the sequel to Trainspotting, and takes place ten years later. I've heard a lot of mixed reviews on this one, always comparing it to Trainspotting, but I have to say I like it just as much, if not more than, its predecessor.

It's slightly less intense than Trainspotting and shows sex rather than heroin as the drug of choice. Despite this, it's still filled with corruption from beginning to end.

It's possibly not the best book to read in public. I have the edition with the cover above, and t
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Tim
Mar 06, 2015 Tim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, fiction
Now this was a barry sequel n aw, ken? If you liked "Trainspotting", you'll like this. I enjoyed it all the way thru, and really began to marvel at Welsh's writing skills. This guy is considerably more than I thought he was when I first read him. He can do more than vividly describe the lives of working class roughnecks and druggies, use a lot of Scottish dialect, and do it all with humor and panache. Despite his ragged plots, Welsh is a first rate writer whose stuff hits home on many levels - a ...more
Nestor
Nov 24, 2015 Nestor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hace días no daba con un libro que me gustara tanto. Está secuela de Trainspoting nos cuenta lo sucedido con los personajes de la historia varios años después de la primera aventura. Una historia llevada por el humor negro característico de Welsh entretejido con su particular análisis y crítica a las costumbres sociales de los jóvenes, la sociedad, las drogas y ahora el porno, especialmente en el marco de Leith y Edimburgo. Entretenida y mordaz, altamente recomendada.
Xavi Aznar
El submundo de la droga y de la miseria que lo rodea no me atrae particularmente. Irvine Welsh escribe con agilidad, con frases duras que describen una realidad alternativa donde los personajes se mueven en círculos, sin poder escapar.

Pero aunque las páginas pasan con rapidez, poco a poco me impregnan con la resignación y la falta de aspiraciones de los personajes. Su actitud sumisa respecto a la situación que viven me resulta tóxica, incomprensible.

El ebook, además, esta mal paginado, las notas
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Jennifer Lloyd
Another great read from Welsh but not as intense or riveting as Trainspotting or the fantastic prequel Skagboys. I felt it lacked depth (particularly in expanding on the character of Renton, his new life in Amsterdam and linking back to his previous life), and the plot was fairly straightforward and almost predictable, with no meandering which is what I enjoyed in previous books. Written from the perspective of either Begbie, Sick Boy, Renton, Spud or new character Nikki, we are not given a huge ...more
Aaron
Aug 04, 2014 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pure brilliance! When I set out a few weeks ago to read Trainspotting I did not know there was more to be revealed. I was sad when the journey was over until I discovered Skagboys (which may be my favorite) and now Porno. Like life Porno was at times boring, hilarious, terrifying but always brilliant. A few of my favorite passages:

I believe in class war. I believe in the battle of the sexes. I believe in my tribe. I believe in the intelligent clued-up section of the working classes against the b
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Logan
Mar 15, 2015 Logan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe more of a 3.5 stars because the last 100 pages were the best part of this book, and that's a rarity. Usually the last 100 pages drag.

However, the book's main subject--the porn movie they make--just didn't ever really grab me, and, for lack of a better word, was cheesy more often than not. And I think those sections were really drawn out, either to create a sense of grittiness or emphasize humor through the situation's ridiculousness. But, in this day and age where porn is not underground,
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Shotgun
Mar 05, 2015 Shotgun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-shits
Trainspotting II aneb čekání na Begbiče
Trainspotting II aneb Jak šikanovaný chudák skrzevá svůj megaohon ke štěstí přišel
Trainspotting II aneb Vykoupení z věznice Leith
Trainspotting II aneb Koksové deníky
Trainspotting II aneb Čtyři muži na tripu o kundičkách nemluvě

Trainspotting jsem nečetl ale je to můj oblíbený film. Sviňáka, Acid House a Noční můru jsem četl. Na Heráky se těším jak smažka na čerstvě uvařený matroš.
Volné pokračování legendárního Trainspottingu je boží. Setkáváme se v něm jak s
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Eccentrika
Serie Trainspotting, vol. 3
BELLISSIMO!!!! Finalmente un grande ritorno di tutti i personaggi di Trainspotting... un po' più maturi, un po' meno drogati... ma più tuonati che mai!!!
La scrittura di Welsh non delude, scorrevole e dinamica, con storie che si intrecciano incessantemente e in ogni capitolo si alternano voci diverse in prima persona (Sick Boy, Spud, Francis Begbie, Mark Renton e Nikky... la new entry femminile di questa edizione!!!).
Non mi aspettavo davvero di leggere un terzo libro
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Jack
Aug 19, 2015 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly entertaining conclusion to the Mark Renton series - obscene, funny, rampant with drugs, sex and difficult to pronounce dialogue. I suspect that readers who don't like other Welsh works will find this no better (or conversely, Welsh fans like me will love it).
Kate
May 06, 2009 Kate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sequel to Trainspotting. It's tough to get into the groove at first because it's in the Scottish vernacular. But if you can, do. Because it's hilarious? Anonymous gay porn packages, a broken penis, happy endings, and a fair amount of cocaine? What's not to adore?
Teresita
Mar 27, 2016 Teresita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Me gustó mucho, aunque tiene casi el mismo final de Trainspotting, aunque más emocionante por lo de Begbie y Sick Boy. Me pregunto si saldrá la continuación y también quiero ver la película. Este fue mi primer intento de reseña, no me juzgen (?)
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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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