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Porno (Mark Renton #3)

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  10,785 ratings  ·  313 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
Paperback, 496 pages
Published July 3rd 2003 by Vintage (first published 2000)
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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 ...more
Sara
Jun 16, 2010 Sara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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.
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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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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 ...more
Luke Stafford
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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Janitag
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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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
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Kenny
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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Patty
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
Aaron
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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Sheree Crawford
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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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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Kate
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?
Kasey
Aug 30, 2007 Kasey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Welsh fans
A great read, I love how Welsh threads many of his characters into other books -- not just the obvious Trainspotting crew, but people from Glue as well. Scarily accurate insight into the female mind and how the media affects our self - appraisal.
Juste
Irvine Welsh just gets better and better!!

A friend of mine introduced me to Irvine Welsh by lending me Filth, Crime and Trainspotting. I started by reading Filth which was great but horrifically depressing. At this point I wondered what I had gotten myself into but I continued regardless. Crime just as dark as Filth but a touch more redeeming, then I moved onto his most famous work, Trainspotting, which if I'm honest, I didn't overly enjoy. I found the characters hard to like or care about and i
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Chandra
brilliant observations about the influence of media on female self worth, written welsh-style. loved it.
Andrés Cabrera
Porno es, probablemente, mejor que su antecesora Trainspotting. Si bien no tiene la misma profundidad y furia de los monólogos de la anterior entrega- se extrañan sobre todo las reflexiones de Rents y algunas de Sick Boy- si se presenta muchísimo más hilarante y más precisa en su narración. Si Trainspotting tenía mayor profundidad en los monólogos, la narración de Porno es increíblemente mejor. El libro, de principio a fin, es contundente y extremadamente entretenido.

Tras leer ambos libros, Ska
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Myrna
Sickboy siempre fue mi favorito... Genial novela , me dió ganas de salir a buscar...problemas.
1000rpm
This book is the 'sequel' to Trainspotting in that it covers all the (surviving) main characters from that book as they interact ten years after those events. Sequel is slightly misleading as Welsh's books usually have some recurring characters in them.
The book is amazing and problematic in a number of ways. Firstly I often read in public locations, so reading a book called 'Porno' on trains, planes and in airports is interesting to say the least. There isn't actually a huge amount of porn in it
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Tom
Excellent read, however having had a rather large gap between reading trainspotting and this novel, I had forgotten how hard it can be to read Welsh's Edinburgh slag. Especially when Spud or Begbie are narrating, I can only compare it to when I attempt to read French, and I find myself concentrating on just reading the words. While their meaning just goes over my head. After a few chapters I soon got back into the swing of it, and this minor obstacle disappeared. It does leave me curious though ...more
Nick
Dear Irvine Welsh,


You are not a monster or a conundrum; You're a literary stylist, pure and simple, and Porno is your examination of one of your favorite subjects, the addictions of our baser natures. You show with an extraordinary lightness of touch how the brand objectifies the man; how a man has become, as it were, less than the pill he's taking.

When it comes to who's going to screw whom, Porno isn't about sex or even pornography so much as about your redefinition of what is truly pornograph
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Paul Copland
It's quite complicated thinking about this book to be honest. When I read its predecessor "Trainspotting", I was taken aback by how ground-breaking it was, even if I did read it 14 years after its publication. When I found out that a sequel existed, I was quite curious as to how it could continue because to me, "Trainspotting" always ended quite definitively.



Having read the book, I think I was completely wrong. I couldn't possibly anticipate the way the characters lives would've gone.



I first bo
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Filip
Looking at the plot and facing the fact that there was yet another book in the series, I thought I was in for a disappointment. Wrap it up man, it's time to move on from the Trainspotting universe, no need to watch them grow old and boring.

They grew older, that may be true. But boring is far from the word I'd use to describe this sequel. It's not as dark and bitter as its predecessors, and can definitely be described as the most fun.

It was great to see Sick Boy (my personal favorite) as the pro
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WordsBeyondBorders
The 'Trainspotting' gang is back and as usual they are up to no good in 'Porno', Irvine Welsh's sequel to his acclaimed novel 'Trainspotting'. It's been 10 year since the events of the previous novel and Simon 'Sick Boy' is at a critical stage in his life. There comes a time in ones life where he is at or arriving at the boundary separating youth from middle age, a stage where one gets the sneaking feeling that all the promises of youth are not going to be fulfilled, the eternity that seemed to ...more
Stefan Glosby
Picking up the story of Sick Boy, Spud, Renton and Begbie, 9 years after the events of "Trainspotting", this book is a fantastic read.



Revolving mostly around Sick Boy’s attempt to shoot a porno, the group are re-united as they drift into each other’s lives. Begbie is freshly out of prison, Spud is struggling to keep clean and Renton is still absent since disappearing with their cash.



Irvine Welsh once again uses short story style chapters but makes them much more cohesive this time. This isn’t a
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Karen
Undoubtedly they seemed very depraved, very corrupt, very vile, very hateful, even, but those are rare who fall without becoming degraded; there is a point, moreover, at which the unfortunate and the infamous are associated and confounded in a single word, a fatal word, Les Miserables; whose fault is it? And then, is it not when the fall is lowest that charity ought to be greatest?- Victor Hugo Les Miserables

A month or so ago, a friend and I were sitting having a coffee at university, when the l
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Darran Mclaughlin
It's been a few years since I've read any Irvine Welsh and I had forgotten just how good he can be. Trainspotting was an astonishingly good book, making the vast majority of literary fiction of the last 20 years look like thin gruel. I've read a few bad or mediocre reviews of his books over the last few years and had started to think he was a writer who just tried to be provocative and shocking and who would gradually become less appealing as his readers aged. Having read Porno I realise I was t ...more
D.M.
Although you won't find it marked as such anywhere on the book, make no mistake: this IS the sequel to Trainspotting. Set nine years after the events in the previous book, we follow all the same major (and some minor) players as well as meeting a few new ones.
Most regrettably, the book was actually written the same length of time after Trainspotting, so suffers from the steady decline of Welsh's writing. Given that, this is still quite an enjoyable read, and it is fun to catch up with all these
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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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