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Porno by Irvine Welsh
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Dec 29, 2008

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Read from January 08 to February 08, 2017 , read count: 1

February 2017
I've just finished re-reading this in anticipation of seeing Trainspotting 2. The thread running through all of the Mark Renton books is that people don't change. Try as they might, at the core, they are still the same. Sure, the protagonists might not be looking for heroin, but they're still scheming, plotting, and treating each other terribly despite being "mates." Out of the first three in the Mark Renton series, this is probably my least favorite because the character development lacks. Granted, yes, people don't change is the main thread here, but having the characters realize it themselves is drawn out.

There's a fourth book that was published last year with Begbie taking the central role. Re-reading Porno though, I'm not sure how much I really want to read it since his character is my least favorite. I probably will anyway.

Original review
Not nearly as good as Trainspotting, but mostly because the feel of the story is gone (perhaps due to the fact that it is written mainly from Sick Boy's point of view and thus not in Scottish). The characters are back from the first book and they have come far from where they once were, though Simon (once called Sick Boy) really hasn't changed much. I did like the insight you got into from his point of view and Irvine Welsh could've written it from Mark's point of view like he had in Trainspotting, but I'm glad he didn't. This book is not a necessary read for those who have read the first one and is rather a continuation of the story for those who would like to know more about what happens and can't deal with the "This is life, stuff happens" end of Trainspotting.

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