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T2 Trainspotting

(Mark Renton #3)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  20,250 ratings  ·  549 reviews
First there was an opportunity...then there was a betrayal.


Twenty years have gone by.


Much has changed but just as much remains the same.


Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to the only place he can ever call home.


They are waiting for him: Spud (Ewen Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), and Begbie (Rob
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Paperback, 496 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by W. W. Norton Company (first published 2005)
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Adam Skluzáček Porno is a crossover of Mark Renton's and Terry Lawson's series. You should definitely read Trainspotting (Mark Renton #2) and I would advise you to…morePorno is a crossover of Mark Renton's and Terry Lawson's series. You should definitely read Trainspotting (Mark Renton #2) and I would advise you to read Glue (Terry Lawson #1) as well. It makes sense to read Skagboys (Mark Renton #1) before Trainspotting and Porno, but it's not necessary.
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Rob
Jun 29, 2007 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
F
Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: seen-movie, scotland
Perfect. Love these boys, they are like my family.
Film was 10/10 too.
Sara
Feb 23, 2008 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" but i don't
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Supreeth
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having just watched the movie, it's obvious that neither the movie nor the book tried to be anything that trainspotting was. At the same time, book and the movie are two different things, so we've got two sequels to the original. While book replaces heroine addiction with sex and consumerism, movie picks up the whole nostalgia thing. Both of them work well with their own traits and I just can't vote for one.
Ray
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
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Steven Ryan
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Elaine
Jun 21, 2013 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
Kiah
May 10, 2007 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. Less about drugs and more ab
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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-dime
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Kaita
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
"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 Bo
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Allan
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 numb
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Lara Sijnesael
Jan 06, 2016 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.
Ana
I don't usually read books with that much swearing in them but.. Loved this one! :))
James
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I marked this "to read" years ago because I love Trainspotting and I love porn, but, as so frequently happens with me, other books pushed it from the "next" stack to the "soon" stack and from there to "some day." When I learned about the imminent release of T2, I scrambled to work Porno into my always-crowded to-read schedule. As it happens, T2 only lasted a week or two where I live and, busy grown-up and slow reader that I am, by the time I finished the novel, I had to drive thirty miles to see the movie at the last ...more
Luke
Sep 14, 2014 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, Porno is more linear, less chaotic, mor
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Alex
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
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
Iulia
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Adriana
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
l feel so much in love with both Mark Renton and Simon ! And with Irvine Welsh for creating them.
Agnė
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Lea Dokter
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
J.M. Hushour
Feb 02, 2016 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 ab
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Детелина
Absolutely loved this book. It is a crazy ride from start to finish, no doubt. You have to prepare yourself a moderate dose of cynicism to be able to stomache it trough. As some reviews before me have mentioned, there are some very graphic scenes that can be extremely unsettling. But for me, this holds its allure - it is in no way SFW, but it will definitely leave an impression and can't be forgotten.
Each character is so uniquely developed, from the author's writing style differentiating betwee
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Rachel Louise Atkin
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
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
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Christopher
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Praj
Jun 28, 2010 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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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 Trainspotting's, which was a gooto
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Eda
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trainspotting was far better
Solar
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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."
Dane Cobain
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


This is a heavy old read, but what else would you expect from Irvine Welsh? In fact, because the print in this thing is so small, it felt as though it was longer than it was, so I ended up reading it over the course of a month or so, 25 pages at a time in bed. It’s pretty weird bedtime reading, but it was also a good way of doing it because it meant that the story unfolded in real time.

This is the book that the second Trainspotting movie is based on, and indeed it is a sequel, at le
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JK
Jun 16, 2015 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 wit
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