Porno Paperback – 2010
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The Trainspotting lads are back...and in worse shape than ever.In the last gasp of youth, Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson is back in Edinburgh. He taps into one last great scam: directing and producing a porn film. To make it work, he needs bedfellows: the lovely Nikki Fuller-Smith, a student with ambition, ego, and troubles to rival his own; old pal Mark Renton; and a motley crew that includes the neighborhood's favorite ex-beverage salesman, "Juice" Terry. In the world of Porno, however, even the cons are conned. Sick Boy and Renton jockey for top dog. The out-of-jail and in-for-revenge Begbie is on the loose. But it's the hapless, drug-addled Spud who may be spreading the most trouble. Porno is a novel about the Trainspotting crew ten years further down the line: still scheming, still scamming, still fighting for the first-class seats as the train careens at high velocity with derailment looming around the next corner.
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The book is a high energy romp through a segment of the pornography business and Welsh keeps ratcheting up the tension as time goes on and the book approaches it's climax. Despite that, he continues to approach the topic (and his characters) with a good deal of humor. This is a real page turner and deserves to be picked up.
I've heard rumors of a movie being planned which would be great. Don't let the title mislead you, the book is not primarily about sex but rather the industry, the deals, and the crazy lives of the players. Many old Trainspotting favorites turn up (some briefly but often memorably) and the new characters are interesting to follow as well.
If you ever wondered what happened to the boys from Leith, wonder no more. They are back, and in technicolor. Welsh offers us a look at how the gang is doing in the mid-nineties (you are left to your own devices to figure out exactly when it takes place). The best you can say is "Well, at least they kicked heroin."
The primary focus is on Sick Boy and his endless "scams" (each chapter told from his point of view is a numbered scam, i.e. "Scam No. 11,452" - every chapter rotates among different characters' p.o.v., each with its own style, dialogue and outlook). This time, he's in it to make pornograpic movies, and the way he lures in his accomplices makes you want to bathe. But, as you will soon find out, he's not the only one using other human beings for financial gain.
The first third primarily focuses on catching up with all the crew, as well as some new characters, like Nikki, Sick Boy's main squeeze. She the beautiful if neurotic Scottish lass who dreams of grandeur while living with (and dating) the dregs. Sick Boy is up to no good, but in his usual, charming way, and even though he's a full-fledged fraud, you find yourself rooting for him; at least until the end. Then there's Begbie, the psychotic, paranoid killer, just out of jail, and in the mood to track down those that wronged him (and to find who has been sending him gay porn in prison). The first encounter each character has with Begbie is particularly fun.
Moving on to the hefty middle, we see everyone's plans take shape, including Spud's quest for redemption and Rent's quest to make amends.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
At one point in this book, a guy's erection gets bent in half when a pornography actress falls on it.Published on Jan. 24 2014 by Ryan
Reading Porno is a bit like digging in the mud for nuggets of
gold. The story is rambling, the structure is haphazard and many
characters are forgettable, but the keen... Read more
Irvine Welsh is one of my favorite writers. His last few books GLue and Filth were difficult to get into, even though they were risky books to write. They were funny and strange. Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by alexander laurence
It's a great book. I, personally, prefered Trainspotting because the dialogue was better and Renton makes a better main character. Read morePublished on March 23 2004 by Javier Servigon
i give porno 5 stars. you can not beat this bunch. its great to find out what happened to the crew after mark left...... Read morePublished on March 10 2004
It's my third Irvine Welsh so I must be finding some entertainment from him and I feel entitled to sound off about this business of phonetic spelling of dialect. Read morePublished on Dec 19 2003 by D. P. Birkett
Porno, Irvine Welsh's highly entertaining sequel to the cult classic, Trainspotting, reunites the gang as they pursue another get-rich-quick scheme. Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2003
If you like pedantic literate grunge... then this is the genre for you. If you want to feel like you are close to touching a dirty subculture but not actually tarnish your hands... Read morePublished on Oct. 23 2003 by Amazon Customer
With Welsh, it keeps getting better and better. From Trainspotting to Porno, the quality is still perfect, the writing humorous and the plot as intense and engaging. Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2003