Review from a Transgressive Fiction Fan
Great stuff! I love Welsh. It was love at first read when I went through Trainspotting in the 90s. It was so out there at first in how it was written but then the voice just locks into your heid…uh…I mean head and thereafter it’s smooth sailing and brilliant. After Trainspotting I’ve gone on to read pretty much everything Welsh has written. This series that keeps popping up is classic. Skagboys unfortunately seemed forced and contrived and ended up boring me to death. But this one is a bit of a return to where I thought The Blade Artist took the story. Much better plotting. Better stuff. I thought this one was great.
“Insightful” Review from a Mainstream Reader
Pish and I gave up about 66% of the way through. Yes, Trainspotting broke the mould and brought into vivid colour the stories that Welsh had lived through but these set pieces felt forced – and it was just words on a page (or tablet). Tired and going through motions (pooing as another expression).