4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Baggy, ocasionally brilliant,
This review is from: Skagboys (Mark Renton Series Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
As a huge Welsh fan I got this on release day and couldn't wait to get steamed in. 3 weeks later and I've just finished it, which tells its own story I think. For me this is like an extremely promising first draft which has somehow been published without passing through an editor, proof-reader etc. Brilliant pieces of writing jostle with tiresome shock effect stuff and needless digressions. I re-read Trainspotting before this came out and it's such an economical powerhouse of a book in comparison - it may be a third of the length of Skagboys but it has less fat than your average Muirhoose junkie. So should you buy this? - most definitely - when he's on form Welsh is untouchable (see all Begbies scenes, Rentons rehab diary)- but this isn't the masterpiece it could have been. You know what though, I bet IW couldn't give a toss about literary posterity and fair play to the gadge, the literary world would be much the poorer without him.