Topic: Dead Men's Trousers - Irvine Welsh

Halfway through this and it is bang on.

Sick Boy is sick, Begbie is weird and a new character is a vile cunt.

Hugely enjoying it.

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This is fucking tremendous - i'd say Welsh's best work.  Well, maybe almost as good as Filth.

I am fucking pissing myself in parts, cringeing in other and reading in wide eyed wonder/fear at other bits.

Tremendous stuff.

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The bits he read in Liverpool were good. I'd sort of given up on him, but will investigate on this recommendation.

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Yes - i've finished it now.

It is a little farcical - so suspend your belief in parts but a hugely enjoyable romp. 

I am now going to read Blade Artist but have heard mixed reviews but I am keen to see how begbie arrives at the place Begbie is at.

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Was going to get this in the airport last week but the cunts wanted £16 for in paperback so got The Blade Artist instead, interesting direction to take Begbie in. Am currently reading The Force by Don Winslow which is the bollocks.

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CBIT wrote:

The Force by Don Winslow which is the bollocks.

Agreed.

She’s the main man in the office in the city and she treats me like I’m just another lackey, but I can put a tennis racket up against my face and pretend that I am Kendo Nagasaki...

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Winslow is worth following on Twitter, he recommends some great stuff.

She’s the main man in the office in the city and she treats me like I’m just another lackey, but I can put a tennis racket up against my face and pretend that I am Kendo Nagasaki...

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Not on it, you'll have to post them on here.

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CBIT wrote:

Was going to get this in the airport last week but the cunts wanted £16 for in paperback so got The Blade Artist instead, interesting direction to take Begbie in. Am currently reading The Force by Don Winslow which is the bollocks.

To be fair that is a good shout.  I wishe Ihad read The Blade Artist first.  I stared that last night btw and it has grabbed me already.

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Blade artist is ace, but a decent ride outclassed it, juice Terry at his finest

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I'm leaving dead man's trousers for a holiday read,  don't want to do it in 2 nights

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I have a mate and we share literary taste and he thought The Blade Artist was meh.  I am loving it!

Yeah - A Decent Ride is on the pile.

You could easily do DMT in a sitting I think.

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danpiesley wrote:

I have a mate and we share literary taste and he thought The Blade Artist was meh.  I am loving it!

Yeah - A Decent Ride is on the pile.

You could easily do DMT in a sitting I think.

Dead Men's Trousers = DMT

Someone who knows him told me IW had got bang into DMT recently. Seems to have left quite an impression.

I'd sort of given up on his stuff, but I got both Blade Artist and DMT over the weekend.

Blade Artist is not the worst book I've ever read but it's certainly in the top 10.

This new one is an enjoyable romp though, although as DP points out, some parts are taking the piss somewhat. Amazing how these old pals/enemies who haven't seen each other for years all seem to be in the same countries at the same time, often within a 20 minute car ride of each other at crucial moments.

Anyway, I am being churlish. These are great characters and they leap off the page and dance.

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^^^^  I certainly fancy a go on that DMT.  Sounds ace if IW descriptions are anything to go by.


After finishing Blade Artist I am a little gutted I did not read Blade Artist and Dead Mans Trousers back to back - would have been ace.  Begbie is truly truly truly terrifying.

Did he kill Seeker in Porno?  I only really reacall Juice Terry snapping his cock off.

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Just done A Decent Ride, entertaining but the whole yank billionaire golf and £100k whisky is just rubbish.

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Just started Crime - the sequel to Filth. 

Slightly not keen due to subject matter but he has handled depression and anxiety brilliantly thus far.

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I took a break from this then rattled it out in about two days.  Compelling, beliveable, crafted beyond belief - the man puts you right there as that cocaine hits the back of your nose or that that third drink spells the onset of a binge.

His best work in my opinion.  Difficult subject matter (pedophile rings) and the a truly truly shocking bit at the end.

Read it.

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I agree. Great book, but horrible

I am just a common breed

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