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Tales of Iceland: Running with the Huldufólk in the Permanent Daylight by [Markley, Stephen]
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"Markley's sense of humor combined with the experience of a mature traveler is an irresistible fusion..." --Iceland Review

"A guide to Iceland as you've never read before." -So Bad So Good

"Tales of Iceland embraces Markley's stark subjectivity, his signature cynicism as well as his wonder." --Chicagoist

"...a super-entertaining romp through Iceland as seen through the eyes of a twentysomething American..." -The Iceland Weather Report

About the Author

With the debut of his first book at age 26, Stephen Markley garnered an immediate and devout cult following that has been growing since its publication. Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold, and Published This Very Book (2010) has been an instant hit for writers, millennials, and anyone who enjoys a brazen sense of humor and a bold imagination. In 2011, he wrote and sold the screenplay and film rights to Kanea Arts Studio. Markley went from an unknown author to having the third-best-selling nonfiction book in Chicago overnight, appearing in publications as varied as Psychology Today, the Writer Magazine, Booklist, the Huffington Post, USA Today, and the Boston Globe. During his book tour across the United States, Markley gathered rave reviews from media and other writers. Markley has cultivated this following with his blog for the Chicago Tribune, “Off the Markley,” which gets approximately 20,000 page views a month and includes subject matter covering everything from the perils of market liberalism to who would win in a fight between a puppy and a baby. His work for RedEye has made him one of its most popular columnists in the most widely circulated newspaper in Chicago. In addition to the Tribune and RedEye, Markley’s work has appeared in The Week, Weber: A Study of the Contemporary West, RadarOnline, Private Investigator’s Magazine, and Cars.com’s blog KickingTires. His fiction has appeared in the Chicago Reader, 10,000 Tons of Black Ink, and Midnight Times. He has appeared on WGN-TV and “The Alex and Amy Show” (formerly ChicagoNow Radio), and Radio DePaul. Exploiting Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and every other social media advantage, Markley has developed a community of ardent fans, collecting thousands of emails and Facebook messages in just nine months of publication.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1300 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: GiveLiveExplore, LLC (November 26, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989216500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989216500
  • ASIN: B00CHCPHY8
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,687 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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How has this gotten such good reviews?! I thought I'd read this in advance of my Iceland trip instead of getting a regular guidebook - I'm a huge fan of Paul Theroux, Bill Bryson, and the like and their travelogues. This reads like a college student's Facebook wall. It's clunky, overwritten, and non-linear. On the plus side, it'll take you maybe three hours to read, tops. Markley includes lots of inside jokes - but it's not funny when you have to explain them to your audience. It's just not a funny book. Also, it's very dirty.
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In "Tales of Iceland or Running with the Huldufólk in the Permanent Daylight" we have three supposedly adult men, all of whom have graduated college and have actual careers, more or less, and who decide to go vacation in Iceland. In reality, what we get is the tale of three frat bros who will all need cirrhosis treatment soon, and who whine in bitch that they can't get laid, even though several Icelandic (and other) women throughout the account explain to them exactly what they should be saying and doing. There's even whining about not being able to masturbate, which is about the epitome of worthlessness.

I did get a small smile or two but the book isn't nearly as funny as it thinks it is. Well, it might be funny if you are a bro and you think farting and commentary about bodily fluids and semi-fluids is humor.

There is almost no Iceland in this book. The author does slip in a little bit of history and local color, but it's so minimal and stranded between bro tales that it might as well not even exist.

Don't waste your money.
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Pubescent sexual references dilute the required middle school research report...but not enough to recommend to anyone over 17. Miss it.
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Perhaps if you're a male under the age of 25 this will appeal to you. There is very little about Iceland (the author seems to practically apologize when he offers some information), but a lot about drinking until the sun comes up. The attempts at humor are mostly adding naughty words or descriptions of bodily functions to some otherwise mundane remark. There was so little about Iceland, this book could have been written about 3 guys travelling anywhere in the world. I suppose I'm just not the target audience.
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This was a dreadful book. Or the 35% I managed to get through was anyway. I should point out that I am half-Icelandic - I know Icelanders have certain idiosyncrasies and are a quirky bunch and can have a laugh about it with them, and without them, quite happily - most of my family are quirky!

I was looking forward to a light-hearted and humorous take on a trip around the country, something I once did with a friend a few years ago myself. This book was light-hearted in the sense it contained very little depth and if your humour consists of laughing at fart jokes and finding people that avoid paying for tourist services funny then I suppose it could match what I had expected. However, I don't find it funny that they didn't pay for the trip up Hallgrímskirkja or avoided tipping a lady who was working as a guide at Erik the Reds old settlement and answering historical questions. The writer described the settlement or hut as a "boil" and the lady as seemingly mad. It was quite ironic I felt that the writer both drew attention to the financial crisis that Iceland has been through, and also attention to the fact he did quite well financially from sales of a book he wrote previously, and was therefore ok for money, before then describing with glee how they avoided paying for a variety of services. Beer money seemed to be the priority. It is incredibly childish behaviour and another irony was that these guys traveling are actually young professionals, not some kids on a gap year who may not know any better.

To be fair to the writer, and it massively pains me to be fair at all, he does say in his introduction that the book is not going to be detailed or factual and it will contain a lot of "you had to be there" type jokes.
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Basically Markley's personal travel diary - with content you'd expect from a college-aged male. Fine if you were a member of the group, but otherwise just his opinions on how easy Icelandic women are and where to drink in Iceland ... Masquerading as a travel book.
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Save your money and time. This is written in incredibly poor taste. I don't get the ratings here at all.
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Born and raised in Iceland, I have now officially spent half my life in America. This book made me smile and laugh. During their stay at the KEX hostel in 2011 they probably ran into my brother Friðrik V , he ran a restaurant there. I will always be Icelandic but 20 plus years in the US I can definitely relate, and darn it I miss the pools I used to go swimming before work every morning. P.S I was there when Beer was legalized in 1989. Homesick.
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