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Tales of Iceland: "Running with the Huldufólk in the Permanent Daylight" (Volume 1) Paperback – April 29, 2013
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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.
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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.
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. However, even in setting expectations that low, it does take quite a lot to come in some measure below even that expectation. Another irony is that the book is actually ok when Markley describes some of the background to the history of Iceland and its people, albeit it is glossed over and then totally ruined with a closing sentence along the lines of "but you don't want to hear about any of this rubbish" before returning to toilet humour and in-jokes.
The "you had to be there jokes" weren't even funny at the time I am guessing. Written in brackets and punctuated with the final line "you had to be there" didn't help matters remotely. Most of the jokes were related to toilet humour. For example, one of the trio is extremely good looking and a nice guy to boot. But it's ok, his farts are terrible so he is normal after all. And the writer continually points to his Facebook posts/replies and some blog posts he wrote whilst travelling - it all smacked of desperation to try and get the reader to perceive him as cool. The whole thing read like a teenagers travel diary, and not a good one. At least a teenager has an excuse for behaving like a teenager!
I thought long and hard about writing this review. I know how much reviews matter to authors. I felt so strongly about this book however that I simply could not sit back and leave others to find out too late like I did that this book is a terrible read. The only reason to read it is to challenge yourself and see if you can get past the 35% mark that I reached. Why did I stop there you ask? Well I think the last sentence I read was something about the author discussing with his friend how annoying it is when urine dribbles out and runs down your leg after you have zipped up. Enough said I think.
-its written by young horny men so there is a wee bit of drama, drinking & notes about boobs
-but between all that its a great diary of what sounds like the exact road trip I hope to experience in Iceland....now I just have to find the person who wants to so it with me! My only hope is that some of the roadside attractions are not out-dated at this point.