OK, so we now have the first proper review of Living Inside the Meltdown, over on Iceland Review, this country’s longest-standing and most established English-language publisher. In short, the reviewer, Alana Odegard, loves it.
If you take anything away from this review, let it be this: You must read this book.
Now, before any of you start grumbling about croneyism and nepotism and whathaveyou, let me state for the record that Eygló, editor of the Iceland Review website, made a point of getting someone to review the book who doesn’t know me and who has no vested interest in giving the book a positive review. [As many of you will know, I have worked for Iceland Review in the past and know the people there well — some better than others.]
And I must say that I am delighted that they did that AND that the book resounded with Alana to such a degree.
Any breaks I took were to calm my breathing and overcome the ill feeling in the pit of my stomach because to read this book is to ride the proverbial emotional rollercoaster. My heart ached, my blood boiled, my eyes welled, and at times my arms were covered in goosebumps.
I particularly liked this part:
Even if you’re on “economic crash” overload, this book goes beyond what we’ve all been hearing, the openness and honesty of the interviewees will give anyone, Icelandic or otherwise, a firsthand account of what’s been going on here.
The book isn’t a collection of rants, nor is it an all out sob-fest, but rather gives accounts on the same topic, the collapse, each with its own story and insight.
Incidentally, this wonderful review plus some other excellent feedback, has me with my nose to the grindstone right now, trying to figure out ways to convert the book to the ePub format. That will make it easier to read on electronic readers like Kindle. I am also working on setting up an affiliate programme, so those of you who would like to promote the book to your friends, family, blog readers, colleagues, minions, adoring worshippers can do so AND earn a commission. More on all that soon!