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Fiction. The adage about "what happens in Vegas" is funny precisely because we know it's wishful thinking. A GLITTERING CHAOS is about what happens when "what happens in Vegas" comes home to haunt you. Melusine is a German librarian whose ho-hum world wobbles after she tags along when her husband Hans attends a Las Vegas optometry conference. A newly empty nester who speak ...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published May 30th 2013 by Inanna Publications & Education (first published April 1st 2013)
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Jessica
Jun 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Lisa Young states on the back cover that "here is a writer who is willing to explore the darkest corners of the human psyche..." Yes, de Nikolits includes some dark shit in her narrative, but she does so in a very shallow and cringeworthy manner. The way in which she treats subjects like mental health, transgender issues (OMG, did she just call the transgender character a cross-dresser?), spousal abuse, etc. are incredibly problematic.

None of the characters are likeable. I was rooting for no on
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Beverly Akerman
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
The adage about “what happens in Vegas” is funny precisely because we know it’s wishful thinking. A Glittering Chaos is about what happens when “what happens in Vegas” comes home to haunt you.

Melusine is a German librarian whose ho-hum world wobbles after she tags along when her husband Hans attends a Las Vegas optometry conference. A newly empty nester who speaks no English, Melusine’s voyage of self-discovery is punctuated by the poetry of Ingeborg Bachmann, nude photos in the desert, a black
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Darryl
Sep 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: darryl-novels
This book had so many winds and turns that I could barely keep up.
It was romance, mystery, thriller all rolled into one.
I bought this book at the Humanities and Social Science Conference. Inanna Publications convinced me that it was feminist publication. Perhaps I missed something !
I finished this books because I was curious what was going to happen - so perhaps that says something or perhaps because my Mom taught me that I should always finish books !
Stephanie
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, review-book
Melusine is a German librarian who accompanies her husband on a trip to Las Vegas for his business conference. Their son has just left home for school, and things seem kind of boring at home so Melusine jumps at the chance for some excitement and change of scenery. Shortly after arriving, she meets Gunther, and quickly falls into a romantic and passionate affair, unlike anything she has ever done or experienced before. Her formerly boring husband, Hans, has some secrets of his own too, as he has ...more
Beth
Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: romance lovers
A Glittering Chaos reaches out and grabs your attention with that old favorite: sex. But it quickly becomes clear that this book isn't about that. It is an exploration of many different types of relationships. Melusine, a German housewife, comes to Las Vegas on a business trip with her husband Hans. Turns out their relationship isn't what we (and Melusine) thought. Melusine falls into a one night stand with a fellow tourist. And that turns out to be more than it originally seems. All of the rela ...more
Jodi
Jun 04, 2013 rated it liked it
At times when reading A Glittering Chaos I could hear my grandmother’s voice in my head saying, “Oh dear me.” (Seems Melusine’s husband Hans isn’t the only one hearing voices ) Yes, it’s true there were a few parts of A Glittering Chaos that were a bit shocking for a small town gal like me.

But it quickly became clear that those sections weren’t the pivotal part of the story. It wasn’t the actions as much as the motivation. WHY did the people do what they did? A Glittering Chaos is the literary e
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Terri Favro
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"A Glittering Chaos" was one of my 'summer reads'for 2013...I wanted a story that would grab me, and it did not disappoint. A literary romance/mystery/potboiler with an intricate storyline that keeps the characters balanced on criss-crossing tightropes. Sexy in a dark, mysterious way -- the relationship between Melusine and Gunther unfolds slowly and suspensefully. This is not a conventional 'love story' (I'm happy to say) but something more mature, intriguing and interesting -- a woman discover ...more
Rosemary McCracken
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An outrageous delight!
Melusine, a 40-something German librarian with a penchant for existential poetry and a large black dildo named Kurt, visits Las Vegas with her husband where she meets Gunther, a fashion photographer. While the husband attends a conference, Melu and Gunther start a steamy affair that sparks a coming of age for the staid librarian. Back at home in Germany, she unleashes her talents in directions she'd never dreamed of taking. Sometimes comical, sometimes touching, sometimes o
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Liz Bugg
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A Glittering Chaos by Lisa de Nikolits is a book that lives up to its title. Set in Las Vegas and Germany, and hosting a cast of diverse characters, it never lets you get too comfortable before throwing a new and unexpected twist into the mix. Sex, intrigue, mental illness, a missing person, poetry and a touching love story travel in parallel yet intersecting lines toward a tragedy that threatens to tear apart a family. I can hardly wait to see what de Nikolits has in store for us in her next no ...more
Angeliquetr
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: summer-reading
Can't recall which reco list I picked this up from, but I'm glad I did. This story went in directions I was not expecting. It even read as though it was first written in German. Really liked it and think it would make for an excellent book club selection.
Carrianne K.Y. Leung
Nov 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
A Glittering Chaos is dazzling. Nikolits keeps her readers on their toes in this page-turner. Sex, love, loyalty, madness, a mysterious disappearance, unlikely friends, hints of incest - it's all there!
Elizabeth
May 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Interesting story about addiction and mental illness.

Full review will be up on my blog on Thurs. 6/13 - http://booksithinkyoushouldread.blogs...
Pangaea Pangaea
Nov 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
An interesting read. Not for the average person. I like bizarre and needless to say I loved the book. If you want shocking entertainment and page-turning roller-coaster rides , grab this novel.
Catherine De Zwart
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
not sure at the beginning, but it is worth giving it some time
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Lisa de Nikolits is the author seven novels;

7. No Fury Like That, a murder mystery with excellent reviews by Metroland Media and high profile international crime writers.

6. The Nearly Girl has just been released to rave reviews by magazines, literary journals and readers.

5. Between The Cracks She Fell was released in August of 2015 and received excellent reviews in magazines as well as literary
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