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The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist's Solution is about a couple experiencing a mid-life crisis. The husband loses his job as editor of a financial magazine. Neither are happy with their aging bodies. He seems to have gotten by with charm and frozen emotions. The wife has no idea how angry she is with him for his detachment. It is her idea to sell the house and just tr ...more
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Published September 30th 2019 by Inanna Publications
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Retirees Lyndon (60) and Margaux (58) embark on a round-the-world trip to celebrate their 35 years of (seemingly?) happy marriage.

So far, so dream come true. But then the dream turns into Margaux's nightmare when Lyndon suddenly abandons her without warning, driving away in a stolen car without a backward glance. Thus begins Lyndon and Margaux's real but separate adventures as each re-discover who they are and what their lives--together and apart--really mean. They are helped on their respectiv
Carole Giangrande
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm not a person who's crazy about flying, so when it's time to fly, I look for a book to read that will make me forget I'm up in the air. On a recent trip, I took along Lisa de Nikolits' latest adventure, fastened my seat belt and "took off" before the plane did. It's that kind of book. Setting out on what should be an exciting retirement tour, Lyndon fakes his death in Australia, leaving his wife Margaux for aventures with new friends who turn out to be punk anarchist tattoo artists, set on ov ...more
Heather Babcock
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After being abruptly fired from his job, sixty-one year old Lyndon fakes his own death and he and Margaux, his wife of 35 years, finally begin to really live.

Before they can come together though, they must fall apart first. Readers will thrill to Margaux and Lyndon’s respective adventures which include run-ins with Viagra pushing, cupcake chewing anarchists; a haunted tea party hosted by the demonic ghost of a sadistic nurse; wild nights at the glamorous drag bar Dames and through it all, the l
Dietrich Kalteis
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lisa de Nikolits sets readers on a rollercoaster ride of clever twists and unexpected turns. The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist’s Solution is a lot of fun and filled with some believable, yet zany characters. It bounces between the viewpoints of Lyndon and Margaux, a retired couple whose marriage speeds steadily downhill after Lyndon decides to call it quits and runs off. It’s the ultimate story of marriage meltdown told in a style all Lisa’s own, and this one should be on everybody’s must- ...more
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Well, this book was quite the surprise. I thought it was going to be a story about love that went wrong. But it is way more than that. The cast of characters is quite quirky. There is even a very expensive Maine Coon cat involved in the adventure. Every turn of the page brings a new question and even had me wondering about my own beliefs. We are even introduced to the world of the occult.

The story is about a couple, Margaux and Lyndon from Toronto, Canada who are taking an around t
Lynda Dickson
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 18+
Shelves: adult
While on a vacation to Sydney, Australia, Lyndon abruptly leaves Margaux, his wife of thirty-five years, stealing a car and the Maine Coon cat in the back seat. He travels down the coast of Australia, destination unknown, meeting a bunch of quirky characters along the way, the main one being Jason, “a six-foot-five, tattoo-headed bundle of lean muscle and coiled-up energy.” Together, they plan a non-violent anarchists’ protest involving a sh*t-load of toilet paper.

Meanwhile, Margaux moves into a
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is crazy! So incredibly unlikely that I pretty quickly fell into "okay, I'll just suspend my realistic mind and go with the flow here, and enjoy the ride." And I did! What a weird book, but wildly and oddly relatable, like a cartoon version of real-life. I liked the characters, and even saw bits of myself in the main two. I was invested and enjoying the book... right until the last 20 pages or so.

At that point, the whole thing switched. It got heavy. And serious. No more laughter. It felt
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
This is an entertaining and fun novel, full of surprises. Probably could have used a final line edit considering the spattering of typos throughout. The writing is engaging and the story moves at a lively pace, alternating chapters between the two protagonists: Margaux and Lyndon. Funnily enough I probably wouldn’t have given “The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist’s Solution” a second glance if I’d been cold browsing, since for me the cover was off-putting. Don’t judge a book by its cover! So ...more
Darcia Helle
When you read a lot, as I do, stories can sometimes bleed into one another, with content feeling too similar and predictable. I wanted to step off the rails into the unexpected, and this book provided exactly that experience in the best way possible.

I'd love to tell you all about this book, but I don't want to spoil any part of the adventure. It's crazy, fun, enlightening, insightful, and poignant. I laughed and cried. I felt it, understood it, related to it. I was inside the story with the char
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lisa De Nikolits’ The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist’s Solution gallops off to a frantic start with a drowning off Sydney Harbour and a jeep and cat theft in Kirribilli. Margaux and Lyndon, a previously happy bourgeois couple from Vancouver, have embarked on an “Around-the-World-For-However-Long-We-Want” trip but Lyndon’s mid-life crisis derails their plans. A collision of accidental meetings brings more excitement into these two retirees’ lives than either could have reasonably imagined. T ...more
Brenda Clews
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Her creative powers at a peak, in The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist’s Solution, Lisa de Nikolits, a sage wrapped in a cloak of language, offers us a crystal ball to gaze upon ourselves. With Lisa’s brand of camp and mysticism, the story zig zags, spirals with vortices, depths and explosive happenings as she weaves a tale of magnitude - a disappearance and a demonic spirit to a punk rock tattoo parlour and a protest of such vision it plays on the world’s stage. You come to love the characte ...more
James Fisher
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
An Oakville couple having a mid-life crisis in Australia is the stepping off point of another off Ms. de Nikolits’ imaginative adventures, full of colourful characters and witty, but realistic dialogues about life, anarchy, capitalism and tattoos. Lisa de Nikolits’ imagination has a seemingly unlimited cast of colourful characters and she uses several of them to full effect in this, her latest look into her wondrous mind. Like rows of dolls on a shelf, Ms. de Nikolits picks a few at random, dres ...more
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lisa de Nikolits has delivered a resounding winner in The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist’s Solution. I had no idea what to think about the novel from the title alone. However, after reading, it has become crystal clear to me just what Lisa is trying to convey.

I loved this novel. It is intelligent, witty, and downright different than anything I have ever read before. This tale is told from the perspectives of Lyndon and Margaux, who are a long-time married couple who thought that they were l
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, read-in-2020
With a title of The Occult Persuasion and the Anarchist’s Solution i wasn't really sure what to expect - is it going to be horror, thriller or something else completely? In actual fact it covers all those genre's with a little bit of dark humour thrown in.

When Lyndon is fired from.his job his wife Margauex announces they should sell up their home and go on a round the world cruise and start to live life, but little did Margauex know her husband was about to fake his own death during the trip!

Paul Butler
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An absolutely perfect book for shut-ins this spring. frenetic and fun with a swiftly-moving, irresistible plot and entertainingly dysfunctional characters. I particularly like the way the prose abounds with colourful similes like skin which is "saggy and dimpled, soft, like cheesecake past its prime," yet somehow these embellishments don't seem to slow down the narrative steamtrain. A complete pleasure! ...more
Sylvia Warsh
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lisa de Nikolits takes you on a wild ride through the disintegrating lives of a husband and wife who are lost, figuratively and literally, in Sydney, Australia. Told from the alternating points of view of Margaux and Lyndon, the narrative rolls out in a kind of stream-of-consciousness that grabs at your heart. On their volatile journeys, they each encounter people who change their lives. Lyndon meets an aging anarchist who tries to save the world; a woman’s tortured soul reaches out to Margaux i ...more
Nate Hendley
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Lisa de Nikolits has penned a taut, tight thriller involving domestic violence, death and a wonderfully jarring book title. Along the way, there’s a stolen cat, a suspicious boating accident in Sydney Harbour, Australia, assorted crimes and a slew of quirky, compelling characters that will keep you reading. If you’re a fan of off-beat mysteries with a dash of dark humour, this novel is for you.”

-Nate Hendley, True-Crime Writer, Author of “The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Co
Ursula Pflug
Oct 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Somehow, Lisa de Nikolits makes marital meltdown sound fun. In The Occult Persuasion and The Anarchist's Solution, it means spending weeks exploring beautiful Australia meeting mysterious strangers not once but several times, mysterious strangers who quickly become friends, lovers, and unintentional life coaches. Overflowing with quirky characters, most of whom I'd be happy to have a drink with. Bring it on! ...more
Shelleen Toland
A couple are having a mid life crisis. They have been married for a long time and he lost his job and not handling retirement well. She decides they should sell the house and just travel. They are on a ferry in Australia and he just walks off and leaves her. She is frantic when she can't find him and things he fell overboard. He steals a SUV with an expensive cat in it.
I could not get into this book and found both characters very immature and acting like 20 year olds. I didn't even like their ad
Steff Fox
Dec 05, 2020 marked it as lost-interest
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Uhm...okay? Haha, I have to admit this book sounds unintentionally hilarious? In an awkward, not my thing kind of way. I dunno. Maybe it's because I'm not at that age yet, but I just can't really bring myself to be all that interested in what this book has to offer. So, for now, to the lost interest shelf it goes.

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