Review: Quislings by Poppet


Quislings_

3 stars

Read from July 06 to 08, 2014 — I own a copy

Synopsis: A harmless game of Spirit of the Glass changes their lives. Immersed head first into the ancient Mayan world, tattoos transform, prayers are caught by the greedy, and the rattlesnake comes to stake its claim. Rituals ancient and new clash in a bid for supremacy. A Chinaman, an Italian, a Slovenian, and an American, walk into a bar – it sounds like a joke, right? Quislings are no joke.

Extended description
A harmless game of Spirit of the Glass changes their lives. Immersed head first into the ancient Mayan world, tattoos transform, prayers are caught by the greedy, and the rattlesnake comes to stake its claim.

Zohar issued a death threat on Halloween and now it’s a race against time before they all die. Usha has to open the heart of heaven in time to save the rest of them, but the key is too cryptic. Rituals ancient and new clash in a bid for supremacy.

A Chinaman, an Italian, a Slovenian, and an American, walk into a bar – it sounds like a joke, right?

Quislings are no joke.

Adult-content rating:
This book contains content considered unsuitable for young readers 17 and under, and which may be offensive to some readers of all ages.

Bookish things: 211 pages. The cover is simplistic, but the pattern at the top does catch the eye.

Where to buy: Amazon has it on kindle for $3.74 or paperback for $15.29

My review: 
Bookshelves: 3-star-review, romance-ish, paranormal

Quislings is rich in religion, lots of types. It’s almost to the point that perhaps Poppet couldn’t decide which one to follow, so studied and practiced them all.

This doesn’t mean you’re dragged through scripture after scripture. Instead you’re thrust into things along with Usha (the female lead). You, as the reader, find out about the gods and their stories that span across multiple religions at the same time as she does.The gradual unwrapping of information, through conversation or dreams or experiences in the story allows for the reader to feel as if they are along for the ride with Usha and her band of friends.

There are some dark themes, nothing too explicit, though a couple of scenes might upset some readers. Rape, violence and murder are involved in varying degrees, along with some cute fluffy animal cruelty.

I picked this book now because I was after a horror. Alas, this one is not. I was not in the slightest bit scared nor find the content to be horrifying. Except, perhaps the over-the-top poetic and flowery writing. At times it got too much and I wanted the claw my eyes out.

Examples from the prologue:
“He gives me a glistening stare across the table covered with mirror and glass…”

“…my voice scratches the crypt silence of the shrouded kitchen.”

“…the abusive loud smash destroys what’s left of my calm”

And these examples are in the first few pages, yet this type of language continues the whole way through the story.

I liked the premise, I enjoyed the discovery of the rich prophecy and religion, but it failed to ultimately deliver a holistically satisfying book.

Some things I noticed:

33% – … Over reach (each) other.

61% – might want to advise what GSR is.

66% – her lags (legs) crossed on the seat.

91% – …more security (than) she’s ever had.

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2 thoughts on “Review: Quislings by Poppet

  1. Thanks for the review, sounds a bit flowery for my tastes based on the examples you quoted. I can’t agree with you on the cover though, the snake letters are quite intimidating and the stained glass look is very pretty, with the broken reflection at the bottom. It’s eye-catching. Is Poppet the author’s name? I thought from the cover that it was a subtitle of some kind, but that isn’t a criticism of the cover design. Poppet just isn’t a very scary name, I guess…

    • Hi Jai! I think anyone who loves well written English will probably find this one too flowery for their tastes.
      I believe Poppet is the authors name, possibly a pseudonym. It’s not really scary, no, in fact it makes me think about Mrs Doubtfire. 🙂

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