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Gods Behaving Badly

Sunday, May 04, 2008


Gods Behaving Badly
Marie Phillips
2007
292 pages

Greek gods seem to pop up frequently in books these days (Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series and Neil Gaiman's American Gods are just two examples that pop into my brain). In Gods Behaving Badly the gods are living in a dilapidated house in London, squabbling and well, behaving badly.

This is a fun, quick read. Despite their sometimes despicable behavior (and their disgusting housekeeping), the gods are amusing. Aphrodite is working as a phone sex operator, Eros has found Jesus, Dionysus owns a dive bar, Apollo is in love with himself, and expects everyone else to be, too...basically, they are still their stereotypical selves. And they have way too much time on their hands. After Apollo turns yet another woman into a tree, Aphrodite and Artemis force him to take a pledge not to harm mortals for 10 years. Then Aphrodite decides to mix it up a bit and makes Apollo fall in love with a mortal who will not love him back. And since he can't have her but can't harm her, more scheming occurs.

In the end, things turn out well for both the mortals and the gods. In fact, life couldn't be better. Everything is tied up neatly in the end, but I wouldn't have expected otherwise in this cute, light, but still highly entertaining read.

5 comment(s):

LisaMM said...

Interesting cover!!

softdrink said...

LOL...I'm still trying to figure it out, because I don't remember anyone sporting a whip. Not that I wouldn't put it past Aphrodite.

Sandrac said...

thanks for this -- I've thought this book sounds intriguing and now I'm definitely going to pick it up.

Sandrac said...

(I'm also thrilled that I FINALLY figured out how to post comments on your blog! I think I must be a very slower learner when it comes to blogs........)

softdrink said...

Hi Sandra, glad you finally figured it out!

In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. ~S.I. Hayakawa

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~St. Augustine

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
~Mark Twain

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