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Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
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Gods Behaving Badly (2007)

by Marie Phillips

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I am pleased to report that Gods Behaving Badly is a delightful read. It is a very funny and original book. The Olympians are alive and living in London in a decrepit house. However, since no one believes in them anymore their powers are somewhat weakened and must be preserved. No mortal can cross their threshold. Some of them must hold down jobs to keep the family going--Artemis is a dog walker, Aphrodite is a phone sex operator.

Unlike the depiction of the gods in a lot of current books and movies as heroes and role models, the gods in this book are more like the gods in the Greek mythological tales: selfish, jealous, promiscuous and vindictive. Thus, when a young woman on the street refuses to comply with Apollo's request for oral sex, he turns her into a tree. Aphrodite, sick of Apollo's antics, convinces her son Eros to cause Apollo to fall into unrequited love with a nondescript mortal. One thing leads to another, and before you know it the whole world is at risk. A real hero must step forward to save the world.

All the major Greek gods play a role in this book. I loved it and read it in one day. I think you would enjoy it most it you are familiar with the Greek gods and their attributes, but it's probably pretty funny even if you're not. Highly recommended. ( )
  arubabookwoman | Apr 25, 2017 |
This was a fun read. I tend to love books that have the Greek gods still existing. ( )
  Sareene | Oct 22, 2016 |
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http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/13644190 ( )
  Lunapilot | Jul 19, 2016 |
This book was pretty funny. When gods fall out of favor with there followers they become just like anyone else. In this book the mighty Olympians cope with living together in a London town house and actually having to work normal jobs. Of course when your a god a spat between roommates can threaten the human race. IT was a really quick read, funny but not really high class lit. ( )
1 vote Shadowling | Jun 6, 2016 |
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Bennett, NnekaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316067628, Hardcover)

Being a Greek god is not all it once was. Yes, the twelve gods of Olympus are alive and well in the twenty-first century, but they are crammed together in a London townhouse-and none too happy about it. And they've had to get day jobs: Artemis as a dog-walker, Apollo as a TV psychic, Aphrodite as a phone sex operator, Dionysus as a DJ.

Even more disturbingly, their powers are waning, and even turning mortals into trees-a favorite pastime of Apollo's-is sapping their vital reserves of strength.

Soon, what begins as a minor squabble between Aphrodite and Apollo escalates into an epic battle of wills. Two perplexed humans, Alice and Neil, who are caught in the crossfire, must fear not only for their own lives, but for the survival of humankind. Nothing less than a true act of heroism is needed-but can these two decidedly ordinary people replicate the feats of the mythical heroes and save the world?

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The twelve gods of Olympus are alive and well in the twenty-first century, but they are crammed together in a London townhouse--and none too happy about it. Even more disturbingly, their powers are waning.... [and] a minor squabble between Aphrodite and Apollo escalates into an epic battle of wills. Two perplexed humans, Alice and Neil, who are caught in the crossfire, must fear not only for their own lives, but for the survival of humankind. Nothing less than a true act of heroism is needed-but can these two decidedly ordinary people replicate the feats of the mythical heroes and save the world? --From publisher description.… (more)

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