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Gods Behaving Badly (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Marie Phillips

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Title:Gods Behaving Badly
Authors:Marie Phillips
Info:Imprint unknown (2008), Edition: Export ed, Paperback
Collections:Read in 2012 (Micah)
Rating:****
Tags:fiction, fantasy

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Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips (2007)

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The Gods Behave Badly; Novel Isn't Much Better: Gods Behaving Badly has a great concept: Greek gods living in contemporary London trying to deal with a decline of their powers. The gods get involved with humans. Hilarity ensues. Unfortunately, the application of the concept is not so great. I have two problems with this novel. First is the weak dialogue; it's forced, contrived and not very funny. Second, and less troubling, is the vacuum in which the novel takes place. It's been a long time since I've read Edith Hamilton's Mythology and I confess, I've forgotten the qualities of some of the lesser known gods. As this novel is supposed to be a light-hearted novel and not an intellectual tome, I think it would have been helpful if either in the novel or in an introductory section with some background information about these gods. The characters (all of them, gods and mortals alike) are put in front of the reader with no background at all. Perhaps the omniscient narrator could have given a little introduction to these characters. There are in the novel, however, some really funny one-liners, so it is not completely without merit.
  lonepalm | Feb 5, 2014 |
The trouble with reading about bored gods is that they are boring. ( )
  quixoposto | Nov 8, 2013 |
The trouble with reading about bored gods is that they are boring. ( )
  quixoposto | Nov 8, 2013 |
I admittedly enjoyed the god parents more than the mortal parts, but I did enjoy the quirky, playful speed of the book. It's one of those books that leaves you longing for more when you're done. ( )
  AddisonLane | Oct 26, 2013 |
LOVED this book!

Don't be fooled by the comedy advertisement it is a lot more than just a funny one! It has one of the loveliest love stories I've read lately.

All around great read! ( )
  joanasimao | Sep 28, 2013 |
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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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