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Gods Behaving Badly: A Novel

9 Ratings: 2.7
A book by Marie Phillips

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Author: Marie Phillips
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
9 reviews about Gods Behaving Badly: A Novel
review by . May 07, 2009
A very strange group of people are living in a run down house in London. While each has a job, they are not what some would consider "traditional" jobs. For example, phone sex operator, television psychic, and dog walker. Further, while they are all family, it is an extremely dysfunctional one. There is a patriarch, but no one has seen him in quite some time, He may be dead, dying, or insane. And his wife, well, she simply sits outside his bedroom door, refusing everyone entry. These people are …
review by . January 28, 2009
I thought this was a fun book, mostly because it made me think back to those high school lit classes where we covered the Greek gods and read the Odyssey (and groaned a lot). The book is a very light-hearted look at an extremely dysfunctional family of deities living in a ratty house in London, wreaking vague havoc and small-scale mayhem as they drive each other slowly crazy.    There were a couple of interesting and unexpected twists throughout the story, but the ending was …
review by . August 18, 2008
This is a quite amusing novel, although it runs the gamut from being childishly comical to randily risque in a kind of strange schizophrenia that is sometimes typical of first novels. The concept is simple: the gods of Olympus have fallen onto hard times because no one worships them anymore (their strength, like Tinkerbell's in Peter Pan, seems to be directly proportional to how many people believe in them), and are now living in a run-down flat in London. Because none of them are actually useful, …
review by . February 27, 2008
The Greek pantheon is alive, if not so well, in a tumbledown pigsty of a house in London. "The family had moved there in 1665, when the plague was keeping property prices rock bottom." But they had been unable to take advantage of the boom following the Great Fire and had been stuck there ever since, their powers dwindling.    One morning Artemis, goddess of hunting and chastity, while out doing her dog-walking job on Hampstead heath, discovers a girl turned into a tree. She …
review by . October 13, 2007
As part of Amazon's Vine review program, I received an advance reader's copy of the novel Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips. The premise was enough to interest me, and the author did an excellent job on her first novel. The off-beat situations, dialogue, and humor had me ignoring some other things I *should* have been doing, as I didn't want to put the book down.    The gods of Olympus are no longer lofty immortals living in splendor and luxury. Instead, they're living in …
review by . October 11, 2007
Novel and interesting, I found this to be quite an imaginative tale. Those same Greek gods that we've all read about are roaming Earth and interacting with mortals...whom they regard with nothing but contempt. With their powers waning and chaos and conflict in the house that they all share, the worst comes out in all of them. And when the hypersexual Apollo falls for a mere mortal--only to be rejected---he plots revenge with a finality that can only be appreciated by mortals. But as lowly as they …
review by . October 01, 2007
The premise of this book is wild, but to my surprise I really enjoyed it. Modern day London occupied by Greek Gods, bored by the uneventful trickling of time and their powers decaying, is place for their mischief. Fed up, ill-tempered, occupied with lust and wicked games on their mind they find that mortals make great toys. Whether its turning them into objects or making them fall in love or hate one another is just another game in the daily lives of Apollo, Aphrodite, Eros, Zeus, Hera and the whole …
review by . September 30, 2007
Imaginative is the proper word to use in describing this book. The central theme is that the Greek gods, the contexts of their existence and their roles in the universe are real. When people die, their souls go to the underworld, which is ruled by Hades and Persephone. Hermes still takes the intellectual remains of the departed to their final residence, only now the entrances to Hades are in subway tubes. Eros still has his quiver of love arrows; Apollo is still the sun god, Ares the god of war, …
review by . September 22, 2007
An easy and quick read with a nice story. The author's imagination helps propel the story as the reader is presented with half a dozen gods and goddesses from ancient Greece/Rome as they find themselves in the 21st century living in London. Mixed in with them become two 'mortals', Neil and Alice, who are madly in love with each other yet don't have the ability to make their feelings clear to one another.     I was pleasantly surprised by how well the author developed the personalities …
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