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Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips

January 24th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Description: Ever wonder what happened to the Greek gods of Olympus in the modern day world?  This book follows the lives of the gods living in the 21st century.  They live crammed in a crumbling home in London.  Apollo is attempting a career as a tv psychic, Aphrodite works as a phone sex operator and Artemis is a dog walker.  Two mortals, Alice and Neil, get caught up in a battle of wills between Artemis, Aphrodite and Apollo.  Will the geeky engineer, Neil, be able to save Alice, the woman he has secretly been in love with for years.

This was a fun book to read.  I mean how can you not get into a book in which the first chapter you are told a woman was turned into a eucalyptus tree because she refused to give Apollo a blow job.  It was hilarious to see these once all powerful gods having to hold down mortal jobs and yet have no real respect for mortals so it’s a wonder they manage to survive in the world.  These gods of course cannot be bothered to clean up after themselves but their power is on the wane and cannot be wasted on frivolous tasks like cleaning.  That is where Alice comes in.  She’s a meek but beautiful woman who likes to clean.  Unfortunately for her Aphrodite has her son Eros shoot Apollo with his Cupid’s arrow so he falls for Alice.  Meanwhile, poor Neil has been admiring Alice and hoping to eventually ask her out.  But now he needs to fight off Apollo.  It was interesting to see some of the classic stories I remember reading when I was in elementary school intertwined with the lives of people in the 21st century.  Definitely a book to read when you are feeling down.

Posted in 3 Star Books, General Fiction

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  1. lilly

    This book sounds really funny. I’m putting it on my wish list. Thanks for the review Debbie.

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