Title: Gods Behaving Badly
Author: Marie Phillips
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Mythology, Humor, Romance
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Published: December 10, 2007
Page Amount: 293 pages
Blurb From Goodreads: 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?
Why Read: I found this on a quest to actually find books for other people to read. One of my close friends asked me to make up a list of “TBR” books for her. After talking for a bit, I went on my usual quest to find books. We shared a lot of the same reading interests, including greek mythology-based books. The thing was, I hadn’t actually read a lot of those books (even though I’m always amused by them). So I found this book, recommended it to her and then… I just had to read it myself.
Review: I absolutely adored this book. Where to start? There’s just something so fun when as a reader, you can imagine the gods as just normal people (granted with powers), and having to last it out through the centuries, as more and more people stop believing in them. These kind of characters, like Apollo and Artemis (two of my favorites), brought down to earth as a selfish prick and ice queen.. they just crack me up, honestly.
In that sense, the characters are fun pictographs of themselves and they don’t really develop per say… well, they do – but I’m not spoiling that for anyone. Things get a little out of hand when Aphrodite decides she’s going to be a little brat and force her son to toss an arrow… and a human gets caught up in the mix. Poor Alice and Neil. Their little romance is the cutest and also the sweetest thing in the world. In Greek myths, writers always revel about the one true love and the perfection of their sweetheart, but we’re not like that now. As humans, we say I love you, and we tell each other sweet nothings, but nothing like the dramatic overkill that existed in Greece.
This book actually in a really sweet way reminded me that we don’t need the drama to harbor the same strong feelings for other people. Who knows what Neil would do if Alice were injured or hurt? You wouldn’t think much, seeing how they interact, but it warmed my little heart to see at least in this fiction world, how love hasn’t changed throughout the centuries – it’s just how we’ve expressed ourselves that’s changed.
I’m sorry, I got a little sappy there. But the book is seriously a fun thing to read. I really enjoyed almost every aspect of it, and I highly HIGHLY recommend it for anyone who wants a bit of nonsense and fun added to their day.
Rating: 4.3/5 Stars