Gods Behaving Badly Author:Marie Phillips 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 mor... more »e 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?« less
I am a sucker for Greek/Roman mythology, especially stories that re-invent the gods and goddesses in any way (see Percy Jackson series).
This story takes the gods and goddesses and moves them to modern day London. They are all living in a run down flat and they are all slowly losing their powers. One day, Artemis, hires Alice to clean the flat. Alice is caught in the middle of a prank war between Apollo and Aphrodite and now the entire world needs saving.
Very cleverly written "hero" story with a not entirely surprising ending. However, like most fiction, the journey makes it all worthwhile.
I loved this! A very clever melding of ancient Olympic gods thrown into modern-day London. Lots of wit and British-y humor, as well as irreverent sex scenes and use of vulgarities (if you don't like sex and cussing, don't get this book). Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, is a phone sex worker. Ares, God of War, complains he can never go on vacation because "every place I go turns into a war zone" and he is "trying to start a land war in Asia". Add in a pair of nerdy mortals who love Scrabble, and it all adds up to a quick, fun summer read. Highly recommended.