Book Reviews of Gods Behaving Badly

Gods Behaving Badly
Gods Behaving Badly
Author: Marie Phillips
ISBN-13: 9780316067621
ISBN-10: 0316067628
Publication Date: 12/10/2007
Pages: 304
Rating:
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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3.8 stars, based on 44 ratings
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
Well...I hardly ever write reviews, but with this book I feel compelled. Must read..must read..must read I chant to myself as I flip the pages eagerly. I find this book to light, uplifting and incredibly funny. I've added another year to my life from laughing so much. Thank you Marie Phillips for a job well done. This book is a keeper.
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Helpful Score: 3
Brilliant and entertaining! I enjoyed this immensely, irreverent, sexy and very clever!
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Helpful Score: 1
If you can get past the (in my opinion) gratuitous, somewhat explicit sex scenes in the beginning of the book, this is a very enjoyable book. (I'm no prude, it just seemed unnecessary).

This book is really funny and quirky and unusual. Since the main characters are Greek gods, a teeny bit of knowledge of the Greek mythology is helpful, but most characters are explained well enough in the book.

I recommend this book if you are looking for a different, humorous read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Not all gods are good. Some will give you forgiveness - others will turn you into a tree. Or kill you, depending on their mood.

Thus, we meet the mythological gods of yore: not the magical, reigning deities they were, but the disgruntled, work-laden city dwellers they are now. Aphrodite, goddess of beauty, is now a phone-sex operator; goddess of hunting and chastity, Artemis, walks dogs; and Apollo, god of the sun, is a TV psychic (with help from actually psychic, nearly naked prophetesses). Several of their relatives live with them in the house, including a god that causes battles wherever he goes; a newly-Christian god (go figure); a goddess who claims to know why she and her relatives are losing their power, but can't clearly communicate it; and the god of thunder and sky, Zeus, who has only watched television in his bed on the never-visited third floor for a past few centuries.

All seems well and in order until Aphrodite's son Eros hits Apollo with a cupid's arrow, causing him to fall in love with mortal Alice during the taping of his show Apollo's Oracle. Alice, whose presence at the show with best friend Neil gets her fired from the studio, goes freelance with her cleaning job and winds up at the house of the gods, hired by Artemis. But Apollo, still crazy in love with the mortal miss, sets off a chain of unexpected events that may lead to the end of the world...all because Alice rejects his request to rape her.

Phillips is extremely imaginative with the characters in Gods Behaving Badly, giving modern personality to honored figures of ancient times. Apollo's playboy attitude throughout the book sets the standard for the disaster and mayhem that ensues and brings clarity to his extremely forward approaches to women of interest. ("I'd like to rape you, but would that cause you harm?" is one of his plentifully questionable tidbits.) The remaining ensemble characters are superb and involved in the story line in just the right ways and at the right times; and their occupations are uniquely related to their individual powers, providing an insightful look at their abilities.

The storyline is very interesting to follow, especially the trips to the underworld, where its occupants (Earth's dead) live eternally without the obligation of money, hunger, pain or feeling. It's a fresh look into the often contemplated afterlife, though the presence of three-headed dog Cerberus would scare the bejeezus out of anyone, living or dead.

What is most heartwarming about the crazy tale is the hidden power behind Neil's secret love for Alice, taking him before the throne of Hades and Persephone to plead for her life after a fatal strike of lightning (thanks a lot, Zeus). If there's anything you can be sure of from this book, though, it's this: Never trust an old, naked man on a roof. You'll see what I mean.
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Helpful Score: 1
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.
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This book was interesting. Very creative and is very easy to read. It's worth reading once for the experience; though I will be blunt and say if you're religious; you might not want to read this because you will get upset at some conversations in the story (it's about Greek Gods; so you know they're going to refer to themselves as the only God(s) )

I thought it was fun and a change in pace of books. If you want a change and an easy read; try this book.
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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.
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My Rating: A+
This is one of the sweetest love stories I've read recently. I feel in love with the love that Alice and Neil have for each other, if that makes sense. The gods, as selfish and wily as always cause so much havoc, sometimes without even realizing it. Each character becomes one that you instantly want to know more about, and wish that there was more time spent on them.

A quick and easy, but ultimately heartwarming read, I will be looking for more of Miss Phillips work!!
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Amusing, quick read. Starts out dull but picks up at the end.
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Loved this book. Maybe I'd gotten into a rut with too many dramas lately, but this was light, offbeat, irreverent and refreshing. My knowledge of the gods was negligible, but they were indeed behaving badly and made for a fun book. My favorite line was in the last few pages of the book. I can't repeat it here as it contains a naughty word, but I laughed out loud at it!
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I loved this book. The plot was great, the characters believable. You also get a great history of the Greek gods.
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Very amusing book. Great if you like Greek mythology - it maintains much of the standard cosmology with a good twist for modern day. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
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I loved the premise of this book but was not happy 1/3 of the way through as it seemed to be simply a disjointed, disfunctional family tale with god/desses behaving worse than many humans. I almost refused to finish, which would definitely have been a dishonor to the author. Suddenly, the last quarter of the book tied all the loose ends together and was an astonishingly witty social commentary on many levels. I found myself not wanting to put it down. Well worth reading all the way to the end.