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Gods Behaving Badly
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 »
ISBN-13: 9780224081313
ISBN-10: 0224081314
Publication Date: 8/2/2007
Pages: 208
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.

5 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
Members Wishing: 0
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reviewed Gods Behaving Badly on + 61 more book reviews
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.
ktleyed avatar reviewed Gods Behaving Badly on + 72 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Brilliant and entertaining! I enjoyed this immensely, irreverent, sexy and very clever!
avemarie avatar reviewed Gods Behaving Badly on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This book was not only clever, but it was extremely entertaining. While a bit predictable, the humor and personalities more than made up for it. It was a quick read, but definitely not fluff.
5ducksfans avatar reviewed Gods Behaving Badly on + 92 more book reviews
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
Basic Overview
Gods Behaving Badly can best be described as a rollicking, irreverent, bawdy romp! The poor Greek gods of Olympus have fallen on hard times because some upstart named Jesus has kind of cornered the market on believers. Living in dilapidated house in London, the gods are forced to take *gasp* actual jobs that are quite beneath them -- Aphrodite (goddess of beauty) works as a phone sex operator, Artemis (goddess of hunting) is a professional dog walker, and Apollo (god of the sun) is slumming it up as TV psychic. Things begin to go awry when Apollo -- being a bit of a blowhard -- offends Aphrodite and she decides to take revenge by having her son Eros make him fall in love with a mortal named Alice. Let's just say things go a bit astray, one thing leads to another, and yada, yada, yada ... Alice's love Neil must undertake a journey to the underworld (it's not quite what you imagined...this author has quite the sense of humor) and literally save the world.

My Thoughts
This book was so fun to read and amazingly creative that I found it hard to believe this was the author's first book! She has such a great imagination, and I love how she updated the Greek gods to the 21st century. I pretty much had a smile on my face for the entire book. Unless you lack a sense of humor, are easily offended or don't appreciate irreverence in regard to religion, I guarantee you will like this book! I'm giving it two thumbs up, and A+, an Oscar, a Grammy, a SAG award, and 1,000,000 stars! I'm sure this book will be on my "Best Books Read in 2009" list!
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Cattriona avatar reviewed Gods Behaving Badly on + 200 more book reviews
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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