Gods Behaving Badly

Gods Behaving Badly

Book - 2007
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From Marie Phillips, hailed by theGuardian Unlimitedwebsite as a "hot author" destined to "break through" in 2007, comes a highly entertaining novel set in North London, where the Greek gods have been living in obscurity since the seventeenth century. Being immortal isn't all it's cracked up to be. Life's hard for a Greek god in the twenty-first century: nobody believes in you any more, even your own family doesn't respect you, and you're stuck in a dilapidated hovel in North London with too many siblings and not enough hot water. But for Artemis (goddess of hunting, professional dog walker), Aphrodite (goddess of beauty, telephone sex operator) and Apollo (god of the sun, TV psychic) there's no way out... until a meek cleaner and her would-be boyfriend come into their lives and turn the world upside down. Gods Behaving Badlyis that rare thing, a charming, funny, utterly original novel that satisfies the head and the heart.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2007.
ISBN: 9780307355928
0307355926
Branch Call Number: FICTION PHI

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Kristin_M_M Feb 27, 2017

A quirky and clever look at what the immortals of Olympus have been getting up to in modern-day London.


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msummers57
Jun 04, 2015

This book will not be everyone's cup of tea, but for those of us who see the world a bit askew it's a hilarious romp :-)

Not for those easily offended.

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Hadley
Apr 21, 2015

Clever premise, amusing opening scene, decent but not exceptional writing, predictably happy ending. Beach read for anyone who vaguely remembers their Greek mythology from first year university.

Vilka Mar 17, 2014

Lots of fun and a quick read. The Greek gods in present-day, their powers in decline, live in a crumbling London building sniping at each other and going through the same old squabbles and affairs. Artemis keeps busy as a dog-walker, Dionysus as a DJ, Aphrodite as a phone sex operator. When Aphrodite uses an unsuspecting human to take revenge of Apollo (god of the sun, now a TV psychic), the unexpected fallout might end the world. Witty humour in the way the gods snipe at each other and adapt (or not) to modern life, and a satisfying adventure at the end.

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rab1953
Aug 15, 2013

This was an interesting work of imagination, wondering what the modern world would be like if the old Greek gods were alive and living in London. They are relatively powerless in modern society, since their abilities don’t really confirm to a scientific understanding of the world, but on a personal level they are still powerful. I liked the notion of turning an annoying Londoner into a tree, and then telling the tree not to worry about it, since trees don’t really feel emotions anyway. The vision of the underworld as a place where you do endless tasks just to keep busy is an interesting one. It illustrates, as do the godly characters, how much human emotions go into the make-up of the gods, and their world, although given a modern spin. Although written as a light-hearted joke, it deals with serious emotions when it turns to ordinary people who are trying to get by in the modern world.

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sal222
Jun 17, 2013

This book was essentially a Greek myth that took place in the modern world. The gods and goddesses have begun to lose their powers since nobody believes in them anymore. As a result, they use what little power is left to wreak havoc on humanity. The gods in this book are petty, sex-driven and prone to jealousy, which leads them to almost cause the end of the world. If you love mythology, you'll probably find this to be a light, humorous read and enjoy seeing what kind of trouble the gods can get into in a world that no longer believes in them.

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Oc2seattle
Jun 24, 2012

A fast, mildly entertaining read. The book's main flaw is that 80% of the book is spent in set-up and then the crisis and solution, which are the most interesting part of the book, are just thrown in at the last 70 or so pages in an extremely rushed manner.

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Librarianne
Jun 12, 2012

A very entertaining way to become reaquainted with classical mythology while experiencing the bustle and eccentricity of contemporary London. The explicit sexual references are all entirely fair, in context.

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alanebrown
Jun 04, 2012

Great book about the gods of Olympus stuck in modern times and facing irrelevancy. Fun quick read.

A very quirky book, with funny characters and a very satisfying ending!

BakerStreetIrregular Mar 10, 2011

I loved this book because it was an interesting take on the Ancient greek Gods and how they attempt to adapt and survive in modern day London.

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avidreaderCB
Apr 20, 2009

interesting story line, reminds me a bit of the Percival Jackson series - (kids fiction) with the Greek Gods story line. One thing I had a pretty hard time getting over is the incest amongst some of the characters....ughhh. Otherwise an entertaining light read.

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Jun 15, 2012

Coarse Language: When Apollo gets angry at a certain point in the book, he uses about a page of "f-bombs".

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