Gods Behaving Badly Paperback – Oct 28 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
With a bit of sibling rivalry, some incestuous Greek gods, and good ol' contemporary London, Phillips puts together an amusing epic journey with perhaps a bit less pizzazz than Homer. Jealous of Neil, a mortal, because Alice loves him, Apollo schemes to bring about Alice's demise, but his sister Artemis won't let dead mortals lie. Needing a hero for a journey, she enlists the timid Neil to go into Hades and recover Alice (and save the world while he's at it). Phillips's tale is a delightful flight of fancy into the world of what would the Greek gods do that is adequately abridged, though listeners may want to hear the full extent of the characters' exploits. Tom Sellwood delivers in an English accent that works well with the setting. He ably projects the various gods' and goddesses' personas through their dialogue, so Apollo's arrogance is heard as well as Ares' more aggressive personality. Sellwood is at his best as Neil, the dry and mild-mannered engineer who gets caught up in the games of the gods.
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"Very, very funny and delightfully original as well as acutely clever in a makes-you-think-about-contemporary-morality-without-realising-it kind of way... this novel will not only make you laugh and give you a nice, warm, fuzzy feeling, it will also provide a good basic grounding in Greek mythology" Independent "What makes the novel stand out - and it really does stand out - is its originality and lightness of touch" Daily Telegraph "The Olympians are immortal - this we all know. But it has taken Marie Phillips' wit to put them back where they belong - into a decrepit 21st-century London bedsit. It is all very, very funny...this book charms and provokes in a paragraph. I am writing this in Delphi, dangling my feet in Apollo's sacred spring - the water is said to bring the muse. Phillips clearly has a bottle of it on her desk" -- Bettany Hughes The Times "An absolutely delightful novel" Scotland on Sunday "Ingeniously imagined and satisfyingly lusty" Guardian --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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This is the premise for Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Philips.
The novel is a sheer delight and has cured me of my book reading blues. It tells the story of what would happen if all the former gods were forgotten and lived amongst mortals.
There's Artemis, Goddess of hunting, now a dog walker. Aphrodite, Goddess of Beauty, now a phone sex operator. There's Apollo, God of the Sun, now a cheesy telephone physic. Zeus is bedridden and is guarded by Hera. Persephone lives in the Underworld with Hades, finding live above ground tiresome.
All the Greek Gods of myths gone by are still alive. But their power is dwindling. They are growing older and, Artemis fears, they may soon dies. So they live in a dilapidated old house, existing for hundreds of years, bored by their life.
All that changes, however, when a cleaner named Alice comes into their lives and turns them all upside-down in a heartbeat....
Gods Behaving Badly is one of the most amazingly funny books I have read all year. Not only is it a tale supremely told, it's a interesting look at the way we interact with each other and how others, immortals lets say, would perceive us.
It's also a heck of a fun read and, suffice it to say that it's one of the best novels I've ever read. It's funny, charming, delightful and, somehow, makes those divine being seem incredibly human.
If you haven't picked up your copy, please do. It will satisfy any reader and leave you wanting more from the talented, wonderful Marie Philips.
However, I am disappointed that the ending of the story is kinda scrambled up.
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This arrived very quickly and was just what I expected in perfect condition. I love it.Published 11 months ago by Lucy
I f you are in the mood for light hearted bi of fun, this is a great book. You can brush up on your Greek mythology at the same time.Published 12 months ago by Gibby84ca