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"See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
In this hilarious account of how the gods interact and what that might mean for us, Marie Phillips depicts their lives in stark detail. Artemis the huntress now walks dogs for busy clients. Aphrodite, that stunningly beautiful personification of lust, is a telephone sex worker. Zeus and Hera haven't been seen for twenty years. Apollo, ever restless, wants to restore his power, but is prevented from some of his more exotic actions by an oath to harm no more humans. Good thing, since he punishes those who reject him. That's almost lucky for Alice with whom he falls madly in love - with a little prompting. Alice, however, is a "nice" girl and wants nothing to do with him. She has Neil - in a manner of speaking - and wants to remain loyal to their tenuous relationship.
Phillips has crafted an engaging story of sibling rivalry, thwarted and waning powers and a touching love story. We have been led away from the idea of our gods being human-like, she reminds us. Perhaps we need something to restore that affiliation and return to what we have lost. First, of course, we must re-ignite that belief.Read more ›
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The reviews established an expectation that the story didn't deliver. Interesting concept, just didn't get into the storyPublished 1 month ago by Ron Leaf
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