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Gods Behaving Badly: A Novel

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Solid debut, definitely worth a read

Despite its surface similarity to Neil Gaiman's ''American Gods,'' the two books couldn't be more different. ''Gods Behaving Badly'' takes that basic concept -- pagan gods of old forced to live and take jobs among us mortals -- but puts a ''Four Weddings and a Funeral''...
Despite its surface similarity to Neil Gaiman's ''American Gods,'' the two books couldn't be more different. ''Gods Behaving Badly'' takes that basic concept -- pagan gods of old forced to live and take jobs among us mortals -- but puts a ''Four Weddings and a Funeral'' kind of spin on it. This is a character-centered romantic comedy, and it's very good at what it does. The gods are as shallow, petty, and self-centered as ever, and the mortals they interact with -- Alice and Neil -- while not terribly well-rounded, adequately fill the roles of 'mortal who enrages the gods' and 'reluctant hero' respectively. Marie Phillips has crafted a light, amusing read, and I hope there will be more to come from her.

posted by Anonymous on April 13, 2008

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

A good, raunchy read with smatterings of academia, romance, black comedy and blue lit.

This book is a pleasant read. The beginning knocks you about a bit and lets you know right away what kind of book you're dealing with, and that is in-your-face, pull-no-punches kind of writing. It is fun to watch the characters develop, both the unknown romantic ingen...
This book is a pleasant read. The beginning knocks you about a bit and lets you know right away what kind of book you're dealing with, and that is in-your-face, pull-no-punches kind of writing. It is fun to watch the characters develop, both the unknown romantic ingenues (of sorts), and the well-known gods, who are well-developed and altered to fit into today's world with their ancient attributes and charms. The story takes a while to get going, but it does keep one guessing as to what the final outcome could possibly be...will Zeus be released again, will Apollo and Aphrodite make up, will the gods die out? These are potentially big questions that are treated to a kind of Showtime/Cinemax answer. It's fun, it's light-hearted, and it's one that I'll more than likely regift to a non-relative at some point.

posted by 3145886 on March 9, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2008

    Solid debut, definitely worth a read

    Despite its surface similarity to Neil Gaiman's ''American Gods,'' the two books couldn't be more different. ''Gods Behaving Badly'' takes that basic concept -- pagan gods of old forced to live and take jobs among us mortals -- but puts a ''Four Weddings and a Funeral'' kind of spin on it. This is a character-centered romantic comedy, and it's very good at what it does. The gods are as shallow, petty, and self-centered as ever, and the mortals they interact with -- Alice and Neil -- while not terribly well-rounded, adequately fill the roles of 'mortal who enrages the gods' and 'reluctant hero' respectively. Marie Phillips has crafted a light, amusing read, and I hope there will be more to come from her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Just read the sample

    Enjoyed it but i never pictured apollo that way before

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  • Posted February 19, 2011

    great book

    i thought it was a great book. not too long and a little funny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2009

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    Fun, fun, fun!

    This is such a great book when you need to escape, have fun, and laugh. The writing is simple but sometimes you don't want to have to think too much. If you love Greek mythology; love to read; and want something for pure guilty pleasure then this is the book for you.

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  • Posted March 2, 2009

    Good for a rainy afternoon

    Good fun, an easy read with a fun twist on classic Greek mythology. Based on this one, I will read her next one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2008

    LAUGHING WITH TEARS

    Artemis-walking dogs, Apollo-TV psychic, Aphrodite-phone sex operator - what a cast of characters! I laughed and cried from the first chapter to the last. It's light-hearted and fun. This book will let your brain rest for a while.

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