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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 June 21, 2013

    Fans ofgreek myth

    You will giggle and say things like "That is SO whatAphrodite would do!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Is it for kids?y

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Great

    This was a great book! I loved it so much! I want to give a seven star if I could,espessialy because I love to read something that has greek mythology in it.

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  • Posted August 28, 2009

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    Awesome! Wonderful! 12 Olympian Thumbs Up!

    OMG! A-W-E-S-O-M-E Book. The cussing (hilarious!), the romance (sweet), the sexual content (funny!). It's a perfect book if you know just a little about the greek gods. Aphrodite. A Phone Sex Operator. That's what made me want to get this book. I knew, so funny! It does not get boring. I read fast because of the short chapters. There's like 40. But only 4 or 5 page chapters. Couldn't put the book down. The book cover raised alot of questions with the guy in smily face speedos. But you know what your momma sats "don't judge a book by its cover!" But literally. Wow! Apollo going OFF on his twin sister. Aphrodite talking to her son in a funny sexual way. Artemis finding a woman turned into a tree because she wouldn't give Apollo a b.j. This is a real fun book. I truly recomend this great-ending book! I could read it 5 times. Oops, too late!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2009

    Witty and creative

    This book is filled with interesting characters and dynamics that I wouldn't want to compare to anything else I've read. I appreciate the uniqueness and creativity that this author brought to the table and look forward to her next book.

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  • Posted October 19, 2008

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    One of the most enjoyable books I've read in awhile

    I've read both Gods Behaving Badly and American Gods. The only similarity between the two are the fact that the stories are about Gods in modern day life. The tone, plot, writing, characters - everything is completely different. I enjoyed both books, but I have to say - I enjoyed Gods Behaving Badly more. There was plenty of humor and enjoyable chaos that made me unable to put the book down. Some of it was dirty humor, but it was done in the best, undeniably British way. It's not the type of book that will be labled as a classic years down the road, but it will forever be on my bookshelf, and I am sure that I will read it again from time to time. After finishing it a few months ago, I still have to laugh about some of the moments in it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    not appalled

    I did enjoy Marie Phillips book. She was able to fictionally describle what it would be like for a God/Goddess to exist in present day. Just because there are other books of the same subject, doesn't mean that it's a 'rip-off'. Judge for yourself, read the book.

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