Review: Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips

Review: Gods Behaving Badly by Marie PhillipsGods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
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Pages: 293
on December 10th 2007
Genres: Fiction, Mythology

Being a Greek god is not all it once was. Yes, the twelve gods of Olympus are alive and well in the twenty-first century, but they are crammed together in a London townhouse-and none too happy about it. And they've had to get day jobs: Artemis as a dog-walker, Apollo as a TV psychic, Aphrodite as a phone sex operator, Dionysus as a DJ.
Even more disturbingly, their powers are waning, and even turning mortals into trees-a favorite pastime of Apollo's-is sapping their vital reserves of strength.
Soon, what begins as a minor squabble between Aphrodite and Apollo escalates into an epic battle of wills. Two perplexed humans, Alice and Neil, who are caught in the crossfire, must fear not only for their own lives, but for the survival of humankind. Nothing less than a true act of heroism is needed-but can these two decidedly ordinary people replicate the feats of the mythical heroes and save the world?


Excellent concept of Greek gods in a modern world but was executed poorly. The characters, especially Alice and Neil fell too flat to carry the story outside of the Greek gods and goddesses.

Too much “he said, she said” for dialogue that at times was unnecessary. I was hoping for a more exciting and interesting plot but I found this a hard read. If I hadn’t been stuck on the commuter rail for an extra 45 minutes I probably wouldn’t have finished it.


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