Review: Gods Behaving Badly

Gods Behaving Badly, by Marie Phillips

Need a good laugh? Look no further, especially if you retained any of the Greek mythology you were taught in college. Author Marie Phillips has given us the gods of Olympus all over again and this time, you'll never again forget just who was the god of what.

That's right, the gods of ancient Greece are alive and well (sort-of) and currently residing in a dilapidated house in the suburbs of London. That's right. London.

The good news is that they've evolved with the times. Aphrodite, the goddess of love, is putting her skills to good use as a phone-sex operator.

Remember Apollo, god of the sun? He still does the sun trick everyday (for the most part), but his stunning good looks and vanity have led him to a modern day career as an actor. Well, a failed actor, but still....

Eros, the god of love, has converted to Christianity, while Dionysus, the god of wine, runs a hip nightclub and contributes to all sorts of societal degeneration. Artemis, Hera, Hermes and even Zeus all make appearances and manage to contribute to the mayhem.

The bad news, though, is that their power is fading fast and they need to find a way to avoid dying off all together. Through two perfectly ordinary, endearing mortals into the mix and you have the makings of a riotous tale!

Raunchy behavior and language abound, so don't say you weren't warned, but aside from that Marie Phillips has written a thoroughly delightful tale that evokes both laughter and fond memories of your humanities professor. Enjoy!

Title: Gods Behaving Badly
Author: Marie Phillips
ISBN-13: 978-0316067638
320 pages
Publisher: Back Bay Books; Reprint edition
Date: December 9, 2008

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  1. I really want to read this one, but it doesn't seem to be available yet!

  2. OK, I am laughing out loud and I haven't read the first page. This book sounds like it right up my alley. I am quite entertained my cursing and debauchery!

  3. Will be reading it soon! Mr BFR has been eying up my copy (thanks so much again!); I hope I won't have to fight him for it!

  4. This one is on my radar. I almost picked up the audiobook at the library a couple weeks ago. Maybe next time. . . :-)


  5. Michele: I've given you an award; come on by and pick it up.(here)

  6. I can't wait to read this one, it sounds like so much fun. Can't find it anywhere though!

  7. I thought this book was hilarious. I've linked your review to mine, which is here.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  8. I haven't read this yet, but I loved listening to Marie Phillips on Blog Talk Radio - she was hilarious.

  9. I have this one on my shelf and can't wait to get to it!

  10. Great review...looks like a fun, sill read!

  11. I've got this one on my nightstand-now I just need the time to get to it. Glad you liked it.

  12. Marg - it's not out down under??

    Michelle - where are you located?

  13. I loved this one too - I thought it was hilarious (as I put in my review) and brilliant!

  14. Ooh, that sounds like a fun read. I'm headed into town this afternoon, so maybe a stop at the bookstore is in order...

  15. I more meant that my library doesn't have it. I haven't seen it in any bookstores, but I haven't specifically looked for it either.

  16. I love your blog design! (haven't been here before)

  17. Marg - ahhhh, I getcha. Strange, though, that the library wouldn't carry it. It's a perfect library read (read and return type of thing).
    They just re-released it, so maybe it's coming.

    Julie - I added your review!

    Eva - thank you (I hired somebody to design it, LOL, I'm not that talented).

    Shauna - it really is a cute book! A bookstore visit? I'm jealous!

  18. Great review, Michele. I'm all over a book that is as funny as everyone is saying this one is!


  19. This one sounds like so much fun. I think I'd love it!

  20. I haven't gotten around to reading it yet but I won this one. Love mythology in a modern setting!

  21. This reminds me a bit of The Night Life of the Gods by Thorne Smith (the guy who wrote Topper). It's very funny and the jokes still hold up (it was written in the 1930s). I think I'll have reread Night Life and then read Gods Behaving Badly.


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