Saturday, February 13, 2010

Second Look: Gods Behaving Badly


I did a mini-review about a year ago of "Gods Behaving Badly" by Marie Phillips. I remarked at the time how much I loved this book. It was funny, sad, surprising, sad again, and then funny again. After a second reading, it is still just as good.

Imagine the Greek Olympians were still around today, power diminished, living in London. Though they still do their jobs-- Apollo still sees that the sun comes up and goes down, Ares still manages war, and Hermes still delivers the dead to Charon the boatman as well as over-seeing the world's money-- they have little extra power and have to work for their money. Aphrodite has a job as a phone sex operator, Artemis walks dogs, and Apollo has an idea for a television show in which he plays a psychic.

The book is well-researched and the gods are perfectly portrayed. The two main human characters in the story are very real and their relationship is very touching. Most of all, the book is extremely well-written. It is very witty, well-plotted, and the language use is wonderful.

I highly recommend this book to anyone. If you have a love of mythology or fantasy you will really appreciate it.

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