24 March 2010
Book Review: Gods Behaving Badly
Author: Marie Phillips
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The Greek gods are floundering in the twenty-first century. Slowly losing their power, worshiped by none, they live together in a London home amicably insulting each other and dreaming of better days. When Aphrodite and Apollo start fighting and drag two mortals into it, things go from boring to devastating fast.
What an adorable (and I mean this in its true sense, not in that condescending way) story, full of humor and insightful quips. Gods Behaving Badly is a creative, witty, and zany tale, and I'm impressed that this is Phillips' first novel.
Our spotlight gods in this novel are Artemis, Apollo, Aphrodite, and Eros, but Hermes, Athena, Zeus, Hera, Ares, and the rest certainly make memorable appearances as well. Aphrodite sparked the biggest laugh as she, the goddess of beauty, is working as a phone sex operator. Eros came a close second in the humorous occupation department, in my opinion, as he is currently a Christian and working for a priest. Lovely and ironic. The Greek gods are just entertaining as all get out to begin with, and modernizing and demystifying them in this manner made for a seriously fun read. Even in their origin the gods are immortal and immoral, and Marie Phillips keeps them hedonistic in this tale.
If you like fun, irreverence, and quick reads, you will like this book! If you are offended by swear words and poking fun at the gods and God, you should probably stay away.
Memorable Scene and Quote: Athena is attempting to hold a meeting with the attention of addressing the declining power of the gods. The Goddess of Wisdom, Athena has a reputation of being an absolutely horrific communicator. No one understands a single thing she says! In the very beginning of the reluctantly attended meeting, Athena addresses her fellow gods saying: To commence. If I could request that all gathered deities address themselves to the schemata reproduced on the uppermost sheet of your textual bundle: 'Concerning the necessity for increasing the potency of the true gods and goddesses, parenthesis Olympian close parenthesis, with additional suggestions for the implementation of organized religion-based solutions within the crowded global multifaith context'. Gotta love big words. :)
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