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Gods Behaving Badly

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  8,745 ratings  ·  1,645 reviews
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...more
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Published December 1st 2008 by Hachette Audio (first published January 1st 2007)
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Rachael
After reading Gods Behaving Badly, I began asking my friends if they have a favorite Greek god or goddess. I was trying to determine my own level of geekiness. I suspect the average person today does not have a preference and may not even be able to name more than one or two of the gods. Fortunately for me, most of my friends can not only name several members of the Greek pantheon, but also were more than willing to enumerate the many reasons they prefer their favorite over all the others. Havin...more
Miriam
Aug 16, 2012 Miriam rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romantics and classics geeks
Shelves: fantasy, mythology
The gods of Olympus are real, and they're just as spiteful, petty, and self-centered as myths depict. They live in a run-down London townhouse, and shy Alice is the unfortunate mortal they hire to clean the place.

Neil wishes he could be more than a friend to Alice, but is too timid to ask her out. But when Alice and the entire world may be destroyed, Neil will dare anything to save them.

Neil and Alice are introduced in a scene where they are visiting in her cleaning cupboard:
"Suddenly Alice's
...more
Kelly
This was indeed Fluff with a capital F. For most of the novel, the pages flipped over like the wind was turning them. It wasn't that it was that suspenseful or anything, it was just such easy, frothy reading that it just fell through your fingers without you really noticing. It did get a bit heavy in the middle, but probably appropriately so, given events. That was the only time it dragged a little.

Essentially: Think of this like a whipped cream dessert version of American Gods. Same basic conce...more
Lindsay
This novel opens with so much promise: the Greek gods living in modern London, bored and barely able to sustain themselves. We get some of the classic elements demanded by such a project- rogue love interests, fighting, revenge, jealousy. However the book fizzles at the helm of predictability, unlikable characters, and just plain poor writing. I did not come in with high expectations; I wanted an easy, enjoyable read. Readers definitely get the easy part, but any joy I got out of this novel was...more
Anna
"Gods Behaving Badly" had an awesome concept, an okay delivery, and a flat ending.

I'm an avid fan of Greek mythology, and this book starts out with a lot of promise.

Unfortunately, in reading the book, I felt as though the author had assembled all of the horses for the Kentucky Derby, then put them on the Indy 500 Speedway and said, "Okay, GO!" There just wasn't that much cohesion in the book, and no characters really stood out, which is such a huge shame, because we're talking about *gods* here...more
Bunny
Jan 17, 2009 Bunny rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Greek mythology
Recommended to Bunny by: People Magazine
Shelves: read-in-09
I have a serious hard-on for all things involving mythology.

1-17 - I am in love. And lust. And my nipples got a little hard.

Sorry, all of Aphrodite's phone sex got me a little excited.

This book is so clever, and so funny, and I'm insanely jealous that this is Marie Phillips' first book. As a lover of mythology, this books make me laugh entirely too hard.

Alice and Neil were so adorable. I loved how meek and quiet the both of them were. The meek shall inherit the earth someday, but they saved it...more
Janet
When I first started listening to this audiobook, I cringed just about every second because of the authors "He said, she said" style of writing. It probably wouldn't be so obvious if you were actually reading the written words, but listening to it is quite annoying. Fake example: "Hello, said Artemis." "Hi, said Apollo." "What are you up to, said Artemis?" "Not much, said Apollo." Okay - I think you should get the picture. It really became annoying for me but after about 4 hours of listening, it...more
Alison Looney
This story reads like the novelization of a comic book. It's short on thoughtfulness and introspection and long on silly action/romance scenes.

Marie Phillips does provide a funny take on what life would be like for the fading Olympians: slummy home in London, imbalanced relationships, lots of time spent plotting revenge. Some of the gods have to get jobs to maintain their minimal lifestyle, so Apollo works as a TV psychic, Artemis walks dogs, and Dionysus owns a night club. Zeus spends most of...more
Amanda
Jul 30, 2008 Amanda rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mythology Fanatics
Recommended to Amanda by: Amazon
Gods Behaving Badly is a diverting little romp for those who love mythology and legend. However, while enjoyable (and I did laugh out loud a few times--Eros is a born again Christian, how great is that?), the novelty of the inventive premise wears a little thin halfway through the book and culminates in a less than climactic ending. It's entertaining summer reading, but nothing too profound or world altering. However, sometimes that's the type of book that perfectly fits the bill.
Michele
Apr 15, 2009 Michele rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wants a good laugh
Recommended to Michele by: Publisher
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...more
Serena
Marie Phillips' Gods Behaving Badly is one of the funniest books I've read in a long time. What would the ancient gods of Greece and Rome do in today's 21st Century world? Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, a phone sex operator; Apollo, the God of the Sun, a television psychic; Artemis, Goddess of the Hunt and Chastity, a dog walker.

The gods have weakened since their days on high at Mt. Olympus, and they are all crammed into a dilapidated home in London, getting on one another's nerves. The conflic...more
Djrmel
It's a setting that just full of possibilities: the Greek Gods of Olympus are still around and most of the principles are living in a rundown house in modern London. With characters like Apollo and Athena and Hermes, there's no end to complications and plot twists, right? Phillips does come up with jobs suitable of her cast - Aphrodite as a phone sex operator just makes perfect sense. And if Apollo and Aphrodite live in the same house, they probably would end up having sex with each other, consi...more
Stuart
A thoroughly adorable book, particularly if you're a Greek mythology geek like I am. Reminds one of a Shakespearean comedy or a pastoral romp, but with a slacker aesthetic thrown in. The principal characters, Alice, Artemis, Apollo, Neil, Hermes, Eros, Aphrodite, are all very nicely drawn and there are some genuine moments of pathos and poignancy mixed in with a great deal of screwball comedy and some genuinely substantial literary wit. I would have liked more Athena, Hera and the other gods in...more
Angela
Gods Behaving Badly is an amusing and irreverent look at the Greek gods in the twenty first century. Many of the gods are living together in a crowded house in London. The gods engage in infighting and sexual escapades even as their powers diminish. Alice and Neil are mortals who become manipulated by the gods. In Neil, the gods find an unexpected hero who does more than rescue Alice.

Gods Behaving Badly is a light, fun read. The personalities of the gods are consistent with the traditional stori...more
Kernos
Dec 19, 2012 Kernos rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in Greek mythology
The novels a hoot with many a LOL moment. It's an easy, quick read, but has much to say about the human condition, the myth of monotheism and the politics of religion.

The Olympians are presented as weak immortals living in slum-like conditions in modern London, actually as part of the masses who support and maintain the glittering façade masquerading as any 'great' city. The author has taken a simplistic approach giving these deities their most obvious attributes and using these as their person...more
Betty
Feb 12, 2009 Betty rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy novel
Wickedly entertaining, an imaginative first novel for Marie Phillips. Gods Behaving Badly is a unique take on what happens when belief in the Greek gods no longer exists. They move to London. They become bored and disrupt the lives of mortals. Immortal and immoral, Apollo is a TV psychic and all-around tomcat, Aphrodite is a telephone sex operator, and Dionysus owns the Bacchanalia nightclub. A little too much promiscuity for my personal taste, but what else are you going to do with the characte...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
I've always considered the Greek gods to be one of the earliest incarnations of the soap opera: the large, tight-knit and incestuous family full of backstabbing, trickery, deceit, love, lust, betrayal, vanity, bravery and chiselled jawlines. They're perfect for a piss-take, and in Gods Behaving Badly Phillips has done a marvellous job of sending them up - all while making you like them just a little bit.

Acting on the premise that the Greek gods are still around, still making the sun shine and so...more
Nazmi Yaakub
IBARAT naskhah teater tragedi Greek Kuno yang dicampak ke pentas soap opera dibaurkan pula dengan filem pop culture Anglo-Saxon seperti The Frightening lakonan Michael J Fox.

Ia adalah kemuncak kepada absurdisme Barat -dalam kes ini, pengarang kreatifnya- sehingga tidak hairanlah di tangan Marie Phillips, judul novelnya, Gods Behaving Badly dibaca secara per se, literal, tanpa simbolisme.

Masakan tidak, Artemis, dewi perburuan, keperawanan dan kelahiran, yang berasa bosan dengan telatah dewa-dewa...more
Kasia S.
The premise of this book is wild, but to my surprise I really enjoyed it. Modern day London occupied by Greek Gods, bored by the uneventful trickling of time and their powers decaying, is place for their mischief. Fed up, ill-tempered, occupied with lust and wicked games on their mind they find that mortals make great toys. Whether its turning them into objects or making them fall in love or hate one another is just another game in the daily lives of Apollo, Aphrodite, Eros, Zeus, Hera and the w...more
Steve

Problems associated with immortality have sprung up all across literature. From Dorian Gray to modern science-fiction some of the largest questions that arise from cheating death are the most mundane. Slogging through a daily existence in which everything is doomed from the moment of conception to die is an existentialist nightmare.

Now imagine being a god from an age that lives on only in college classics courses and cheesy television parodies. If this isn’t humiliation enough, imagine being stu...more
Jam
Sep 26, 2008 Jam rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that like fluffier Gaimen
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Michelle Hankes
This book is absolutely a beautiful portrayal of the Greek Gods at their best. It is set in modern time London where 12 of the original gods live in a tiny, cramped townhouse, dirty and unkempt. Each of the originals have their power, albeit limited because they are getting older and although the world doesn't look up to them anymore, they are desperately needed to keep it turning. Aphrodite (a sex phone operator), Artemis (a dog walker), and Apollo (a TV psychic/medium), along with all the othe...more
Chris
A fun fantasy of the Greek gods living in London in the present day, and the often hilarious interactions with us mere mortals. Several rather obvious moral messages are put forth, but what I enjoyed the most - and was rather surprised by - was the author's courage to suggest that the Greek pantheon of mutiple gods, each responsible for some aspect of the universe and our lives, is preferable to the remote, demeaning and boring monotheistic religions of today. A rather nice message in the wilder...more
Emily
This is definitely not a masterpiece of literature, but it was incredibly entertaining. Phillips does a wonderful job characterizing the Greek gods. They were not over the top, and their personalities and behaviors were very much what I would imagine the gods acting like. The novel is pretty much a greek myth that takes place in modern day London. Hermes carries a cell phone and takes the dead to the underworld on a motorcycle. Charon is the conductor of a subway train, instead of a ferry. If yo...more
Kristi
4.5 stars. This book was exactly what I wanted it to be. It's a bit like American Gods, except we're talking Greek gods instead of Norse ones--which makes the whole thing much lighter, lewder, and more ridiculous. Basically, the Greek gods have declined over the centuries, and now most of them live in a dilapidated house in London wreaking minor mischief in each others lives and basically just managing to fulfill their functions in keeping the world going. Apollo and Aphrodite get into a bit of...more
Katy Noyes
I looked this up after enjoying Phillips' latest (The Table of Less Valued Knights) set in a rather hilarious Arthurian quest setting. The idea of Greek gods living in contemporary London sounded like a light and fun little read, nothing too heavy or moral.

And it's just that. I loved the Greek gods and myths as a child, am still familiar with the stories, so it was a lot of fun to see my favourites all living together in a rather dingy London townhouse, sharing rooms and getting under each other...more
Christine
This story reminded me of a Terry Pratchett book, where you have slightly off-centre yet compelling characters who get to drop some great lines but the story goes too far off the edge to hold me captive. I raced to the end not because I couldn't wait to see how it played out but because I just wanted to get through it so I could get to my next book. An amusing, sometimes funny, fluffy read.
Laurie
I wasn't in the right frame of mind when I began this book and all of the clever witticisms tempted me to throw it down in disgust. Fortunately halfway through it really picked up, my mood improved and the book was a helluva lot more interesting. Even though the author explains things pretty clearly, it does help to have a basic knowledge of Greek & Roman myths.
Erica
Brilliantly funny, inventive and well written. The Greek gods living (with limited powers) in modern-day London is a great premise, though risky. She successfully avoids cliche though by exploring the human side of these gods, allowing them room for growth in utterly surprising ways and failure in some unsurprising but equally funny moments.
Paula
What did happen to the Greek gods after people began believing in a single deity? It appears that they are living rather seedy lives in London, still keeping the sun and the moon in place etc. I was surprised at how well the premise held throughout the book. It was fun and amusing. I loved having those myths I love resurrected.
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I was born in London in 1976 and have lived here all my life. I studied Social Anthropology and Visual Anthropology and worked in TV for several years. I left TV to become a writer in 2003, and worked in bookshops while I was writing ‘Gods Behaving Badly’. I now write full time.

As well as writing fiction I have a blog on all things popular culture which is at www.womanwhotalkedtoomuch.blogspot.com...more
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“Just shut up. Shut the fuck up, you stupid, uptight, don't drink, don't smoke, don't fuck, don't do anything that might almost be interpreted as fun, sanctimonious little fucking virgin. Fuck, fuck, fucking fuck, I've had enough. I'm not going to this fucking meeting, I don't care what happens to the fucking family, you can tell Athena what the fuck you like, just as long as you get out of my fucking face and stay out of it. - Apollo” 23 likes
“Hello," She said.
There was a long silence.
"Hello," said Artemis again.
"Are you talking to me?" said the tree. It had a faint Australian accent.
"Yes," said Artemis. "I am Artemis." If the tree experienced any recognition, it didn't show it. "I'm the goddess of hunting and chastity," said Artemis.
Another silence. The the tree said, "I'm Kate. I work in mergers and acquisitions for Goldman Sachs."
"Do you know what happened to you, Kate?" said Artemis.
The longest silence of all. Artemis was just about to repeat the question when the tree replied.
"I think I've turned into a tree," it said.
"Yes," said Artemis. "You have."
"Thank God for that," said the tree. "I thought I was going mad."
Then the tree seemed to reconsider this. "Actually," it said, "I think I would rather be mad." Then, with hope in its voice: "Are you sure I haven't gone mad?"
"I'm sure," said Artemis. "You're a tree. A eucalyptus. Subgenus of mallee. Variegated leaves."
"Oh," said the tree.
"Sorry," said Artemis.
"But with variegated leaves?"
"Yes," said Artemis. "Green and Yellow."
The tree seemed pleased. "Oh well, there's that to be grateful for," it said.”
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