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Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
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Apr 14, 09

bookshelves: fiction
Read in April, 2009

A remarkable debut novel that is at once funny, poignant, dramatic, thought-provoking, and absurd, yet oddly charming and appealing.

The gods of Olympus are living in London, their powers diminishing and their spheres of influence humorously modernized. Their interaction with mortals is reminiscent of "Midsummer Night's Dream." Their flawed disorders accelerate the drama until only the power of courage, true love, and faith can make things right. That these emanate from mortals and become the source of the gods' renewed power is intriguing. Begs some questions:

Can a god exist without believers? Does the power of faith vary whether it's based on truth or fiction? Is immortality something to be desired?
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