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Gods Behaving Badly

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Being immortal isn't all it's cracked up to be. Life's hard for a Greek god in the 21st century: nobody believes in you any more, even your own family doesn't respect you, and you're stuck in a delapidated hovel in north London with too many siblings and not enough hot water. But for Artemis (goddess of hunting, professional dog walker), Aphrodite (goddess of beauty, ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published May 29th 2008 by Vintage (first published December 10th 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. ...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
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Mir
Jun 08, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Lindsay
Apr 22, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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*
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Amanda
Jun 06, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  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.
Jaline
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xx2017-completed
The Greek gods of myth (who would be very offended at being called myths) are in exile in London with their powers in decline. Apollo is taking the fall for global warming and Artemis, as goddess of the hunt, is almost out of a job with weapons controls tightening and hunting as sport declining. All of them (except maybe for Dionysus, god of wine and revelry) are finding their time of usefulness winding down and their powers weakening.

As always when time is marked by thousands of years rather
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Bunny
Nov 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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Martin
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Greek gods are still with us, but as no one worships them anymore they are reduced to living in a squalid house in London.
They have become a dysfunctional family, who only care about themselves.


Alice and Neil, two mortals, find themselves falling in love only to be separated by death.
Neil must descend into the Underworld to bring Alice back to life.

“I ought to eat your soul right now,” said Hades, “only I just had my lunch.”

As well as rescuing Alice the sun had gone out!

Greek gods in modern
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Alison
Jan 21, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Moonkiszt
Having grown up on D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths, I was totally thrilled with this campy premise.

The first page shares the interesting news that New York now houses the now diminished members of Greece's family of Gods: Zeus, Hera, Artemis & Apollo, and oh yes! Aphrodite. . . .every few pages on the phone with her best phone-sex voice and script while communicating with others in the room. Knocked me out of my chair. . .hilarious! BUT as amused as I was, this is the type of quirky style
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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
Serena
Dec 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Joe
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some school subjects enter your brain through the front door, find themselves a room and quickly prove themselves useful; cleaning out the cobwebs of mental inconsistency or forming dynamic, working friendships with academics from other fields. 'How did we ever get along without Algebra?' the denizens of my brain might have said during a particularly anthropomorphic moment 'he works so well with World History, Psychology and Creative Writing.'

But Greek Mythology was one of those subjects (along
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Jennifer
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-books
Gods Behaving Badly is an imperfect but entertaining book for those looking for a light (and a bit smutty) escape.
Sleepless Dreamer
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heck yeah, finished my reading challenge! And before I start uni, as I'd hoped!

Set in modern-day London, this book talks about Greek gods living in our times and struggling with the loss of their powers and of everyone's faith in them. This book is like a combination of Percy Jackson and Matt Haig's How to Stop Time. It's an adult novel but it's perfect for those people who grew up reading Percy Jackson and miss that style of Greek myths coming to life modernly.

The writing style is, to be
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Deborah Pickstone
Well! This is definitely in my 'best books of 2016' list right away! What a phenomenally imaginative and creative approach to the modern day of the Greek gods - makes Rick Riordan look like an amateur. This is very, very funny - though not laugh out loud (I rarely do).

And there is a bonus at the end! MP gives one of the best descriptions of the creative process that I have ever seen - and that is humorous too. It certainly sounds a lot like me trying to get to grips with a painting!
Willow Madison
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this ages ago, but it's been wiggling in my brain recently with a different mythology remake book. I loved this one. Only giving it a 4* because for the life of me, I can't remember the ending...so I figure it must've been somethin' not quite to my lurvin' *shrug*

The Gods/esses were true to their ancient selves and the modern world take on their powers, personalities and interactions was awesome!
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
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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, ...more
David
Aug 19, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
This book had a great concept, but the execution was disappointing. If your main premise is that a dozen of the ancient Greek gods are still alive and living in squalor in a dilapidated house in London, it seems that there should be more fun to be had than that provided by Marie Phillips in this effort.

Enjoyable, but entirely forgettable, "Gods Behaving Badly" did not fulfil the promise suggested by its very clever underlying conceit.

Sabin
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It's a fine book for a light weekend read. The book is very well paced and although the plot is basically boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl, the overarching plot of greek gods mingled with present day humanity gives it a bit of flavour. It may have been that the plot was too straightforward for my taste, but it felt a bit too rushed and fairy-tale perfect in its conclusion.
Vignesh Kumar
3.5 Stars...

I got this book in a fair by its cover and the blurb. As it said, this is really funny and hilarious to read. I had my share of LOL moments. I liked this book really.

This is a story of the Greek gods living in the 21st century with their powers limited. Artemis is the dog-walker and Apollo is the host of a kind-of pathetic, old prophetic TV show. The funny thing is Aphrodite, who works as a phone sex worker. Their life changes after a meeting with a cleaner named Alice and her
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Lolly's Library
I have been having the hardest time coming up with a review for this book. It's not because I didn't like it; quite the contrary, it was very entertaining. It's like... well, is it possible to make Cool Whip out of Greek yogurt? Because that's what this book is, fluff with a Greek flavor. It's a distant cousin to Neil Gaiman's American Gods in that it has many of the same elements--ancient gods living in modern times, weakened in power because no one believes in them anymore, as well a mortal ...more
Sheri
Sep 05, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Yuck. I picked this up because it was on a recommended list somewhere, but I cannot for the life of me figure out why or by whom. There really is nothing redeeming about this book other than that it took absolutely no concentration and about 3 hours cover to cover.

The premise lacks originality: there are tons of books about Greek Gods in modern times. The "plot twist" is completely predictable, also unoriginal and contains no surprises...really of course Gods lose their power if no one believes
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Bill
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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Kasia
Apr 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Gina
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably closer to 3.5 stars for this one. I really wish GR would get with it and let us do halves!

This book was a recommendation on Goodreads, one of those "if you liked this book you'll also like....but of course I can't remember the original book. The premise of the book was interesting-gods living in modern London in the 1980's, in a ranky townhouse that is pretty much falling apart. Aphrodite is running a phone sex business, Artemis is a dog walker, Eros has discovered Christianity and is
...more
Stuart
Jan 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Rose Sinclair
Jul 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was so excited for this book and thought the concept was brilliant. I'm only writing a review to express how wildly different the reality is. From the start it seems like the author has no love of the subject matter. Within the first 30 pages the god's antics make no logical or emotional sense and are played off for random 'Christianity is better' vibes. The 'sexy scenes' I encountered ranged from dried out purple prose to 'I have naughty bits look' style abuse. The plot is treated as if the ...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” 24 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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