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Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
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Aug 06, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, fantasy
Read from August 06 to 27, 2010

A group of Grecian Gods lives in modern-day London. Immortal and bored, their power has been draining away over the centuries and they are left to live relatively normal lives. Well, normal compared to their former lives, anyway. They still have influence over Earth and the heavens, but are unsurprisingly resentful of Christianity taking over as the dominant religion.

I can't say too much else, as the more interesting aspects of the story would be spoilers. It's similar in some respects to Neil Gaiman's American Gods, but is generally light hearted and focuses more on the Gods than a single protagonist. The characters, Gods and mortals alike, are likeable and there is enough going on to keep the pace. The climax didn't seem to be needlessly drawn out, although I felt as though it could have been a bit longer in the latter half and shorter in the first. It also would have been nice to have a little more action during the one fight scene. But I enjoyed it. If only every book I read could be five stars...

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