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June 10, 2013 / ljbradburn-Smith

The battle of the immortals – Gods Behaving Badly

Gods Behaving Badly

12  Gods + a flat in London + arrogance, sex, incestuous relationships, revenge, accidental love and a young mortal twosome who happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time = Marie Phillips’s witty novel about the collision of ancient Greece with the world of modern-day London.

Gods behaving badly is by far one of my favourite funny books. Marie Phillips transports 12 of the Greek Gods, from Olympus to a grotty flat in North London, with apparent ease and a lot of humour. Her well chosen, and historically appropriate career paths, for her downtrodden higher beings, include Artemis (Goddess of hunting and Chastity) as a professional dog walker, Dionysus (God of wine) as a drunk DJ and Apollo (God of the sun) as a rather arrogant, self-serving tv physic. That’s not to mention the questionable phone service that Aphrodite (Goddess of beauty) provides to the pervy public.

Gods Behaving Badly depicts the antics of Phillip’s delicious mixture of bored, drunk, arrogant and wise Greek protagonists, who live together in frustration and disarray. With their diminishing power and the lack of belief and respect, that they get from modern day mortals, and each other, it is an effort just to make sure the sun rises every morning and that the obesity rate doesn’t reach critical proportions. Housework doesn’t even come in to the equation until mortal cleaner, Alice, decides to knock on their door looking for work. Artemis, goaded by Aphrodite, decides, in a moment of defiance, to hire frumpy Alice not realising that she is in fact the unwitting recipient of her brother Apollo’s affections due to a prank Aphrodite played on him, in revenge, for slighting her. Alice’s presence results in the existence of the Gods taking a turn for the not so mundane, as she becomes trapped in their power games, with her last hope resting on her equally meek, almost-boyfriend, Neil to save her.

An unlikely hero plus Phillip’s wit and slightly twisted sense of humour makes for a fantastic read. Her style can best be described as witty, inventive and devilishly raunchy. Her amusing characters are equalled by her fast-paced, interesting plot, which has more twists and turns (and sex scenes) than late-night Hollyoaks!

Warning: this book is not suitable for younger audiences and certainly not for those readers who don’t enjoy laughing 😉

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  1. countingducks / Jun 10 2013 4:04 pm

    Good review, and what a brilliant idea that is.

    • ljbradburn / Jun 11 2013 1:58 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I thought it was a really good idea, for a book, too. The way she has written it works really well. Definitely worth a read!

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