Friday, December 19, 2008

Gods Behaving Badly

Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips

What was this book about?

Picture the gods and goddesses of legend living in modern day London. They have to have jobs and live in a sty of a house. Their powers are waning and they have no idea why.

So what would you do if you were a god with nothing else to do? Torture each other. They are constantly playing “tricks” on each other that have horrible repercussions on others. One of these ends up almost ending the world.

Artemis (goddess of hunting and chastity) finds a woman – Alice – to clean her house. What she doesn’t know is that Apollo (god of the sun and healing) and Aphrodite (goddess of beauty) have their own drama going on behind the scenes that is going to affect Alice.

Alice is an everyday girl who needs a job and feels like she must clean their house. She and Neil have a relationship that is really just starting. She likes him and he likees her but both are too shy to say anything about it.

What Alice and Neil don’t know is that these gods are starting a game that could end the world. They must be brave enough to stop it. And by the end it may be that they can all help each other.

What did you think about the book?

I was very much intrigued by the plot of this book. I haven’t read anything in a very long time (if ever) that had to do with old Greek Gods and Goddesses alive today. Set in modern day London it uses the historical stories of these gods and sets them to what it would be like if they were around.

Generally speaking I enjoyed the book. It has some interesting points in dealing with immortality and what it means to be alive forever. Add to that the problem with power. Many of these gods have good powers and bad powers and they really do need to use them both. What does that mean to the world? Can you cheer for a god that wants to produce war?

The gods in this book are really not likeable but the premise is fun.

What genre would you consider this?



Question for You!
What sort of supernatural thing do you find the most interesting – vampires, witches, or greek gods and goddesses?

1 comment:

Darlene said...

Great review. I'm going to be reading this one in the New Year-it's on the nightstand. I love anything supernatural so I can't really pick. I'd read just about anything to do with vampires, witches, ghosts.