Sunday, April 12, 2009

Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips

The Greek Gods have become somewhat rusty and outdated; living together in a cramped London flat, performing everyday jobs, and losing power, in every sense of the word. In an act of revenge, Aphrodite makes her nephew Apollo fall in love with a seemingly normal and somewhat dumpy mortal woman named Alice. Apollo is not one to take rejection well, and Alice has already fallen head-over-heels for another "dumpy" mortal named Neil. Things heat up when Apollo's twin sister Artemis hires Alice to clean for the Olympian clan, unknowingly of Aphrodite's vengeful plan. Apollo decides to take matters into his own hands, which inevitably sends the entire universe in ciaos.

The author seems to have done a fairly good job of keeping each god/goddess true to his/her nature. However, one should not take everything at face value. This is a great "romp of a novel" (as said on the cover) if you are looking for a fun getaway with a classic mythological twist. However, if you are looking for something a little more substantial, you might want to try Edith Hamilton's Mythology. That being said, I highly enjoyed this book and would recommend it for anyone looking for a whimsical getaway into Greek Mythology.

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