Title:Gods Behaving Badly
Author: Marie Phillips
Published By: Back Bay Books, 2007
Book Specs: 292 pages
Book Category: Fiction
Gods Behaving Badly can best be described as a rollicking, irreverent, bawdy romp! The poor Greek gods of Olympus have fallen on hard times because some upstart named Jesus has kind of cornered the market on believers. Living in dilapidated house in London, the gods are forced to take *gasp* actual jobs that are quite beneath them — Aphrodite (goddess of beauty) works as a phone sex operator, Artemis (goddess of hunting) is a professional dog walker, and Apollo (god of the sun) is slumming it up as TV psychic. Things begin to go awry when Apollo — being a bit of a blowhard — offends Aphrodite and she decides to take revenge by having her son Eros make him fall in love with a mortal named Alice. Let’s just say things go a bit astray, one thing leads to another, and yada, yada, yada … Alice’s love Neil must undertake a journey to the underworld (it’s not quite what you imagined…this author has quite the sense of humor) and literally save the world.
This book was so fun to read and amazingly creative that I found it hard to believe this was the author’s first book! She has such a great imagination, and I love how she updated the Greek gods to the 21st century. I pretty much had a smile on my face for the entire book. Unless you lack a sense of humor, are easily offended or don’t appreciate irreverence in regard to religion, I guarantee you will like this book! I’m giving it two thumbs up, an Oscar, a Grammy, a SAG award, and 1,000,000 stars! I’m sure this book will be on my “Best Books Read in 2009″ list!
If you read my personal blog, you’ll notice that I posted about this book today as well. I just want to spread the word about this book to as wide an audience as possible. And, I want thank Serena at Savvy Verse and Wit — it was through her excellent blog that I actually won a copy of this book! I was going to do a giveaway of this book, but I wasn’t sure if that was OK since I got the book for free courtesy of Hatchette Publishing. If Serena says it is OK, I will do a giveaway for my copy so stay tuned.