Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips


Title: Gods Behaving Badly
Author: Marie Phillips
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: December 9, 2008
Format: Paperback, 292 pages
Age Group: Adult

Gods Behaving Badly is an amusing and irreverent look at the Greek gods in the twenty first century. Many of the gods are living together in a crowded house in London. The gods engage in infighting and sexual escapades even as their powers diminish. Alice and Neil are mortals who become manipulated by the gods. In Neil, the gods find an unexpected hero who does more than rescue Alice.

Gods Behaving Badly is a light, fun read. The personalities of the gods are consistent with the traditional stories even as they live in the modern world. While the gods barely see Alice and Neil as people (most think Alice has only gone on holiday when she does not show up to work for weeks), Phillips creates a more in depth picture of their relationship for the reader. Phillips writes engaging and humorous dialogue and has great descriptive passages about the underworld.

The edition I received has a 'Reading Group Guide' in the back which contains an article by the author as well as discussion questions. The book may not be suitable for all book groups however, as there are numerous sexual references and some language.

Thank you to Jenn at Jenn's Bookshelf for hosting a Hachette Book Group giveaway and having Gods Behaving Badly sent my way.