They have become a dysfunctional family, who only care about themselves. Alice and Neil, two mortals, find themselves falling in love only to be separated by death. Neil must descend into the Underworld to bring Alice back to life. Greek gods in modern London - a hilarious combination.
Jul 27, Moonkiszt rated it really liked it Shelves: festival-of-family-dysfunction , funny-bone-lolness , ending-satisfies , we-are-family , romance-mostly-tolerable , spies-a-multiplicity , straycatsex , a-soul-is-sold , gods-he-she-they-it. Knocked me out of my chair. BUT as amused as I was, this is the type of quirky style that some of my peeps would roll out their "We are NOT amused" faces, complete with pursed lips has to be painful when it is that tightly held.
Surprisingly, they don't tolerate much belief suspension in spite of their crazy life choices.
Go figure. Ah well - if you like the Greek pantheon - and even if you are not very familiar, there are little thumbnail bits that could catch up those who didn't have a D'Aulaires in childhood. I loved the bits with Hermes - he's the one I'd like keep in our day. Like to see him manage things in Washington. There is a nice, quirky love story which is the ladder upon which the story marches - down to. Nice job Ms.
I'm going to look up your other works! I'm still giggling. When I first started listening to this audiobook, I cringed just about every second because of the authors "He said, she said" style of writing. It probably wouldn't be so obvious if you were actually reading the written words, but listening to it is quite annoying.
Fake example: "Hello, said Artemis. It really became annoying for me but after about 4 hours of listening, it When I first started listening to this audiobook, I cringed just about every second because of the authors "He said, she said" style of writing. It really became annoying for me but after about 4 hours of listening, it started to become funny and I actually started, "He said"-ing and "she said"-ing right along with her.
As you may know from some of my other reviews, I really enjoy listening to Rosalyn Landor.
- Gods Behaving Badly () - IMDb?
- Children of Hope (The Seafort Saga).
- The Cutthroats, Crooks, Trollops, Con Men, and Devil-Worshippers Who Became Saints.
- Je suis la reine: Et autres histoires inquiétantes (HORIZONS POURPR) (French Edition).
She is a fabulous narrator and really adds a lot to the story - so much so that I probably would have returned this audio book after the first 20 "he saids" if it weren't for her. On the definite positive side, this work of fiction actually helped me quite a bit with remembering who was who in the world of Greek Mythology, which is something I've currently been struggling with. The story in itself was okay. There was one thing that happened at the very beginning that actually set everything else in the story in motion and that one thing was never brought up again at the end.
I don't get why not! Jan 27, Joe rated it it was amazing. Some school subjects enter your brain through the front door, find themselves a room and quickly prove themselves useful; cleaning out the cobwebs of mental inconsistency or forming dynamic, working friendships with academics from other fields. They'd knock at the door and ask to come in, but the sales pitch always fell flat. Capricious Gods! Haphazard fables! Arbitrarily-named constellations! And all part of a religion that nobody believes in anymore!
Sound like fun? Enter Gods Behaving Badly via that circuitous reading route; a holiday gift exchange. Yet this novel proves both hilarious and human. Turns out all that arbitrary God-logic can make for some delightfully absurd situations when forced into the modern world. And all the petty plotting fuels real human feeling when the author writes the manipulated mortals with skill and compassion.
This novel scales my personal humor Mount Olympus to take it's place beside The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as one of the funniest books I've ever read. In doing so, it knocks one more peg out from the old 'women aren't as funny as men' canard while helping me appreciate a literary subject I'd long found mystifying.
Bad vs. Badly - Grammar and Punctuation
I'd say that's an accomplishment worthy of myth. Gods Behaving Badly is an imperfect but entertaining book for those looking for a light and a bit smutty escape. Oct 20, Sleepless rated it really liked it. Heck yeah, finished my reading challenge! And before I start uni, as I'd hoped! Set in modern-day London, this book talks about Greek gods living in our times and struggling with the loss of their powers and of everyone's faith in them.
It's an adult novel but it's perfect for those people who grew up reading Percy Jackson and miss that style of Greek myths coming to life modernly.
Has-Beens From Olympus Downgraded to Mortals
The writing sty Heck yeah, finished my reading challenge! The writing style is, to be honest, not amazing but it works. There's this type of dry humor throughout the book that really makes it work. The characterization is creative and funny, from Eros being a reborn Christian, to everything Athena is, to Artemis being such a bad-ass. I didn't like Neil and Alice in the beginning. They struck me as every stereotype that pops into my head when I think about British people rule obliging, polite, introverted, unable to speak up about important things, well put together..
Like dang it, Alice, can't you see Artemis is messing around with you? However, as the book goes on, I found myself falling in love with them.
That's impressive. I found Neil's humor to be stellar and Alice's can-do attitude inspiring. She's just so chill. The combination of Neil with the Greek gods was great. All in all, this is a nice read. It's very soft. There's a twist in the middle that caught me entirely off guard and I loved it.
I think this will appeal both to Greek mythology fans and also to people that aren't that big of fans. What I'm Taking with Me - The end made me so happy. I will fight everyone on this. So as I'm starting uni tomorrow, I figured this is a good place to write down a few predictions. Sometime in the future, I'll stumble upon this and get such a kick out of reading this and seeing how wrong I am. I'll come very hopeful to class but eventually, end up feeling like the entire field is a dead end.
Dec 15, Serena rated it it was amazing. What would the ancient gods of Greece and Rome do in today's 21st Century world? The gods have weakened since their days on high at Mt. Olympus, and they are all crammed into a dilapidated home in London, getting on one another's nerves. The conflict truly begins one night during a taping of Apollo's psychic show where Eros shoots a love arrow into Apollo's heart, leaving him powerless against his love for the next person entering his view.
Unfortunately, that person happens to be a mortal named, Alice, who cleans the theater where the show is taped. Alice and her friend Neil, who both love one another but are too afraid to make a move, become the center of conflict in the gods' world. Watching these gods cope with the 21st Century is a hilarious delight, but even more delightful is Phillips' use of language on the page.
From Aphrodite's bottom "bouncing like two hard-boiled eggs dancing a tango" page 89 to her description of Neil as a teenager, "an ugly, spotty, skinny-arsed spoddy minger" page The dialogue is witty as well: "'. I've got a god passed out on my kitchen floor and I think the world's about to end. He's lifeless, but still a god able to stand on his own and still strike down mortals with lightning.
Reading this section brought to life the dilemma that often faces many of us, do we unwind too often in front of the television rather than through more challenging activities, like games, competition, reading, and exercise? Is this section a commentary on the lives we continue to lead now, watching television, zoning out, and withdrawing into ourselves away from society.
But, I digress.