Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Amusing Fiction

Finished May 18
Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips
This is a wonderfully entertaining read. The Olympian Gods have been reduced to sharing an old decaying house in London and doing mundane jobs to make ends meet. Aphrodite does phone sex, and Artemis is a dogwalker. Apollo is still as full of himself as ever, and when a spat between him and Aphrodite spirals out of control, Alice and Neil, mortals, end up caught in the middle.
Alice is a cleaner, first at the TV studio where Apollo does a pilot episode for a psychic show, and then as a freelance cleaner. She is hired by Artemis to clean the gods' house, which certainly needs it. Neil is Alice's friend, but he has stronger feelings for her which he has been too shy to articulate. Apollo's interest in Alice draws Neil's jealousy, but when things escalate, Neil is forced by Artemis to step in and be a hero.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and found it an engaging read. Knowledge of Greek myths assists in understanding all the humour, but is not an absolute necessity.

1 comment:

  1. I really liked this book, too! I found it had suprising depth (ha! no pun intended!) in the later scenes when Neil and Alice are in the Underworld...