Published in: 2007
Edition read: Hardcover
Being immortal isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Life’s hard for a Greek god in the 21st century: nobody believes in you any more, even your own family doesn’t respect you, and you’re stuck in a delapidated hovel in north London with too many siblings and not enough hot water. But for Artemis (goddess of hunting, professional dog walker), Aphrodite (goddess of beauty, telephone sex operator) and Apollo (god of the sun, TV psychic) there’s no way out… Until a meek cleaner and her would-be boyfriend come into their lives, and turn the world literally upside down.
This was a light and easy read about the Greek gods living in modern day London, living in squallor and slowly losing their powers, and two poor mortals who get mixed up in their shenanigans. I was pleasantly surprised to find some of the characters were portrayed in ways I’d not come across before – Athena is shown as batty, when she normally is a brainiac (being so smart, she is unable to portray her ideas in simple terms, meaning nobody can understand her smarts); Ares, my favourite of the gods, is a level-headed super smart strategist (whereas normally he is a beefcake with more muscles than brains); Zeus is a crazed old man; Hermes is the most successful of the gods because he’s so busy with overseeing the money of the world and ferrying the dead to the underworld. It was refreshing to see these gods in ways they normally aren’t shown.
The story was a few classic myths jazzed up to the modern era – Apollo is tricked into falling in love with a mortal named Alice, whom he has Zeus kill through trickery when Alice rejects him, and then Neal, Alice’s mortal crush, has to travel with Athena to the underworld to try to free Alice and bring her back to life. It’s cute, it’s a little funny, it’s charming in it’s simplicity, it was enjoyable to read. After a recent spate of less-than-enjoyable books, this was what I needed to get me back into the reading swing.
Gods behaving badly rating: 7/10
Would I re-read it? Yes, this was a fun read and I’m a sucker for the Greek gods
Who would I recommend it to? Fans of Greek mythology, fantasy, humour, romances, light fluffy reads.