Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips is just what the doctor ordered for the blah winter months. Highly irreverent, funny and surprisingly clever, it's the story of the major Greek gods living in a run-down flat in present day London. Artemis, the goddess of hunting, walks dogs for a living, while Aphrodite's choice of employment involves phone sex. When Aphrodite becomes angry with her nephew/lover (and Artemis' twin) Apollo, she forces her son Eros (who has espoused Christianity) into casting a love spell on Apollo. The unfortunate recipient of Apollo's attentions is a mortal named Alice, who is secretly in love with Neal. Alice does not welcome Apollo's advances, so he has his father Zeus kill her with a bolt of lightening. What ensues is Neal's attempts to bring Alice back from the underworld, while Artemis must save the world from catastrophe when Apollo, whose only job is to keep the sun shining, does the exact opposite. A very fun read for a cold winter day!
Recommended for adults.