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Read-a-Thon wrap up

Unputdownables’ Read-a-Thon was quite a success for me. Admittedly my list was short, but at least it was a realistic goal to achieve. I finished “Gods behaving badly” and wrote up my review. On Sunday I finished “The Sergeant’s Lady”. So, I got everything done.

I have been to new blogs and met new people, it was a fun weekend. I haven’t got a lot of reading time, but for once, I managed to finish things I planned on doing.

Thanks to Wallace for hosting this, I am already looking forward to the next one and to the next #bookblogchat which will take place at a time that makes it possible for me to join as well. Another thank you, Wallace, for scheduling it early. 

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Gods behaving badly by Marie Phillips

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Blurb:

Being a Greek god is not all it once was. Yes, the twelve gods of Olympus are alive and well in the twenty-first century, but they are crammed together in a London townhouse-and none too happy about it. And they’ve had to get day jobs: Artemis as a dog-walker, Apollo as a TV psychic, Aphrodite as a phone sex operator, Dionysus as a DJ.
Even more disturbingly, their powers are waning, and even turning mortals into trees – a favorite pastime of Apollo’s – is sapping their vital reserves of strength.
Soon, what begins as a minor squabble between Aphrodite and Apollo escalates into an epic battle of wills. Two perplexed humans, Alice and Neil, who are caught in the crossfire, must fear not only for their own lives, but for the survival of humankind. Nothing less than a true act of heroism is needed-but can these two decidedly ordinary people replicate the feats of the mythical heroes and save the world?

 

My thoughts: 

When I read the blurb I found the idea that the Greek Gods are living in contemporary London trying to find back to their original splendour highly original. Unfortunately my husband burst my bubble when he told me callously that Tom Holt had a similar idea a long time ago, only it’s not a ramshackle building in Hampstead Heath but the Sunnyvoyde Residential Home for Retired Deities (Odds and Gods).

This didn’t dampen my spirit though. I still find the idea fascinating, especially since I know a bit about Greek mythology and found the characterizations of the various Gods extremely amusing and fitting.

Apollo who has to try to make a living as an oracle on a trashy TV show with elderly ladies his only audience, Aphrodite making a little money on the side working on a phone sex line, Dionysos owning a seedy club where he plays the DJ and sells his delicious wine to the hip youngsters, the Gods constantly bickering, it was all too funny. There are so many small, delightful ideas in the story that I found it very entertaining and hilarious.

One point that I found slightly strange was that I couldn’t relate to the romantic couple at all, in fact, I thoroughly disliked them both.  For me they stayed faceless and inconspicuous. I wasn’t fond of Alice, an unobtrusive girl with a university degree who works as a cleaner because she likes cleaning (I definitely cannot relate to that) and neither did I find Neil attractive. Not because he didn’t look like the typical romantic hero, but because he just didn’t stand out for me in any way at all. The most remarkable thing about those two was that they were totally unremarkable. I understand that they were meant to be that way, but even unremarkable people have some depth, hidden secrets and whatnot and those two just didn’t, at least I never noticed. Yeah, ok, they loved each other and Neil was willing to go to the underworld for Alice, but I have seen better things than that. Or, if those things were not really better, they were pulled off with more panache. Neil was just too boring.  And so was Alice.

I found the last part of the story was kind of slow and anti-climatic. The solution to the Gods’ problem was so obvious and so easily achieved that it was sort of unbelievable.

As for the title, I don’t agree with it. The Gods don’t behave badly at all, at least not more than you would expect them to. They just behave like the ordinary Greek God that you know and like. If their behaviour is supposed to be bad they definitely have to kick it up a notch or two.

Summary (courtesy of Carin B. who expressed my feelings better than I did): I enjoyed it, but felt kind of blah at the end. Thanks Carin for helping me out! 

Title Gods Behaving Badly
Author Marie Phillips
Publisher Little, Brown and Company
ISBN 0316067628
Buy link Gods Behaving Badly
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Read-a-thon update 2

I should have kept my list shorter than it is already. I read one chapter of my romance last night and that was it. On my reader I have 83 pages to go, not sure I will make that today.

On the other hand I finished my review of “Gods behaving badly” last night and will post it later today. So, at least something done. My opinion on the book is undecided.

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Read-a-thon update 1

Last night I finished “Gods behaving badly”, thank God. I’m working on the review now. It’s hard, though, because I started reading the book weeks ago and didn’t take a lot of notes. There are so many small, nice ideas in the story that I have forgotten half of them already again.

Going out this afternoon, so “The Sergeant’s Lady” has to wait for a bit. I also need to write up (or rather create) my Weekend Cooking post, which is going to be another Haiku image today.

Already reached about 40% of my goal. I had only 60 odd pages left on Gods behaving badly, there is more to read with the second book.

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48 hour TBR Read-a-Thon

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Wallace from Unputdownables is hosting a 48 hour Read-a-Thon this weekend and I decided to join to get some stuff done.

Here are the rules:

If You’re In:

  1. Choose a few books that you will attempt to finish this weekend (Friday evening through Sunday night).
  2. Post your TBR Read-a-Thon books on your blog so your readers can see what you are attempting for the weekend.
  3. Challenge your readers to read along with you! (It’s OK if they don’t, but might be fun if they want to choose at least one book to participate with).
  4. Join the discussion all weekend long at #bookblogchat on Twitter.
  5. Post updates on your blog about what you are reading and what you have finished (full reviews can come later, but this will let your readers know what you are reading so they can either read along or look forward to your reviews!)
  6. Visit other blogs that are doing the read-a-long. Post comments and follow your fellow bloggers.
  7. Make sure you sign up here with Mr. Linky with a link to your first post so we can follow your progress!
  8. *If you don’t have a blog but want to participate: Sign up with Mr. Linky, just don’t add a website (or you can link to your Twitter or GoodReads page).*

 

If You’re Not In, but Want to Support:

  1. Check out the blogs that are participating below in the Mr. Linky list.
  2. Visit those blogs and leave comments and encouragement
  3. Add to your own TBRs as you see what others are reading!

I already know that my reading time will be limited on the weekend, so my list of books is very small. I have two books I would like to finish this weekend. If I am able to do that I will be more than happy. Maybe I’ll even find the time to write a review of them, that would be just the icing on the cake.

Books that need finishing:

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  • Gods behaving badly by Marie Phillips
  • The Sergeant’s Lady by Susanna Fraser

That’s it. Should be do-able.

Meanwhile Wallace has posted an update with a few tips what to do to get ready for tomorrow evening.

On Friday from 3-4 PST there will be a convo on twitter about keeping your blog authentic. More info about this at unputdownables. Too bad I won’t be able to join. That would be midnight for me and I don’t think I’ll be up for it.