Jitterbug Perfume is a delight, poetic and zany, hysterical and fierce. A vigorous look at time and faith continuity and change. Really, lose yourself in this one.
"The world is a wonderfully weird place, consensual reality is significantly flawed, no institution can be trusted, certainty is a mirage, security a delusion, and the tyranny of the dull mind forever threatens -- but our lives are not as limited as we think they are, all things are possible, laughter is holier than piety, freedom is sweeter than fame, and in the end it's love and love alone that really matters."
"Philosophers have argued for centuries about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, but materialists have known all along that it depends on whether they are jitterbugging or dancing cheek to cheek."
"Never underestimate how much assistance, how much satisfaction, how much comfort, how much soul and transcendence there might be in a well-made taco and a cold bottle of beer."
A less packed but whimsical story about the Gods' needing human belief can be found in Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips. The Greek Gods continue to dysfunction as a great big family, but they no longer congregate on Mt Olympus, but in a ramshackle house in rainy London England. Their powers are waning and are not only forced to find work to support themselves, but questions about their immortality hang in the balance. A smart, funny beach read!