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Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse: A Novel Paperback – July 8, 2008
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"Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse is funny, mordant, crazed, riveting, sardonic -- and despite all that, it's got a plot. Bravo for Victor Gischler." -- Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Mike Resnick
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Mortimer Tate has spent the end of the world hiding in a mountain cabin. He hasn't seen anyone for nine years. The first three people he does see, he kills. But really, it wasn't his fault.
Thus begins an adrenaline-soaked, wryly satiric journey through the ashes of America, a world peopled by savages and cannibals and struggling barmen, by rebel armies and mad transvestites, and by the enigmatic Joey Armageddon, whose Sassy A-Go-Go Clubs are the beacon of something a little like civilization. The prose is lean and compelling, and behind all the violence and jokes there's a Vonnegut-esque blend of both love-for and desperation-at all the madness of the world -- Mortimer's and ours.
Amazon strongly recommended it, so it caught my attention. I wasn't familiar with Victor Gischler, but Amazon has recommended some fine books to me in the past. So what the heck!
Just like I don't like to start a book in the middle, I don't like reading a new (to me) author's work without starting at the beginning. So I mentally dog-eared this recommendation and started with Gischler's first book, Gun Monkeys. I could tell before I was even half way through Gun Monkeys that I was an instant Gischler fan. So I quickly bought the Kindle versions of the rest of his books (The Pistol Poets, Suicide Squeeze, Shotgun Opera, and of course Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse: A Novel) so I could read them one after another, just like the chain smoking characters in his other books.
It took me about a month to get through his first four books. They were all good reads, so I didn't want to rush too quickly.Read more ›
The character development in a book like this is always problematic. Do you "Stephen King" it and spend 200 pages getting to know the characters or jam right into the action? This author does a great job of letting us get to know the characters and care about them THROUGH the action itself. There was never a dull moment here, and I will be very upset if there is not a sequel.
Thanks for it!
Let me start by saying that I am a fan of apocalyptic fiction. I love a good tale of the end of the world, whether by disease (The Stand), nuclear war (One Second After), zombies (World War Z), alien invasion (Footfall), cosmic disaster (Lucifer's Hammer), or anything else suitably dire. "Go Go Girls of the Apocalypse" is not exactly one of those tales.
In a nutshell, the story is as follows: after nines years of living alone in the mountains, our hero Mortimer Tate finally ventures out and see what is going on in what's left of the world. He discovers that society is being held loosely together (at least in his neck of the woods) by a string of strip clubs - Joey Armageddon's Sassy-a-Go-Go. Armageddon dollars are the coin of the realm, and by trading a few stockpiled supplies, Mortimer quickly finds himself to be a wealthy man. After acquiring a few traveling companions, he sets out on a quest to locate his ex-wife, who is rumored to be working at another Joey Armageddon's location. What then ensues is a string of close calls, narrow escapes, unlikely reunions, and general mayhem.
I wanted to like this book more than I did. Don't get me wrong, I found the book to be an entertaining, if not fulfilling, read with a new spin on the post-apocalyptic genre. It's not too far fetched to think that man might revert back to his baser nature in an attempt to bring order to an essential lawless and chaotic society. Why not have a Go-Go bar form the basis for a new world order? What I struggled with was the overall direction of the story. Much of the action is driven by Mortimer's desire to locate his ex-wife.Read more ›
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this is hands down my favorite book of all time! I'm normally don't write reviews, but I wanted to let everyone know how great this book is. Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Taylor
My favorite book by Gischler. Love the world, love the story. I re-read it every few years just to be a part of the deranged Tennessee land again.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Although it may seem like just about everyone is writing a post-apocalyptic tale these days, few have ever done it as well as Gischler. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dave Wilde
I love Victor Gischler. His books are all gritty surprises. You can never predict what's coming around the next bend but you know it's going to be unusual. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Thug Lit Lover
I looooooooove all of his books! His books are so entertaining! When I started reading this book, I knew I would finish the book in 2 days. Read morePublished 9 months ago by SunnyBunny
Part post-apocalyptic survival novel, part dark comedy and part western, ‘Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse” is a fun and exciting ride through a world ravened by war, natural... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Drew (@drewsant)
This is hands-down my favorite book! I have ordered this book for myself and ordered two more copies for friends. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Tiffanie Hernandez
Hilarious. Only problem the main character gets struck in the head ... a LOT! but a fun fast read, great pulp novel.Published 12 months ago by Daniel Field