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Product Details

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (July 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416552251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416552253
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,484 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nine years after Mortimer Tate retreated from the end of the world (he thought) to the Tennessee mountains, three men appear before his cabin. He emerges, desperate for conversation. Unfortunately, they mistake his intentions, and he is forced to shoot them. Despite this inauspicious incident, Mortimer is optimistic enough to venture down the mountain. What passes for civilization surprises him: a chain of strip joints called Joey Armageddon’s Sassy-A-Go-Go has set itself as mankind’s savior. But as with any fledgling world-saving operation, there is opposition—to wit, the terrorist-like Red Stripes, whom Mortimer is sent to defeat. His subsequent breakneck journey is full of cannibals, slave runners, bad booze, and other dangers, none more perilous than hope. Although this dark comedy makes one laugh, it isn’t a romp in a postapocalyptic playground. It’s violent and sleazy, laced with moments of quiet gravity, an intelligent satire of how American society works even after it has broken down (the label for postapocalypse Jack Daniel’s in chapter 23 is pure comic gold). Compulsively readable. --Krista Hutley


"Part Christopher Moore, part Quentin Tarantino, Victor Gischler is a raving, badass genius." -- James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of Map of Bones and Black Order

"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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Gary Griffiths
The characters were very likable and the action was non-stop.
I hope he does more books in the science fiction genre.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Marcus Sakey on September 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
Where to begin on a novel whose title is the barest hint of the wonderful weirdness packed inside? Gischler, best known for his excellent crime capers, here breaks new ground. And I do mean new.

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.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dave Edmiston TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 15, 2008
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I bought this book (the Kindle e-book edition) because I'm a lemming, sort of.

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.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Jones on January 24, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
It is always funny to read these reviews. Look, not every writer is trying to create the next Odyssey. If you want a fun, exciting book that makes you laugh and when you are done with it you are a little sad the ride is over then this book is for you.

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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Phillips on April 19, 2009
Format: Paperback
I don't know where to start with this book. It is everything good you have read about it and then some. The writing is tight and while not sparse it lacks anything superfluous.

It is one of the rare books that I cannot describe or critique very well. The thing is a hilarious adrenalin charged romp. Yet it is really so much more. The ponderings on how we cope with life, divorce, and disaster are brief and stay away from preachy. Yet they remind you subtly of the subtext and themes that run under the plot. Mortimer, Bill, and Sheila feel like they're believable in their world. They also feel like extreme examples of the neurosis of our daily lives.

The author has come up with something rare. Go-Go Girls is a mad dash-pulp- noir-comedy that will keep you addicted with a good plot, good characters, and amazing action. More importantly, maybe, a few times during the book you'll stop and think about how their situation really is a mirror of our own.

There have been some complaints and they are not without merit. The characters do seem a little two-dimensional at times. Plus some of the important things are glossed over, such as the missing pinky. There are a few legitimate gripes but none of them were big enough to detract from the entertainment value. A book with a title like Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse isn't going to be Hemmingway.

What you get is a modern piece of satire. It pokes fun at everything about modern America. Only it does it on the grand scale an apocalypse deserves.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Daimion on March 31, 2010
Format: Paperback

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.
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Victor Gischler is the author of such novels as GUN MONKEYS, SHOTGUN OPERA, GO-GO GIRLS OF THE APOCALYPSE, THE DEPUTY and others. His work has been optioned for film and translated into numerous languages. He's also written such comic book titles as X-Men, Deadpool: Merc with a Mouth, The Punisher, Conan, and The Shadow. He is a world traveler, grad school survivor and BBQ aficionado.

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