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Gischler (Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse) populates a world of intrigue with supernatural creatures in this highly entertaining novel. Allen Cabbot is saved from flunking out of graduate school by the extremely difficult Prof. Evergreen, who invites him to join a research project in Prague. Almost immediately, Allen finds himself tangling with Battle Jesuits, a Society of Witches and a vampire, and he learns that Evergreen's real goal may be the philosopher's stone. The feisty ghost of 16th-century alchemist Edward Kelley serves as narrator, complaining about the picture on his Wikipedia entry while explaining the history behind Allen's adventure. While the characters lack depth, even the villains are approachable and likable. Dan Brown fans who don't mind a little humor and magic mixed into their thrillers will enjoy this charming tale. (Sept.)
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About the Author

Victor Gischler is the author of five critically acclaimed novels, including the Edgar Award-nominated Gun Monkeys, Suicide Squeeze, and The Pistol Poets. A former English professor, he lives with his family in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416552278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416552277
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,513,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Customer Reviews

As for the story or premise of the book, yes, it's absurd.
Luckyclucker
He guides the reader through numerous flashbacks and then propels them forward into the present in a seamless fashion.
D. H. Nicholson
I guess I'm too old for this kind of nonsense, which college kids might enjoy: lots of sex and sarcasm.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ron Edison on September 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
I've been a Gischler fan since GUN MONKEYS and bought this right away assuming it was a sequel to GO-GO GIRLS OF THE APOCALYPSE. It sat on the back burner for over a year--I liked GGG, but wasn't in the mood for a sf survivalist read. I always expect offbeat from Gischler, but wasn't expecting this historical supernatural thriller. I was not disappointed. Not as absurdly wacky as Christopher Moore, but it does have a dash of wackiness. The historical basis reminded me of Kostova's THE HISTORIAN. A better title might have brought a more appreciative readership to this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By -TMcN- on May 4, 2010
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Right now Vampire A Go-Go is in the Amazon Bargain segment, at half the price of Go Go Girls of the Apocalypse by the same author. There's a reason for that; this is a fine book, but not as compelling. It's almost as if the plot and characters were drawn up really well and then a computer program filled in the gaps.

The Good:
Cool ideas
Many plot bits tie together at the end
Not painful to read
Well researched

The Bad:
Alternating timeframe (by hundreds of years) isn't helpful
Alternating story-tellers (one is a ghost) also is distracting
Too many artificial secrets are kept until the end
We meet perhaps eighteen people by name... and three of them survive.
Some things are fully explained (origin of the ghost and zombies), but other things are never explained (origin of vampires.)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gary Griffiths VINE VOICE on September 16, 2009
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And brings home a vampire.

I don't know Victor Gischler, but you've got to love this guy - a talented author who never takes himself too seriously, and clearly has way too much fun practicing his craft. If previous tales of post-apocalyptic strip clubs and gun-toting college professors weren't enough, "Vampire a Go-Go" certainly puts him on the short list for "Bard of the Bizarre".

"VaGG" is a neat little tongue-fully-in-cheek farce of the horror genre, a consciously mismatched conglomeration of Harry Potter, the DaVinci Code, and Bram Stoker, told with the pace and temper of Scooby Doo. Allen Cabbot is a grad student at the fictional Gothic University, who lands a summer research assignment in Prague with the formidable Professor Evergreen. No surprise that before Cabbot's bags are properly unpacked in his Prague dorm, he figures out that this summer will not be spent prowling dusty Czech libraries for buried Kafka gems. Mysterious email admonitions lead to an entertaining buffet of werewolves, zombies, alchemists, wizards and, of course, a vampire, rendered with comic book's garish flair in short, sweet, staccato chapters that alternate from the present to the turn of the 16th century, in Prague. It is this historical context - weaving in real life players likes Holy Roman Emperor Rudolph II, and alchemists Edward Kelley and John Dee, as well as an Indiana Jones-like pursuit of the legendary Philosopher's Stone - that adds enough dimension to keep some sense of credibility. It is the ghost of the alchemist con-man philanderer Kelley who narrates this wacky tale, providing the sexual diversion and requisite irreverence that has become a Gischler trademark. Throw in a supporting cast of Vatican Battle Priests (!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James S. Harbison on April 2, 2011
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I'm a huge fan of Gischler's crime novels and short stories. The man is a raving mad genius, no doubt about it. But, I was hesitant to read this book, because it was not a typical "Gischler book" in my mind. But I was wrong. Sure, it's a horror novel if you consider there are ghosts, vampires, werewolves and golem's in the story, but the sly cracking humor found in Victor's other books is here in Vampire A Go Go. He plots the story well and sends the readers back in the wicked history of the inquisition, the middle ages and a time when the Holy church did battles with witches and wizards.He takes you to modern day Czechoslovakia and spins you around the history of that strange country and even gives you an education while doing so. It's a fun read and fits in the Gischler pantheon quite well. Sure, I still prefer "Gun Monkeys" and "Pistol Poets", but Vampire A Go GO will keep you entertained from page one. And one warning to those Twightlight lovers...if you think this is a book about Vampires in love, you're won't like it. But if you want to read something really well written, entertaining, humorous and you downright fun. Give Gischler a Go Go!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TJ Holmes on March 29, 2011
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I have read almost all of Victor Gischler's books and this is my favorite so far. It's a quick read, interesting as hell, and the characters are a blast--even the villains. It's hard to imagine that someone in Hollywood won't turn this into a movie, but in case they don't, read the book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Travis on April 27, 2010
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I received an autographed copy of this book from Mr. Gischler recently at a convention and it was a blast to read.
He kept the tempo up and the plot progressing. I couldn't pull myself away and read it all in one sitting.

If you want an entertaining book that will give you a laugh while keeping you guessing about the ending, this is it.

A+++
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Luckyclucker VINE VOICE on August 16, 2011
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I don't understand all the lukewarm or negative reviews of this book. I think it is easily on par with Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse or Suicide Squeeze. I absolutely LOVE the narration. I thought the dialogue was highly amusing, as usual. As for the story or premise of the book, yes, it's absurd. Just like a post-apocalyptic Ted Turner roaming the countryside, (in GO-GO) this book is very tongue-in-cheek. More than just about any writer I've read in a long time Gischler seems to be having a blast while he writes his books. I don't know if that is true, or not, but his prose and story flow as if he can't wait to get it down on paper (and I can't wait to read it!)

If you're thinking of buying this book and are wondering if you are going to like it I can help you answer that question. Do you like Chuck Palahniuk, Neil Stephenson, or Kurt Vonnegut? Gischler is a blending of all three, in my humble opinion. He is a bit "lighter" than Palahniuk or Vonnegut and fewer pages than Stephenson, but he has all of the wit and still delivers a message hidden inside a fun-to-read page-turner.

Based on this book I think it must be fun to ride around inside of Victor Gishler's head on a daily basis.
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