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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 ›
I actually really loved it! I read the other reviews and fully understand where they get their opinions from within the book but in my opinion, it's all about context! This isn't a doom and gloom read like "The Road" or a serious look at re-building or the after effects of apocalyptic events like "One Second After". Instead, its a tongue in cheek look at the wacky way we humans are with a pretty good story embedded in it.
I rather liked the protagonist, Mortimer Tate and I really enjoyed the distinct voices of the various side-kicks. The settings are genuinely inventive and, if you think hard about where people put priorities, it isn't at all outside the realm of possibility to have a bunch of strip clubs be the hub of the new world. We are what we are!
The set up is really engaging, with Tate inside his lonely hide-out and the way he gets introduced to this new world gets the story moving. It's hard to talk too much about some of the most interesting bits because it leads to spoiling. After all, if you knew he reaches location xyz in the company of Person X...well, then you know Person X survived the dangerous situations before that. No, I won't do that.
Overall, this was a really fast and really fun read that had hidden depths and meanings within it if you care to suss them out.Read more ›
A quick easy read with tons of short action scenes and some humor. It may be your cup of tea. Seems likely to be a favorite of low IQ adults and teenagers.
Check out his book STAY if you want a book with violence and action but reasonably realistic characters and some humor. It is in the genre of former military trained guy kind of tries to retire but must come out of retirement to rescue family genre, but it is more satisfying in most ways that the early pulp novels, IMO. You may differ.
I am 3/4 of the way through and will finish because I admit I want to know what happens to Mort and whether or not he finds his wife.....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was one of those instances where the book lives up to its title and cover precisely. You'd think silly fun and you'd be right, it is. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mia
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 7 months 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 7 months 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 11 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 13 months ago by Michael Shavelson
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 15 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 16 months ago by Drew (@drewsant)