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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

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"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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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 (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #813,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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This book was one of Amazon's more persistent recommended titles. I'm guessing my love for Post-Apocalyptic and Dystopian fiction has influenced the Amazon computer in a narrow direction since all my titles at that time were in that general genre. Given the dark nature of most of the suggestions, the title of this one really caught my eye. I'm all for something new and, having read nothing of this author previously, I snagged it up.

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.
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If you want a pulp novel to speed read through with lots of crazy action and some humor, you might enjoy this. The character leaves his hideaway after nine years spent hiding out from the break down of society and enters a crazy world where electricity is supplied by rows of people on bicycles and some people have banded together as cannibals roaming the country and others are sort of setting up towns with "hotels" trying to provide a service to the few people who have goods or money. Throw in a bunch of strippers and a girl who was repeatedly raped for a few years by a former girls scout leader's husband but seems to have come around nicely except for an incredible violent streak..... I think you get the picture.

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.....
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