Donna Trujillo, January 25, 2011 (view all comments by Donna Trujillo)
This book is to literature what roller derby is to sport. It's got everything: a believable post-apocalyptic America, guns, gin, gangs and go-go girls. Not only that, it's held together by a sympathetic everyman whose hero's journey begins where known civilization has collapsed. Thanks to Victor Gischler, the end of the world is a gas!
Todd Claus, March 30, 2009 (view all comments by Todd Claus)
The Christopher Moore association I get: Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse is absurd, fast-paced, entertaining, and funny in the same way the Angry Beavers cartoon is absurd, entertaining, and funny. It's just not as clever. I'm less sure of the Quentin Tarantino comparison. The only film of his that I can think of that resembles Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse, in any way, is Sukiyaki Western Django; and that isn't even a Tarantino film.
Despite the fact that Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse is filled with one-dimensional characters and half-baked ideas that aren't quite clever, it still manages to be a fun read. In many ways it's the perfect book to take to the beach: time flies by and you won't mind leaving it behind when you go home.
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In a post-apocalyptic world Mortimer wonders down from his 9 year refuge and finds all that he had known in ruins and the new America founded around Joey Armageddons. Who knew that the few things that would remain a mainstay after the apocalypse were alcohol and naked women! Mortimer's time is spent finding his way out of unimaginable situations (Mort ends up naked and tied up more times then I can count!). With the help of a post-apocalyptic cowboy named Bill, they are off to rid America of Joey Armageddon's rival, but things don't turn out as expected.
Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse is a fast paced fun filled book. I had a hard time pacing myself and not reading it all in one sitting. Your time and money will be well spent on this one!
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Guns, girls and alcohol occupy almost every inch of this raucous thrill ride, providing nonstop opportunities for both action and comedy. After coming down from his mountain bunker, insurance salesman Mortimer Tate finds a world that is postapocalyptic by way of early '90s action films. Mortimer's quests to find his ex-wife and discover his own purpose serve as a strong center line through a haze of madcap events. He and 'Buffalo' Bill, a man obsessed with the idea of cowboys as a postcivilized focal point, encounter a wide cast of characters along their journeys, including foul-mouthed, gun-toting Sheila, who at times seems the best adapted to the harsh new world. The trio hop from one explosive encounter to another, often with the thinnest of reasons. Despite the frontier violence and sketchy plot, the humor of this armageddon western is woven deeply enough to keep Mortimer's adventures feeling like a party. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of Map of Bones and Black Order,
"Part Christopher Moore, part Quentin Tarantino, Victor Gischler is a raving, badass genius."
by Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Mike Resnick,
"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."
"Its violent and sleazy, laced with moments of quiet gravity, an intelligent satire of how American society works even after it has broken down....Compulsively readable."
by Library Journal,
"Eccentric seriocomic sf in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams."
Mad Max meets The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in this off-the-wall journey through a post-apocalyptic America.
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