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Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypseby Victor Gischler
Synopses & Reviews
Mortimer Tate was a recently divorced insurance salesman when he holed up in a cave on top of a mountain in Tennessee and rode out the end of the world. Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse begins nine years later, when he emerges into a bizarre landscape filled with hollow reminders of an America that no longer exists. The highways are lined with abandoned automobiles; electricity is generated by indentured servants pedaling stationary bicycles. What little civilization remains revolves around Joey Armageddon's Sassy A-Go-Go strip clubs, where the beer is cold, the lap dancers are hot, and the bouncers are armed with M16s.
Accompanied by his cowboy sidekick Buffalo Bill, the gorgeous stripper Sheila, and the mountain man Ted, Mortimer journeys to the lost city of Atlanta — and a showdown that might determine the fate of humanity.
"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.)
"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
"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." Booklist
"Eccentric seriocomic sf in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams." Library Journal
Mad Max meets The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in this off-the-wall journey through a post-apocalyptic America.
About the Author
Victor Gischler is a former English professor and the author of Gun Monkeys, The Pistol Poets, Suicide Squeeze, and Shotgun Opera. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Visit him at victorgischler.blogspot.com.
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