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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56  ·  rating details  ·  415 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Victor Gischler is a master of the class-act literary spoof, and his work has drawn comparison to that of Douglas Adams, Kurt Vonnegut, and Thomas Pynchon.
Now, Gischler turns his attention to werewolves, alchemists, ghosts, witches, and gun-toting Jesuit priests in Vampire a Go-Go, a hilarious romp of spooky, Gothic entertainment. Narrated by a ghost whose spirit is chain
Trade Paperback, 337 pages
Published September 2009 by Touchstone Books (first published 2009)
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What a fun book! I get tired of all the dark brooding characters in vampire stories sometimes and it's great to read one with some humor. Damn good humor at that.

How can you go wrong with a story that starts out with Allen Cabbot, a grad student with a thing for Bronte, meeting with a college official who's office is full of budgies named Admiral Snodgrass and smokes a joint while informing him of his new summer assignment in Prague.

Things get interesting soon after that with violent Jesuit prie
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Sep 29, 2009 {dvc} rated it 4 of 5 stars
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After a dose of Faulkner and Barthelme I found it time to take a break from all that heady stuff with Baton Rouge resident Victor Gischler's supernatural romp through Prague. And quite a romp it was, what with machine gun toting priests, seductive vampiresses, wooden golems and a lycanthrope thrown in to boot.

A self-admitted parody of Dan Brown's almost too popular 'crack the code to solve the ancient mystery' motif, I found this a highly entertaining read. Gischler's prose is tight, his humor
Danielle Klassen
The title Vampire a Go-Go is apt for this book because it picks up from the beginning and never really lets you go. Following a grad student on his way through Prague and a war between the Vatican and a secret society in search of the philosopher's stone, it pulls you very quickly through this poor bastard's trials. It's funny, fast and has a few decently brutal moments that are both unexpected and sometimes even shocking. I really loved this book for all that it had and believe me, it's actuall ...more
Entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable. Gischler's writing, while vivid and bloody, also contains a wonderful metafictional wit. The book gives the reader the expected genre trappings, but clearly understands and plays with cliche. Vampire a Go-Go doesn't take itself too seriously while still delivering quality. I will certainly pick up Gischler's other books!
Allen Cabbot, a skilled researcher, is sent to Prague as an assistant to the Professor Evergreen who professes to be studying Kafka. It wouldn't be a story if the Evergreen didn't have seemingly sinister intentions, with implications that sends Allen along for the ride of his life. Edward Kelley narrates from his place in the Prague castle and dutifully details Allen and Co's tribulations.

There are no linguistic pyrotechnics, plotting and characterization is relatively simple. Then why is Gischl

Hillarious! I never read anything by the author before but when do some research (well, you know browsing the webs and all) he's actually has another book Go Go Girls which is also good. I wish I have the copy and read it straight away! He writes the book without saving anything best for the last since I think he's giving good in every page. Every chapters serve you with a very fast pace and it has good simplicity on the writing. I love it straight away. The characters are predictable but it's g
I first encountered Victor Gischler’s prose work with his post-apocalyptic novel “Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse.” It was a book with a really fun sounding title. So it had a lot to live up to, and it more than exceeded my expectations. So I was happy to pick up the writer’s follow up novel “Vampire A Go-Go.”

In “Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse” Gischler did a fun, action packed comedic riff on the post-apocalyptic genre. With “Vampire A Go-Go, the author attempts to do the same things with the supe
Never judge a book by its cover. Don't judge it by its title either.

It never really occurred to me whilst reading Gischler's Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse (a book I really, really enjoyed, by the way), but the eponymous go-go girls of the title barely feature in the book at all. The reader finally gets to know them for about one chapter, and it's towards the tail-end of the book. They show up, kick some ass, and then ride off into the sunset. Literally. One could argue that the title isn't reall
Vampires, werewolves, templars and witches oh my! I remembered reading go-go girls of the apocalypse, and the title of this one caught my name. They have no apparent connection (at least not from what I remember), but it was extremely clever marketing - I only picked it up to see it was by the same author because of the title.

Quick, fun, funny read involving the secret of immortality and a literature grad student with a thing for the brontes
Katie M.
This book was probably one of the few vampire books that I CAN'T call a cliche. I mean, how many times did a Priest with a machine try to kill Edward Cullen? My guess, would be never, but then again I never finished Breaking Dawn so I could be wrong.
I LOVED Edward Kelley, in the beginning but by the end, I kind of stopped liking him so much, I don't really have a reason why, but eh.
Zabel, who really wasn't even a major characer, so I dont know why I'm talking about him, reminded me of Magnus
Vampire a Go-Go is a spoof or lampooning on all things supernatural: werewolves, vampires, witches, wizards, Harry Potter...and it all seemed perfectly normal (oh, yeah and ghosts and machine handling Jesuits). Victor Gischler writes in an easy manner with an easy flow. Since this is a stand alone work of fiction, the reader can enjoy the simplicity of the characters.

Vampire a Go-Go follows Allan Cabbot, a nerdy grad student sent to Prague to serve as a research assistant to Dr. Evergreen. Litt
Liza Gilbert
This book has some Christopher Moore moments, but not enough of them to sustain interest. Allen is a professor's assistant in Prague where the professor is supposedly working on a chapter about Kafka. I'm stopping at page 115, and so far there have been no mention of vampires. There have been pornographic guidebooks, sorority sister witches, Jesuits with machine guns, and strange narrative flashbacks by a ghost.

That said, the writing is just plain boring. There really are interesting moments (se
Allen, in order to stay in school working on his Masters, is forced to take a summer job as Dr. Evergreen's research assistant. He goes to the Prague never realizing what he's getting into.

Before he's done, he gets involved with a vampire, a werewolf, witches, alchemists, wizards, and a squad of heavily armed Jesuit priests.

The story alternates between now and the sixteenth century where the narrator lived when he was alive. I forgot to mention the ghost.

Everyone's after the fabled Philosopher'
This book has it all sex drugs witches wear wolves wizards ghost vampires machine gun wheeling priest oh and did I mention zombies with a dash of twisted humour! I really enjoied this book
Nicole Fuchs
Interesting story but honestly my least favorite of his work. I haven't read it in years, I'll have to read it again soon.
'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. ...more
I think Victor Gischler is a hilarious writer- his books are offbeat, imaginative, and amusing. This book is about a lazy college student who gets shanghaied into a summer job in Prague working for a professor known to be difficult. The professor's wife is very pale and beautiful. In alternating sections of the book, our hero reaches Prague and starts meeting strange people. In the other sections, an alchemist from the late 1500's is involved in experiments for Emperor Rudolf. The plots come tog ...more
Chet Reagan
No Go Go Girls of the Apocalypse. But not that bad.
Suzanne (Doppleganger)
Vampire a Go-Go is a brilliant spoof of the search-for-ancient-treasure genre. It has all the necessary elements, an academic scholar who doesn't know what he's getting into, a Freemason splinter group, and a group of Vatican priests all searching for a lost treasure with mystical powers. That's the standard formula and Gischler screws with it by adding too much...vampires, werewolves, witches, golems, ghosts, alchemists, zombies, and probably more I've left out. The result is often corny, but a ...more
Feb 09, 2012 Natalien rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: nobody
Adventure with Philosopher's Stone as a main theme!! Wrong cover, wrong title, misleading cover story - probably to attract more attention on the popular vampire hype, but I feel plainly lied to.

Anyway, story was fairly good if not overdone. There was some attempt at being funny which didn't work. Characters were being killed before they were fully developed.

I'd not recommend it, I just grabbed it from the library shelf for search of easy (it was) vampire novel (there was one vampire but she did
Michael Hawk
To me, this book just really dragged compared to Gischler's other work. I found it really hard to get into and I finished I think just for the sake of finishing. I cared little for any of the characters and the big plot twists were pretty well telegraphed. There are some very interesting visuals created from priests with guns etc., but there is also a distinct lack of vampire action for a book with vampire in the title. If you like Victor, it's worth some time, but if you're new to him, start so ...more
Oct 03, 2009 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: guys
Wow, this book was so obviously written by a guy - he talks about hard-on's and makes the female characters talk in the way guys WANT them to rather than how we actually speak.

That being said, if you ignore the profanity that is liberally sprinkled throughout and the sexual references that are even more prevalent it's not a bad story - a vamp, zombies, ghosts, lycanthropes, witches, warlocks and more. Oh, and a completely normal guy tossed into the middle of it all trying to solve everything.
Gischler's novel takes the world of vampires, werewolves (excuse me, lycanthropes), golems, wizards, ghosts, wizards, golems, and a hunt for immortality and twists it around in a subtly humorous romp through the Czech Republic. Allen Cabbot finds his life changed after being sent to Prague in a supposed research capacity - only to come face to face with gun-toting Jesuits, wannabe witches, literal talking heads, and a spectre involved in harnessing the power of the philosopher's stone.
Again, I read this book because the author teaches on of my kids. It's kind of a take off on Dracula....kind of...loosely.... There's a ghost in Prague, and alchemists, and guntoting Jesuits and werewolves and university grad students studying abroad. I didn't like it as much as Go-Go girls of the Apocalypse. And that's a statement I never thought I'd make.
Gischler is pretty good if you're in the right mood for him.
Steve Malley
If you like a fast, funny, fantastic read, you NEED to grab some Gischler!

'Vampire' does for horror what 'Apocalypse' did for sci-fi: It grabs its genre and runs away laughing, having a hell of a blast the whole time. And it still delivers plenty of thrills and chills!

Gischler mostly does noirish crime, but this book and Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse show that he is one writer who shouldn't be pigeonholed... :)
The title is a little deceiving. Vampire a Go-Go has its share of vampires, but it also has werewolves, zombies, ghosts and alchemists along with an assortment of armed witches and priests. Gischler wraps all these elements up in a humorous little package which resembles a science fiction horror mystery thriller.

Read the rest of my review at:
Valary O
I liked the ghost narrator and the mix of historical scenes with modern day adventure but it seemed to try to throw a little too much into the mix. I've read other reviews that talked about the humor of it and that's it's a parody. I didn't really get that feel from it but perhaps this just wasn't a good choice for the first book I've read by Victor Gischler.
Fast paced and funny, so it was really easy to get through quickly. Story line was a little lacking, but overall not an awful book. I wish we'd gotten more from the ghost. He was an incredibly interesting character. Although he only narrated and gave us flashbacks, I still feel as though he should have been given a little more attention.
it wasn't terrible, it was ok. A young man is sent to find an ancient 'stone' by a vampire seductress which two wizards also want to find, so a secret society and priests are sent to prevent the stone from being found. Wizards, witches, vampires and werewolves, sounds interesting but it turned out just to be OK.
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