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3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  502 Ratings  ·  66 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
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Trade Paperback, 337 pages
Published September 2009 by Touchstone (first published 2009)
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Brett
Sep 14, 2009 Brett rated it it was amazing
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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Winterking
Jul 29, 2014 Winterking rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vampire
Now this is what I call a fun read. I literally hated putting it down, but other things must be done from time to time. Vampire a Go- Go is about the adventures and discoveries of two people from different time periods. You have the narrator Edward Kelly, along with the unwilling participant in this tale, Allen Cabbot.
This wild ride that takes place mainly in the city of Prague, but begins in the United States. Poor Allen is selected to accompany one of his college professors on a trip to Prague
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{dvc}
Sep 18, 2009 {dvc} rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-w
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
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Amy
Jan 07, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
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!
Dave
Mar 12, 2010 Dave rated it really liked it
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
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Leew49
Feb 28, 2015 Leew49 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, humor, gothic
Allen Cabbot, a student at Gothic State, is assigned to accompany Professor Evergreen and his eerily seductive wife to spend the summer in Prague researching Kafka. But after two mysterious deaths (and more to come), it becomes inescapably obvious that there is much more to the trip than learning about the author of THE METAMORPHOSIS. In fact Evergreen and others are determined to find the legendary philosopher' stone and use its fearsome magical power for their own dark agendas. With a McGuffin ...more
Darlyn
Jul 10, 2010 Darlyn rated it really liked it

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
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Danielle Klassen
Sep 27, 2014 Danielle Klassen rated it really liked it
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
zxvasdf
Oct 21, 2010 zxvasdf rated it really liked it
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
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Katie M.
Sep 20, 2009 Katie M. rated it liked it
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
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Gwen
May 01, 2010 Gwen rated it it was ok
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
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Liza Gilbert
Aug 09, 2009 Liza Gilbert rated it it was ok
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
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Randy
Sep 02, 2009 Randy rated it it was amazing
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'
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Ron
Mar 27, 2011 Ron rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, horror, vampires
'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
Tasula
Apr 16, 2012 Tasula rated it really liked it
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
Jennifer
Sep 25, 2009 Jennifer rated it liked it
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.
Natalien
Feb 08, 2012 Natalien rated it it was ok
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
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Michael Hawk
Jan 05, 2012 Michael Hawk rated it it was ok
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
Suzanne (Doppleganger)
Oct 13, 2009 Suzanne (Doppleganger) rated it it was amazing
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
Rlbrown
Aug 05, 2011 Rlbrown rated it it was amazing
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:

http://www.examiner.com/book-in-ann-a...
M
Jul 30, 2011 M rated it really liked it
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.
Issam
Oct 14, 2011 Issam rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, vampires, pulp
This book is the perfect remedy for a genre of dark and broody things. It's sexy, action packed, and a lot of fun. The sarcastic narrative gave me some genuine laugh out-loud moments, and hooked me from the very first chapter.

I'd recommend both this and the Apocalypse variant if you're looking for something witty and absurd, without the sacrifice of a good story. Christopher Moore fans will 'get it', and feel right at home.
Topher
Oct 18, 2014 Topher rated it really liked it
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
Steve Malley
Jan 01, 2011 Steve Malley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers, horror
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... :)
Kyrie
Jan 24, 2011 Kyrie rated it liked it
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.
Carlos Trevino
Aug 25, 2012 Carlos Trevino rated it really liked it
I've never been too into the whole werewolf/vampire scene, but this book did a good job of not making them the whole story. The author does a great job of making you feel just like the protagonist in that you're not sure who are the good and bad guys until the protagonist does. Gischler delivers once again.
Lauren
May 23, 2013 Lauren rated it liked it
Shelves: mindless-reads
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.
Acurtis49
Jan 13, 2013 Acurtis49 rated it it was ok
Not that "go-go girls of the apocalypse" was a deep and philosophical story but it did have a very nice fast-paced fun style to it. This story unfortunately speeds up, slows down, speeds up, slows down, speeds up, slows down and just didn't do it for me, but I'm still going to give the author another chance.
Mokieblylk
Jan 24, 2011 Mokieblylk rated it it was ok
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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Victor Gischler is an American author of humorous crime fiction.
Gischler's debut novel Gun Monkeys was nominated for the Edgar Award, and his novel Shotgun Opera was an Anthony Award finalist. His work has been translated into Italian, French, Spanish and Japanese. He earned a Ph.D. in English at the University of Southern Mississippi. His fifth novel Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse was published in
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