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Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  1,725 Ratings  ·  264 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; electrici ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published July 8th 2008 by Touchstone
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Amy
This book is complete garbage, and it's great. The quote from James Rollins on the front of the book says it all: "Part Christopher Moore, part Quentin Tarantino, Victor Gischler is a raving, badass genius." I'd personally say that the story is a trashy rated R smash up of the television series "Jeremiah" and Cormac McCarthy's The Road.

Mortimer sees the end of the world coming and maxes out 3 credit cards to buy enough supplies to see him through the impending apocalypse. And since his wife has
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Siri
Feb 09, 2009 Siri rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse!" I thought to myself. "What could possibly go wrong with this book?" MANY THINGS.
David Barbee
Mar 25, 2010 David Barbee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The blurb on the cover of Go-Go Girls compares Victor Gischler to Christopher Moore. Besides a sense of humor, there isn’t much similarity. Moore’s work is more absurd and less gritty than Go-Go Girls, which is a story about the end of the world, but it takes place entirely in the South. Thankfully, Victor Gischler is from the South, so he’s able to pull this off.

By happenstance, Mortimer Tate was perfectly prepared for the apocalypse, holed up on a mountain with tons of supplies. After nine yea
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Raegan Butcher
Nov 02, 2008 Raegan Butcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the funniest, most irreverent and entertaining books I've read in years.
Jay Daze
Jun 06, 2010 Jay Daze rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, hated
Like a poster for a exploitative horror movie with a hot chick cradling her machine gun in her arms, this books brings in the punters with it's naughty title but fails to deliver well executed action, humour, or sexiness.

Instead we follow hapless Mortimer, ex-accountant, looking for his ex-wife in post-Apocalyptic America. I guess Mortimer: Accountant Avenger just wasn't going to sell as many books. The book is an easy read and I did finish it almost painlessly. Up until the last couple of chap
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Nathan
Dec 16, 2010 Nathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010, sci-fi
When I stumbled upon this book I thought it looked ridiculous and fun. The concept of a post apocalyptic civilization run by a go-go club just seemed too good to pass up. I was pleased with what I found. The book is funny, exciting, and cute. The plot makes sense, the character motivations are understandable and easy to identify with, and, surprisingly, it manages to throw in just enough substance to give it a point greater than just fun. No I really mean that last part. If you just finished, go ...more
Bandit
Jul 01, 2016 Bandit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of those instances where the book lives up to its title and cover precisely. You'd think silly fun and you'd be right, it is. Of course, not so fun for Mortimer Tate, a former insurance salesman who survived the apocalypse alone on top of the mountain for nine years until he decided to rejoin what's left of civilization. People are crap...pretty much universally, hence the apocalypse occurring in the first place, but he finds a few good ones, a best friend/sidekick cosplay cowboy an ...more
Paul
Jan 28, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys Post-Apocalypitic stories with humour, minus Zombies
Shelves: apocalyptic-post
"Sorry i had to burn you with the cigarette," Terry said. "I had to keep up appearances."
"No problem." Mortimer kneed him in the balls."
Terry whuffed air, bent in half, groaned.
"OK. That's cool. I deserve that."

A fun romp through a Post-Apocalyptic America, with Mortimer & his side-kicks 'Buffalo' Bill & Sheila.
One part 'The Road', nine parts Quentin Tarantino. My first look at a book from Gischler & it won't be my last. A real page turner. I finished this in a couple of sittings, i
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Jan
Apr 22, 2015 Jan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
Mortimer Tate is pretty much an asshole. Are you telling me after 10 years he suddenly wants to find his wife? Some of the vignettes are ridiculous - particularly the one in the insane asylum. I found this book so shallow that I could not force myself to keep reading it.
Agathafrye
Apr 21, 2009 Agathafrye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
I got into a discussion with my friend Alex about this book when we were both about 60 pages in. She was telling me that she didn't think she could finish it because it was so irritatingly sexist. I was more willing to give it the benefit of the doubt, but after finishing it... yeah, it was pretty sexist. However, I still enjoyed the imaginative apocalyptic scenarios, and there were some interesting characters in there too. It's clear that this author spent a lot of time fantasizing about what t ...more
Sarah
Oct 15, 2010 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-fiction, 2010
Words cannot adequately describe how abysmally awful, brainless, stupid, degrading, and boring this book is. It's as if a bunch of drunk, horny half-witted junior high boys mashed a bunch of elements from far greater end-of-the-world novels (and the wizard of oz) and tried unsuccessfully to make them funny with attempted witticisms and cartoonish blood and guts.

I was hoping that the title was tongue-in-cheek. Unfortunately, not the case. The friend that recommended this book and thrust it into
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Lacey
Mar 03, 2010 Lacey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a fun gun slinging fast paced book. There is never a dull moment. Which I guess there wouldnt be with the world as we know it ending.
Mort, his friend Bill and woman side kick Shelia make a romp through a fallen world. Their lives are much simpler and much harder than ours. Food is scarce, no oil, not much in the form of transportation, go-go girls, Freddy's horrible liquor, and canibals keep the 3 of them busy. They are on a quest to save the only piece of civilization that is left
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Amy
Jun 05, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm officially a huge Gischler fan. There aren't a lot of ways to approach the fall of civilization as we know it, but doing so with wry, dark comedy never goes out of style. Gischler focuses his sardonic gaze on modern American life and examines the tragedy of both its existence and inevitable loss; following an Average Joe as he learns to navigate the post-apocalyptic U.S., the story manages to never take itself too seriously while treading on some very serious waters. Completed by the "buddy" ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
If a post-apocalyptic book can be funny, this is it!

Basic summary: The world has been over for nine years, and Mortimer has been cozy and safe, protected in a mountain fortress he bought for himself when he saw the end coming. But he gets bored and decides to wander, and finds that the former United States is still in chaos, but a chain of strip clubs have started to be the center of new communities. Then he decides to look for his wife....

This is a quick read, full of blood and guts and stripp
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Kemper
Nov 18, 2008 Kemper rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of end-of-the-world apocalyptic stories and anything with bizarre humor, I was expecting a lot more from this book. The best part is the title. It's got a few clever ideas, but not that funny. Mostly, it's just one excuse for a gunfight after another.
Scott Cupp
Sep 04, 2008 Scott Cupp rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Go, go. Read, read! Victor Gischler is a joy waiting to be discovered by mainstream America. This is THE ROAD as it probably should have been.
John Mcconahey
What happens after the apocalypse? This is one man’s story.



Mortimer Tate is a Spring City, Tennessee insurance salesman who decides he will not sign his final divorce decree. He stocks an amazing amount of supplies in a cave on a mountaintop and goes into hiding from his wife. After massive earthquakes and nuclear detonations totally disrupt the entire earth, he waits about nine years before deciding to come down the mountain and see what’s happening. Those who remain have self-preservation on t
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Ken
Sep 10, 2008 Ken rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who enjoy summer action movies.
I worked with Victor when we lived in Oklahoma, and although the genre in which he writes is not my usual fare, I always read his books. Although this book does not focus on hit-men, the mob, and other hired killers, one can still find plenty of sex, guns, and violence (although this one is a little lighter on the sex).

Set 10 years after an apocalypse, the book begins with the emergence of Mortimet Tate who has been holed up in a cave which he initially made habitable as he planned to escape rea
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Monk
Sep 03, 2008 Monk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I am a self professed apocalyptic fiction fan. I started with Stephen King's 'The Gunslinger', moved to a book by Robert McCammon called Swan Song in tenth grade, and read many more before reading the granddaddy of all end of the world novels, The Stand, turning once again in King's direction.

All of those books made the end of days seem so real. Plaguelands stretching across America. Nuclear war forging a new era. The slow decay into decadence, madness and eventual final quiet.

Go-Go Girls of the
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Proditor
Hmmm. It's an interesting read. It makes a lot of assumptions about the nature of man, and I'd love to say that they're wrong, but I think I'd be lying unfortunately. The book is over the top, at times funny, at times morbid. It's Post-apocalypse at it's best and worst. I definitely have to give Gischler credit for one very important thing though, and that's finding a way to make the hero sympathetic and identifible. It would be more difficult to get in to the mind of one of the other survivors, ...more
Joshua
Jul 09, 2008 Joshua rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who wishes there were more nudity at the end of the world
Do I really need to say anymore? I mean does anything else need to be said about a book called Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse . Frankly that alone should be enough. I was sold and so should you.

For those still reading though, here's the synopsis: This is story of a man named Mortimer who was one of the few people smart enough to fully supply a cave with all of life's necessities and then live in said cave as the world fell apart around him. 9 years later he begins to wonder what has come of the
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Jason (RawBlurb)
Jan 05, 2015 Jason (RawBlurb) rated it really liked it
I will keep this short and simple.

“[...] whether you’re fleeing violent rape gangs, remembering those lost loved ones, or daydreaming of a future where wild dogs no longer roam the streets, we hope you’ll keep making Jack Daniel’s your preferred beverage.”

If the above quote makes you smile a little, or want to grab a drink, this book is going to be right up your alley.

Victor Gischler really nailed this. The end of the world, gang rivalry juicers, booze drugs cannibals, religious nuts, machine gu
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Emily
Sep 13, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those wanting parody with their dystopian stories
Hilarious at times, a bleak view of humanity at others. This runs the gamut from straight out parody, tinges of comedy, outright violence, sexy post-apocalyptic brothel/watering holes, and Mortimer Tate is the unlikely hero of our story. He's been inserted into a post-apocalyptic time where the currencies are booze, guns, ammo, and sex. His 10 years of voluntary seclusion required a bit of a leap for him to re-enter society, but in the new world, he's even more out of place. I enjoyed the comple ...more
Irving Drinkwine
May 02, 2015 Irving Drinkwine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
I read a lot of dry scientific texts and I have read many weighty tombs of literature. My preference for books (for the most part) are light to medium , enjoyable reads. If the book has a glossary of characters or a guide to pronouncing the names or even a genealogy, I'm probably not going to like it. This is even more the case when they put it at the end and I don't find it until I'm done reading the book.
This is not the case with Go-Go Girls. No that it matters too much when I read a book but
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Jae
Sep 17, 2014 Jae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Um, what can I say about this book? I read it in a few days. It's funny and crazy and frenetic. The main character, Mortimer Tate, ends up naked and tied to something about 10 times. Go-Go girls play a very small part in it; in fact, Ted Turner actually has a larger part. It features drinks with names like Freddy's Piss Yellow Ale and Freddy's Bowl Explosion Bourbon. If you like Christopher Moore, you might like this tasty little piece of farcical whimsy.

Mortimer Tate sees humans for the first t
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Jason Fischer
Jan 22, 2011 Jason Fischer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was fantastic! Some great dark humour here, and a brilliant use of all the common tropes found in post-apocalyptic fiction. It's a love story, a voyage of self-discovery, and also a tour-guide of a world that is halfway between Fallout 3 and the Postman, if said setting was rolling sweaty drunk, looking to pick a fight, and keen to see some cage-dancing girls immediately afterwards. Highly recommended for those who like their scorched earths littered with wise-cracking weirdos. Gold!
Leew49
Mar 21, 2015 Leew49 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mortimer Tate survives the collapse of civilization by hiding in a well-stocked cabin in the mountains of Tennessee. After eight years without human contact--seldom even hearing his own voice--Mortimer decides to leave the relative safety of his hermit-like existence and re-enter what is left of the world. He wants to find his ex-wife. Or does he? Embarking on a strange odyssey through what had been the American Southeast, Mortimer soon falls in with Buffalo Bill, an American western enthusiast ...more
Tim Gourley
Aug 11, 2008 Tim Gourley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Christopher Moore fans
Shelves: sci-fi
This book is a nice quick read if you like absurdist fiction. It does feel a bit like a Christopher Moore novel, but with less paranormal activity and more raw violence. It is hilarious, but definitely by no means a literary classic. It's entertaining though and the characters are fairly interesting.
Rose Quartz
May 25, 2016 Rose Quartz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was honestly a really fun read. I devoured it in only a few sittings and never really got bored. Gischler's writing style was fun and interesting and fit the tone of the book nicely.

When it comes down to the actual plot, archetypes, etc. though, it's lacking. It's a typical fantasy book where the main character goes from one adventure to another, with none of them really furthering the plot or relating to one another.

The main character himself, Mortimer Tate, reads very much as though
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John
Apr 17, 2016 John rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I chalk this rating up mostly to reader failure on my part. I really, really liked Vampire a G0-G0 and wanted to give this one a try since it's been on my bookshelf for several years. I think if you like post apocalyptic settings this one will rank a star or 2 higher. Sadly, for me, the setting isn't very appealing. Couple that with the novel being an "on the road" story with a bit of absurdity thrown in and I can't really buy into the narrative. As a result, I often found myself muddling throug ...more
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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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“Mortimer had maxed three credit cards stocking the cave with canned goods and medical supplies and tools and everything a man needed to live through the end of the world. There were more than a thousand books along shelves in the driest part of the cave. There used to be several boxes of pornography until Mortimer realized that he'd spent nearly ten days in a row sitting in the cave masturbating. He burned the dirty magazines to keep from doing some terrible whacking injury to himself.” 5 likes
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