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Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor Gischler – entertaining as hell

February 11, 2021 Leave a comment Go to comments

Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor Gischler (2008) Not available in French.

How to describe Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor Gischler? Crazy, fun, violent, ironic and so true about human nature.

We’re in the future, Mortimer Tate has just spent the last ten years in his hide-out in the Tennessee mountains. Initially, he set it up to escape his soon-to-be ex-wife, Anne. But when the end of the world as we know, he was safely tucked away in his cave and missing all the drama.

After ten years of solitude, he’s ready to go down from his mountain and see what happened to other human beings. His first encounter with fellow humans ends with three casualties.

He eventually finds his way back to “civilization” only to discover that the USA are a mess. There’s no petrol anymore and cars are abandoned along highways. There’s no electricity, unless you have servants who ride static bikes to generate it. People have to fight for their lives. The US dollar doesn’t exist any longer.

The only thing that seems to be running are Johnny Armaggedon’s sassy A-Go-Go Strip Clubs. People find some sort of normalcy in drinking beer, watching lap dances, getting drunk, eating proper food and sleeping in a true hotel room. Armageddon’s organization has set up an ecosystem to keep the bars running. They need to a supply chain to provide for the booze, the food and keep the hotel rooms clean and ready. Therefore, they created their own money and then their bank to secure the money.

A system of loyalty membership is set up and Tate becomes the richest man in Spring Town and Platinium Member in Armageddon when he sells thirty-five bottles of genuine Johnny Walker. 

Tate feels guilty that he left his wife in the dark regarding his mountain cave and he’s determined to find her. He heard through the grapevine that she’s in Atlanta, so, that’s where he’s headed.

Flanked by a would-be cowboy, Buffalo Bill and a would-be stripper, Sheila, Mortimer Tate embarks in a dangerous journey and finds himself in the middle of the battle between Armageddon’s people and their opponents, the violent Red Stripes who also intend to rule the world and control booze supply.

And with their travels, Gischler describes this post-apocalyptic world, how people tried to cope and survive.

Needless to say, this is a fast-paced plot where the protagonists travel slowly and run into formidable dangers at every corner. It has the same vibe as the Charlie Harding series by Duane Swiercszynski, only Swiercszynski is funnier. They almost die at every chapter, and each step in their journey gives them more information about the two organizations at war. They’ll have to take a side.

Behind the basic entertainment, the book, as often with SF or crime, is more serious than it sounds. After all, Gischler tells us that, after a collapse coming from a worldwide conflict, the people who would rebuild the world would do it through the booze-and-sex business. That’s the only thriving method to give the world a foundation for a new society. What does it say about Western civilization, eh?

Recommended when you’re in the mood for an action movie. Here’s Guy’s review (far better than mine) and thanks for the book, Guy! 

  1. February 12, 2021 at 3:00 am

    I’m glad you like it–thought you would.

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    • February 12, 2021 at 5:22 pm

      Yes, great fun and exactly what I was looking for when I started it.
      You seem to read less books like this now.

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  2. February 12, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    I enjoyed both yours and Guy’s reviews. The premise is a good one, though it’s funny how the end of world always seems to occur in America. Now I have to find Swiercszynski.

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    • February 12, 2021 at 5:21 pm

      Several Swiercszynski post on my blog and on Guy’s. It’s great fun and I think you’d like him.

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  3. February 14, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Isn’t this just what the American South is like? (I’m joking. I think.)

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    • February 16, 2021 at 9:39 pm

      🙂 I don’t know. (Yet. Visit scheduled in 2022, if things go according to plan)

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      • February 17, 2021 at 8:31 pm

        That should be interesting, I’ve spent some time in different parts of Virginia and had one VERY disconcerting business trip to Alabama and that’s it.

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        • February 18, 2021 at 7:36 am

          Looking forward to it. I haven’t forgotten the Montana/Wyoming project either.

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  4. February 16, 2021 at 10:00 pm

    You were commenting on the many genres I read, but actually I rarely read books with a lot of humor. This one sounds like a great combo

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    • February 16, 2021 at 10:12 pm

      It’s fun like a crazy Tarantino. Déjanté, you know.
      Have a look at The Blonde by Duane Swierczynski, too.

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