Monday, July 29, 2013
Review of The Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse by Victor Gischler (Touchstone, 2008)
The Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse is best taken for what it is, a slice of fun, often cartoonish and violent, apocalyptic noir. Think of it as a summer action movie, not an art-house film. The plot just about hangs together, although it sometimes uneven and teeters on the edge of collapse, the prose is workmanlike and the characterisation a little thin, but the pace and energy keeps the tale moving forward through a series of trials for Mortimer Tate, his sidekick, Buffalo Bill, and tag-along stripper, Sheila. Moreover, Gischler does conjure up a reasonably coherent vision of a post-apocalyptic society that is part Mad Max and part Wild West. Taken on those terms, the book is an entertaining and enjoyable escapist yarn.