UPDATE !!! UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!!
Thanks to all of you generous types, we hit our goal FAST. Now it's time to "stretch" for a NEW GOAL.
IF WE CAN GET UP TO 6,000 dollars, I WILL WRITE A 3rd GO-GO NOVEL!
Because good things come in trilogies, right!
And if you know a pal who liked the first book, give 'em a nudge and let them know there's a sequel coming.
If this Kickstarter project is successful, the result will be the eBook Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse II: The Luxury Wars. After "the fall" the only enclaves of civilization are a chain of Go-Go clubs called Joey Armageddon's Sassy A-Go-Go. But when the clubs are overrun by violent mobs, civilization takes a giant step backwards. Now, the people with the guns and the food hold up behind walls and fences. But soon the warlords of this new dark age long for luxuries of the past. Sure they can brew up some bathtub gin for their martinis, but just where the heck do you get a jar of olives? Did you ever wake up in the morning and think "I would kill for a cup of coffee"? Well, in this post-apocalyptic world, those words are meant literally, and a person could get rich providing luxury items to those who can afford it. But beware! Risking your neck on luxury scavenger hunts doesn't always turn out well for those involved.
Although the most likley readers for this novel are those who read the original GO-GO, the book will be very friendly to new readers, so don't worry about being lost. We'll have a whole new cast of characters ... although we'll be visiting with some old friends too. Check out these very generous reviews for the original Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse:
girls and alcohol occupy almost every inch of this raucous thrill ride,
providing nonstop opportunities for both action and comedy…the humor of this
armageddon western is woven deeply enough to keep Mortimer's adventures feeling
like a party." - Publishers Weekly
"fast, funny and action-packed...Gischler continues to demonstrate that he's one of the freshest and most talented voices in genre fiction." - Chicago Sun-Times
"Gischler specializes in morbid humor, dark sarcasm, and comic noir, complete with violence and mayhem. Eccentric seriocomic sf in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, this postapocalyptic adventure is recommended for most mature sf readers." - Library Journal
"Although this dark comedy makes one laugh, it isn't a romp in a postapocalyptic playground. It's violent and sleazy, laced with moments of quiet gravity, an intelligent satire of how American society works even after it has broken down (the label for post-apocalypse Jack Daniel's in chapter 23 is pure comic gold). Compulsively readable." - Booklist
"smart and entertaining, a satisfying warm-weather read" - San Francisco Chronicle
"a robust cocktail...Gischler’s tone is wry with wit but sensible enough to be earnest and, at times, unabashedly horrific...you’ll shudder at the starkness and chortle with laughter at the same time--this is one hellishly good read." - Steve Ekstrom, Newsarama
"This is the book that surprised me the most. This is a living, breathing
world where the worst things you can imagine could happen, do. The scariest
part is how plausible it is. I daresay it’s even better than Cormac McCarthy’s
slightly overrated THE ROAD, because its satire is a lot smarter. And because
of how funny it is, the horror of the world’s situation is even more horrific.
I can’t believe how great this book is. Go find out for yourself." - Cameron
"Dystopian western a la Mad Max or dark satire of American culture and world politics, Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse is a suspenseful ride from start to finish and lives up to its wild name." - Sacramento Book Review
"utterly insane, hyperkinetic...one action scene after another, linked together to tell the tale of a man trying to find sense in an insane world...way too much fun to miss out on...sheer entertainment." - SF Site
"Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse is a unique science fiction account that’s as gory as it is funny. Gischler’s wild imagination astounds page after page...an impressive work" - John T. Battaglia, Philadelphia Examiner
WHY AN eBOOK?
A fair question. Although steps are being taken toward a print version, an eBook is convenient and affordable, so that's what is being offered at this time. More folks every day are hopping aboard the Kindle and Nook bandwagons. (A .Pdf file is also an option.)
Another good question. You guys are sharp! I've lost count of the people who have asked (and are still asking) for a Go-Go sequel. Normally I would just go write a novel and try to sell it. But sequels are a slightly different animal. When Go-Go wasn't an instant best-seller, my publisher seemed to lose interest. And other publishers generally won't publish a sequel if they don't have rights to the first novel. But Go-Go turned out to be the little novel that could, and it slowly -- but steadily -- found its audience. Four printings and a film option later, here we are. Kickstarter and eBook publishing allows me to skip the middle man and go directly to YOU the readers.
Of course, mostly, I just want to get copies of the book into the hands of readers, so the rewards at the lower levels (the most popular) are typical for this kind of project. But if there are some of you ultra generous types out there, I've come up with some rewards at the high end which might seem a bit odd but are very sincere. Let's see what happens.
The fudning goal for this project is 3000 smackers. But if we go past that, then I will "unlock" a new funding goal.
Ultimately you will vote with your dollars on whether or not this book will be written. I write for a living and have published seven novels, so rest assured, I'll follow through if you help make this happen. Whatever the result, I want to thank all my readers. You guys are tops.
- (45 days)