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The Gunfighter and The Gear-Head (The Raven Ladies #1)

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  334 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
An apocalyptic alien invasion set humanity on the edge of extermination. Unable to match technology with the invaders, humanity bet their existence on their physical strength overcoming. In a desperate last stand by the world's greatest scientists, the cataclysm electromagnetic pulse wiped out all technology on the planet, stranding the aliens on earth, effectively locking ...more
Kindle Edition, 293 pages
Published September 7th 2011 by Day Moon Press
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Feb 07, 2013 Martine rated it did not like it
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Well, that was... uncomfortable. I’m not sure how or why I managed to get through to the end. I loved the premise of the book and as I was reading I kept marvelling at the scope of the story and at its potential as a series. Every moment, every relationship, every bit of human interaction, however, carries an undertone of abuse; selfishness; self-loathing; meanness; and plain old stupidity. Toxic relationships are the norm and you’re left wondering why anyone bothers with anyone else for any rea ...more
Dec 19, 2013 Kaethe marked it as stricken
Author calls non-paid reviewers "twats". Thanks, no.
Bending The Bookshelf
Nov 21, 2011 Bending The Bookshelf rated it really liked it
Shelves: lesbian
Kind of a steampunk, post-apocalyptic, western, alien invasion mash-up, The Gunfighter and The Gear-Head is the most fun I've had between the pages of a book all year. It's sexy, it's funny, it's action-packed, and did I mention, it's sexy? :)

While you'll find the usual steampunk technology here (like steam-powered dirigibles and methanol powered automobiles), it's the more bizarre contraptions that excited me. For example, who wouldn't want a Sapphic Intimate Encounter Reciprocity Concluder tha
Jul 18, 2012 T rated it really liked it
Even in the science fiction genre, there are just so many redundant themes/plots. This story is a great deviation from anything you'll have seen thus far. It combines cowboys and steam-punk beautifully and in a way only someone with the most colorful of imaginations could come up with. The setting and the story line were very interesting and fun. The characters were over the top crazy fun and sexy characters. Very enjoyable journey where the women hold the power.

It lost a star for the abundant r
Wayne Spiceland
Mar 03, 2014 Wayne Spiceland rated it really liked it
I noticed an interesting phenomenon on goodreads in re Cassandra Duffy: There are a bunch of really nasty comments by some "reviewers" The funny thing? Each person applies the same words verbatim in her comment on each of Duffy's works. What this implies is that the person has maybe sampled a story or two, found it not to her liking, and painted each work with the same brush. Or that, maybe, they didn't read anything at all, just based their judgement on what someone else told them. This is disi ...more
Dec 04, 2011 Ni_kii rated it really liked it
After the reptilian Slark’s attacked Earth, civilisation as we know it ceased to exist. In a post-Apocalyptic world, society seems to have reverted back to the old West. When Gieo is shot down from the skies, she finds herself in Tombstone; a town full of crazy Cowboy’s and blind cultists. The Wild West rules are in full effect but amongst the chaos she finds herself undeniably attracted to ex-model and current Gunfighter Fiona. Their passion is apparent to all, but their relationship hits many ...more
Dec 10, 2011 LVLMLeah rated it it was amazing
Wow, this was the most unusual and fun book to read. I don’t think I can even classify it as it’s kind of a hodgepodge of genres that come together in creative and delicious way.

It’s post-apocalyptic America. A war with an alien invader called the Slark has basically destroyed life as people knew it. Although the time period is not clear, references to current pop culture are made so it’s clear it’s sometime in the future but not far from our current time. Since almost all has been destroyed, i
Apr 10, 2013 Kageashi rated it really liked it
The most concise explanation I can give for this piece is that this is how steampunk sci-fi erotica should be written. If Hollywood were to do a blockbuster movie featuring the fallout of an alien invasion reducing society to a mash-up between steampunk and Mad Max and include the blatant eroticism, then this would be the novel to use.

Despite the first chapter's severely rough edges, the book gains its stride in the second chapter and continues a roller-coaster pace: sometimes slow and climbing,
Rachel Storey
Mar 27, 2013 Rachel Storey rated it it was amazing
I have always been a fan of the post-apocalyptic movies like Mad Max, The Postman, and Waterworld. I find the genre fascinating and exciting; survival tactics, ingenuity, and determination. In these settings, there is no place for the weak or timid, but being strong doesn’t have to mean total domination; enter the “reluctant hero”.

In “The Gunfighter & The Gear-Head”, Cassandra Duffy has skillfully blended lizard aliens, wild-west gun fights, blimps, cults, and lesbian romance drama into an e
Sharon L
Sep 24, 2013 Sharon L rated it did not like it
This book simply does not appeal to me with it's content.

Also, I respect the author's wish, which she stated quite politely, to not being reviwed.

On a different subject- that still relates to the book's content (!!!)- the author writes lesbian erotica and also have a website in which she discuss many issues regarding
being a lesbian. As I have a friend who struggles with her sexuality at the moment, I find the author's website a good instrument that might help my friend.

Root over.
Lesbian Reader
Jun 02, 2012 Lesbian Reader rated it really liked it
While not normally my kind of book, I picked this one up and am actually kind of enjoying it. I just finished and read the sequel which I liked as well.
Sep 01, 2012 Kai marked it as nope
Shelves: no-thanks-books
Not happenin'. See comments
Sep 02, 2012 Sandy rated it really liked it
This is another where I wish there was a 3.5. The Gunfighter and the Gearhead is a self-published work that could have used some editing (and a good spell-check) but the story was actually good. It was an odd mix of steam-punk sci-fi, the movie Independence Day (lizard-like aliens invade earth, need to be run off), an old-fashioned spaghetti western, a mafia movie (complete with betrayals) and a lesbian romance. And it had a sense of humor. It is violent--humans and Slark are killed in rather vi ...more
Mike Reid
Feb 21, 2012 Mike Reid rated it it was amazing
Really cool story about a post apocalyptic USA staged in the southwest. The story flows nicely through the conflicts and the main characters, Fiona and Gieo are truly unique. Its kind of like Mad Max meets The Good, The Bad and The Ugly but with lesbian sex..:-)
Cathy Pegau
Dec 28, 2011 Cathy Pegau rated it really liked it
In-depth world building that intrigues and characters you want to sit and have a drink with. And have at your back when the shooting starts. Totally enjoyed the action as well as the emotional journey of each character.

More, please, Ms. Duffy! :)
Apr 28, 2013 Erin rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this. It was unlike anything else I've read in the lesbian romance genre and that's a good thing. Duffy created a strange and interesting world and her leads were very compelling. Gieo and Fiona were very well defined and I ended up caring for them a lot. I've heard this book described as steampunk, but that's only one part and personally I thought it was more post apocalyptic Sci-Fi than anything else.

The relationship between the leads was unorthodox to say the least, but by t
Rebekah Weatherspoon
Mar 23, 2012 Rebekah Weatherspoon rated it really liked it
I'll give this 3.75. Duffy is a very clever writer. This book is busting with surprises and witty dialogue. The characters were distinct and came right off the page, but a few parts did drag. I'm interested to see what else Duffy has to offer.

Also there actually isn't that much sex as other reviews will have you believe, but that did not affect my feelings about the story. Just a heads up.
Jul 15, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it
Good post apocalyptic adventure tale with aliens and steam punk. Also a nice lesbian romance with a small touch of kink. My only complaint is that I prefer to buy ebooks through independent publishers. I got this one through Smashwords but the sequel to this story only seems available through the large houses of kindle or barnes n noble...
Apr 26, 2013 Tina rated it it was ok
Fun concept, mediocre writing and far, far too much BDSM-style sex for the story to carry pulls the rating down. The characters pull it up, but a two is as much as I can give.

Sex, in a story, is neither wrong nor out of place -- IF it fits in the tale. Here it does not.
Aug 31, 2012 Ulli rated it it was amazing
A weird story with weird charakters and lots of laughter, murder, aliens. I loved it, this book is just like a song you hear and love but anyone else will think it is awfull.
Jan 27, 2013 Lee rated it really liked it
quick read....perfect kind of book for a weekend or vacation
Oct 05, 2013 Violette added it
Shelves: ew-no-thanks
No thanks.
Jun 03, 2015 Stephanie rated it really liked it
I picked this book up looking for something pornographic to kill time with and boy, did I misjudge it by its cover. Sex is definitely a part of this book, but to be honest I hardly noticed the sex scenes because I was too busy getting engrossed in the originality and sheer creativity of the alternate Earth Duffy has created.
For me, the beginning was a bit rocky because the characters of Fiona and Gieo didn't capture my attention. Fiona seemed like a Barbie cowgirl fueled by pure chaos and Gieo'
J. David Clarke
Mar 30, 2013 J. David Clarke rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This bizarre hybrid of steampunk, post apocalyptic science fiction western lesbian romance is packed with so much fun, adventure, sex appeal, and humor that I enjoyed it start to finish. Has really fun characters, an utterly insane setting, and lots of heart. Couldn't put it down.
Jill Sorenson
Feb 04, 2012 Jill Sorenson marked it as to-read
Heard great things about this, but I couldn't understand what was going on in the sample. There was some funny dialog, and vibrant character descriptions. Maybe I'll buy one of her short stories.
Dec 20, 2013 Yasmary rated it really liked it
This book was hilarious, violent, and full with lots of awesome sex. I'd even call this a beach read. haha.
Dec 09, 2011 T.S. rated it it was amazing
Lesbian Steampunk. Good read!
Beth Bowden
Jan 20, 2013 Beth Bowden rated it really liked it
Fun read. Lesbian steam punk.
Jan 24, 2015 Sean rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lesbian
I live in suspension of disbelief, so I pretty much enjoy anything I read. In fact, the further away from reality, the better.

With that said, I don't understand how other people can criticize characters in a novel. They are obviously written as the author intended, so really they are criticizing the character as if they were insulting a person to their face. I'm not sure why some readers can't just accept that other people/characters are different from you in terms of intelligence/sense of humo
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