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Labor Pains [Kindle Edition]

C.A. Huggins
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Book Description

“Labor Pains is irreverently funny. ...a glorious celebration of half-ass-ism and mediocrity” - San Francisco Book Review
“This dark comedy with some criminal action thrown in brings a lot of difficult issues up to the surface. ...Four Stars". "This book is chuck-full of 'that’s so wrong' kind of humor, the kind you’ll want to read aloud to your spouse and get them to laugh with you." - Portland Book Review

Hilarious, Darkly Comedic Workplace Novel

Attaining the American Dream One Lie at a Time.

Kevin Taylor is a woefully mediocre man who finds himself at a crossroads in his mid-30's. Everyday his alarm clock wakes him up for the cold realization that he has to go to a job that he downright loathes. His cubicle is his own private cell for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week.

All of his efforts to get a promotion or get another job over the past 10 years have been thwarted by his indifference towards hard work and overall incompetence. He feels destined to be stuck in the glut of the lower middle-class, living from check to check, never having the ability to do the things he wants to do, and going to a passionless job he hates in order to maintain his mediocre fate.

He is then proposed a scenario where he would be guaranteed a promotion at his job by getting all of his rival co-workers fired from their respective positions, thus leaving him as the only candidate for the lone vacancy. This strategy of office terrorism leads him into a string of hysterical occurrences as he quests to get what he thinks he rightfully deserves.

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Editorial Reviews


"Work and the working place environment is a slippery subject matter. C.A. Huggins' humorist approach to this rarely discussed topic is an original and appropriate way to deal with it. It's probably impossible for people to find a job that they would be passionate about all the time. There are many people who aren't happy about their jobs. People, who like Kevin, work out of fear, live from paycheck to paycheck and can actually relate to his situation. ...This dark comedy with some criminal action thrown in brings a lot of difficult issues up to the surface." - Portland Book Review

"While Labor Pains is irreverently funny, it also contains pearls of insight about the dichotomy of work. It's a glorious celebration of half-ass-ism and mediocrity, terrific for readers who recognize the ridiculousness of the struggle to get ahead and appreciate the irony of having to work harder to buy more things that one has to work harder to maintain." - San Francisco Book Review

"This book is chock-full of 'that's so wrong' kind of humor, the kind you'll want to read aloud to your spouse and get them to laugh with you."- Portland Book Review

About the Author

C.A. Huggins is a new author residing in San Diego, CA.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2197 KB
  • Print Length: 371 pages
  • Publisher: Captain of My Ship Publishing (December 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #666,004 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny September 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Kevin Taylor, Huggins's first person narrator of this over-the-top novel about working for a large insurance company, is a slacker who hates his job at Schuster, Thompkins, and Dykes. (That would be "STD" if you get the reference.) He's the kind of guy who can tell you in colorful language all about the shortcomings of his fellow cubical dweebs while inadvertently revealing his own flaws. Thus Kevin is what is known in literature as an "unreliable narrator," in this case he is something like "the naif" who (quoting from Wikipedia) is "a narrator whose perception is immature or limited through his or her point of view" such as Huckleberry Finn or Holden Caulfield. It's a nice technique and Huggins handles it superbly.

Kevin's problem is that he seems both aware and unaware of his shortcomings. We've all known people who are absolutely blind to their faults but seem to have extrasensory vision and a fine gift of gab when it comes to the faults of others. Huggins' protagonist is a richly drawn example.

The novel is filled with all sorts of not entirely bright, sit com comical and crude sorts of characters like "Creepy Bathroom Chuck" who likes to follow people into the bathroom, and homeless Robbie Brown who mimics singer Bobby Brown of "My Prerogative" fame and manages to steal Kevin's...well, read the book and see how this improbability works out.

The plot is rather aimless like a coming-of-ager in the beginning but then centers around Kevin's need to get a promotion at STD. A fellow worker helps him out with various outrageous schemes that get the competition fired. But mainly this funny and somewhat crude novel is a satirical burlesque on the modern office environment and its denizens written in a way that makes it clear the Huggins cleverly made it all up as he went along.

--Dennis Littrell, author of the novel "Teddy and Teri" and other works
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not sure why, but it took awhile for this book to grab me and I was happy that I stuck with it. At first, I think I was a little put off by the main characters and their half hearted approach to their jobs, but then things started to click for me and I was hooked. C.A. Huggins has a gift for modern dialogue and many parts of this book were laugh out loud funny. Half way into the book, I couldn't put it down and the characters that I didn't like began to grow on me until I was rooting for them and the success of their nefarious plots. The general story line is engaging and timely. In a sense, this book is representative of the modern American workplace where loyalty on the part of a company is non-existent, management is incompetent and employees have to fight for their economic lives.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something for every cubicle dweller... August 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Labor Pains is a sly and sometimes satiric take on the perils and pleasures of every day office life. Kevin Taylor, the main character, is every manager's nightmare. Kevin is lazy, and when he isn't busy avoiding work, he's making fun of his co-workers. That doesn't stop Kevin from expecting to be promoted into management, based mostly on the fact that he shows up for work relatively frequently, and has been doing so for years.

To Kevin, everything about his job is lame, an irritant, or a joke; he shows up only for the paycheck. There is a germ of truth in Kevin's disdain for his coworkers as they are on the extreme side of weird work people--the diligent over performer, the people who decorate their cubicles, over eager interns, men with disgusting restroom habits, and a somewhat perverted boss. The office rituals are aching weird and familiar--pot luck lunches, mirrors on monitors so people can see behind them, proficiency tests, and birthday cakes. Anyone who has ever worked in cubicle land will recognize at least one person!

Kevin's laziness and laid back attitude extends to his personal life, where his girl friend, family, and friends bully him, take advantage of him, or both. He's such a pushover, he doesn't even get upset when he's called one to his face.

A series of events finally compels Kevin to change his work life, where he begins showing up on time and working late. As his confidence increases, he makes some changes in his personal life (his girlfriend would make an excellent Scumbag Stacie meme on Reddit). He decides that in an unfair world, he can not play fair, but after some initial successes, events take on a momentum he cannot stop until he lands in situations he never imagined.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Darkly Funny May 22, 2014
By Pinkie
Firstly I should say that the main character of this book, Kevin, was one of the most unlikable people I've ever read. It really made it hard for me to get into this book. The only thing good about him was that he had such bad things happen to him, got himself into such horrible situations, that I sort of felt bad for him. A little bit. But a lot of the other characters, other people Kevin worked with, felt a lot like people I've worked with. I easily imagined Kevin and his co-workers working in the office space of my last job.

I very often am disappointed in books and movies because I see the end coming from a mile away. But not so with this book. It's creative ending caught me off guard. The entire story was depressing to me, until the big twist at the end. The situations Kevin got into, especially towards the end of the book (I'm trying not to give anything away) were over the top. If you like unlikable characters I highly recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me up reading
This was a very funny and sad and then funny again book that I read in one sitting and immediately recommended it to a friend to read. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Pricilla Benton
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark comedy for the working class
I was cubicle-bound for many years so can relate to the struggles and frustrations of Kevin Taylor in Labor Pains. Read more
Published 6 months ago by TrishFLReader
5.0 out of 5 stars Labor Pains
Another great one here from C.A. Huggins. I truly enjoyed his other book, so I decided that I wanted to give his novel Labor Pains a try. Read more
Published 6 months ago by arky
4.0 out of 5 stars Poor Kevin. He just has so much going on ...
This book was definitely entertaining. Poor Kevin. He just has so much going on with him. Everything in his life just goes wrong. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jen E
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny but has issues
Imagine that you didn't enjoy your job, took no pride in it. Imagine that you felt as if you had a divine right to promotion, despite a lack of effort and willingness. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Syriat
3.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
Nice easy read and very entertaining. Anyone who has worked in a cubicle would enjoy this book. Reminds me of my time at Sprint.
Published 10 months ago by K. Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Cracking up laughing!!!!
This was one of the funniest books I read in a long time. The quick wit and jovial humor flow off the pages. I'm definitely going to read it again. Laughter guaranteed!!
Published 11 months ago by G Greene
4.0 out of 5 stars Labor Pains
I want to thank C. A. Huggins, author of Labor Pains and Goodreads First Reads Giveaway for my copy of this book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jane Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read that will make you laugh out loud every chapter
I'm not a book reader by any stretch of the imagination but once I started this book I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Nicholas Zerno
4.0 out of 5 stars Comedy in a book!
Labor Pains was ridiculously funny! This book resonates with 80's and 90's pop culture! Purchasing this book will also augment your persona allowing you to self-access your... Read more
Published 16 months ago by SSmith
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C.A. Huggins is the author of the short story "The Lotto Lothario" and the acclaimed novel "Labor Pains". He is a graduate of The College of New Jersey with a degree in English literature. C.A. currently resides in San Diego, CA.

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