- File Size: 1261 KB
- Print Length: 120 pages
- Publisher: Afterbirth Books (March 27, 2011)
- Publication Date: March 27, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004U6M3IW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,649 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Mother Puncher Kindle Edition
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... just as long as you understand, soon as that baby pops out, someone like Big Ed Means will be coming around to punch you in the face.
Ed is a Mother Puncher by trade. The hospital calls him when a woman's about to give birth, so he can punch her in the face. The idea is to deter them from doing it again. It's an idea that doesn't always work; Ed has some repeats who insist on continuing to crank 'em out, despite earning their punches year after year.
Hey, it's a living. Nothing personal. Not like Ed enjoys it. He certainly doesn't enjoy it when his biggest fan -- he's an ex-boxer -- persuades him to take a few moonlighting jobs on the side. Women who try to hide their pregnancies, or deliver at home, well, the law's the law and they need a punch too.
Plus, there are protesters to deal with. And possible saboteurs in the hospital, and troubles at home, and a journalist in disguise. Not to mention a rivalry with one of his competitors that turns ugly.
I mean, poor Ed, he just wants to do his job, is that so much to ask? Arrive at the maternity ward, throw a punch or two, take a picture to prove it, and collect his paycheck. Instead, he's caught in the middle of a riot.
Mother Puncher is a disturbingly hilarious read, with an uncomfortably sympathetic protagonist. You want to root for him when everything starts going wrong, but, well, it feels skeevy what with all the post-natal face-punching.
However you feel while reading this book, just don't seek false comfort in thinking it could never happen here. After all, we used to think that about The Handmaid's Tale ...
This is the story of the mother puncher called Ed Means, who is an ex-boxer. Ed isn't actually a bad guy. While Ed does believe that bringing a baby into an overpopulated world is wrong, he doesn't really like punching mothers, and tries to avoid doing any real damage. He really doesn't like the way most fathers run off and hide to avoid their punishment. Really, the only reason he hasn't quit is because he's afraid someone who does like hitting women will take over.
Despite having a job that most people would find abhorrent, Ed comes across as a likable guy, and when bad stuff starts happening to him--because of stalker fans, psychotic rivals, and protesters--you rally can't help but feel sorry for the guy.
Mother Puncher is about a man named Ed Means. Due to overpopulation of the earth, humans breeding is highly frowned upon, but naturally people do it anyway, so the system set in place is for every birth, there is a man whose job it is to come and punch the parents in the face as a deterrent from breeding again. This is Ed's job. He is a mother puncher.
A hundred pages isn't long to really get into a deep story, but the story we have in his book is still exciting and entertaining. Enough so to keep you reading.
Gina Ranalli's books are always just slightly askew from the norm, but not so much that things aren't recognizable. Any of her books are bound to be engaging and entertaining, and this one is no exception.
This book is super fun. It obviously speaks of a deeper social commentary, which I will never pass up when it is anti-"Big Brother." This book takes what is normally a very serious subject and literally punches you in the stomach with it. It still maintains a level of gravity, while upholding the absurd, strange elements found in bizarro fiction. I highly recommend this book!