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4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny, 20 Sep 2013
This review is from: Labor Pains (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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