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Zombie Spaceship Wasteland Audiobook

Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt

Oswalt combines memoir with uproarious humor, from snow forts to Dungeons & Dragons to gifts from Grandma that had to be explained. He remem­bers his teen summers spent working in a movie Cineplex and his early years doing stand-up. Readers are also treated to several graphic elements, includ­ing a vampire tale for the rest of us and some greeting cards with a special touch.
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Publisher's Summary

Prepare yourself for a journey through the world of Patton Oswalt, one of the most creative, insightful, and hysterical voices on the entertain­ment scene today. Widely known for his roles in the films Big Fan and Ratatouille, as well as the television hit The King of Queens, Patton Oswalt—a staple of Comedy Central—has been amusing audiences for decades. Now, with Zombie Spaceship Wasteland, he offers a fascinating look into his most unusual, and lovable, mindscape.

Oswalt combines memoir with uproarious humor, from snow forts to Dungeons & Dragons to gifts from Grandma that had to be explained. He remem­bers his teen summers spent working in a movie Cineplex and his early years doing stand-up. Readers are also treated to several graphic elements, includ­ing a vampire tale for the rest of us and some greeting cards with a special touch. Then there’s the book’s centerpiece, which posits that before all young creative minds have anything to write about, they will home in on one of three story lines: zom­bies, spaceships, or wastelands.

Oswalt chose wastelands, and ever since he has been mining our society’s wasteland for perversion and excess, pop culture and fatty foods, indie rock and single-malt scotch. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland is an inventive account of the evolution of Patton Oswalt’s wildly insightful worldview, sure to indulge his legion of fans and lure many new admirers to his very entertaining “wasteland.”

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©2011 Simon & Schuster (P)2011 Lord Loudoun, Inc

What the Critics Say

"Patton Oswalt is a brilliant rarity; a relentlessly creative and original comic who is also a superb writer. If you don’t buy this book you are a fool and I will, I swear, fight you.” (Conan O’Brien)

Fans of Patton Oswalt’s standup comedy have always known he was a born writer at heart, and now here’s the proof. This is a surprisingly affecting, sincere and daresay vulnerable collection of essays, all keenly observed, always very funny.” (Dave Eggers)

“Perfect—I can describe Patton’s book the same way I describe his stand up—brilliant and prolific, I am slackjawed, amazed, and left feeling both inspired and fraudulent.” (Sarah Silverman)

“Patton Oswalt is among the funniest on-stage talking humans I am aware of, so it annoys me deeply that he is also an incredibly talented writer. It annoys me, but it does not surprise me. Every sentence in this book is funny (except for the sad ones), but it also brims with Oswalt-ian smarts and surprising poignancy.” (John Hodgman)

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    michael Locust Grove, GA, United States 06-11-11
    michael Locust Grove, GA, United States 06-11-11 Member Since 2012
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    "not that funny"

    i like patton, he's a funny dude.but this book is not funny and jumps all over the place. maybe i just was in the wrong mood, but i just didnt get much enjoyment out of it

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    M Cave 01-05-16
    M Cave 01-05-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Whee!"

    This audio book was highly entertaining and almost exactly like listening to one of Mr Oswalt's comedy albums. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SCRUM King 12-05-15
    SCRUM King 12-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "How can you not love Patton?!?"

    He's just a hilarious genius and that is all I can say! I need fifteen words, which I exceeded by six.

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    CHARLES E ARMSTRONG 10-26-15

    Chuck

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    "Can't listen to narrator"
    Would you try another book from Patton Oswalt and/or Patton Oswalt?

    maybe but probably not


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patton Oswalt again?

    no


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Drifted from normal speech to quiet kindergarten inaudible. What did he say? Audible book with footnotes is distracting and indicate an unplanned writing.


    Do you think Zombie Spaceship Wasteland needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Absolutely not


    Any additional comments?

    What was I thinking when I bought it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Phil 10-20-15
    Phil 10-20-15
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    "Awesome!!!"

    I enjoyed this so much! Patton reading was fantastic and I'm grateful. This made driving back to Vegas from LA fly by. Bug Dick, Oatmeal Pants!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Graves 09-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "a little dull"

    A little dry, and not as funny as I expected. Kept me entertained for the most part though. Not my cup of tea

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William 07-06-15
    William 07-06-15
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    "Great"

    It was a very interesting recounting of past events in his life and of other interesting things.

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    Brandon 04-29-15
    Brandon 04-29-15
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    "Gives me crackers"

    This book injected my subcutaneous tissues with a viscous glowing alkaline buffer derived from a mixture of isoproterenol and rabies antibodies collected from bat carcasses. And peanut butter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian V. Gregory Montana, USA 02-25-15
    Brian V. Gregory Montana, USA 02-25-15 Member Since 2015

    I am a lover of good books, good Chinese food, and good Scandinavian Heavy Metal music.

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    "Too damned short...I want more!!!"

    I am a die-hard Patton Oswalt fan. This was a much more intimate look into the mind of an adorable mad-genius than his stand-up routines. I wish there would have been more.

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    Philip 02-02-15
    Philip 02-02-15
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    "Not a Full Meal"

    There are four major essays here, and they range from pretty good to classic Oswalt. The title essay describing teenagers as falling into one of three groups is just wonderful. The article about working in a subterranean mall cineplex goes on too long, but the lyrics read by Michael Stipe rock. The last two articles about being on the road in the 1990s feel like two parts of the same article, and are reasonably funny and insightful, but again, go on to long.

    Sorry to say, despite the effort that went into an fully illustrated chapter and fake hobo songs, the rest of the book feels either like filler (I wasn't all that interested in his childhood snow fort) or a clever idea that doesn't really work, or both. The hobo songs are especially irksome. The music is actually nice, but the whole "I'm singing ridiculously rude things only to claim they mean something else" is very one note and juvenile.

    Having said that, it all goes down really easy; I mean, it's only 3 1/2 hours of material.

    If you do buy the book, make sure to download the PDF so you can see the illustrated chapter; the artwork is quite nice. I didn't realize a PDF existed until I heard about it in the book. You can find the PDF in your library just right of the jacket illustration where it says "PDF".

    So, to summarize, I continue to be a gigantic Oswalt fan, and have just purchased his second book, which is a real dandy concept. I just wish this book had more first rate Oswalt in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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