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Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt | [Patton Oswalt]

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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    Rachel 03-31-11
    Rachel 03-31-11
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    "Meh"

    I love Patton Oswalt generally, but this was terrible. It seemed to be mostly stream of consciousness writing with LOTS of obscure references to things in the 80's that I was too young to remember. If you're nostalgic for that time, however, some of this may appeal to you.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Baron BELLEVUE, WA, United States 12-20-11
    Baron BELLEVUE, WA, United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Much less than I expected."

    I enjoy Patton Oswalt as an actor and given other reviews hoped his book would reflect a level of thoughtfulness. It was not to be.

    The essays I was able to finish include (among others) faux (I hope) comments on a faux (I hope) typically Hollywood gross-out comedy script, and an ode to a Dungeons and Dragons character. In a word: puerile.

    About a third of the way through I realized that I didn't have to put myself through listening to the rest even if I did pay for it.

    Patton in the book reminded me of the characters in the movie "Sideways," who I regard as sociopaths and infantalized adults. This smirky, antisocial hipness is supposed to winked at, as we are all in on the joke. Not me.

    If you liked the characters in "Sideways" you may well find this book to be a work of genius. And there may well be something worthwhile later on, but I couldn't wait for it.



    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Martin 02-01-11
    Martin 02-01-11
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    "Love Patton, Hate the "Book""

    I really love Patton Oswalt's comedy. He is amazing. This "book" is not amazing. I have a hard time calling it a book. There are a couple of funny stories and a lot of other stuff that I don't know what to call.

    AVOID THIS BOOK!

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Lynn, MA, United States 01-27-11
    Michael Lynn, MA, United States 01-27-11
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    "Enjoyable and holds a really profound concept..."

    Lite-Spoiler (you are warned) - I really enjoyed this performance. It was playful and funny. He does a great job of letting you figure out parts of the story on your own. Also near then end when he comes to his conclusion over the coke head club owner, I found that truly profound. I really don't want to ruin it with saying what it is, but seriously it is truly a pearl of wisdom and I really mean that.

    On the down side, the REM quotes early on are really over used and distract from the book. I was REALLY concerned they would run throughout the book, but I am glad it was only in the beginning.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    JNB New York, NY United States 01-22-11
    JNB New York, NY United States 01-22-11 Listener Since 2004

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    "Not great material for audio"

    Oswalt is actually a pretty good narrator but the material was not all that funny and the REM quotes totally disrupted the flow of the reading.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful

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