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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.”

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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • J 4535
  • CA, United States
  • 03-12-16

One of my favorite comedians.

Would you consider the audio edition of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland to be better than the print version?

Probably not. It seems like there was some info that may not have been added to the audio version. The audio version is a bit choppy in subject matters sometimes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Zombie Spaceship Wasteland?

His long walk back to the hotel. It seemed like a scary situation.

Have you listened to any of Patton Oswalt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. Just his comedy.

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Happy and short listen.

The story became a bit confusing sometimes and hard to follow. Besides that I enjoyed Oswalt's odd humor and explanation of the title.

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Entertaining

It appeared as a long, almost stand-up version of Patton's youth. There were a lot of great references and good banter on Patton's part. Definitely enjoyable.

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Love everything by Patton oswalt

I have listened to this three times now and its great every time. I love his stand up, his pose, and the articles he's written. If you enjoyed this I highly recommend checking out Silver Screen Fiend.

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  • 01-05-16

Whee!

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

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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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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?

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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!

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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

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Great

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