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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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An interesting peek into the mind of Oswalt

If you could sum up Zombie Spaceship Wasteland in three words, what would they be?

Funny, real, unique

What other book might you compare Zombie Spaceship Wasteland to and why?

None. This is strictly Patton Oswalt.

Which scene was your favorite?

I like when he discussess his memories of working in a movie theater,

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were several moment when I laughed out loud.

Any additional comments?

Patton Oswalt is incredibly funny and very intelligent. If you like his comedy you will like this book. If you don't like him don't buy this book. If you are a fan realize that while he is reading the book this is not standup. This is an often funny, real look at the life and thoughts of the mind of the author.

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Fantastic

This is essential for fans of Patton, as well as insight in growing up, finding strength in weird places over the struggles we have as humans. It even has chapters that work as small sketches. This could really only work as an audiobook, Patton's narration as well as guests voices and the inflection for the sketches add so much more than simply reading it.

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Could have been better

I like Patton Oswalt a lot but overall I thought that this book was just okay and only somewhat funny. Or better yet, maybe it would be more accurate to say, this book was good but not as funny as I originally expected. Oswalt does do a very good job on narrating too!

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Funny and Inspirational Grab Bag

Patton's first outing as an author is a lot of fun. He is able to mix the flavor of his comedy with a series of essays on everything from Geek developmental psychology to Dungeons and Dragons. Along the way he even sneaks in some inspiration. Being a stand-up, Patton shines in the audiobook form. He doesn't just read his story, he speaks to you. It's WELL worth the price and I couldn't recommend it more.

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It's deep. Deal with it.

OK, yeah, this isn't a laff-a-minute book. If you're familiar with Patton Oswalt's writing about pop culture and geek culture, you know there's more to him than screeching (hilariously!) about KFC.

This isn't Oswalt as stand-up comic; this is Oswalt as a capital-W Writer and a graceful, capable, observant storyteller. The guy's got heart, wit, skill, a real sense for the emotional core of a story, the courage to be unflinchingly candid and vulnerable, wry self-awareness, and miles of pop culture knowledge. The comic stories are hilarious, but the memoir-style stories of childhood and working in comedy are what really stuck with me. He's a great reader, too; his performance of the text is natural and charming.

I got the audiobook thinking I'd like it, but I guessed wrong -- I LOVED it. I've listened to it four or five times by now, and sure, some of the freshness has worn off from the repeated listening, but I can't stop admiring the craftsmanship of his writing.

And personally, I don't mind the REM quotes, because Oswalt is so obviously gleeful to have one of his heroes on his audiobook. Imagine your best friend squealing with excitement about a dream come true -- it's totally charming.

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This is a very funny book!

A solid raunchy romp through the author's life. Laughs throughout. Don't let the Zombie tag fool you. This book is not about zombies from outer space set on gorging human flesh. From the recounting of his suburban teenage drunken angst set against the backdrop of an underground movie complex to dealing with a snot-nosed Canadian comedy club manager with chronic nasal drip, this little gem will crack you up. A welcome addition to my audio library.

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Really great!

I liked it. I like Patton Oswalt's stand up, I think it is thoughtfully crafted. I can say the same of his book (awesome that he reads too). If you grew up in the 80s - you'll enjoy this.
Worth the $.

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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

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Disappointing

I love and recommend "Silver Screen Fiend", so this was a big let down. Two pretty good stories (a star for each one) packed with a lot of filler.

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Not as funny as well written

If you could sum up Zombie Spaceship Wasteland in three words, what would they be?

Zombie spaceship wasteland.

Would you recommend Zombie Spaceship Wasteland to your friends? Why or why not?

No. This books audience is for a certain type of people. A niche market. It won't be universally appreciated, so I say no. With that said, it is enjoyable if you are the target demographic.

Which scene was your favorite?

The D&D "scene" and poem.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but I did find it surprisingly well written. While I am a fan of his standup, this book was more honest, philosophical, and well written than funny. You can tell Patton is well read and has a passion for literature, movies, music, etc.

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