Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt

Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt

by Patton Oswalt
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Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt by Patton Oswalt

Now in paperback, from a “multi-faceted, medium-hopping, culture skewering performer” (SPIN), this is a journey through the world of Patton Oswalt, best known for his roles in film (Big Fan and Ratatouille) and television (The King of Queens and The United States of Tara), but also beloved for his ascerbic, highly eloquent, and wildly funny standup comedy.

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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439149096
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 11/08/2011
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 549,175
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Patton Oswalt is the author of the New York Times bestseller Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. He has released four TV specials and four critically acclaimed comedy albums, including the Grammy-nominated My Weakness Is Strong. He put together the Comedians of Comedy tour and television series. Oswalt has also appeared on many television shows and in more than twenty films, including Young Adult, Big Fan, and Ratatouille. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Zombie Spaceship Wasteland 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 105 reviews.
PenNameML More than 1 year ago
Reads alot like his standup, pretty good stories mixed in with some odd Patton Oswalt type material. A pretty quick read at anout 130 pages but well worth the price!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Three stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good read for those who enjoy the comedy working of the author. Well worth it.
The_Dragons_Roost More than 1 year ago
If you like Patton Oswalt's comedy, you will enjoy Zombie Spaceship Wasteland.  If you don't you will probably still enjoy this title.  The book is equal parts autobiography, extended stand-up routine, and ruination on various aspects of life.  Much of the material is surprising touching.  Oswalt has a gift for word selection and displays great insight.  Much of the book is quite moving.  Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of laughs.  Some sections had me guffawing under my breath.  In others, like the titular Zombie Spaceship Wasteland, Oswalt uses his knowledge of all things geeky to categorize and thereby attempt to explain the world around him (young people are, in this section, categorized as either zombies who relish experiences, spaceships who look to create new experiences, or wastelands who deconstruct the world around them). There are emotional scenes which will sneak up on readers and steal their breaths away.  In a portion in which Oswalt talks about the greatest snow fort ever built, his use of language not only conveys the youth of the speaker (the wall must have been at least 50 feet high.  It was higher than I could jump, so that had to be 50 feet) but also the innocence of youth (the narrator does not understand what it means when his friend's father goes to the young, female neighbors house or why his friend becomes so angry, but the reader does and it is heartbreaking). Other sections like greeting card explanations and the NPR-esque discussion of traditional hobo songs, could have been pulled straight from a comedy routine. In total, Zombie Spaceship Wasteland is moving and amusing, heartfelt and full of whimsy, and scathingly humorous all at once.  If I have any complaints, it is that there was not more material. Note on the audiobook: the book is narrated by the author who does a brilliant job of bringing his own material to life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was bored:p lols
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