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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.”

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Now in paperback, the New York Times bestselling “thoughtful, hilarious, quasi-memoir that puts the standard-issue comedy-routine-in-book-form to shame” ( Spin ) from one of the most creative, insightful, and sharpest 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, he offers a fascinating look into his most unusual and lovable mindscape.

In Zombie Spaceship Wasteland, Oswalt combines memoir with uproarious humor, from snow forts to Dungeons and Dragons to gifts from Grandma that had to be explained. Then there’s the book’s centerpiece, which posits that before all young creative minds have anything to write about, they will hone in on one of three story lines: zom­bies, spaceships, or wastelands. Oswalt chose wastelands, and ever since he has been mining our culture for perversion and excess, pop culture and fatty foods, indie rock and single-malt scotch.

An inventive account of the evolution of Patton Oswalt’s wildly insightful worldview, this incisive book—featured everywhere from The Daily Show to The Huffington Post, from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to NPR—is an open invitation to a very entertaining “wasteland.”

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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Chris Blaker, February 2, 2015 (view all comments by Chris Blaker)
If the level of humor were a car Patton Oswalt begins driving his readers in an Acura at as sensible speed. The first two thirds of this book are funny, but not hilarious.
In the two appendices at the final third of the book, the Acura morphs into a Mazerati driving at an unsafe and exciting speed. It is a high bar for me to laugh-out-loud at something I'm reading. Few books come to mind, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Loser Goes First by Dan Kennedy. The final third of Oswalt's book is that funny, so funny it's worth the purchase of the book for the final parts.
One of the appendices is a collection of script treatments for terrible movie ideas. The treatments are based on treatments he saw while working at a production company and various Hollywood blockbusters. I can't do them justice in this review, but they are a scream. One of the titles is something like Slade III: Pimp Summer Razor Cut Up.
The second appendix has a few examples of reviews Oswalt wrote as if he were a vulgar, over-caffeinated fan boy writing about action and super hero movies (which isn't too much a stretch for him).. I'll paraphrase from the review of Blade 2, "Blade $%&#ing 2 is awesome and right away you'll want to break up with your girlfriend because girls won't like this movie unless they ride motorcycles and beat up pit bulls and maybe not even then."
If you enjoy Oswalt's humor or if you've never heard him but enjoy a good laugh and nerdy pursuits I highly recommend this unconventional memoir.
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ISBN:
9781439149096
Author:
Oswalt, Patton
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Humor-Anthologies
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Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
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Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , Now in paperback, the New York Times bestselling “thoughtful, hilarious, quasi-memoir that puts the standard-issue comedy-routine-in-book-form to shame” ( Spin ) from one of the most creative, insightful, and sharpest 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, he offers a fascinating look into his most unusual and lovable mindscape.

In Zombie Spaceship Wasteland, Oswalt combines memoir with uproarious humor, from snow forts to Dungeons and Dragons to gifts from Grandma that had to be explained. Then there’s the book’s centerpiece, which posits that before all young creative minds have anything to write about, they will hone in on one of three story lines: zom­bies, spaceships, or wastelands. Oswalt chose wastelands, and ever since he has been mining our culture for perversion and excess, pop culture and fatty foods, indie rock and single-malt scotch.

An inventive account of the evolution of Patton Oswalt’s wildly insightful worldview, this incisive book—featured everywhere from The Daily Show to The Huffington Post, from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to NPR—is an open invitation to a very entertaining “wasteland.”

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