Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt

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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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Published January 4, 2011 by Scribner. 290 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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His final character - a monstrous, lewd pariah named Ulvaak the half-orc assassin - provided Mr. Oswalt an escape from his own skin, an outlet he jokingly calls “comfort during the loneliest days of my adolescence … happy nihilism with an ebony sword.” Equally affecting is Mr. Oswalt’s coming of ...

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The comedian's collection of personal essays is heavier on pop culture than on biography.

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Chamber Four

While the memoir trope of “if I did it, so can you!” is as tried and true as they come, Oswalt’s examination feels fresh and encouraging, and in uncertain economic times, fledgling creative minds may find solace, and yes, inspiration, in the author’s words.

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The Roanoke Times

Actor and comedian Patton Oswalt’s new book of essays, “Zombie Spaceship Wasteland,” feels a little like a hip paperback trapped in the binding of a full-priced hardcover.

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Geeks of Doom

For my money the best book ever written by a comedian remains Lenny Bruce’s How to Talk Dirty and Influence People, but there have been books by Woody Allen, George Carlin, and Steve Martin that came very close to taking Bruce’s title, and Richard Pryor’s Pryor Convictions is the best pure autobi...

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PO: I still love going to movies but I've been on the other side of it so much that it's hard for me to just dismiss a bad movie because I know that even on the worst movies, the people who worked on them busted their asses.

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Zombie Spaceship Wasteland is the title of the new book by Patton Oswalt.

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