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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If you like Patton, you will likely enjoy this.
His stories of his suburban childhood ring true--except I got to see all of those cool punk bands in my suburban hell. The stories will make you laugh and wince.
While not everything interesting ... Most of it was worth the price of admission.
Hell, if you don't find his stories of headlining in Canada funny, you don't know from funny!!
This book was great
Poignant and Funny
ZSW is less a coherent book and more of a collection of essays. Patton ruminates on his failures and successes, his epiphanies and failures in a way that is both funny, and also reflective/sad. Because of this the book may not live up to what one thinks when picking it up, I was personally aiming for more comedy, but the moments of reflection are a welcome treat. Oswalt showcases his writing skill often and with ease, a good book with unexpected emotion.