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Comedian Oswalt (The King of Queens, Caprica) offers up a collection of colorful essays ranging in topic from his experiences working at a movie theater to sends-ups of eccentric relatives, including a grandmother who gives exceedingly odd birthday gifts. To delve into the book is to take a tour of Oswalt’s delightfully offbeat mind: he shares with readers what he was doing to procrastinate while writing certain chapters, suggests some truly morbid greeting cards, and parodies the vampire craze in comic-book form. The title is a reference to Oswalt’s theory that creative teens gravitate toward three subjects for their early stories: zombies, spaceships, or wastelands. Oswalt found himself drawn toward wastelands, a natural choice for a comedian who likes to poke fun at society. Oswalt is a wonderfully descriptive writer, vividly evoking his zombielike coworker at the theater, a grim Canadian comedy club, and the wanderings of his teen imagination with sharp, sardonic prose. --Kristine Huntley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Patton Oswalt...is one of those rare performers whose material translates into any medium without losing its sharpness--including, for the first time, print. . . . It is well worth it to join him on his odyssey."--Washington Post
“Sharp storytelling and sardonic wit.... Oswalt populates these stories with expertly drawn characters, and infuses them with a limitless supply of cultural references and deft turns of phrase.” —Boston Globe
“A thoughtful, hilarious, quasi-memoir that puts the standard-issue comedy-routine-in-book-form to shame.” —SPIN
“Patton Oswalt is one of those rare performers whose material translates into any medium without losing its sharpness—including, for the first time, print.... It is well worth it to join him on his odyssey.” —Washington Post
"A very funny book by the Funniest Man Alive." --GQ
First Patton Oswalt book that I've read. Very few ha-ha moments its it. Cleverly written but after reading 3/4 of it I gave it to somebody else who might appreciate it more.Published 2 months ago by H. M. Stabbe
Patton tells stories about his youth and his rise to the comic presence he is today. To call him a star would be a disservice - since I don't think he would describe himself that... Read morePublished 4 months ago by David Caven
If you like Patton Oswalt's comedy, you will enjoy Zombie Spaceship Wasteland. If you don't you will probably still enjoy this title. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael Cieslak
Hilarious, and I can't wait to read Patton's most recent book. Funny recollections and insight. I could relate to so much, and even sections that I didn't were told in such an... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Matthew Gillett
Patton Oswalt is a funny man with thoughtful insights. Gained a little glimpse of his background and some of his adventures. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not sure I've ever heard Oswalt's standup, but I've seen (and heard him) in numerous things, which isn't hard considering he seems to be a special guest in nearly every show in... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Delta Stet
Patton Oswalt is very funny and also thoughtful. His book combines both attributes. It's a story of how his comic sense developed. Read morePublished 8 months ago by R. Louis
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I like Patton Oswalt, & I like his fans. His stand up is hilarious, his twitter is delightfully insightful & refreshing. Read more