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Uneven, occasionally brilliant,
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This review is from: Zombie Spaceship Wasteland: A Book by Patton Oswalt (Kindle Edition)
I really wanted to enjoy this book, but it was tough.
The book isn't a coherent story like comedian Mike Birbiglia's book, it's more a collection of random pieces -- everything from mock greeting cards (actually, hilarious) to stories about L.A. to concepts like "Zombie, Spaceship, Wasteland". I don't always object to such disjointed material -- it's part of what makes Patton's stand-up so entertaining -- but in book form it doesn't work as well.
The book felt thrown together. As if Patton's agent felt it was time the comedian branched out into a new medium and Patton simply collected random musings from his journal. The material sometimes reminds you of his irreverent stand-up, but it's really uneven. Sometimes the pieces just fall flat.
I would have liked more stories from the road (he does touch on this but not enough IMO), especially because Patton really struggled on his way to success. I'm sure he has so much more to say about that arduous journey.
For Patton's hard-core fans, check the book out just to get another glimpse into his arcane madness. But for casual fans, I'd recommend going to YouTube and watching excerpts from his stand-up. That's where he really shines.