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Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt
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Mar 29, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: pop-culture
Read from March 29 to 30, 2011

I can't believe how disappointed I am in this book. I love Patton Oswalt. He is one of my favorite comedians and I usually find him witty, insightful and just plain hilarious. Usually when he goes off on a tangent, he pulls it right back to his original point in a clever and humorous manner. I don't know what went wrong with this book. I think he tried to cram too many styles into a slim volume. Did he want to write a straight-up memoir? Did he want to write a few "comedic riffs"? OK, either of those are fine. I just think it would have been better if he didn't try to do both in the same book. The memoir sections are overwritten, especially the one in the "voice" of Patton's 10-year-old self. It just seems like he is trying too hard to be a Writer with a capital W. Then to follow up the memoir chapters with total non-sequitors that are supposed to be what? Essays? Comedy? I don't know. I just know that they aren't funny and don't provoke any thought and I really looked forward to the end of all of them. I find this extremely disappointing. I actually like Patton a little less after reading this terrible mishmash of jumbled-up writing. So sad. I know Patton is smart, witty and hilarious. Too bad that just does not translate to the printed page.
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Jennie This is exactly how I felt about it!

message 2: by Svk (new) - rated it 1 star

Svk I agree! Reading this was like dealing with a person that has attention deficit disorder. Very disappointing

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