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The Happiest Days of Our Lives

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  951 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
Readers of Wil Wheaton’s website know that he is a masterful teller of elegant stories about his life. Building on the critical success of Dancing Barefoot and Just A Geek, he has collected more of his own favorite stories in his third book, The Happiest Days of Our Lives. These are the stories Wil loves to tell, because they are the closest to his heart: stories about ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published July 1st 2007 by Monolith Press (first published 2007)
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Jul 27, 2009 Daryl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biographic
Do yourself a favor and get the audiobook version. Wil is a great storyteller, getting better with each passing year. This comes across through his writing but is all the more powerful, laugh-out-loud funny, and touching (as in he might make you cry near the end; I did) when he tells you himself. Note that I say "tells you." Wil doesn't just read his words but adds weight and emotion. Now if only he could add sound effects like C-3PO's storytelling on Endor... :)
May 21, 2009 ian rated it it was amazing
Wil sent me a signed early release under the condition I reserved its reading for my flight home from Iraq. I did, and it was well worth the wait.

Wil has such a great storytelling voice. I truly hope we see some more of these in the future.
Dec 28, 2008 Karen rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Nostalgic Kids of the 70s
I listened to the audiobook version of this book while wrapping gifts and getting ready for the holidays. The book is a series of brief autobiographical essays and the audiobook performed by the author brings the stories to life. The audio version is occasionally interrupted by asides that are not in the printed version and discussion between the author and his friend the recording engineer -- these departues from the printed book add to the charm of the audio version and provide additional ...more
Dec 29, 2009 John rated it it was amazing
I started to write this review last night, and went looking for Wil Wheaton's blog, where many of the stories came from, so I can link to it from my review.

It was getting late, I was tired, and so I was a bit disoriented for a few seconds when I saw my own words flash up on the screen. At the time, his most recent story had excerpted my review of paper books. Wow, I thought. This never happens when I'm about to review Dickens. And actually, it's never happened before, ever. I'll admit to owning
Meh, a disappointment. The Happiest Days of Our Lives is a collection of perfectly mundane Wil Wheaton stories about his family. I should say families to be more precise, since about half of them include Wil's childhood memories.

Picture this: you take your kids out to a fast food joint for an ice cream. One of them says something mildly amusing (I am being generous here) and you flirt with the cashier a little. The end.

The other half of the stories are mostly about his incredibly first-world ch
Nov 08, 2015 Jay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Wil Wheaton tells stories of his childhood and his fatherhood, tying these together with a strong geek thread throughout. Even though I doubt I’ve seen half of Wil’s episodes on Star Trek, I do enjoy an occasional read of his blog, finding him interesting in his trying things out and talking about the process, be that acting, writing, visiting conventions, or talking to kids. This book is similar to the blog in the stories, although these tend to be longer. I most enjoyed his behind the scenes ...more
Mathew Walls
Nov 19, 2014 Mathew Walls rated it it was ok
Shelves: ebook
I'd always thought it would be unfair to judge Wil Wheaton harshly just because he played Wesley Crusher. It's not like he is Wesley Crusher, that's just a fictional character from TV. But it turns out that Wil Wheaton is just as insufferable as Wesley Crusher.

He's a grown adult with special D&D dice that no one else is allowed to touch. He uses the words "grok" and "frak" in everyday conversation. He really cares about video game achievements. He's one of those people who say "dogs have own
Amanda Cook
Jul 10, 2008 Amanda Cook rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Wil Wheaton fans, geeks everywhere
A short little read, it took me all of about three or four hours over the course of a couple of days while on vacation. It can easily be put down and picked up at a later time without losing a bit of the story. Essentially, Wil took various posts from his blog and published them together as a longer novella. Lots of nostalgia for the 80's as well as heartwarming stories about his family, life in California, and his career as an actor. I had already read many of the stories from his blog, but it ...more
Dec 10, 2008 Kristen rated it it was amazing
Well, I've been a fan of Wil's blog for quite some time now, but this is the first actual hard copy book of his I've read. As with his blog, I just love how clearly he is able to articulate his experiences and insights. He has some keen observations on the human condition, and relates them so skillfully that I can literally go from tears during one story to laughing out loud in the next. I think maybe that's partly because I can relate to a lot of the things he refers to. I was a child of the ...more
Mar 08, 2008 Fran rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: geeks, readers of Wil's blog, Star Trek fans
Recommended to Fran by: Wil Wheaton(!)
Wil's third book (I've only read this and his second) is awesome. Like his other books it consists of a series of short true stories, generally based on blog entries. Some stories had me close to tears - particularly the story of the loss of his cat. Another, one of which I'd recently read an excerpt of, tells of his introduction to D&D. There's only one story that really relates to Star Trek (another sad story), so if you aren't a fan of Star Trek you don't have to avoid it.

Wil is one of th
May 22, 2010 Dietmar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, essays
I have to admit that I never liked Wil Wheaton as an actor (or maybe it was just the roles he played), but his writing is powerful and heartwarming. A great book that speaks to the geek inside everybody ;)
(... and since he appeared as himself in The Big Bang Theory I even like his acting :D )
Apr 02, 2010 Alexander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every human being I know and quite a few I don't know.
Shelves: geek-culture
The Happiest Days of Our Lives continues the tradition that Wil Wheaton started in the Audiobook version of Just a Geek Audiobook with what he and his friend David call "The Super Annotated Version" of the original printed version and more importantly it is Wil Wheaton's memories from his life (the way he remembers them, which I hear is different from how Wil Wheaton's mother remembers them...).

He starts us off with a nice introduction to his family and the dedication to his two sons, two boys w
Feb 20, 2008 Tom rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading this, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm no book reviewer, but I found so many parallels between Wil's stories and my young life, growing up in the late 70's / early 80's in Westwood and Ayer, Massachusetts.

Full disclosure: I was not a Star Trek fan. I really don't know why. I've had many exposures to geekdom, but for some reason, I was not attracted to it, in any of its forms. Yes, I watched all of the full length motion pictures, and occasionally found myself watching an
Apr 26, 2011 Erik rated it liked it
Wheaton, former cast member of the Star Trek: The Next Generation and unofficial Grand Marshal of Emerald City Comicon, is back with another collection of nerdish memories and musings. Although I admit to being an eager fan-boy of his devoted affection for the popular arts, I was a tad disappointed by a few of his entries; if not a little perplexed by the poor editing – at least compared to Just a Geek.

“Blue Light Special”, which I heard Wheaton read live and on-stage at ECCC a few years back,
kay kuever
Jan 08, 2015 kay kuever rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the pleasure of meeting Wil at the Phoenix Comicon this year and I won't lie he was definitely the determining factor that made me force my I-don't-understand-this-sci-fi-business fiance into going with me last minute after all my friends bailed on me. I'm a huge fan of his blog, books and while I'm not a trekkie (it's all about the Wars) I love watching him act. I, not so secretly, wish that Wil was my stepdad. A girl can dream, because even if he claims to be "lame", I think he is the ...more
Oct 08, 2008 Kevin rated it it was amazing
Picked up an autographed copy from Wil himself at the Penny Arcade Expo August 29-31 in Seattle, WA. Many nostalgic and mostly geeky stories that I can relate to as a child of the 70s and 80s.

Finished it yesterday (10/7). I liked this one a lot. The entire book is only 135 pages and it is broken up into a number of short to middle-length stories, so it's easy to read. The topics are all personal to Wil and involve either experiences of his own as a child or young actor (see "Stand By Me" and "St
Jun 29, 2009 Diane rated it it was amazing
I have to admit: I'm reviewing this based on the audiobook version. This is my first exposure to Wil Wheaton's writing (although like most of the world, I follow him on Twitter and through his blog).

This collection of stories about family, love, and all-out geekery is funny, poignant, and so relevant to my own 1970s/1980s experience, I could have hugged the author.

If you've read the book, definitely seek out the audio version. It has added "audio footnotes," in which Wheaton speaks off the cuff
Nov 09, 2010 Kristi rated it it was amazing
This is a collection of Wil's blog entries. I actually read the Subterranean edition, which contains some extra commentary by Wil. I'm not sure if it contains more stories or not.

I took my time reading this one. It was nice, you can read a chapter, put it down for a while, and come back later to a new story. Wil is a wonderful story teller. Some of the stories are about his childhood, others his Star Trek past, and my favorites are the ones that center around his family. While I borrowed this on
Nov 19, 2008 Gbina rated it liked it
I am reading this book little bit by little bit. It is a compilation of several short musing stories about growing up in the 1970-1980's. Like Just a Geek, this is a good night stand book or waiting room book. Chapters are short and read quickly in the few minutes before bed time or waiting for your name to be called.

Wheaton has a way of bringing back my own memories of childhood by telling stories of his childhood. And the best part is, since he is sharing HAPPY memories I tend to reminisce ab
Nari (The Novel World)
May 19, 2008 Nari (The Novel World) rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoirs, 2008
Its a short book of recollections of his childhood, his family and his experiences working on Star Trek. His stories are funny and his senese of humor about his life is really amusing to read, particularly his interactions with his stepsons. The entires were taken from his blog. He has a few other books published as well, Just a Geek, and he’s collaborated on a few comic books and mangas. He has some fiction work pending in the next couple of years, including a wholly original comic book. I ...more
Jun 11, 2010 Meri rated it it was amazing
I sat down an hour ago and started this book, not intending to read it straight through, but that's what happened. I got sucked into Wil's wonderful world of wonderings/memories/blog entries. His recollections of growing up in the Star Wars action figures era made me laugh, cry, and think back on my own childhood. The guy's got a great, warm, charming writing style. Can't wait to read more of his stuff, and maybe someday I'll meet him at a geeky convention of some sort.
AJ LeBlanc
I'll have the fancy-schmancy Subterranean Press edition, expanded from the version Wil released himself, to include additional essays, and a photo section. And it's signed. Neener neener neener.


This came in the mail two days after I met the amazing Mr. Wheaton at PAX East.

Check out his blog at to see how fantastic his writing is, then buy his books. Support the geeks!
Nov 16, 2009 berrybuzz rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book right after Phx Comicon 2009...I read through "let go- a requiem for Felix the Bear". It broke my heart as I had just lost my own cat to illness. I put the book down.

Even in picking it back up, seeing the last page of the Felix story caused me to tear up slightly, but I focused on the next story and kept going.

It's an awesome book and definitely worth a read, especially if you have even an ounce of geek in you.

May 29, 2010 Brendan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like his other books, The Happiest Days of Our Lives is a collection of stories from his blog. Short ones, long ones, and in between length ones. Wil Wheaton writes in such a way that despite the fact that he's simply writing stories about himself and his family, you genuinely care about Anne, Ryan, and Nolan. I look forward to whatever it is Wil Wheaton has on the go.
Dec 29, 2008 Kevin rated it it was amazing
So cute! There's a lot about Wil's childhood, some amusing anecdotes about him making fun of Patrick Stewart's car, and some rather sweet (almost quite 'emo') moments of his as a father. I highly recommend this one.
Jon Williams
Feb 28, 2010 Jon Williams rated it really liked it
I reviewed this book for The Compulsive Reader. I don't know if I'm at liberty to repost the text here, so instead, I'll include a link to it:
May 09, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it
Wil Wheaton is a wonderful storyteller. I read his blog on a regular basis, and his same wit, charm, and compassion come through with this book. One day I'll have to get my hands on the audiobook version, as other readers have recommended.
Sara Marcus
Aug 23, 2009 Sara Marcus rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bio-memoir
One of the few things that have ever made me laugh - and to make me laugh repeatedly encouraged my mother-in-law to read the same book.
Jan 12, 2012 Salimbol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A series of wryly humorous, thematically-connected vignettes - about childhood in the 70s and 80s, and about growing up geeky - which really resonated with me.
Leah W-F
Jan 30, 2015 Leah W-F rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
I'm not a D&D or Trekkie geek-- I'm more of a Scrabble and Star Wars girl. So clearly, Wheaton can cross nerdy lines, because I laughed and I "aww"-ed and I liked this. More Wil will follow.
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Wil Wheaton began acting in commercials at the age of seven, and by the age of ten had appeared in numerous television and film roles. In 1986, his critically acclaimed role in Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me put him in the public spotlight, where he remains to this day. In 1987, Wil was cast as Wesley Crusher in the hit television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Recently, Wil has held recurring ...more
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