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 hisThe 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 who are in themselves portraied in such an awesome way that you feel like you start to know them as well as the author himself. In fact, Wil does such a great job that after a while you know what to expect to a certain degree, his love for his children and the way he reminds us parents that we should cherish every moment with our own kids has more then once gotten me to ignore my migraines (imagine someone is trying to hammer their way out of your skull, that's a migraine) to sit by the fire and play puzzles with my youngest or play Mario kart on Wii or DS with my oldest.
This book is filled with these kinds of stories, None of them more then the story of Felix but all of them filled with elements that really show him as a person, a guy you'd wish had been in your classroom at school so that you could have joined his adventures, playing D&D or GURPS, avoiding the dodge ball and gaining nerd HP for the everyday drains.
But since you can't go back and join him and since joining him might have changed the stories or even prevented them from happening, you still don't feel like it's a loss or like ones own past stories pale in comparison. His "I'm just a guy, you know?" attitude makes you see that these kinds of stories are the kinds of stories you yourself experience, only in a different packaging so to speak. I love spending time with my wife and kids but after becoming a fan of Wil Wheaton's work I try to make sure that our time together can become memories for the future, being a fan of Wil Wheaton really gives you something, it makes you see the importance of the tiny things that might have passed you by otherwise.
His tosses with David are very funny, he states on his website that he wants it to feel like he's reading to you but together they make it feel like you're among friends and the way they kid with each other and the way David points out minor logical flaws makes it an even greater experience to listen to.
For a tiny sum at Lulu.com, I got to share some of the happiest days of his life, and boy am I glad I did!...more
A funny and well written book, Wil has found his "voice" long ago and it shows but I never really disliked his Character (the writing, yes but not WesA funny and well written book, Wil has found his "voice" long ago and it shows but I never really disliked his Character (the writing, yes but not Wesley) so the constant trashing wasn't all that funny to me at least. Still, it's a good piece of work and I'd still read part 2 =)...more