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Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs - A Parody Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 18, 2007
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“The most beautiful incarnation of identity theft to date…A hilarious joyride through the headaches and hassles of the super-rich…Lyons has elevated parody to an unforeseen source of humor and joy, and in so doing, he offers a fascinating critique on modern society…Provides all the entertainment a reader could ask for…The perfect hilarity to open the fall season.”
New York Times Book Review, 9/14/08
“[A] funny novel.”
“A really funny and interesting book…written in a very satirical manner…The life of [Steve] Jobs, his family and friends is so surreal, so larger then life you can’t help but be amused and interested…A thoroughly enjoyable book and a definite page turner…I highly recommend this novel to anyone with not only an interest in Steve Jobs and the Apple culture, but also anyone who enjoys interesting characters and an entertaining story.”
“It will make you laugh…[Lyons] has made it his business to nail the Apple guru’s every character tic…[An] imaginative novel.”
Mac Life, June 2010
“Wildly outrageous and highly entertaining.”
Top Customer Reviews
The Fake Steve blog is a treat to read but I couldn't help wonder whether the style and approach would get old in a book length work. Boy, was I wrong. Daniel Lyons is a genius. He describes events in such fascinating detail that you not only feel you're there but you assume they actually occurred!
My personal favorite is the point towards the end of the book when Jobs meets with Yoko Ono to discuss reselling The Beatles library on iTunes. I won't spoil it by divulging too much here but I laughed out loud more than once while picturing this meeting in my head. There's also a funny twist to the ending, which again, I won't spill the beans on here.
Still not sold? Read this piece from the back cover and tell me it doesn't hit the nail on the head:
"Sometimes I feel like a great chef who has devoted his entire life to monastic study of the art of cooking. I've gathered the finest ingredients, built the most advanced kitchen and prepared the most exquisite meal. So perfect, so delicious, so extraordinary. More astounding than any meal ever created. Yet each day I stand in my window and watch 97% of the world walk past my restaurant into the McDonald's across the street."
Prior knowledge of the participants at Apple (2005 - 2012) is needed to fully enjoy the book. If you've finished Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography and you want another take on it, read this book.
The funniest parts of the book, in my opinion, relate FSJ's interactions with Hillary Clinton, Yoko Ono, and a fictional retired chip executive named Misho Knedlik. These exchanges all involve nasty insults being launched by characters against each other (FSJ is typically delivering the rockets, though he is sometimes their target as well). Author Daniel Lyons has a gift for amusing nastiness.
I couldn't help reading whole passages out loud to my amazingly patient wife while trying not to laugh. While the satire gets more ramped up with every chapter, a lot of the outrageousness is especially funny because it seems so close to the truth.
While I doubt that Steve Jobs has ever had Sting spoon him on a dirty floor while both tripping on ayahuasca, it's not hard to imagine Jobs ping-ponging between believing he is an under-appreciated genius and wallowing in self-doubt and isolation, not just as a reflection of El Jobso, but as one of our cultural obsession recapturing a lost sense of "childlike wonder."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really fun read and well-written by Dan Lyons who's been part of the HBO Silicon Valley Season 2 writing team. Check it out, you'll like it.Published 19 months ago by Halley Suitt
like really really it is so funny
if you like to laugh you will love this book I swear
A true gem to read. Daniel Lyons had me laughing throughout. Highly recommend. You will not be disappointed. Makes you wonder how much was real and how much was made up.Published on January 18, 2013 by Jim
I dont know when this book was published but this is very wrong. why anyone would make fun of the recently deceased Embodiment of the American Spirit, or the main focus of his life... Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by dudeguyman
I ran across a reference to this book when I read what was actually a pretty favorable review, from 2010 and by Daniel Lyons, of Apple's employment of vertical integration in the... Read morePublished on April 16, 2012 by Robert Chamberlain
I didn't know a thing about the Fake Steve blog every review is talking about, but still enjoyed the book. Read morePublished on February 24, 2011 by D. rice
FSJ still has the the Cult of Apple salivating every day on his blog.
They are SOOOO effing stupid they don't even KNOW it's a parody. Read more
If you are an Apple enthusiest like myself you need to read this book. Great insight into this man. A must read.Published on August 2, 2010 by skurka