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Sex and the Single Zillionaire: A Novel Hardcover – January 24, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (January 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060851678
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060851675
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,353,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Fun, fast—a great read!” (– Rupert Murdoch)

“Loved the sex scenes.” (– Newsweek)

“A saucy tale ... from Hudson’s standing 5 P.M. martini ... to the eyebrow-raising sex scenes, it’s all there.” (– Fortune)

“A bodice ripper for the silicone valley set.” (– Fortune)

“A racy romp.” (– W)

“Slyly wicked.” (– New York Post)

About the Author

Tom Perkins is one of Silicon Valley's pioneers. His venture capital firm has financed many famous companies, including Genentech, Compaq, Amazon, AOL, and Google. Perkins lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and has a medieval manor house, complete with moat, in East Sussex, England.

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Customer Reviews

The whole book was so dull and just plain silly.
Sennie
The others are all shallow and stupid and think nothing of jumping into bed with a man 40 years older to get his money.
SLO Amy
Character development is weak, and I really didn't care what happened to anyone.
Campbell

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Campbell on August 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
OK- to answer my own question, the ONLY reason this was published was as a personal favor or as serious ***-kissing. As far as chick lit goes (they are clearly going for that audience by the cover of this book), publishers need to realize that we won't read and like just anything. I laughed out loud hafter finishing the book where someone commented about "loving the sex scenes". Yes- maybe if I was 13 and had never read one before. But they are so sparse and pathetic, they are hardly worth mentioning. The entire basis of the book is on a reality TV show, which most chick lit readers are probably familiar with. The whole show made no sense (contestants don't live together? Cameras leave the lovebirds ALONE after they film dinner? People go on a yacht and aren't filmed most of the time? HELLO!), making the plotline flimsy at best. Character development is weak, and I really didn't care what happened to anyone. Totally predicatble- not one surprise throughout. The only reason I finished the book was that I belived it had to get better at some point- no such luck. Don't buy this book- get it from the library if you have to see for yourself how bad it truly is. It's certainly in no danger of having a waiting list...
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Andrew D. Davis on April 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
An argument in favor of book burning. Those first positive reviews must be shills. A complete waste of paper.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book based on the background of the author...afterall, he's built quite an empire at Kleiner-Perkins and obviously has experience and intelligence. Let's chalk this one up to a fun write for him perhaps detailing something he'd like to do in real life but would be too embarrassed in the final analysis.

I didn't find the situations believable at all. Here's a bunch of gold-diggers who could find themselves knee deep in cash and society by sticking to their plan...that is, romancing and seducing the rich guy. But they change their minds at a moments notice and don't seem to think about the consequences before diving into kinky stuff or exposing their actual sexual tendancies.

Frankly, I would have expected more from a guy such as Perkins with help from Steele...
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By M. Gregory on December 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'll admit, I didn't quite read this book. I read the first two chapters, skimmed the middle, and figured out the ending by about page 12. While the plot has its gaps, I'm sure, the biggest problem is Tom Perkins' utter inability to write. The story is full of stereotypes - the portly, know-it-all butler; the goodlooking and sensible widower, lonely after his beloved wife's death; the beautiful, previously hurt woman lead who has to struggle with being a high-powered, successful female in a "man's world". Furthermore, Perkins has no skill with dialogue, even his secondary characters are completely rote, and the descriptions are overworked - one room was described by six adjectives.

What is most amusing, however, is that Tom Perkins wrote this novel after he, himself, was supposedly asked by some television producer to be part of a reality TV show like the one in the novel. The sort of hilarious pretention that would lead Perkins to subsequently write the novel of what MIGHT have happened, with his inordinately rich, chiseled-featured, and levelheaded main character (who was once described as being as handsome as a model, but SO good looking that no modeling agency could afford him to represent their products) based upon himself, is what really tickled me.

As someone else mentioned, Perkins must have gotten this published as a favor. In a note to the reader, Perkins mentions his inspiration to write the novel, and that it was done without the help of a "ghost" writer, "for better or worse". It was most definitely for worse.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Peter in Ca. on August 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
trash book all the way.
the author should PAY ME for spending time to read it.
i wonder how much money he paid the publisher to publish this trash.
this book is not even funny.
what a waste of my time.
p.s. amazon should hv a ZERO star box.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By SLO Amy on March 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book must be every 60 something year old male fantasy. A rich old guy being fixed up with a dozen 20 something girls who only want his money and are willing to do anything to get it. The only female in this book with any redeemable features is Jessie. The others are all shallow and stupid and think nothing of jumping into bed with a man 40 years older to get his money. The worst part was Steven has sex with one girl the day before he sleeps with Jessie and then when she finds out, she doesn't care. Yea, like that would happen. And the woman he finally falls in love with is suppose to be his equal, but she is still 25 years younger than he is. In real life, the amazing Jessie wouldn't give this man the time of day. She is still young, beautiful and has plenty of money of her own. Like I said, this is a male fantasy. Any self respecting female should find it offensive.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Sherry singer on April 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
Waste of time reading this dime store novel. Read 40 pages and decided it wasn't worth finishing. Older man's
Dreams.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Megafauna on January 28, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This guy is a truly loathsome individual, completely out of touch with reality. Nothing more than glorification of wealth by some scumbag 1%er.
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