- Explore more great deals on thousands of titles in our Deals in Books store.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs - A Parody Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 18, 2007
Everything We Keep: A Novel
On the day of her wedding, she buried her fiancé—and unearthed shocking secrets. Learn More
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
Special Offers and Product Promotions
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"A wickedly funny, first-person parody...Politically incorrect and breezy...oPtion$ skewers Silicon Valley, with touches of `Bonfire of the Vanities,' `Dilbert' and `Revenge of the Nerds.'" -- Associated Press
"Just as Tom Wolfe skewered Wall Street in the `80s, Fake Steve lights a mini-Bonfire in Silicon Valley...The narrator of this dead-tree account is so textured and real that even his most idle thoughts amuse...A-." -- Entertainment Weekly, 10/19/07
"Kind of fun, especially if you're a computer geek." -- Kirkus Reviews, 8/15/07
"This over-the-top send-up of Valley excess isn't a best-of anthology. It's a surprisingly cohesive narrative." -- Wired, October 2007
"Tongue-in-cheek and piquantly insiderish...The book weaves the blog's greatest hits into a cohesive narrative that enfolds recent events at Apple...Mr. Lyons's portrait is hilarious and eerily specific; you get the feeling he planted a spycam in one of Mr. Jobs's mock turtles." -- Liesl Schillinger, New York Times, 10/7/07
"I couldn't put it down. Somehow, Fake Steve's--I mean Lyons'--style, is compelling." -- New York Post
"In the establishment-skewering tradition of Voltaire, Cervantes, Jonathan Swift and Laurence Sterne we now have a voice for our own digital age...Mac-slappingly funny...The book is hilarious." -- Newsweek.com
"Lyons inspires our prurient, page-turning fascination with a thoroughly unlikable narrator whose antics are at once unbelievable and vaguely plausible...Readers familiar with the Silicon Valley scene will have fun guessing who the pseudonymous characters represent...The novel is peppered with deft comic touches...Even the real Steve Jobs, who isn't known for his ability to laugh at himself, might want to pick it up for a quick, self-enlightening way to pass some time on the Jobs Jet." -- Katie Hafner, New York Times Book Review
"Lyons, using the same hilarious voice he created for the blog, tells the story of a Fortune 500 chief executive hippie Reed College dropout...Sheer hubris, seemingly never ending, is what makes this novel such a romp. You know he's going down, and it just makes you feel, well, happy." -- Los Angeles Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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
Very amusing, it's really does poke at the underbelly of an icon!Published 2 months ago by Mr. Jeffrey Logan
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 22 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