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The Secret Diary of Bill Gates Paperback – May 1, 1998
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Bill Gates is undoubtedly not as happy-go-lucky and slapstick as the narrator of this parody, but that's exactly why this is more interesting than his real diary. Written as a yearlong series of diary entries, "Bill" obsesses about issues such as his daily net worth, his fame, his IQ, the construction of his humongous mansion, and taking over the universe, plus divulges his lust for hot women, from his wife, Melinda, to the Spice Girls. Entries are populated with Bill's priorities on issues such as the top 10 most powerful guys on the planet (of which he is always No. 1), top 10 Microsoft bumper stickers, and top 10 dates with Melinda. After reading through a year in the life, you can take the "Are You Like Bill Gates?" quiz. A who's who glossary defines the people and companies that exist in Bill's world and a bibliography recommends 20 more books about Bill that you can read. --Cristina Vaamonde
From Kirkus Reviews
A pseudonymous auteur in cyberspace attempts a parody of the Internet diary by the Microsoft mogul. This text doesn't emanate from newspaper columns, TV, or movies, but rather is cobbled together from a hot site on the World Wide Web. And if it were a real book instead of a parody of a book it might be an ominous portent for authorship. Certainly, the Richest Guy in the World is the proper subject for satire, but surely he deserves something funnier than this, the Web version of rancid popcorn. There are constant put-downs of competitors by a supposedly silly Gates. Running gags about his manliness, his family, his house, his search for new books about himself and his postulated delight in the Spice Girls are not particularly funny. The likely premise of Gates being at once egotistical, naive, and ruthless beyond measure goes nowhere at all. ``The coolest!'', ``way cool!'' and ``so cool!'' are the diarys sole expressions of approbation, and that approbation is confined solely to Gates himself, of course. On the other hand, disapproval is expressed with ``Way cool, not!'' This extended vocabulary is used for all Microsoft competition. Comedic fun is tagged with an ever useful ``Ha, ha, ha!'' The syntax sounds suspiciously like that of a sophomore computer geek, though some industry buzz and Microsoft gossip make the author sound like an insider. A sizable audience of computer buffs, chat room nerds, and Windows resisters may be found, but unless you like to spend all your time surfing the Net for hackers' detritus, forget it. Better to spend your time perusing a screen saver. Way cooool, not! -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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One minor criticism is that to understand the humor behind some of the entries, requires the reader to already have a fair amount of knowledge about Bill Gates, Microsoft and the computer industry. But, the excellent "Who's Who in Bill's Little World" and easy to read style of the writing, should mean that most readers will laugh at almost every entry.
For people like myself who are interested in the PC industry, the book is a "must read", I can't wait for the next edition (or should that be "version 2.0"?).
Bravo Bill G!!
I'm familiar with the Web version and the book is the "best-of" over two years of entries, carefully edited to produce one year of entries which flow seemlessly from nerdish enthusiasm to competitive malevolence.
In addition to the Diary entries, there is an "Are you like Bill Gates?" self-assessment quiz (a riot!), and a comprehensive "Who's Who in Bill's World" (also very funny) which explains many of the people and references for the less technical among us.
Absolutely the FUNNIEST book about Bill Gates ever written. And, in case that doesn't sound like a strong enough compliment, it's also one of the funniest books I've ever read. As Siskel & Ebert would say: Two Thumbs Way Up!