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Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  407 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
Welcome to the mind, to the world of Fake Steve Jobs. Fake Steve the counterintuitive management guru: “Obviously we can’t literally put our employees’ lives at risk. But we have to make them feel that way.” Fake Steve the political hobnobber: “I can see why they keep Nancy Pelosi under wraps. Wacky as a dime watch.” Fake Steve quoting friend/musician/philosopher Bono on r ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 18th 2007 by Da Capo Press
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Tim Rondeau
Feb 05, 2008 Tim Rondeau rated it really liked it
Pretty much what you would expect from a parody about Steve Jobs. This was a story with no real depth or powerful theme, but fun to read nonetheless. Daniel Lyons, the real author (his name is not Fake Steve Jobs), began a blog about Fake Steve Jobs a few years ago, and the idea morphed into this. Lyons' greatest feat is making the events from the story seem very real. Despite the fact that the situations he was describing were almost completely ridiculous, it doesn't take much to believe that t ...more
Nov 20, 2008 Dante rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Apple geeks and anyone who says "I'm a P.C."
Fake Steve Jobs has revealed his true identity since the publication of this book: he's Newsweek columnist Dan Lyons. This book is built upon the blog Lyons wrote as Fake Steve Jobs [], and it's HILARIOUS! This book is Laugh-Out-Loud funny, with scenes wherein he cuts Hillary Clinton down to size, rides shotgun with Bono as the singer succumbs to road rage, and spoons with Sting, all interspersed among a somewhat predictable whodunit plot -- Fake Steve Jobs tries to ...more
Jan 04, 2011 Bill rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the parody, I enjoyed the humor, but I just found that this book didn't do much to really suck me in. Where if I have a book I love, I can sit for hours on end reading it, when reading this book, I would start to think of other things to do every twenty to thirty minutes of reading. It's not a knock on the author or anything, I think it's really just the nature of the beast when it comes to this book. FSJ does a fantastic job of painting a world through the eyes of the rimless spectacl ...more
Jan 15, 2008 ananka rated it liked it
Recommends it for: adults over 25
Recommended to ananka by: Jen the LA1
This book was funny and interesting. However, it was also annoying and well, annoying. It was well written and kept my interest, but I also found myself wanting to know what was real and what was fake, and this clouded what I liked about it.

Steve Jobs is the CEO of Apple. He designed the iPod--ever heard of it? The book is synical and sarcastic and Jobs is basically an a**hole. It chronicles the time when he and Apple and many other Silicon Valley tech companies were being investigated for optio
Todd N
Dec 17, 2007 Todd N rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone working in the Valley or high tech
Like most things that seem to be perfectly targeted at me, I worry that I will want to like it more than I actually do. In this case I wasn't disappointed. The book took about four hours to read, but I really enjoyed it. I even laughed out loud a few times, which I can't remember doing for any book recently.

I've worked with so many people who have said that they want to write a book about the Valley or some particular company. Well now they don't have to because it's already been written. And re
Jan 09, 2008 Bob rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Macintosh computers and sophomoric sarcastic humor.
Anybody who loves Macintosh computers or hates Steve Jobs or is a fan of sarcastic, in-your-face social satire will enjoy this puff-pastry of a book, based on a blog. Could this be the future of publishing? It's a 248-page rant bound between covers and lightly disguised as a novel.
Aug 15, 2010 Gary rated it really liked it
This might not be as funny if you're not familiar with the rich tapestry of legends built up around Steve Jobs and Apple. But even if you don't get all the inside jokes, be prepared to laugh yourself silly as we watch Steve drive his ego around the Valley like a drunken rock star in a fire engine red Ferrari. It's been a long time since I've laughed out loud reading a book on the bus. Namaste.
Hanje Richards
Jan 12, 2010 Hanje Richards rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, humor
A very snarky pardoy of Steve Jobs life. There were some funny moments, but I have to say it tended to be a one (or a few) note joke and didn't really have enough to cover a whole book. Nice try though!

Paul Guinnessy
Feb 11, 2013 Paul Guinnessy rated it it was ok
Great premise and I used to enjoy the blog entries, but it doesn't seem that the satire could continue effectivly in a book form. Plus it seems rather tasteless when you consider that we knew Steve Jobs was ill since 2005.
Jan 03, 2008 Lexi rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Good, but uneven. There were parts of the book that were absolutely hilarious, but they were more than balanced out by the parts that weren't. In a head to head competition, I'd have to give the edge to Anonymous Lawyer...
Dec 27, 2014 Raymond rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
I feel bad giving this one star as it wasn't a poorly written book, but I absolutely hated the main character so much I just despised the entire read. Sure, it was funny, but a funny story about an asshole is still a story about an asshole.
Fun to read parody about the life of Steve Jobs while he was being investigated for the back-dated options, with some familiar characters, like Larry Ellison, Bono from U2 and Al Gore - all mixed up in the company called Apple.
May 01, 2011 Brian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure this book would be funny at all outside of the Valley. In the Valley, it's mildly amusing. The plot is boring, but some great jokes interspersed in there for people who follow Valley stuff. Good length since the plot got old fast.
Chase McMunn
Jul 25, 2010 Chase McMunn rated it liked it
If you are a fan of the fake Steve Jobs blog you will really enjoy this book. The satire is subtle at times, but usually comes at you pretty strong. Overall a very funny read with an underlying message to question product fetishism and hero worship.
Tracy Crosby
Mar 24, 2008 Tracy Crosby rated it really liked it
Absolutely hilarious! If you've ever worshipped at the temple of Apple, you have to read this. I was laughing out loud -- and I've only been in the Mac world about 2 years!
Feb 29, 2008 Roy rated it did not like it
mightly light reading, some very funny characterizations of silicon valley personalities. falls down about 1/2 way through since it didn't really have anywhere to go.
Jan 22, 2008 John rated it it was amazing
Hilarious parady of what Steve Jobs was like during the options scandel a year ago. I was laughing the whole way through!
Lori Grant
Mar 29, 2013 Lori Grant rated it it was amazing
A must-read autobiograpy on leadership for knowledge workers, managers, directors, C-levels, and entrepreneurs.
Jun 16, 2008 John rated it liked it
This book is a very crass and over the top satire. I am not too clued in on the electronics or business world, but it was still hilarious in parts though on the whole it was only okay.
Jun 19, 2009 Douglas rated it really liked it
Opitons is the same joke over and over again, but its a funny one. This is sort of a Fear and Loathing meets Microserfs.
Oct 31, 2011 Nathan added it
Shelves: abandoned
The blog was funny, but the book ran out of steam fast. I read this long ago, just adding my rating now.
Books Inc. in Mountain View
This book is one of the funniest I've read in a long time. Whether you're a fan of the computer business or not, you'll love it.
Andrea Carl
Feb 23, 2008 Andrea Carl rated it it was ok
Amusing but not as laugh-at-loud funny as I expected it to be. I think the novelty that this blog launched may be getting a little stale.
Jul 17, 2008 Ryan rated it really liked it
While the plot of this novel is simple and predictable, the characters and the scenarios they put themselves in create a satire of corporate lifestyle that is laugh out loud funny.
Jan 10, 2011 Amber rated it it was ok
Shelves: unfinished
Started out great. Really funny but fizzled out about half way through. If you have more patience than I do, stick it out and give it a chance.
Sep 08, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing
Few things could possibly be funnier than this parody of Steve Jobs. Dan Lyons is the funniest tech writer of this century.
Amit Badlani
Apr 25, 2012 Amit Badlani rated it liked it
Interesting read, You get to know so much about Steve's management strategy, specially when people have been talking so much about it; you get to know the real motivation and the real 'him'.
Dec 31, 2009 Jeff rated it liked it
This was an amusing take on the options scandal involving Steve Jobs as written by the "Fake Steve Jobs" or a humorous blogger. Quick read, definitely has funny sections.
Brian Ayres
Jun 26, 2008 Brian Ayres rated it really liked it
Without a doubt, one of the funniest books I have ever read. This satire of Silicon Valley and Hollywood life was written with precision. There was not a wasted moment or irrelevant section.
May 25, 2008 Jennifer rated it liked it
A light and quick read. Spares nothing on the disgustingly rich and famous. Maybe I need to be a mac person to really get it and love it, but it was a fun read.
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