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Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs, A Parody

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  327 ratings  ·  47 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 23rd 2007 by Da Capo Press (first published October 18th 2007)
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Tim Rondeau
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
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
Nov 20, 2008 Dante rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Todd N
Dec 17, 2007 Todd N rated it 4 of 5 stars
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 15, 2008 ananka rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Jan 25, 2008 Rachel rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any tech geek
Recommended to Rachel by:
I got this book for David's as a birthday present since we follow the blog "The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs" ( and the guy has some clever writing and funny stuff. However, the book, although it was well written and had some very funny stuff, was a bit of a niche piece, and I think people who actually worked in Silicon Valley or had more of a knowledge of the technology industry (and know about the people, places, and events mentioned) would appreciate it much more.
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.
Jan 09, 2008 Bob rated it 3 of 5 stars
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.
Chase McMunn
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.
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.
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.
Paul Guinnessy
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.
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...
Hanje Richards
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!

Amit Badlani
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'.
Brian Ayres
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.
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.
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.
Tracy Crosby
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrea Carl
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.
Few things could possibly be funnier than this parody of Steve Jobs. Dan Lyons is the funniest tech writer of this century.
Hilarious parady of what Steve Jobs was like during the options scandel a year ago. I was laughing the whole way through!
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.
Opitons is the same joke over and over again, but its a funny one. This is sort of a Fear and Loathing meets Microserfs.
Lori Grant
A must-read autobiograpy on leadership for knowledge workers, managers, directors, C-levels, and entrepreneurs.
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.
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Daniel Lyons (born 1960) is an American writer. He was a senior editor at Forbes magazine and is now a writer at Newsweek.
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