Options: The Secret Life of Steve Jobs / Fake Steve Jobs : 3 of 5
In addition to being a fan of Apple in general, I also really admire Steve Jobs for the amazing things he's accomplished and how he's lived his life. Of course, his somewhat legendary persona is always ripe for parody, so it's no wonder that the mysterious blog The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs has been popular for so many years! For a long time the author (identified only as "Fake Steve Jobs") was completely unknown, and then later revealed to be Daniel Lyons, but I think Steve fans still like to think of the unreserved rants and hilarious anecdotes as coming from the real Steve (it's totally a kind of flattery, really!). Since I only read the blog occasionally, I wanted to read this book for quite a while, so I was happy to find the hardback edition on PaperBack Swap (which arrived in great condition, essentially free!). Options is a collection of some of the best blog posts which have been woven into a cohesive narrative about the famous Apple backdated stock options scandal. The first-person style was a lot like a Douglas Coupland novel, while the detailed descriptions of Steve's various possessions reminded me of Bret Easton Ellis. I can't count the number of times I laughed out loud! The book is full of great stories about hanging out with Larry Ellison (Oracle) and Bono (with some awesome accented dialogue), thoughts about MacWorld worshippers, meditations over the iPhone's circuit board, being vegetarian, and of course firing people for almost no reason. There's even scenes with Hilary Clinton and Yoko Ono that are incredibly funny, but I really enjoyed the reflective moments when Steve actually feels kind of bad for mean things that he "must" do in order to fulfill his purpose of creating incredible products. The stock options plot is pretty interesting, although the end of the story gets a little crazy and seemed like an easy way out (even though it's pretty creative). Options might not be so interesting to a non-Apple fan, but I had a great time reading it, and now I want to check out the blog more often!