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Book Review: Sex and the Single Zillionaire

Feb 04, 2006
Category Books

With a title like Sex and the Single Zillionaire, it’s either going to be really good or really bad.  This isn’t my typical genre of mental floss, but since it is the first novel written by Tom Perkins, the co-founder of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, I decided it couldn’t be missed.  The dust cover got me started nicely with Rupert Murdoch weighing in with “Fun, fast – a great read!” and Newsweek commenting “Loved the sex scenes.”  When Amy saw me pick it up last night, she said, “Tom Perkins – isn’t that Danielle Steel’s ex-husband?”

I read 50 pages last night and when I went to bed, I thought “uh oh, this is going to be a really bad book.”  I settled down on the couch this afternoon and ripped through the rest of it.  When I finished, I agreed with Newsweek and had a smile on my face (although I didn’t light up a cigarette – yes – that’s an inside joke – you’ll have to read the book to get that one.)  It turned out to be really good for a first novel of this particular genre! 

If you like your mental floss with lots of fluff, beautiful men and women, luxurious settings artfully described, a light plot, some primary character development (but not too much), all written with a mega-wealth twist, you’ll enjoy this.  If you just want to find out how Tom Perkins writes sex scenes, you’ll also enjoy it.