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The Game Paperback – 2013
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The game is an autobiography of the author, neil strauss, and explores his encounters with interesting members of a certain community. It is based on his real-life experiences over a span of two years. The novel talks about a romantically frustrated man who joins a boot camp and becomes a pickup artist. He masters the art of attracting and seducing women so well that soon he turns out to be a guru in the area, outshining the person from whom he learnt the art. The book has surprise elements in the form of the author’s encounters with some of the most popular hollywood stars like tom cruise, britney spears, paris hilton, and more. The author transforms himself from a regular guy into a man whom every woman would want to be with. His tone, his conversation skills, and his style is enough to charm any woman. The climax is ironical to the beliefs of the community of pickup artists. The game helps women in understanding the behaviour of such men, and is also suitable for men who want to charm women. This book was published by harper in 2013, and is available in paperback. Key features: rated as controversial, the book was featured on the new york times bestseller list for two months, and reached #1 position on amazon. Com after its release. It reached prominence again in 2007 during the broadcast of the television series, the pickup artist.
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As I read page after page I became more and more interested. I was seeing some of my coworkers in a new light. They acted just like some of the people in this book, some of which I had looked up to. A little more than halfway through, I began to see what direction this book was going in. I am glad I read this book all the way through. I thought that it was women that I was missing in my life. I needed to become a pickup artist, or so I thought. While it is true that women are noticeably absent from my life, that wasn't the source of my emptiness. It was confidence.
It wasn't until the end of book that I realized that I didn't need any fine tuned pickup lines. I needed to just be me, but with more confidence. This book has given me the basic tools I need to start conversations with random strangers, to meet new people, which I had been to afraid to do. So what if they don't like me, the right people for me will. All I need to do is get out there and socialize.
While this book still makes me want to go out and try to pickup women, it's not to become a pickup artist. It's to further myself in every aspect of my life. Women are my vice in life, my weakness, I am afraid of rejection and thusly, afraid of women. If I can overcome my biggest obstacle with confidence, then there is nothing I can't do. Even though Neil Strauss will never know of me and never know how big of an impact his book has had on me, his book has unlocked the door to my future that I can now begin to open. I cannot thank him enough for writing this book. Very highly recommended!
-Steven aka Hoss ;)
"The Game" is told through stories/first hand accounts of Strausses experience in the seduction community. He manages to tie in the life/self help lessons in nicely with all the drama of a good story. There's rarely a dull moment but I do have to say that it can seem Strauss is bragging at times and this hurts the flow of the story at times.
Personally the book acted as a gateway for me, as I imagine many others, into a much needed self improvement period of my life. I began to realize my self worth, gain confidence in myself and really go out their and make my dreams happen. To look inward for approval rather than bending overbackwards to gain the approval of others.
And I think that's where their is a lot of misunderstanding in the public. The seduction community is more than a bunch of creepy pickup nerds trying to bed and use woman. Often men find their way to the community after years of frustration and loneliness stemming from failure with the opposite sex (something they were never taught how to deal with by school or their parents). Maybe they were abused and suffer from extremely low self esteem. Whatever the case guys like Strauss, Mystery (and others) have been there and have done the hard and tiring work of figuring out what the problem is and how to fix it. And now their sharing this knowledge to others to help them. So it's important to have an open mind and not disregard Strauss because of the subject matter he's discussing.
I do feel the game leaves you wanting more (perhaps this is by design). I would recommend, actually would require, that you check out Strausses follow up "Rules of the Game". It's much more of a "how to" book and features the style life challenge which is a 30 life changing program. It's the book Strauss could wish he could give to his younger self. It's likely to change your life for ever.
While "The Game" & "Rules of the Game" are probably enough for most people those hell bent on mastering romance and or going on a self transformation journey should also check out the following: "No More Mr Nice Guy" (guys), "Why Men Love Bitches: From Doormat to Dreamgirl" (girls), "The Mystery Method", "The Like Switch", "The Solution to Social Anxiety", "Modern Romance", "Text Appeal for Guys", Surival of the S***test", "The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth", "The Selfish Gene" & "The Rational Male" (volumes 1 & 2).
"The Game" has rightfully earned its place as one of the greatest books in recent years. It's crossed into many different areas of people's life and jumpstarted a entire multimillion dollar industry. Do your self a favor and buy this book. It may just change your life (for the best)!
A lot of the negative reviewers of this book seemed to be put off by the techniques that these guys used, or the lifestyles these guys led. For these people, I'm not sure why they even bothered to pick up the book...what did they expect, given the title? Priests and monks?
Granted, these techniques would not work on everyone, and I don't advocate using them to be a manipulative douchebag, but I think having some of these techniques should be part of every man's arsenal.
My only (slight) disappointment with the book was that I wish there would have been coverage of more examples (dialogues) that were part of these guys' encounters with women. Sometimes a "technique" was identified by a name, but the technique itself was never fully explained. For someone like me that is trying to get back out into the dating world, having many examples to learn from is the best means of getting better at approaching women, gaining confidence, and developing your own techniques. Still, what is in the book is great, and the author references other sources to help men become better at "The Game."