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Mystery is an aspiring Toronto magician who charges $2,250 for a weekend pickup workshop. He is not much to look at: a cross between a vampire and a computer geek. But by using high-powered marketing techniques he's turned seduction into an effortless craft--even inventing his own vocabulary. His technique sounds like a car salesman's tip sheet: his main rule is FMAC--find, meet, attract, close. He employs the "three-second rule"--always approach a woman within three seconds of first seeing her in order to avoid getting shy. Other tricks: Intrigue a beautiful woman by pretending to be unaffected by her charm; also, never hit on a woman right away. Start with a disarming, innocent remark, like "Do you think magic spells work?" or "Oh my god, did you see those two girls fighting outside?" And finally, the most important characteristic of the pickup artist--smile.
After two years, Strauss ends up becoming almost as successful as Mystery, but he comes to an important realization. His techniques were actually off-putting to the woman he ended up falling in love with. And they never prepared him for actually having a relationship. After a while, he ran out of one-liners and had to have a real conversation. Still, The Game is a great read that may help some AFCs come out of their shells. --Alex Roslin
From Publishers Weekly
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And I completely understand the threat many women would feel by this material. But intelligent women are insulated from the manipulation at which many of the individuals featured in this story are so inept. Only the naïve are at risk, as they always have been.
Many people refer to this book as a manual on how to seduce women. But Neil Strauss, its author, never made such a claim. It was merely his honest and humorous account of his experience in the PUA (pickup artist) community. But Strauss is a talented writer. And, as such, he not only managed to make this the very entertaining and insightful manual everybody said it was, but has also given an extremely valuable tool to goodhearted men with benign goals - a tool that can be used with mutual benefit, without anyone getting hurt or played. In spite of other reviewers' claims to the contrary, Strauss does disclose the nature and vivid examples of the emotional and spiritual consequences PUAs reap when they manipulate people for narcissistic purposes.
This endeavor began when Strauss, a writer for the New York Times, was given an assignment to write about the underground pickup artist community. Strauss was a skinny, balding intellectual who felt awkward around women and hadn't had much success with them prior.Read more ›
I read "The Game" after seeing a review of it in the newspaper. I was amused and a bit intrigued at the idea of a whole subculture centered around seducing members of the opposite sex -- at the idea of guys who honestly had NO other goals in life.
In a way, it's almost an inspirational story in the beginning. Everyone likes an underdog, and the short, bald guy who's suddenly able to get all the babes is no exception. But it wouldn't be much of a story if there wasn't a dark side to the success. Strauss describes how he loses interest in everything EXCEPT picking up women and in fact feels compelled to hit on them almost constantly. He holds seminars on seduction. He posts to message boards about seduction. He lives in a house full of guys whose sole interest is seduction -- some who spend thousands of dollars attending seminars around the country.
Of course, at the end, he realizes that all the tricks and one-liners he uses to get a woman into bed won't help him when he meets The One. And maybe I'm a bit naive, but isn't that what most of us really want in the end?
Strauss is a fine writer, though not a highly remarkable one. I think the story itself, rather than the writing, is what carries the book. The characters are truly compelling -- especially Mystery, who I almost want to meet to see if he's as irresistable as everyone seems to think. (You have to wonder, though, if his techniques work half so well when the women already know about them.Read more ›
I think that PUA can be a very powerful learning tool for men who don't have enough confidence and experience to talk to women. It can definitely be used for evil, but in a world where it's only the d-bags who go home with the girls at the bars, I'd rather empower the Nice Guys (who do in fact finish last when it comes to chicks) to be the ones who get our number. PUA is like a gun - it can be used for good or evil, depending on the intentions of the one who wields it.
HOW I FOUND OUT ABOUT THE BOOK: Since I don't have much luck with girls, and was tired of making love to my hand, i decided to purchase myself a fleshlight. If you never heard of it, it's an artificial vagina. On the website which sells fleshlights and other toys for both men and women, i noticed that they also had a knowledge section. Here is where i came across the amazing masterpiece called "The Game". So i went on amazon to read the reviews and previewed the book. I decided that i need to read this asap. I bought the book a week or so later.
WHAT I THINK ABOUT THIS BOOK: My life is going to change after reading this book. Neil Strauss has opened my eyes and made me realize that it's never too late to change and reinvent yourself. He is a perfect example of a AFC who never had much luck with women before he became a PUA. Soon after joining the PUA community, he learned different techniques on how to approach and talk to women. Today he is considered the best PUA in the world.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Funny, enlightening book. The story about the PUA lifestyle might annoy some, but I respect what these guys do. Hack the course of human events. Read morePublished 6 days ago by ignorance is bliss
This book was a very good read. As I began, I felt as if my eyes were finally being opened. There was this whole world I had never known. Read morePublished 7 days ago
This story was really something. What began as an attempt to systematize the early stages of erotic interaction ends in a story of the virtues of just being a normal, we'll... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Jonathan Goldman
I like the way he starts from 0 to be a PUA. At the end you get the message :)Published 25 days ago by Jose Osorio R.
Strauss does an unparalleled job in both stealing the heart of the reader (who among us has never envied a friend who seemed adapt at attracting partners or berated ourselves for... Read morePublished 25 days ago by Sam Green
Great book!! This book is a must if you are a male. Regardless of what you r looking for (one night stands or a long term relationship) it simply helps you to get a better... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Filip