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      03.08.2013 14:04
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      Worth a read

      So I recently started a new job, and one of the friends that I made there was talking about this book. He said that it had changed his life and that he wouldn't have got his current girlfriend or his well-paid job without it. So naturally I had to see what the fuss was about. Was I blown away by this book? Did it change my life? Am I now a master pickup artist. Well it's a clear No to all three. However it was a very easy read and an enjoyable book and there are people that may be able to take some tips away from it.

      So the premise of the book is that the author was a so called Geek. He never had luck with women and was always envious of those guys that seemed to be able to get girls with will. He wasn't a good looking guy but always saw other similar looking guys hooking up with girls everywhere and this is where his infatuation with being a pickup artist began.

      I think in order to enjoy this book you have to be able to separate reality from fantasy. There are people who will read this book and see it as reality and will believe every word like it is their Bible. No joke this guy from my work says that he keeps a copy of the book in his bathroom as reading material. Then you have people like myself who see this book as fantasy. Whilst I have no diubt some of these stories happened, a lot of the other stories sound made up or exaggerated but then maybe I am just a pessimist in life.

      The layout of the book is well structured as well the writing style. He really gets the reader gripped from the beginning of what he used to be life and shows his transformation through to being a master pick up artist. He only focuses on a few characters at a time in order for the whole process not to get confusing and is very clear at explaining a lot of the concepts, like peacocking, and of course demonstrating the 'technology' and forms of mini hypnosis.

      Also I feel they try to be quite matter of fact. They say women are like this and men are like that and that's just the way it is, but this is just plain wrong. If all men and all women acted the same way in each situation then what would be the point of life. These pickup artists say they can pull any girl in the world, married or not, that is just a joke and the biggest lie in the whole book.

      They also say it doesn't matter how good looking you are as with these techniques you will become superior. This is another lie as the end of the day if you have the most handsome guy in he world and the ugliest guy in the world. I can guarantee you even if the ugly guy has better 'game' and the handsome guy has average 'game' that the more handsome guy will pull more girls.

      I think the one positive that I can take is that it really is written so convincingly and I do feel my confidence has improved after reading it, even though I don't necessarily believe everything it says. It also isn't exactly the type of book that you boast about and I was quite ashamed at reading it at times and thankfully I have an Ereader so no one could ever see the cover of the book on the train. On amazon this retails at £6.99 for the paperback edition, but the Kindle edition is much cheaper at £3.99 which is what I went for.

      Overall I think this is a very entertaining and well written book. Whilst I don't really believe in the concepts and doubt that a lot of it actually happened, I know of people like the guy at my work that genuinely feel it changed their life. So I guess in that sense the book has accomplished at what it set out to do however I will give this three stars.

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        26.12.2011 07:28

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        Recommended read for all, a modern literary classic

        Most of you will have probably heard of this book and the "Secret Society Of Pick Up Artists" prior to picking the book up. And most of you were probably as skeptical about the concept as I was.

        Neil Strauss's 'The Game' is a mix of information about this group of people and his own personal experiences. The content aside however, it's his style of writing that really makes this book.

        The premis of the book is quite easy to grasp; ordinary guy, not much luck with women, how he hears about these types of people and gets involved, then what happens when he's fully immersed in the society and what he learns about it and himself aterward.

        Strauss's humour & quickwitted-ness really tie the storyline and series of events together. You really feel for him and can get into his mindset of looking at the group from an average person's point of view. The humour appeals to both a male and female perspective- don't be put off by the content that it's just a book for boys.

        If you're looking for a manual of how to become a pick up artist this isn't it. Although Strauss includes titbits of information about strategies employed in the game, some of his own included, this is merely to show there are a million and 1 different ways to learn "The Game" out there.

        Could not put this book down, definetly in my top 3 of all time.
        Also Amazon seems to offer the cheapest sales of this book if you're looking to purchase.

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        21.10.2011 15:35
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        Great Read - Good choice

        The Game
        I got this book after hearing a interview on the radio with Chris Moyles about a newer book (which i will review later). In this interview they talk about how popular this book had become and how he had become this sex symbol and player around the world. From the interview i thought the book sounded interesting and as being a man i thought i could pick up some new tricks on pulling hot girls.
        I ordered the book off Amazon for around £15 but you can get it cheaper second hand. I new nothing about the author Neil Strauss or the book 'The Game' but when the book arrived I started reading and couldn't stop.

        The book starts explaining that Neil is a average man who works as a reporter, hes not luckly in love, doesn't have much experience with women and starts off with no knowledge of pick up artist. He a tall bald guy who lacked confidence. He is sent on a assignment for his job to investigate the world of pick up artists and players. He starts off meeting some of the worlds best and well known artists and learns their tips and tricks. Which he explains in details in the book. As you read the advice from 'guru' to guru' you actually wonder who some of their techniques work and how they are actually players. Most of the tips and tricks seem ridiculous and need to be performed by some more confident but as Neil shows throughout the book anyone can do this and anyone can become a pick up artist.

        The stories he shares from his travels and workshops around the globe are incredible, I found i could put the book down in disbelief. I went away for the weekend and by the time I had got back my flat mate had read the book from back to front, he said he could put it down. The book is a really good read and anyone who thinks that they cannot get any girl or lack confidence or generally just interested in how the best pull women should read this book. I can guarantee that you will struggle to put this book down. The stories about celebrities like Paris Hilton and Courtney love are incredible, and how him and his friends buy a mansion together to throw huge parties. Its a real mans dream for all these things to happen and it proves that if you set your mind to it you can achieve anything. All you need is confidence!

        Seriously read this book and let me know what you think! If you like it that much and want to know more, get the next book 'The rules of the game'. See my next post for information on the other book.

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          22.09.2010 21:16
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          A fantastic read

          At the beginning of the 21st century, Neil Strauss was just an 'average frustrated chump' (or AFC, one of many secret code words employed by the worldwide seduction community), a lonely writer whose success with women has hit an all-time low. Seeking out a new writing project, Strauss stumbles upon the close-knit, underground movement of the pick-up artist (PUA), a group of men who feel they have devised a method for attracting women. Attending workshops, hitting on the women of the world with the mercurial mPUA (master pick-up artist) Mystery and entirely altering his image, Strauss evolves into Style, a seduction community deity who would go on to bed hundreds of women, spread the message of the PUA around the world with LA pick-up haven 'Project Hollywood' and be voted the best seducer on Earth.

          For what may sound like a potentially tacky subject matter, The Game is actually a cautionary tale and a shocking expose of a secret society that most people will never be aware of. While some may use the book as a self-help manual (you can use it this way if you wish, a Strauss certainly gives out enough tips in detail), Strauss' detailing of the highs and lows of being a world renowned pick-up artist is what makes The Game so interesting. I couldn't put the book down. Strauss' writing-style is laidback and easy to read, but the material he writes about is what makes The Game so fascinating. The dissection of the power struggle at Project Hollywood - a place where Strauss, Mystery and their soon-to-be rivals, the calculating businessman 'Papa' and the plotting 'Tyler Durden', reside - is the book's high point.

          The book is certainly overlong - by the half way mark, the newly-monikered Style has already been named the world's greatest pick-up artist; after that goal has already been achieved, the book drops in narrative drive for the last 200 or so pages - but every single story that Strauss tells is completely enthralling. I can't deny that some of these stories are biased, even tinged with bitterness (Strauss lays constantly into the conniving Durden), but you should never be bored reading The Game.

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          09.01.2010 19:25
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          Such an excellent book, the story is so interesting.

          Being someone who has only ever read a handful of books, take my word for it, this book is a real feel good read.
          I was actually given it by a fellow backpacker when I was in Melbourne,Australia last year. Luckily with time on my hands, I got stuck right in.
          Now lets get something straight, regardless of your 'skill' of 'getting' girls, this book will appeal. I wouldn't say I'm either Good or Bad at the art of seduction, but after reading this book, it made me think about things.

          The book is written by Neil Strauss, an American Journalist who writes for the Rolling Stones magazine.
          He see's himself as a loner in love, and judging by results, he pretty much is. As the story starts, Strauss decides to make a change. He signs up for Pick up Seduction classes.
          As the story progresses, Strauss is mentored by his teacher - known as 'Mystery'. He gradually improves not only his approach to women in general, but his appearance, and how to make the best of what you have.
          We learn just how big this 'underground' seduction community really is, with Strauss and Mystery traveling all over the world, both giving seminars.
          Without spoiling too much, Strauss' life is completely turned around from start to finish, and it just shows that anybody has the chance to do just that. We learn things that we didn't know could be achieved. Towards the end, we also learn that Strauss not only improves his 'Pick up Skills' , but also his all round character.
          Please read this book. I feeling nice even thinking about reading this book, just remembering how I myself improved.
          Good luck.

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          14.11.2009 01:13
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          Intresting view on a attraction

          I purchased this book in early 2005 having read a article on it in Mens Health.

          Overview:

          A Non fictional account of a undercover investigative journalist as he enters the underground world of a quickly mobilising seduction community. Neil(Stlye) narrates his journey from being socially inept with women to being widely acknowledge as his peers as the best pick up artist in the world.

          From a male perspective it is a engrossing read on how a sub section of awkward men have pooled there efforts, created formula's and shared information on previous conquests through a online community to primarily increase their success with the opposite sex.

          Of course there are countless other members of this community who Neil meets on the way each with their own unique method but the main story follows Neil's progression through the community.

          Neil's writing style only adds further to the intrigue he is intelligent articulate with a great sense of humor.

          Unfortunately the last 100 pages do drag and with almost cliche
          Hollywood finish takes something away from the intrigue of the previous content.

          In summary this is a great read on its own but if you seriously want to embark on the Pick up artist lifestyle this is considered by most as the holy grail and indirectly references plenty of material to guide you on your way

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          11.07.2009 20:40
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          The story of the man who became "The world's greatest pick-up artist".

          Want to make yourself irresistible to women? Fancy being a master of seduction?

          This book is the story of a man who learnt how, who learnt the secrets of the Game.

          Neil Strauss wasn't exactly your prototypical loveless loser, but then he wasn't terribly irresistible either. An everyman of the dating game, with ever-declining hair and glasses, the initial change involved a makeover into the shiny-bonced, sharply goateed figure gracing the cover of The Game. The physical transformation, however, was only the first and the easiest of the alterations Strauss would make.

          Months later, he was living in the daddy of bachelor pads, hanging out with models, dating a string of beautiful women and chatting up Britney Spears. Not bad for a balding journalist on the less youthful side of thirty.

          It's certainly an enticing prospect as a book. Less the self-help guide it might appear, The Game is more a diary of Strauss' descent/ascent (depending on your point of view) into the "seduction community", and the story of his transformation into Style, his infinitely-more-successful-with-women alter-ego.


          "There were five of us living in the house: Herbal, Mystery, Papa, Playboy and me. Boys and men came from every corner of the globe to shake our hands, take photos with us, learn from us, be us. They called me Style. It was a name I had earned."


          Strauss is a gifted writer - perhaps not surprisingly, as the author of a number of successful rock biographies prior to his emergence as Style. He opens in medias res, plunging us evocatively straight into the life of a PUA (a Pick-Up Artist, that is - the first of many in-terms and buzzwords fizzing around the community). It's not all especially pretty though; we get a sense of men who have passed into hubris:


          "The white carpet had gone gray from the constant traffic of young, perfumed humanity herded in off Sunset Boulevard every night. Cigarette butts and used condoms floated grimly in the Jacuzzi."


          Not somewhere everyone would want to live, perhaps. This Rome-has-fallen picture Strauss builds up makes for a tantalising opening to The Game. We have questions; principally, assuming we've read the blurb to get a picture of the man who was Neil, 'How did he get like this?' Feelings too - feelings that lie somewhere between wonder, envy and distaste, most probably.

          We're made to wait for the answers though. Instead, it's back to the beginning, as pre-Style Strauss meets the man who will become his mentor, the suitably-named Mystery.

          I'll leave the details of his transformation to the realms of the mysterious. Suffice to say, the process comprises a combination of common sense, genuine "secrets of the game" and good old-fashioned bullshit. The science of seduction is evidently taken very seriously amongst those who claim to be its leading practitioners - there are systems, acronyms, philosophies and sciences. Techniques range from having a arsenal of conversation-starters ready to put to use through to developing an understanding of Neuro-Linguistic Programming - and Strauss is pretty good at bringing the subtleties (and occasionally, absurdities) of these across.

          The theory is hardly the main part of the book, however. Strauss is at his best describing human interactions, and in The Game, this is all about the nightclubs, the parties, the girls and the rival guys, the experts and the wannabees. Through the wit and style of his writing, we get an insight into the kind of personality it takes to be a PUA; if the author seems a little arrogant towards the end of the book, this is probably a reflection of the makeover he's put himself through.

          The Game chronicles a fascinating experiment, and Strauss is a gutsy, talented Guinea Pig who manages to hit a chord with both readers and those around him in the story. However, the feeling of envy and admiration the reader may have held at the outset dissipates drastically as the book reaches its climax. This isn't really a fault of the writing, although the pace does fall away and the narrative does lose interest somewhat. Rather, one just begins to pity those involved in the seduction game; they simply come across as obsessive, needy geeks who play the law of averages, pestering endless women until one relents and sleeps with them. Okay, so they're nerds who have a lot of sex, but they're still nerds.

          If this was the impression Strauss was intending to convey (and it's likely it was), he succeeds masterfully. The men we met are portrayed as winners in bed, losers in life. If Style is a little removed from this, and as a narrator he often is, it's to his credit.

          So, The Game may not be a manual that supplies the shortcut to making oneself irresistible, but it never really claims to be, beyond some effective marketing. The advice that's contained here can be boiled down to a couple of common-sense maxims; if you want to be successful with women (or men, for that matter), exude confidence and develop good conversational skills; despite all the blustering the protagonists of the book trot out, there's little essential that exceeds this. It's not a perfect book, but Strauss is likeable enough to keep our sympathies and pull the story along at an enjoyable pace. The Game is entertaining and very occasionally enlightening, and paints an engrossing, if not altogether positive picture of a quite peculiar sub-culture.


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          A follow-up, and continuation of Style's story, The Rules of the Game, is also available. I haven't been moved to read it. If you're at all curious about Strauss' physical transformation, just google his name; a nice before-and-after exists - he certainly looks a lot better now, in his Ming the Merciless meets Dr. Evil guise.

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            08.12.2008 01:43
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            Awesome read about undercover community of pick-up artists!!

            I read this book after picking it up in a library... (It had a different & more spiffy cover!!)
            After starting to read it, I started laughing!! & wondering - 'could this be true?!' - & I kept laughing & wondering till the very end!!

            Neil Strauss is a real-life journalist who writes about an 'undercover' world of pick-up artists & 'everyday' or 'beyond average' guys picking up beautiful girls and having the time of their life... & teaching each other the skills online, or in 'seminars'.. lol!!

            Can a bald nothing-special guy (=the timid journalist at the beginning at the book) get 'any girl'? (Or at least a bunch?) - & How?

            Well, apparently the answer is much more than you'd think... & the ways are.. well, some of them are very unsightly... but they work-?!! at least see for yourself.. maybe you were using them all along quite subconsciously? (& you're a 'natural'?!)

            Strauss describes 'gurus' of the community - like the now notorious Mystery (who went to record TV shows after that) & the infamous Ross Jeffries, & other 'masters of seduction'... who teach the non-naturals (geeks & shy guys..)

            He goes from 'Mr mouse' to one of the 'gurus' called 'Style'... (with quite some 'guru books' on da amazon too!!) - & he describes all the fun, indescribable & horrible bits of the journey! (or at least quite a few..) including travelling the Balkans & Russia..

            Be warned, some of it is sexist, some of it is horrible, but it just makes you wanna keep on reading!!

            You wonder at the techinques, at their messed-up lives, at the silliness of it all...

            & when you can get almost any girl & ROCK at parties.. (& master all the techniques and have a ton of faithful followers) - is life really any better? - not just one girl - two, three, a harem if you wish?! (albeit some because being mistaken for Moby;)) - Is there anything more to wish for?! Sounds every guy's dream, right? Riiight.

            Strauss makes it known about the dark side to it all too.. about immaturity & silliness of it all.. & severe personal problems of some of the described..
            Yup, when Courtney Love is one of the <i>saner</i> people on the scene.. you know there's trouble in paradise too.
            If you can get *any* girl... do girls keep being interesting for you still? Is there a challenge?
            Or is becoming the ultimate guru of them all the ultimate challenge?!

            Can you actually be more miserable as a master pick-up artist?

            Read of projects gone-terribly bad, Courtney Love & her frantics, what impressed Britney Spears... (apparently she's easily impressed-??) & what didn't impress one of Hollywood's most notorious women pimps..
            read of gurus warring amongst themselves (apparently they still do, online..) mansions being ruined & bootcamps for boys being run..

            I must admit I was thoroughly flabberghasted after reading about the whole community & had to google them up online, to see what they look like for real!! - & what's happening to them <i>now</i>.. (You can sign up to Mystery's bootcamp, of Style's.. or any of the myriad other <i>evil</i> gurus!!)
            & the hystory of it all - is it true?
            I was surprised to find most of it - on YouTube!! (& elsewhere!!)

            So even if it sounds too unbelievable to be true, apparently at least some of it is TRUE!! & girls, after reading this, you will start wondering, 'Now, gosh, this really worked!! - Was he for real or was he just using da tricks on me??!!'

            Neil Strauss is a brilliant writer & this book made me wanna read more books by him too!! (He also did music biographies.. of Motley Crue & Marilyn Manson for example.. - & still couldn't get chicks before finding out about the methods!! hmm..?!!)

            There's something about cheeky geeks & shy guys... but remember 'being picked up by a pick-up artist is a privilege'!??!
            lol.
            If you want a fun, entertaining & hilarious read that will make you wonder (& wanna obsessively google the main actors!) AND give you some insight into human nature, don't hesitate to read this book!!

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              11.06.2008 18:20
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              An in depth look into the seedy world of proffessional pickup artists. An Incredible book!

              A lot of people are a bit apprehensive about buying this book, as it sounds a bit like a self help book at first. Truth be told it is far from it.

              Neil Strauss is a journalist, who after becoming frustrated at his friend's abilities to pick up women, decided to take a look into the world of the Pick-up artists. These are what you could call proffessionals at picking up women. Now, while most people might say to themselves "Hmmm, that's interesting, an online community dedicated to picking up girls" and leave it at that, Neil Strauss decided to take an incredibly giant leap into the community.

              He befriends all sorts of pick up artists, from the now infamous Mystery, who is pretty messed up in reality but is incredibly good at "sarging", the term they use for picking up girls. Mystery is a wannabe magician. Strauss also meets some more colourful characters, such as Ross Jeffries, who uses Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to pick up girls. NLP is the subject of many books in it's self, but in a very basic way of saying things, it's a way of hypnotism.

              Strauss discovers himself in this book, makes many livestyle changes, and eventually gains the pseudonym "Style" from his pickup buddies. It doesn't stop there though, this book starts off interesting, but then just gets crazy. A group of pickup artists living together in a Hollywood mansion, built purely around the basis of teaching their skills and for bringing women back to. It really is a must read.

              Strauss's style of writing is really nice too, being a journalist he really has a way with his words. I actually enjoyed reading another couple of his books, which I otherwise wouldn't have given a second glance.

              The book is not a self help book, as it may sound, rather an in depth look into an underground world of geeks and freaks, who just so happen to be able to get any girl they want. It's an exploration into mind games that makes an absolutely fascinating read. It's a great read for girls as well as boys, and it'll keep you entertained for hours. In fact, I'll admit it, it's probably my favorite book!

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              In THE GAME, Neil Strauss delves into the bizarre underworld of 'pick-up artists' - men who have devoted their lives to different techniques of seducing women. These are men with their own vernacular and codes of honour, who operate on-line and in person, who are so committed to honing their strategies that they give each other seminars and live together in shared houses - or 'Projects', as they like to call them. Neil Strauss lived among the players and survived - but not before he became one of them. In the course of two years, he transformed himself from a self-confessed balding, skinny writer into the quick-thinking, smooth-talking style, a character irresistible to women, half psychologist, half magician. He became friends with the other players. He used his Game techniques on Britney Spears. By turns jaw-dropping, poignant and side-splittingly funny, THE GAME is a gripping portrait of a mad, self-referential community in the process of slow implosion. With guest appearances from Paris Hilton, Tom Cruise (whose character in Magnolia is based on a real-life pick-up artist) and Courtney Love, who lived with Neil in 'Project Hollywood' for a while, THE GAME is also the most sensational relationships manual since The Rules, essential reading for men and women alike.