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The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists (2005)

by Neil Strauss

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4 stars for it being so well written.. but... WTF? I spent most of the book shaking my head. These men are freakin serious about picking up women. On the one hand, it's good that they're improving themselves.. nothing like a little de-geeking to help a guy become more social, but... damn! ( )
  BethanyMoore | May 13, 2016 |

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This book is the most unbelievable book I've ever read. I had no idea the seedy underground world of 'pick-up artists' was as big and far reaching as described in this book. The horrible nature of those groups of men make me want to give up on humanity. Seriously. I can get behind teaching men self-confidence in order to approach women and have more success BUT, using that knowledge to to manipulate vast numbers of women is wrong.

It's almost like all the worst bits of consumerist culture applied to women. Where women are dehumanised and judged instantly by a number ranking between 1-10. Women deemed fat or ugly are only worthy of attention when being used to get to the true target. These 'pick-up artists' use multiple scripted 'routines' to get women to give out their number, kiss them and ultimately have sex. Perhaps unsurprisingly, by the end of the book the author and many of the other characters are realising that being part of the 'pick-up artist' world doesn't necessarily make you any happier in the long run.

Based purely on entertainment value though, The Game is brilliant. I could not stop reading it because it really was very funny in parts. I was fascinated by Strauss's encounters with celebrities and his personal transformation journey. It was hard not to get carried into the crazy world of the 'pick-up artists', it was like falling into Wonderland. A disturbing and compelling read. ( )
  4everfanatical | Feb 25, 2016 |
This guy took his research way to seriously! The story was interesting but the characters were less than engaging. All the pick up artists (PUAs) came off as insecure little boys who had to seduce women to feel better about themselves. I think the author did a great job of presenting this openly and honestly. That was its charm but it also left a bad aftertaste. ( )
  jimocracy | Apr 18, 2015 |
I hate this book. I hate myself for reading it. (I tried not to.) I hate Neil Strauss and I hate every idiotgirl who slept with him or gave him her number. It's true that I love to hate and that would be reason enough not to drop kick this book into the nearest dumpster. (Also, I got it from the library so that would be rude and I'd have to pay for it anyway.) But I actually enjoyed it, God help me. The author put an astronomical amount of time and energy into bamboozling people and dammit it worked. He's a pathetic little man but he's actually kind of likable. Grrr!

I'm ashamed of the women who've fallen for all this pick-up artist bullshit and I'm ashamed of the men who wasted actual brain-power on learning how to do it. I don't want to believe that there are hundreds of thousands of men out there who want, more than anything else in life, to be able to nail chicks that are way too hot for them. What a pathetic life's ambition. How sad for society in general.

There has to be a way to end this. Prostitution should definitely be legal. Not just legal, but socially acceptable. Also, beautiful women need to be less stingy with the goods. Throw these social rejects a bone, so to speak. Their unchecked macking is a danger to us all.

Now please excuse me while I try to restore my faith in humanity by watching Remember the Titans, Return to Me*, and The Blindside.

*I know that one's not based on a true story but I like to pretend that it is. ( )
1 vote smetchie | Apr 2, 2013 |
I'm not quite sure what to make of this. Do men really think this way? If they do, I think less of them for it. ( )
  Helenliz | Apr 1, 2013 |
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The Game sends out a very mixed message to wannabe PUAs: You’ll get laid a lot, but you may try to commit suicide..., lose your job, or like Strauss almost alienate the love of your life. Not to mention herpes!
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"I could not become anything: neither bad nor good, neither a scoundrel nor an honest man, neither a hero nor an insect. And now I am eking out my days in my corner, taunting myself with the bitter and entirely useless consolation that an intelligent man cannot seriously become anything; that only a fool can become something."  /. Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from Underground
Dedicated to the thousands of people I talked to in bars, clubs, malls, airports, grocery stores, subways, and elevators over the last two years. 

If you are reading this, I want you to know that I wasn't running game on you. I was being sincere. Really. You were different.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060554738, Imitation Leather)

Are you just another AFC ("average frustrated chump") trying to meet an HB ("hot babe")? How would you like to "full-close" with a Penthouse Pet of the Year? The answers, my friend, are in Neil Strauss's entertaining book The Game. Strauss was a self-described chick repellant--complete with large, bumpy nose, small, beady eyes, glasses, balding head, and, worst of all, painful shyness around women. He felt like "half a man." That is, until a book editor asked him to investigate the community of pickup artists. Strauss's life was transformed. He spent two years bedding some fine chiquitas and studying with some of the North America's most suave gents--including the best of them all, the God of the pickup "community," a man named Mystery.

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

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:07:21 -0400)

In 'The Game', Strauss delves into the bizarre underworld of men who have devoted their lives to different techniques of seducing women. These are men with their own verncular & codes of honour, who operate on-line & in person, who are so committed to honing their strategies that they give each other seminars & live together in shared houses.… (more)

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