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  • Imitation Leather: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Dey Street Books; New title edition (Aug. 25 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060554738
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060554736
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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[Signature]Reviewed by Amy SohnI never dated Neil Strauss, but I dated guys like him. Like many New York women, I have always gone for balding, pale guys because they're grateful and good in bed. But a few years ago, a distraught Strauss decided he was a loser with women and set about transforming himself into the world's greatest pick-up artist. The Game is his long, often tedious but hilarious account of how he did it. This ugly-duckling tale will affect different readers in different ways, depending on their degree of cynicism: some will be awed by Strauss's ménage-à-trois snowball scene, while others will suspect it was cribbed from a third-rate porno Strauss watched in his pre-macking days.When his story begins Strauss is, well, a Neil: an unconfident, self-described AFC (average frustrated chump). He is also, it should be noted, a well-known rock critic who penned porn star Jenna Jameson's autobiography, leaving one wondering just how pathetic women really found him. After paying $500 to join a workshop for aspiring PUAs (pick-up artists) led by a magician named Mystery at Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel, Strauss becomes addicted to pick-up technique. He trains with several PUA gurus, including Ross Jeffries, a hypnotist rumored to be the basis for the Tom Cruise character in Magnolia. With his brains and dedication, Strauss renames himself Style and soon becomes a master of the game—able to get sex from beautiful women who once would have run the other way.But The Game doesn't get really interesting until Strauss deviates from his NC-17 Horatio Alger story and tells what happens when he moves into a Sunset Strip mansion with a group of other PUAs. He starts to see the misogyny of the sport and realizes that most of its leaders had miserable childhoods. The AFC who became a PUA to understand women ultimately becomes an expert on men.As Strauss grows restless to talk about things other than number closes and phase shifts (the book's glossary is a juicy read of its own), the mansion loses its appeal and he reluctantly grows up. When he meets a tough-talking band mate of Courtney Love's named Lisa and they bond over music, we can guess where the narrative is headed. In the book's final pages, he dumps onto his bed all the phone numbers he's collected and tells Lisa, "I've spent two years meeting every girl in L.A. And out of them all, I chose you," which is like telling your mother-in-law that the Thanksgiving dinner you had last year at Applebee's was nothing compared to the one she just prepared. But for some reason, Lisa doesn't flee. I can only hope that in the inevitable 2007 movie version, starring Jack Black and Kate Hudson, Lisa throws the numbers in his face and leaves him for a guy who knows how to pay a girl a compliment. (Sept. 1)Amy Sohn is the author of My Old Man, which was just released in paperback by Simon & Schuster, and she writes the "Mating" column for New York magazine.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Robson on July 24 2011
Format: Imitation Leather
Several years ago, when I was fresh out of high school, I stumbled across a website by a guy calling himself Dr. Don; he was giving advice to hapless guys on how to be good with women. At this point in my life, I needed all the help I could get: I thought I was funny, but I wore goofy clothes, had a bowl cut and Harry Potter glasses, and, well, you get the point. I needed help, and when I did an internet search, I found a universe of knowledge on the subject on the net.

After reading the odd 'pickup line', I didn't really do much with it. I tried to work out, practice meeting people in public, being more outgoing, (eg. small talk with the barista at Starbucks, etc), but that's pretty much it. When I was wrapping up my Economics degree, I was still chatting up girls by asking them if they'd bought the textbook for their new courses yet. I'm dead serious. But while I was occasionally trying out a few pickup lines I'd read online (and doing everything wrong), a community was blossoming: an of pickup artists and wannabes, better known as the Seduction Community.

You may have heard of these guys. They wouldn't just post 'pickup lines' online, they would post entire texts (known as field reports), recount entire dates, or entire relationships online, trying to figure out where they'd gone wrong. The goal, usually, was to figure out how to get laid, using what ever means they could, legal, ethical, or otherwise. This book is basically one huge field report. Neil recounts his outings, and his innermost thoughts.

[Note: Field reports are actually a great idea, as long as they don't a) hurt people and b) embarass people. As long as there's a certain degree of anonimity and real names are not used, they can be very useful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Samuel K on Jan. 11 2006
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These are quickly becoming my favorite books. Like others, I think it's interesting to compare the Game (Neil Strauss) and the System (Roy Valentine). I've read both books and think they are the best. Here is a summary:
The Game looks at the underworld of men in search of the sciences of seduction. The book is compelling as it shows the journey of the main characters as they learn and improve their skills in approaching and bedding women. It's an interesting book that is well written. It acts as a window to another world that most of us can only imagine.
The System focus is a 5-step process to pick up women in any situation. The steps are fairly simple and easy to follow and supported by examples throughout the book on how to use them to pick up girls the same day you meet them.
The System is primarily a seduction guide. The Game is about Strauss' adventure in the world of seduction. I would recommend both book for anyone interested in learning more about seduction or the world of seduction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Murray on Jan. 10 2006
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I was curious when i heard about this book, and a little skeptical at the same time. all of these books on seduction that have come out lately seem a bit tacky to me, so when i saw the title of the book, it turned me off a little. I read a few reviews online, and it was enough to peak my interest, so i ordered the book. I am quite glad i did. the book is not what i had expected at all. You follow the main character on an rollercoaster of a two year adventure. And it doesn't glorify the seduction community either. It's an incredibly entertaining peice of literature, and even has some interesting philosophies at times. i can honestly say i've never read another book like it. It's a book i would only recommend to guys though... i'm not so sure women would get as much from it. But guys, do yourself a favor, and read this book. it's interesting, it's entertaining, and somehow, it leaves you feeling better about yourself, in it's own curious little way
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Tom Milholland on March 1 2006
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This is one of the most intriguing books I have ever read! The main character is fascinating and I envied him at least 4 times. The idea itself for the existence of a secret society of pick up artists is quite intriguing. I think that Neil has presented as a true master story teller all those ups and downs he went through till “the happy end”.
This book will show to the average guy the “picking up” of girls from a completely different perspective. It is neither that difficult nor it is easy, if you know certain “lines, affirmations, etc. I would love to see this great story as a movie. Additional bestseller which wowed me is Alan Ritz’ “Scientifically guaranteed male multiple orgasms and ultimate sex”. If you want to pick up girls you must be good in bed as well!
Dr. Tom Milholland
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dan on Dec 28 2005
Format: Imitation Leather
The author describes how his discovery of the secret underworld of pick-up artists leads him to transform himself from a geek to supposedly the world's greatest pick-up artist. The book reads very much like a novel, where the hero, named 'Style', undergoes a personal transformation to realize the errors of his ways (in more ways than one). There is even a villain in the story. The people in the book are so extreme (both men and women) that it is still hard to believe that these are real people and this is a real story. The deeper 'Style' gets into the pick-up world, the more outrageous the story gets. The book is quite funny too. You will not be able to put it down.
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