The Good: A great starting place for newbies, inspiring and highly motivational for learning purposes, dispelling limiting beliefs about women. It will 'open your eyes' to what is out there.
The Bad: Whilst some techniques are referred to in the book, you cannot learn and apply anything from this book. We give it effectiveness stars simply because it will get you motivated to start learning - not because you actually get any dating advice from it.
The Bottom Line:If you don't know what the seduction / pick up artist community is, what dating advice is and why it transforms lives then you should buy this book. It is an excellent starting place for newbies, and indeed the starting place for the vast majority of men. It will introduce you to some of its originators, its culture and open your eyes to what is possible to achieve with women.
You will not learn actual techniques from this book, but it will MOTIVATE you to get started like it has done for thousands of men around the world.
This is the book that introduced the world to pick up artistry and some of the most famous pick up artists. It became a bestseller shortly after its release, and its author, Neil Strauss, appeared on many of the U.S.'s most popular TV talk shows at the time of its release.
Note: This review and the rating have been done from the perspective of learning to get more success with women. They do not reflect the 'entertainment' value of the book itself - the book is a very entertaining read.
A Documentary - Not Fiction
Some people I have come across, particularly women have thought this was a fictional story. Having witnessed most of what takes place in this book, I can only say - sorry - it isn't. Some people would like to believe that the world is how they see it today and not have that image ruffled. The good news, is that, most guys will find it opens their eyes to the possibilities - this is the positive way to take it. I have met a few which fear the world of male-female relations that it describes and so reject it. That doesn't, of course, change the reality of it.
Heralding a Huge Growth in Popularity of Pick Up Artistry and its Training
Shortly after the book's release, the number of students enrolling in dating coaching bootcamps grew exponentially, and the number of pick up artists that began commercializing their knowledge exploded. The book's popularity helped Mystery, who takes front stage in the documentary-story, to sign his reality TV show with VH-1 - The Pick Up Artist Season 1, after which there has also been a follow up The Pick Up Artist Season 2.
A Starting Point for Newbies to Dating Advice
Everyone I have spoken to who has read this book has found it inspiring, and a large majority of the world's dating advice students only took an interest after reading this book. In particular, I remember what one of my buddies said when he read it, "You always knew it was there... but noone talked about it, you always knew there was a reason the worst guys seemed to get the girls.. and there it is, you finally get it. The curtain is drawn on the big secret."
That is the value of this book - it will 'open your eyes' to the possibilities. It will not teach you anything, except that what you already subconsciously knew about the world and men and women relations, is actually true.
What the Book is Not
Do not expect to learn any pick up techniques from this book. It is a story. Or more to the point a documentary of events of the society of pick up artists, wrapped up into a story. Whilst some techniques are highlighted as the story unravels in this book, there is no real explanation of these and it has been known for readers of the book to apply techniques erroneously as they try to take the very limited information on skillsets in the book and apply it.
The Bottom Line
If you don't know what the seduction / pick up artist community is, then you should buy this book. It will introduce you to some of its originators, its culture and open your eyes to what it is possible to achieve with women. It also provides some insight into where and how a lot of today's dating advice has come into being, and how reliable it is.
Whilst it is not essential reading, it is a strong recommendation. 99% of students of dating advice have read this book, and it helps you to situate yourself amongst all the instructors and terminology you will come across.
The true story of how Neil Strauss (a well known author of Rock Biographies, and writer for Rolling Stone/ New York Times) became part of the secret pick up community and went on to become one of its leading members.
The book follows Neil Strauss, Mystery (Erik von Markovik) and other Pick Up Artists on their journey to success with women, and the beginnings of the first Pick Up Artists teaching their skills to other men.
Step 1: Select a Target
Step 2: Approach and Open
Step 3: Demonstrate Value
Step 4: Disarm the Obstacles
Step 5: Isolate the Target
Step 6: Create an Emotional Connection
Step 7: Extract to a Seduction Location
Step 8: Pump Buying Temperature
Step 9: Make a Physical Connection
Step 10: Blast Last-Minute Resistance
Step 11: Manage Expectations
What You Get:
Hard copy book.
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User Reviews for The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists
"An inpirational story, but not learning material"
Can instill unrealistic expectations in a newbie
Not much educational value
After reading this book, I was inspired. I thought I just learned all the right things to say to girls. I went out and made an idiot of myself, said a lot of stupid things to girls, looked like an idiot.
The Game is a fun read, but by no means is it a book to really learn your game from. Don't read it expecting to learn how to talk to girls. There is no learning structure. It is just a great, entertaining story.
It is kind of known as the book that everybody starts with. And that's fine. But after you read it, read some material that actually is meant to teach you how do to the stuff in the game, or other stuff.
The game was a spectacular...Gawd I can't find the words. It opened my eyes. It introduced me to this community. Not to mention the fact that it was very interesting (Never have I read a book twice, back to back). I'd give it three thumbs up if I had 3 thumbs.
I myself am situated in St. Catharines Ontario and am a local city man. I am half way through the book: 'The Game' by Style. All I got to say is that I never read a book in over 5 years, a friend recommended this one to me and my god Strauss wrote an excellent book.
Honestly my game is close to perfect however this read has given me more of an idea to help my already perfect game get better...Cudos Mystery and Styles
I really don't think it was meant to be a full fledged 'how-to' manual. I mainly liked it because of the back stories behind this journey form nerd to player. However, I did find my self skipping past parts of the book too
The Game was not good because of any techniques it might have offered. Those techniques I had already become familiar with. The important factor of the book was the journey that Style had gone through. The journey as an AFC to a novice to a PUA and finally to mPUA. That Journey offered examples of those that were naturals and those that learned the game. It also showed the destructive pattern of those that had allowed the game to fully take over their lives. He mentions the addictive nature of the pickup, the history of the community and the advice of naturals to re-evaluate what was important in life.
I have to say I wasnt very impressed..He obviously loves himself to much and doesnt feel heard, he just waffles on about random crap. 16 pages about being stuck in border patrol in some random country, nothing to do with anythng.
He's got game..thats for sure, but he just gives examples, A sheet full of openers would have given his book an A+ rank..but its only a C as its vague.
This is a life-changing book from Page 1 until the end.
We have all been subconsciously playing the Game throughout our lives, and to see someone doing it consciously is eye-opening. As big an impact as Anthony Robbins' Unlimited Power on my own particular life, this is the one book that you need to buy, rent, borrow or steal. My copy is full of yellow highlighted pen marks. Copying techniques, fashions tips and everything possible. A great starting point and a book to re-read every 6 months. But only if you love women as much as I do.
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Reviewed by Christophe Ze Moreno December 31, 1899
The Game was in my opinion a great motivational story. It really gives guys hope for where their skills can go. Do I believe that Mystery and Style are two of the best PUA's EVER? NO, I dont believe they are the best. I do believe they are good and I love Mystery's love to help people. I dont know him on like a personal hang out basis but from what I can see he truely wants to help people, even though his prices are outrageous.
It's all about what you want to get out of this whole thing. I would never say Mystery is not good cause that would be a lie but lets face it there are some guys out there who are insane. I personally feel like if they had the PR he did they would be considered the best.
Now with all this talk that seems like Mystery bashing I want to say this. I use Mystery's stuff and in no way do I want it to seem like I dont respect him or Style. But I must also tell what my opinion is to give my respect to the community and the other mPUA's out there.
"The Game is Only About How Style Became a Pickup Artists"
I have read The Game and The Mystery Method and The Game is only about how Style became a pickup artists and about the people in the community. The Mystery Method tells you and shows you how to become a pickup artists and what openers to use and it explains the routines and everything else unlike The Game which is just a story.
the good- motivational. stories. LA life. Proof pick can be learned. the bad - don't expect to learn much here. It's like a non-fiction novel. Bottomline - Buy Revelation to learn. The best of this book is it's cover and it's stopped a paradagm shift activating a woman's thoughts.