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
“The funniest book I have read all year.” (Tony Parsons)
“Neil Strauss has it all figured out. When it comes to the mating dance, Strauss knows how to lead.” (Chicago Sun-Times)
“Strauss is a superstar…a stunningly explicit book.” (The Times (London))
“The book everyone’s talking about.” (GQ)
“Touching and witty, four stars.” (Time Out New York)
“Probably the most important self-help book you’ll ever read.” (Sunday Sport)
“The first time the alphabet of male seduction has been painstakingly translated and written down.” (The Observer)
“The single guy’s bible.” (The Daily Express)
“a fascinating window into a world that Strauss has brought up from the underground. It’s impossible to put down.” (Calgary Herald)
“Compulsive reading.” (Irish Times)
“To call it a book would be an understatement. I prefer to think of it as the Bible.” (The Sunday Mercury)
“an engaging and hilarious read...empowering.” (Pop Matters)
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Neil Strauss is the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Game and Rules of the Game. He is also the co-author of four previous bestsellers: How to Make Love Like a Porn Star (with Jenna Jameson), The Dirt (with Mötley Crüe), Don’t Try This At Home (with Dave Navarro), and The Long Hard Road Out of Hell (with Marilyn Manson), and the co-author of the satirical graphic novel How to Make Money Like a Porn Star (with Bernard Chang), which has been banned in Singapore. Under the alter ego “Style,” he achieved the distinction of becoming the world’s greatest pickup artist. Strauss lives in Los Angeles, CA.