Myths and Masters of the Game
Title: Myths and Masters of the Game
Format: Ebook and Regular Published Book
Pages: 175 (ebook), 182 (paperback)
Price: $19.97 (ebook). $35.00 (published book)
Location (ebook): www.MythsAndMasters.com
Location (published book): http://www.lulu.com/product/paperbac...sters/15321704
I don't usually write reviews - my life is pretty fun and I'm kind of busy and most of the time what people want me to review is some jerkoff recycling 2008-era Love Systems material without properly understanding it. No point in that for anyone.
So I wasn't expecting much when I heard about Myths and Masters of the Game. And then a few things got my attention:
1. It wasn't written by "some jerkoff". It was written by Adam Brown, a well-respected and well-known professional journalist and investigative reporter with 20 years' experience and credits in the New York Times, Bloomberg, Newsweek, etc.
2. It wasn't a "how-to" book (though it ended up containing a lot more how-to insights just by observing and following successful men and writing what they did). It was a story, kind of like The Game...but...
3. Unlike "The Game", Myths and Masters doesn't seem to have a self-promoting agenda or scores to settle. In fact, author Adam Brown doesn't put himself in the story at all. He's a reporter, an observer. It's not a positive portrayal of the community and it's not negative. Some people in the book have positive experiences, some have negative experiences, and for some it's mixed. The author lets them all talk, in their own words.
A pretty promising beginning, but our experience with the media has been a bit mixed. I never thought I'd see an article in print where the writer admits explicitly that his goal is to make Love Systems look bad (Las Vegas Weekly) or that she finds the concept of average guys with hot girls to be "horrifying" (Boston Globe), etc. Anyway /end rant. Time to talk about the damn book.
It's very well-written and the stories and the characters are fascinating. I learned tons about guys who I've worked with for years, and that's saying a lot. I don't think I'll ever look at Mr M or Jeremy Soul the same way again. Amazingly, Adam Brown writing in 2008 and 2009 nailed that Daniel Vercetti was a man destined for great things. He caught it before I did, and I'm supposed to be running things around here. I bet that he was one of the only people not blown away that Vercetti won #1 instructor of the year by a blowout margin last year -- before he even got promoted to Master Instructor.
The writer also knows his shit. He's not a PUA himself and doesn't pretend to be, but it's obvious that he took the time to learn what's going on and ask questions. Usually mainstream depictions of the community get a ton of stuff wrong, but this book doesn't. I can argue with a few things here and there (e.g., we disagree about indirect openers), but at least it's a legitimate argument from different points of view as opposed to ignorance.
The story is mostly fair. And since I'm biased, I'd say that means it's probably pretty fair. I thought one of the more anti-PUA guys got a very large amount of play, but there are two sides to every story and I respect that.
Most of all, Myths and Masters is a great read even if it had nothing to do with PUA stuff. Some of the stories are incidents are hilarious. I literally lol'ed and spat out my coffee reading about this guy trying to pick up a female German boxing champ by teasing her about World War 2. I have no idea how the writer got hidden camera pictures of PUAs at one of Lord Davenport's events at his estate in London, but all the pictures are throughout the book are a nice bonus.
My biggest criticism is about context. Individual people's motivations and backgrounds are well-presented, but a reader totally new to the field of dating science and dating coaching might be scratching his or her head a lot. Stuff is well-explained, sure, but there were times when I was reading the book thinking to myself I know exactly why this or that happened. To be fair, this is coming close to criticizing the author for not writing a different book, since sometimes going deeper would probably take a chapter and a detour through the history of the PUA scene to explain and probably disrupt the story to all hell. But it is what it is.
I was pretty miffed at first that a book that apparently had so much about Love Systems wouldn't have interviewed me. I've moderated this since I read the whole thing. I get it now. It's a factual, objective book that lets the key people talk for themselves. It's not the kind of book where something happens and everyone else comments on it. Since most of the events in the book took place when I wasn't in the room, I get it. Doesn't mean I like it :)
Finally, since the story starts back in 2008 or 2009, I would have loved a longer section at the end about where people are now (especially the characters who are more important in the older days at the beginning of the book). I like the way the books ends though, so it might be a wash.
I can endorse this book. If I had to rate it, I'd say an 8/10 or 9/10. I'd want to read it again before deciding, but I suspect a re-read would put it closer to a 9, so that's what I'm going with. Especially for the price: $19.97.
Link to Myths and Masters of the Game website: www.MythsAndMasters.com
Note that I have an interest in the book doing well. I would never endorse something I don't believe in, but ethical disclosure is important and part of our values. As always, make your own decisions on the merits.
Grimbo's Review of Myths and Masters of the Game
Hey all, Venture asked me to write a review of "Myths and Masters of the Game" So without further ado here we go.
Myths and Masters of the Game, The even Greater Sequel to a Great Novel
Many guys in the community have read “The Game” by Neil Strauss aka his moniker Style. This book was an overwhelming hit; in fact it was a New York Times best seller. The unofficial sequel to it, “Myths and Masters of the Game by Adam Brown eclipses the total success of “The Game” in terms of eliciting a reaction from its reader. The book takes 6 men, at the time total “AFC’s” as the book terms them, which is an acronym for “Average Frustrated Chumps”, the pickup communitie’s term for guys who do not know what they are doing, or are new to the game. These 6 men joined something new. It was called Project Rockstar. Project Rockstar was a revolutionary idea to take 6 men, and teach them to succeed in all aspects of life. The men stayed in a rickety (at the best of times) “mansion” in the heart of London. While initially disappointed in the housing, the men didn’t have time to ponder it, since they were thrown into the fray to talk to women almost immediately. After rejection after rejection, they no longer cared; they had been torn down to shells of men. Now the learning process could begin, a rockstar would rise forth from the ashes. This learning process would be spearheaded by Love Systems instructors: Jim Stark, Vercetti, Dr. Yen, and many others. The boys, turned to men, who in turn, turned to rockstars. This new life had its issues still though; one by one, some of the men dropped out, due to disillusionment, some to sickness; some just no longer had the money.
This book had a great effect still than “The Game”. It is a story that shows the amazing, yet sometimes disturbing journey of these men. It shows how far men can come if they put their minds to it and push through their comfort levels. It shows that the “High School Meatheads” don’t have exclusive rights to the pretty women; it shows that the Average Joe has a chance. It shows that anybody can accomplish their goals. It shows there is hope.
It also shows the debilitating effects that constant “sarging”, or picking up women can have. The men began to just want emotional connections, or a single girl they can talk to; not just a different girl every single night. “Myths and Masters of the Game” has taken the excitement level and learning curve from “The Game”, and given it a shot of ultra steroids and shot right into the world to show just everything that pickup can do, and will go very far in making pickup mainstream. So until next time everybody, sarge on!
- This book shows the good effects the community has, as well as relaying it in an exciting fashion.
- You learn all about the characters in it, and it shows little snippets of learning; you can still learn!
- Easy to read PDF Format
- Well reputed author
- I thought it was a bit short, and left some ends of the story unfinished
- It was extremely graphic, some readers may not appreciate this
Book rating: 9/10