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    Default The Art of Kissing

    The Art of Kissing

    Author - William Cane

    Publishing Date - 2004

    Type - Book / Video

    Genre - K-Close

    Length - 224 Pages / 90 Minutes

    Readability - Easy (Moves very quick)

    About the Author - Known by the pen name of William Cane, Michael Christian is a writer and image consultant. He is best known for his international best seller, The Art of Kissing, which continues to be a focal point of his career. Currently he is the president of Manhattan Makeovers.

    Summary - William Cane's bestseller addresses the large problem of terrible kissers. Readers and viewers are educated in many different kinds of kisses to create variety and change up their intimate moments.

    Review

    I first decided to pick up this book when I read about all of the different kinds of kisses that could be learned from it. In the end, I was left feeling I gained nothing from it.

    Some of these are just plain stupid, like the static electricity, the music, and the customer famed Trobriand Island kiss. For those of you who are wondering, the Trobriand Island Kiss is where you try to nibble and suck on the person's eyelashes. I would definitely not want somebody to nibble on my eyelashes.

    In addition to being stupid, some of them omit important information, which makes them dangerous and susceptible to backfire. Don't ever bite on a girl's ear, or any other appendage for that matter.

    Given all of the negatives said, it does have its positives. They do talk about the most effective kinds of kisses, and they decently cover how to work your way up to a kiss close. The section on French Kissing is extremely thorough and helps audiences to understand what not to do.

    If there is any kiss that I would have to choose the vacuum kiss. It definitely looks good, and it's one of those kisses that will literally leave your partner breathless.

    Score: 4 out of 7

    Cane's work is decent, but not phenomenal. There is a lot of incorrect / missing information, and even AFCs might not find much to learn from this. However, there are a few bits that are good, and it is easy to follow and absorb.
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    On Writing Well

    Author - William Zinser

    Publishing Date - 2006

    Type - Book

    Genre - Writing

    Length - 336 Pages

    Readability - Easy (Chapters move and flow rapidly)

    About the Author - William Zinser is a renowned American writer, critic, and teacher. In the 1970's, Zinser served as a professor at Yale University where he taught his master classes on non-fiction writing. Today, Zinser continues to teach and write critiques, although his eye sight has failed him at the age of 90.

    Summary - Zinser's crowning achievement helps readers to learn about the mechanics and fundamental rules behind writing. Many different forms of writing are covered, including fiction, non-fiction, business, humor, and other styles of literature.

    Review

    I first read this book back in my Junior Year of high school for an AP course I was taking. Ever since flipping through its pages, I have revered it as my go-to Bible for writing, and for very good reasons as well.

    Reading through this book, it is easy to see why it remains active in many learning and work environments after thirty years. Zinser's words are easy to understand and moves in a graceful method. Even if you think you are a good writer, you can be surprised by the amount of things you are doing wrong. That's exactly what happened to me when I read this book.

    My favorite sections of this book are the parts on Humor and the Travel Critique section. When it comes to humor, you discover that it is actually quite serious. Humor writing is designed to make a point, and if you are being a jester then you aren't getting anywhere. The section on travel really opened my eyes to creative and descriptive writing, writing of a caliber that can invigorate the imagination and drive the mind.

    What application does this have to the game, you may ask?

    Quite simply, it applies to just about everything.

    These techniques can be used for messaging on online dating sites, texting on the phone, email conversations, everything! Zinser's teaching can even be used in vocal conversations. This book teaches you how to breath life into the words you write. Likewise, you can learn how to speak in a fashion that ushers color from your very lips.

    Score: 7 out of 7

    Zinser's masterpiece really goes above and beyond with teaching you writing that you will never learn anywhere in the world of pickup literature. There are a rare few books that I would HIGHLY recommend. This is one of those books.
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    Default Re: Swagman's Ultimate Review Thread

    Swagman,

    I hadn't across "On Writing Well" in my university years but I am going to pick it up tomorrow. Your word is gold. I am looking forward to thumbing through it.

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    Default Get the Girl: Infield Exposed

    Get the Girl: Infield Exposed

    Author - MeHow

    Publishing Date - 2009

    Type - Book / Video Combo

    Genre - Public Game

    Length - 200 Pages / 10 Hours

    Readability - Medium (Some parts go by easier than others)

    About the Author - MeHow is a professional pickup artist and the founder of MeHow Incorporated. He, along with those who work with him, specialize in breaking down pickup into a science that aids in helping students to better understand how to approach and pick up women in different situations.

    Summary - Infield Exposed expands off of MeHow's popular Get the Girl series. While the Get the Girl book teaches readers how to pick up girls in any setting at any time, Infield Exposed demonstrates the concepts of the book in the real world.

    Review

    This is one of the larger pickup projects that I have wanted to tackle, but kept dodging it because I thought I would get distracted easily. I was actually quite wrong in my prediction of how attacking this series would go.

    The first thing recommended is to read the book that comes with the videos. The book does a very good job of explaining infield concepts and why they work the way that they do. MeHow also explains the importance of defusing people that may ruin your interaction with the target, and he simplifies the ever-turbulent process of giving and taking value.

    While the book is learning the concepts, the videos are the real world application and refresher. The videos are presented where first the whole pickup is presented to the viewers, then there is an explanation video on what the pickup was and how it worked. This is a brilliant approach to pickup that I have not seen presented before, and it is certainly easy to absorb and understand.

    One of my favorite things that MeHow touches up on are how sets work and when to use them. Many rookies will view sets in the wrong perspective, or they won't understand how and why they are used. MeHow takes the idea of sets and presents it in a way that simply makes sense. Not only that, MeHow also explains what to do if a set backfires or doesn't work in the way that you want. Overall, a great approach to an often wrongly performed concept in pickup.

    Score: 6 out of 7

    Infield Exposed is the kind of approach that I have been looking for in learning pickup. Why is it not a seven though? Because unfortunately this product is no longer available. However, there is a "2.0" version available now, which is twice the size of the original Infield Exposed. While some may consider this larger package to be richer with content, others may be intimidated by its massive size.
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