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Sensationalist musings on the dark side of human nature; not to be taken as a guide
February 27, 2019
This book is formatted as a list of principles of seduction, with each principle having its own chapter full of stories, quotes, and historical anecdotes. The writing style is sensationalist - the best way I can describe it is to imagine that a cartoon supervillain is giving you advice on relationships.
It is interesting, but it would be foolish to see it as a literal how-to guide for seduction.
The reason I say this is that if you take the "principles" too literally and try to apply them without discretion to your own life, you are likely to burn yourself and others while attracting mostly insecure or naive people into your life. In other words, don't go overboard with the edginess that this book espouses, because it's a spice used by the writer and (I hope) not meant as genuine advice.
Instead, I suggest this book is best seen as food for thought - a collection of musings and stories on select topics with a Machiavellian twist. It's got plenty ideas about the dark side of human nature for the reader to chew on; for example, the idea that desire is mimetic, the idea of "planting seeds" through suggestion, and the idea that playing on peoples' desires and subtly promising to lead them to their dreams is a quick (albeit immoral) road to their hearts.
You may get more value out of this book if you consider it as a story-collection rather than a dating guide. Don't take the book's "advice" too seriously!
7/10 would not recommend, but kind of interesting