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FREE LOVE -- True Stories of Love and Lust on the Internet by [Kelleher, Thomas]
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"Whether you're familiar with the world of online dating and personal ads or not, Free Love is at once fascinating, funny, insanely compelling, and at times, even sad."
- Gillian Telling, Author and Sex Columnist for Maxim Magazine

"The stories of loves and lusts lost and gained are likely to arouse your curiosity (and perhaps even other parts of your libido!)"
- Lois Henderson, BookPleasures.com

"The whole topic is very, very interesting. The book is not just entertaining, but is a real guide to help people navigate through the murky waters of the massive pool of potential love online. There's so much information out there we really do need a way to distill it all down to be more manageable."
- Elaina McMillan, Naked Talk Radio


"If you just want to read fascinating stories about finding love online, or want to feel a bit voyeuristic in your reading, Free Love is entertaining."
- Book Reviews Weekly


"If you are planning on trying online dating, or know someone who is, Free Love is a must read! For the rest of us who are happy with our lives, it is a great book to curl up with."
- Paige Lovitt for Rebecca's Reads

Free Love is a collection of stories about people seeking relationships online using various dating services and websites. The book is fascinating to read simply because it seems that all the people who submitted their story were quite honest about their own experiences. It is fun and interesting to see how these different people worded their online personal ad, and what the response was. Some share dating experiences as well, which can be interesting too. If you are looking for love on the Internet, Free Love may help you understand how to create your personal ad to get the best response. If you just want to read fascinating stories about finding love online, or want to feel a bit voyeuristic in your reading, Free Love is entertaining as well. --Book Reviews Weekly

The Internet is full of interesting people with interesting stories. Free Love - True Stories of Love and Lust on the Internet explores some of these. Specifically, it explores the personal ads section and why people post there. It explores all of the basic connections, be they heterosexual, homosexual, looking for Mr. Right, looking for Mr. Right Now. This book is a fascinating story of what people are looking for and why they are looking for it. Kelleher found some interesting personal ads and then interviewed the posters, letting the people talk for themselves; that the original ad is followed by commentary from the person who wrote it helps. Although some of those interviewed are far too brief in their comments, the most interesting ones are those that go on for a little bit. A wide variety of people have been interviewed, from those that have lost their virginity thanks to personal ads to those that have been burned. It is especially fascinating, in this age of jaded cynicism, to see how many approach the personal ads section as a place to find romance, and found it. The dating scene really does take all types, and Free Love explores a wide variety of them. Those that tried a basic, honest approach received as much, if not more, response as the humorous ads. It is interesting to hear from the veterans, so as to compare the old versus the new, and that the new is more freeing, as you don't need to go wait for a response to come through. This is a book for those who are afraid that the Internet removes the personality from the person, as it shows that people will always be people; the medium may change, but the message that we all need someone doesn't. --San Francisco Book Review

Shortly after it was created, people began to use the Internet to pursue love. Free Love - True Stories of Love and Lust on the Internet is a spin of the pursuit of love on the online personals and what has resulted from them, the good, the bad, and the tragic that all have spun out from people using the world wide web for love. Many people present their own stories, and make Free Love a fascinating and very much recommended read for anyone who wants to understand the carnal value of the Internet. --Midwest Book Review

About the Author

For over twenty years Thomas Kelleher has been working as an advertising executive and brand strategist in Europe and the United States, creating global ad campaigns for some of the world's largest, best-known brands. As a keen observer of technology, pop culture, consumer behavior and emerging trends, it was only a matter of time before his first book about online dating Free Love - True Stories of Love and Lust on the Internet was born.

Originally from Washington State, and a graduate from WSU, Tom's lived in Seattle where he drank lots of coffee and wore lots of flannel but still considers England his second home; where he resided next to the Queen and grew to love warm beer, woolly jumpers, fruit machines, driving on the wrong side of the road, and something called "Spotted Dick."
(It's a dessert.)

He now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, son, feral cats Millie & Daisy, and Super Dave the Wonder Dog and is busy working on his next book.

Product Details

  • File Size: 435 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Publisher: East Bay Press (February 14, 2010)
  • Publication Date: February 14, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0038HEQDY
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By Brook on December 21, 2011
Format: Paperback
Free Love (True Stories of Love And Lust On The Internet) by Thomas Kelleher is an honest and candid selection of anonymous stories about online dating. All of the stories are true and are filled with hopes of finding someone special by chance on the internet. The unpredictability involved in online dating and the frustration when there is no connection is an interesting topic. As well as the satisfaction of finding the "the right one".

At first glance, the cover and interior of the book did not capture my attention as it somewhat made the book appear dull. As there is but a computer-like "smiley face" on the cover and abstract colors in the background almost like abstract art.

The images in the interior of the book are the same -
abstract and colorful. It plays somewhat to the imagination.

Once you start reading the book, it is very entertaining as it is very direct and honest. What I appreciate the most about the book is the non-traditional approach to reality writing, especially on the topic of internet dating. And I also appreciate the many humorous stories that made me smile and even blush from the candid topics about sexuality when people meet online.

This book is for anyone, including myself who have ever dated anyone from the internet and maybe perhaps realize that maybe your experience was not all that bad. As well as a refreshing look at how things can go right from online dating but also how things can go terribly wrong as well. As it is well known in today's society, reality is much more interesting sometimes, especially when it is in a book.
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I'm a dating and relationship coach and here is my take on the very entertaining book that gives a snapshot of what it is like to date, find relationships, and sex on craigslist.org (CL).

What I really like about this book is the way it is formatted. Just like in CL, the chapters are designated into men for men, men for women, women for men, women for women, missed encounters, and casual encounters. The left side of the page shows the original ad or posting the person was using in order to find someone, and the right side (and, in some cases, pages) tells the anecdotal story of what happened in response to that particular posting. Let's just say that 1) people lie (a lot), 2) people send the most flattering photos of themselves even if it happens to be 10 years old, 3) people are looking for sex, and lots of it.

It's entertaining, compelling and voyeuristic. As someone who majored in sociology, this book is treasure trove of data on what it's like to have relationships, date, and have sex in the internet era.

Internet dating has forever changed the way in which people meet, date, and have sex. The book "Free Love" gives you a raw and voyeuristic view into what internet dating and "hooking up" is all about. The bottom line is that no one wants to be rejected, are longing for a connection (even if it is purely sexual), and maybe, just maybe, fall in love.

My full book review can be found on my blog here:
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Thomas captures a moment in history, a moment in society that will be looked back on as a reference. The view inside the love lives, and love dealings of folks is revealed in the stories collected in FREE LOVE - True Stories of Love and Lust on the Internet. We've enjoyed the sometime voyeuristic feeling one gets while reading this book. Feels like someone at work left their computer on. Highly recommended for the love-less, love-lorn, and love-worn.
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Ever been frustrated with your dating experiences and wondered whether you should consider going online to seek out a potential partner, but been too wary to go down that path? No need to wonder about the pitfalls of embarking on such an online adventure--you can now read all about it in Thomas Kelleher's Free Love - True Stories of Love and Lust on the Internet. The range of personal encounters, all told in first person, filling the pages of this book is as varied as are those who relate them.

With most people having at least one computer in their own homes, or at least access to one in their local Internet café, what easier way to gain access to the almost 40 million singles in America alone, never mind in other countries of the world, than by posting an ad in the widely available free personals? That is precisely what the over 80 contributors to this volume have done. Each contribution consists of the online ad that was posted by the person seeking a partner, followed by his or her analysis of the response (or lack thereof) that the ad elicited. In some instances the accounts are only a paragraph or two long, whereas others run to a few pages. The sincerity of the contributors permeates the work--after all, with their contributions remaining anonymous, what do they have to lose by sharing what they truly thought of their experiences?

Free Love - True Stories of Love and Lust on the Internet is divided into the usual categories that typify the online dating sites: Men Seeking Women, Women Seeking Men, Women Seeking Women, Men Seeking Men, as well as Missed Connections and Casual Encounters. The ages of the contributors range from the 20's to the 50's, with most of them being middle class.
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