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Sean Thomas was single, thirty-seven, and just "a tiny bit desperate” to meet the woman of his dreams, when he was asked by a men’s magazine to try Internet dating. Millions of Women Are Waiting to Meet You tells the painfully funny story of what happened next. A gloriously indiscreet diary of the dates, good and bad, it tells of how Thomas was obliged to look at his past checkered love life and lays bare his answers to questions about his own sexual history, and male sexuality in general: Why are so many men ...

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Sean Thomas was single, thirty-seven, and just "a tiny bit desperate” to meet the woman of his dreams, when he was asked by a men’s magazine to try Internet dating. Millions of Women Are Waiting to Meet You tells the painfully funny story of what happened next. A gloriously indiscreet diary of the dates, good and bad, it tells of how Thomas was obliged to look at his past checkered love life and lays bare his answers to questions about his own sexual history, and male sexuality in general: Why are so many men fascinated by lesbians? What was so great about pantyhose? And what was it like to have sex with someone really famous? This book tells the story of many men, and maybe some women, too. It will appeal to any woman who wants to know what men really think about sex and romance, and to any man who has ever taken honest stock of his past and present relationships with the fairer sex.

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Editorial Reviews

Joy Hog!
Ladies, if you really want to know what most guys are thinking, put down the Cosmo . . . and give this a read.
Philadelphia City Paper
That Thomas shares his dating knowledge without cloyingly promoting online sites, or worse, depressing his lovelorn readers...is quite an achievement.
Zink
[Thomas's] candid analysis of disastrous dates and psycho sexual romps will both horrify and amuse you.
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Nearing 40 and still single, British novelist Thomas (Absent Fathers) is assigned by a men's magazine to explore the world of Internet dating, and the result is a memoir that is most enjoyable when he's actually describing what it's like to discover the "bewildering array" of online dating services offering seemingly unlimited opportunities ("With Udate.com it seems I've got a choice equivalent to the population of Denmark"). Thomas's humorous takes on the limits of online love—such as "why are there so many ultra-pretty twenty-two-year-old blonde girls online?" (answer: Russian women looking for husbands)—are matched by equally funny chapters on each of the women he meets online and becomes involved with, such as Bongowoman ("She's too tall") and Chinalady5 ("I'm being stalked"). The problem comes when Thomas turns from journalism to autobiography, with at least half of each chapter used to describe various past love affairs in what are equal parts witty and self-congratulatory, such as the college girlfriend who loves bondage and rough sex and the schoolgirl who doesn't mind doing her homework topless for him. The overall result is too much Thomas and not enough Internet. (Apr.)

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A perpetually single British journalist in his late 30s logs on to assess the state of online dating. Thomas starts by reporting that he finally found the nerve to pop the question to his longtime girlfriend, on a rooftop no less. But he hadn't always been so lucky in love. Two years earlier, commissioned by Men's Health to analyze Internet matchmaking, he skeptically got online-and why not, it worked wonders for his newly married half brother. Scanning the dizzying array of matchmaking services, two stood out: one boasting 4.5 million subscribers, the other offering the widest variety of U.K. singles. Thomas impatiently stops and starts his search numerous times, frustrated at the lack of responses despite being "witty and offhand and self-deprecating and carefully calibrated to appeal"-and using a profile photo of himself with Mick Jagger. A long parade of unsuitable gals marches through his life. "Bongowoman" is nice but too tall, "Lizziegirl" swiftly loses interest, "Kate" helps him overcome an aversion to anal sex, but enjoys it too much, "Chinalady5" becomes an obsessed stalker-alas, no one possesses the "tumescence" the author seeks. Scattered about are revelations on subjects as varied as the profiles he peruses. Thomas reflects on his boyhood crushes, orgasms, heartbreak, crabs, kink, wild nights in Bangkok and Russia, the "profound promiscuity" of his "shagging years." Along the way, he develops a compulsion for online porn, and then begins to seriously question his commitment potential after a year of online dating. He offers sage tips on how to maximize (and not become disgruntled by) the experience, shares a few messy pregnancy scares and comes full circle with a weddingannouncement after finally striking gold. Not nearly as explicit as one would expect from a horny single guy on the make-instead, a tastefully amusing roll in the hay. Agent: Jay Mandel/William Morris Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306815485
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 3/26/2007
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Sean Thomas is a journalist and the author of three acclaimed novels. He lives in London.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2008

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    This book was hilarious! It's an interesting look into a man's perspective of online dating websites and his quest to find true love. If you want a good laugh, read this book!

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