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Jude Calvert-Toulmin
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27 Feb 2009
MY ADVENTURES IN CYBERSPACE, by Jude Calvert-Toulmin, is set in Sheffield and on an internet discussion forum, back in the pioneering days of forums at the turn of the millennium. Inspired by the author's life, it is a humorous, erotic dark tale of an unhappily married mother of three, Dominique DuBois, who falls in love with a man on a forum, without knowing what he looks like, merely by dint of his writing. Think Brief Encounter in cyberspace.

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Fleur De Lys Publishing; First edition (27 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956029833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956029836
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,104,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading 18 Jun 2013
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This was the first book I put on my Kindle. I admit I partially picked it as the author is from my home town, and partially because it was cheap - but having read it, I would have definitely paid more! I only wish there was a print version, as it's the sort of book I would have bought people copies of: as it is, I just have to keep recommending it to people!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blew me away 18 April 2013
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As a man I read `Adventures in Cyberspace' almost like one seeing an alien species whose life has a fascination and wonder almost beyond belief.
The inner life and feelings of Dominique Dubois are rooted deep in the primal earth; passionate, almost exorbitant in their expression and completely unrestrained especially in her eroticism. This is a woman unashamedly living and experiencing her life to the utmost full. It is a roller coaster life of an emotionally deprived woman who, seemingly, in order to find true love imprisons herself where it never can be found, only to realise from her shackled life by contrast, where it really exists. Her brave determination to fight for her true heart's love is both remarkable and inspiring. Any man who desires a penetrating insight into the mind of women should read this story.
The author writes with magnificent metaphors fleshing out the storyline so colourfully so that is like being an invisible ghost in the audience of her life.
Any woman who needs to realise she is not alone in her struggle should read it too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Adventures In Cyberspace 5 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
There are three things I demand to call a book good; it must teach me something, make me feel something - and make me ask questions. This is a good book. I'm not a book reporter - I'm a reader, and this is my personal opinion coloured by the fact that I'm a middle-aged woman - but still trying to be as objective as I can after reading this book. The problem is that it's difficult to stay objective this time!

What I first thought was a love story with an original twist I could cuddle up in the sofa with, isn't just that - it's so much, much more that it's difficult to describe. Here are layers and layers, many stories interwoven. Past and present. Not an easy task, but the author solves it brilliantly.

There are so many books - autobiographical and fictitious - where we're told a story about a person's trial, the fight to get through it all, and in the end we're supposed to be impressed with it when it's over, the main character grinning; "Look what I did!". I'm glad the author didn't fall into this trap.

The book goes from the simple where the main character - Dominique - enters a discussion-forum on net. Straightforward. But it doesn't take long before we're brought on a journey in her life, and we follow her through childhood, youth, adult life with lovers, husbands, children - and unhappy love. Behind all this there's a thinker fighting for her life, for love and for peace of mind. She finds this in the end. The author writes about love and betrayal, about friends and "friends", impossible family relations on many levels. Above this is the love story, beautifully described. We follow Dominique and Ben through their first "meeting" on net, all the pain, happiness and obstacles they go through.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An emotional roller coaster for all the family 3 May 2011
Format:Paperback
`My Adventures in Cyberspace' not only offers the reader an alluring title but slowly, leads them down an emotional rollercoaster. This unusual romance is initiated in cyberspace, however it is only when the writer begins to unveil some incredibly descriptive and painful passages, that the reader can become totally absorbed in this heart rending story. Whether or not this book is autobiographical, I am unsure but my guess is that it would be hard to conjure up such a story without some personal experience.
Dominique's story starts around the time of her parents' divorce. One cannot help but despise Dominique's father who manages to betray every member of her family, culminating in the total destruction of her mother. If this is not painful enough, Dominique is almost taken over the edge, as she then loses her two eldest children and her dogs in the course of her own divorce. The emotional turmoil consumes the reader in almost cinematic detail.

As this is a modern love story, only Cyberspace can introduce her to the man she believes will lead her to happiness. Incredibly, after a thoroughly compelling journey that takes her to the brink of alcoholism and a nervous breakdown, she pulls through and finds the life she has only ever dreamed of, with the lovely Ben. A truly, gritty book from this exciting new author, setting the bench mark for future novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Heroine for the Internet Age 21 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback
"My Adventures in Cyberspace" is a very absorbing and poignant saga following about a year in the life of a Sheffield housewife called Dominique Du Bois; it is semi-autobiographical, as the author admits in her bio, and very candid and honest. It's thouroughly analytical of the character's own psychological landscape and describes her highs and lows in imaginative and perceptive metaphors and similies (You'll never look at an elastic band in the same way again!). Donminique is in an unfullfilling marriage and generally stuck in a rut with her life until she discovers the fun and frolics of Internet forums. There she quickly makes friends and enemies; the latter is inevitable because the Net is a paradise for bullies and sadists who can snipe and gripe while cowering behind the impunity of a keyboard and monitor. However one poster comes to her rescue, a rock-climbing Yorkshireman by the username of "Ben J". Slowly and graciously Dominique and he fall in love, without even having met. "Ben J", or Ben Johnson to use his real name, is also unhappily married and both he and Dominique have to disengage themselves from their current situations in order to become a couple. This causes heartrending mayhem as, not just Ben and Dominique's current spouses, but their "friends", relations, aquaintences and hangers-on desperately try to hold them apart with envy, possessiveness and spite. On top of all this Dominique is haunted by memories of her past, her mentally-ill mother, her vindictive stepmother and her estranged adolescent daughters. But despite all of this she and Ben persevere in their relationship, spending romantic and stylishly-pornographic weekends away together, looking forward to the day when they can live as a couple, in peace and happiness. Read more ›
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