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Jane Bites Back: 11/04/11

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A current trend in literature is the classic mashup. Jane Austen seems to be the most popular classic author to repurpose. Usually these books fall into either contemporary novels about a young person (usually a woman) reliving an Austen plot or somehow being affected by one of her books — Jane Austen Ruined My Life, for example. The other category is the paranormal mashup where a classic is retold with a paranormal twist — Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, for example. There are also a number of sequels to famous books, like Mr. Darcy, Vampyr.

Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford is the first book I've read where Jane Austen herself is in the book and is the paranormal twist. As you can probably guess from the title and cover, she's a vampire. She's "living" in a small Upstate New York town and running a small bookstore. What she really wants, though, is to see her last manuscript published but she isn't desperate enough to resort to self publishing.

Jane gets her chance at publication, as Jane Fairfax, and is thrust back into a very changed publishing world with it. Along with her confusion over how things work now, Jane also has to contend with a lover returned, and a blogger who is out to ruin her new career before it even gets started.

I read the book while up in the mountains, sans internet. It was just the refreshing, silly read I needed. I found it fast paced and humorous. I plan to read the sequel soon, Jane Goes Batty.

Four stars.

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Comment #1: Saturday, November, 5, 2011 at 20:34:32

Cat Russell

Sounds like a fun read. I'll have to check this one out. Thanks for sharing ;)

Comment #2: Monday, November 7, 2011 at 23:03:03


It is a fun read. I hope you get a chance to read it.

Comment #3: Sunday, November, 6, 2011 at 13:29:32

Mike Timonin

I really liked the Jane as Vampire books, and am looking forward to the third one. Here's my review of the first one:.

Comment #4: Monday, November 7, 2011 at 23:06:32


Thank you for sharing your link. I do plan to continue with the series. I just need to find book two and make the time to read it.

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