Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford

In General Fiction, Romance, Vampire Novels/Series on May 30, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Title: Jane Bites Back
Author: Michael Thomas Ford
Genre: Fiction/Romance
Rating: ***/****

I stumbled upon this on the ‘new arrivals’ shelf at my library. My immediate reaction was ‘It was inevitable the two giants of the publishing industry, vamps & Austen, would be combined. I didn’t think it would be any good, but Michael Thomas Ford’s work really surprised me. It was written for Janeites. It poked fun at the Jane Austen industry (& the vampire novel industry), even poking fun at the book itself when you think about it.

Jane Austen is over 200 years old, she never died of Addison’s Disease at all. It was a cover. She’s been living in a small town in New York for ten years & unlike most vamps she can walk in the sun, but she does need a bit of blood every now & again. Being a lady of course, she doesn’t kill. The main story of the book is that Jane is trying to get her manuscript published, a book called ‘Constance’ that eventually ends up on the bestseller’s list.

But who will show up to spoil it all? This is where it gets a little funny to me. The one who turned her is a dashing Scottish poet, AKA the most romantic man in the world. Guess who? He’s trying to force her back with him, at the possible expense of her friends’ lives. There’s Anne, manager of her bookstore who reminds her of her sister Cassandra & Walter, a contractor always trying to get a date with Jane even though she feigns disinterest.

And just when you think it’s over, a rival shows up. I can’t spoil it, but every Janeite knows about this person & their opinion of Jane’s work. You will find it very funny!


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