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Spies, Sadists and Sorcerers. Once Upon A Curse. Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor. Be Frank With Me. Inspector Hobbes and the Bones. Because of Miss Bridgerton. The Lonely Hearts Hotel. Nearly Departed in Deadwood. Raining Men and Corpses. A Lesson in Secrets. Pecan Pies and Dead Guys.

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The Witches of New York. Gray Matter Thomas Prescott 2. A Victorian San Francisco Mystery. A Darker Shade of Magic. The Eldritch Files, Books The Jane Austen Marriage Manual. The Vampire and the Virgin. I gave it a three, and it's a really weak 3 at that. We pick up where we left off with Jane, in Brakeston with Byron, a bookshop, a boyfriend, and a best-seller. And we don't go anywhere after that. Jane is having a very difficult time writing a follow-up to her best selling book Constance. I'm trying very very hard not to see a parallel between Ford and Jane and I fear that I'm failing.

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Her agent is anxious because she's way past deadline. Her editor is not so much anxious as she is ready to give Jane the heave-ho. Walter the boyfriend wants to get married, sort of.

He has a mother, and he's got a problem of sorts. He sort of forgot to tell Jane he was Jewish which she doesn't see as a problem , and sort of forgot to tell her that his battle-ax mother hates pretty much every woman he's ever tried to date. I'm not sure about the age of any of these characters, but I'm positive they're too old to be acting like this. Byron my favorite character by far in these books , is there being unhelpful in the most unhelpful way possible. Charlotte Bronte may or may not be dead.

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There's a set of twins lousy plot device 1. Try again when you become Jasper Fforde. Among other things, there's a movie, an accidental turning, a pop star, a murder, and a vampire hunter. Doesn't that sound exciting? We also have a description of a croquet tournament that is roughly words too long especially for those of us who don't play croquet.

I'm sorry, but Alice in Wonderland uses croquet as a plot device without really explaining it. That is my ONLY exposure to croquet. I feel like I should get to charge a caddy fee for having to sit through that. But this dreadful old cow is no Buffy. I will drop the next author who writes a superfluous baby into a plot wherever in the book the baby falls metaphorically speaking.


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I'm done with it. I don't like babies, I don't have one, I don't want one, and I'm growing increasingly more resentful of authors who use babies to write themselves out of dead end plot not to mention people who think a baby would solve all of my problems. Listen, I don't have a dog because I have no fence, and there's no law against leaving a dog outside all day.


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  5. An actual human, who requires better sustenance than Zooroni, is somehow going to change my situation for the enviably better? Did you miss the Zooroni reference? Because it's what's for dinner. Don't think so, thanks for playing. Who ever heard of a vampire having a baby?! That's why I read these stupid books, because I can be pretty darn sure that the main character isn't going to take pregnant on me.

    It's one of the reasons I stopped reading Anita Blake, and it's one of the reasons I won't continue with this series. For all you parents out there: I don't mean your baby. I'm certain, passionately certain, that your baby was not a plot device used by some author who didn't know what to do with a female character. I'm certain that some actual planning went into your baby, and it wasn't part of an unholy deal with a woman who would be better off beheaded. Can we still be friends? It's not personal, I just think it's a choice we should all get to make for ourselves, and it shouldn't be foisted on us after the most boring sports description ever.

    I'm going back to the YA section. There's hardly ever a pregnancy over there. Jun 14, Cassie-la rated it really liked it Shelves: Jane Austen… Is a vampire… Living in the 21st century. Hearing this synopsis, I knew that few people in the literary community would appreciate this series, and I knew I was one crazy few who would read it. Instead it strives to be fun and entertaining, succeeding without crossing the line into literary slop.

    Jane Bites Back and Jane Goes Batty are the kind of book you can start reading late at night and fight off sleep just so you can keep reading them. Because you will want to read these books while doing everything. Cassie, this is just yet another way to capitalize on the classic novel plus random pop culture monster phenomena. And the answer is no. Plus, if one were to believe the book, Abraham Lincoln actually was a vampire hunter.

    There is also a ball in which everyone inexplicably seems to already own regency era clothing. The title character Jane Fairfax is refreshing, going against the mold much like the heroines in her novels. My only problem with Jane this go around is her tendency to stray to the dark side of things, as is inherent in all vampire fiction with the exception of Twilight which strays to the lame side of things.

    Unlike some vampire novels which symbolize the sharing of blood as a metaphor for AIDs, or the exploration of the rigid morals in the Victorian era, Jane is merely concerned with her soul much like one of my favourite vampire figures, Louis from Interview with the Vampire. Although this angsty self-reflection can get a little tiring at times.

    Although the introduction of a Rabbi character who Jane goes to when considering converting to Judaism amused the agnostic Jew within me nonetheless. The other main character, that steals the novel from its protagonist, is Lord Byron, a self-obsessed sexaholic who much like his historical counterpart has something of a reputation. In the beginning of the novel it is revealed that he is enamored with two twins complicatedly named Ned and Ted , and one night while drunk turns the straight twin by mistake.

    After finishing the novel, I still did not know out of Ned and Ted which twin was a straight vampire and which was a gay human. This is the only redeeming part of Twilight: He also quite reminded me of Herbert the gay vampire from Tanz Der Vampire. Then there is her boyfriend Walter, who is without a doubt the least exciting character in the entire series.

    He restores houses, but other than that is generally boring, which is probably why he mostly remains on the periphery and stammers about marriage. He is also blissfully unaware that his wife and her amazingly hot ex-lover are vampires. It is a wonder why she dates him at all considering who she has to choose from.

    I suppose she gave up on looking for her Mr. Darcy years ago. Jane Goes Batty may seem ridiculous and overly campy to some, but was wonderfully entertaining for me. Regardless, I highly recommend this book and its prequel. It will have you dying to meet your favourite authors.

    See what I did there? Aug 31, Georgiana rated it it was amazing Shelves: Il festival degli esaltati Dove eravamo rimasti? Jane Austen quasi duecento anni dopo la sua presunta morte, conduce, sotto le mentite spoglie di Jane Fairfax, una doppia vita non a caso ha scelto come nome quello che, fra i suoi personaggi, appartiene a un' acqua cheta! Finalmente, dopo quasi due secoli di rifiuti - tutti accuratamente numerati dalla ven Il festival degli esaltati Dove eravamo rimasti? E ancora, gli editor troppo esigenti che assillano i propri scrittori, sviluppando in loro una sorta di rifiuto da panico.

    Inizialmente mi ero riproposta di scrivermi chi fosse chi , ma poi mi sono lasciata trascinare dal libro: Splendida poi la riflessione sugli scrittori e il rapporto che ciascuno di noi ha con loro: Jane thought back to the lovely fall day that she and Emily had enjoyed together in Amherst. Mar 05, Robert Russin rated it really liked it Shelves: I really didn't want to like this series. The first book was bought for me as a gift by someone who knows that I need to read everything that is even affiliated with Jane Austen in the slightest bit, and I grimaced when I saw it.

    I was expecting it to be absolute crap. This book somehow manages to make light of the Jane Austen craze and how everyone tries to ca You know This book somehow manages to make light of the Jane Austen craze and how everyone tries to cash in on it while at the same time acknowledging its own place within this phenomenon.

    Jane Goes Batty (Jane Fairfax, #2) by Michael Thomas Ford

    The entire thing is done in a way that is self aware and somehow manages to avoid seeming like just another Austen exploitation. And I won't say that we're given a TON of probing character development here in the supporting cast. But something about the entire world seems incredibly gentle and comfortable to slide into. Every character we're introduced to has something endearing and memorable about them. He doesn't go deep into creating a vampire mythos or an epic history of the undead, and the action scenes, while well written when they do appear, are few and far between.

    This is not another Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. What he does unexpectedly well -- and what the most surprising part about the book was to me -- is make you actually CARE about the relationships between the characters and Jane's inner thoughts -- I actually think the best scenes in both books are when Jane is sitting alone and thinking to herself. And anything with Lord Byron, of course, who has always sort of given me a boner.

    And, really, is there any more perfect and hilarious antagonist in recent literature than a deranged vampire Charlotte Bronte trying to kill vampire Jane Austen? Book three can't get here fast enough. Feb 12, Meredith Austenesque Reviews rated it really liked it Shelves: Our dear Jane Austen Fairfax is suffering from writers' block. She was supposed to have her new novel on her editor's desk six months ago, and while she keeps telling him that it's almost done, the truth is she has barely three chapters written — three chapters which, by the way, are complete rubbish.

    Why can't Jane write? Is it because Lord Byron has been keeping her busy with learning new vampire arts, like becoming invisible? Or is it because her first novel, Constance, is being adapted for Our dear Jane Austen Fairfax is suffering from writers' block. Or is it because her first novel, Constance, is being adapted for film and Hollywood chose to shoot the movie in her hometown, Brakeston, New York, of all places?

    Or maybe it has something to do with Jane's boyfriend, Walter, has started talking about marriage and has announced that his mother is coming for an extended stay. Maybe Jane's lack of productivity is the result of these three factors and more If you thought Jane's life was chaotic in Jane Bites Back In Jane Goes Batty, we are introduced several new detestable and deliciously irritating antagonists.

    The first one is Walter's mother the potential mother-in-law. Jessica is a loathsome creature who is manipulative, belittles Jane in front of other authors, and accuses her of having no talent! With enemies like this, Jane is going to need a lot of friends To continue reading, go to: Mar 01, Jana rated it it was ok Shelves: I began this book before I realised it was 2 in a series, so stopped and read 1 first. The only reason I finished it is that it wasn't horrible and I had a bad case of insomnia.

    The premise that Jane Austen could be a vampire and thus a 21st century romance writer is flawed in the treatment of the heroine. Why chose a character like Austen for your protagonist if you do nothing Austen-like with her? Throw in Byron and Bronte biting and turning people into vampires will-he-nill-he and I am forc I began this book before I realised it was 2 in a series, so stopped and read 1 first. Throw in Byron and Bronte biting and turning people into vampires will-he-nill-he and I am forced to wonder if the author of this knows anything about the real Austen, Byron, and Bronte.

    If you are going to use real figures for your fictional characters at least let them have some resemblance to the real people. Ford's Austen is socially inept goody-goody and not a keen observer of people, his Bryon is shallow and vain, but never broods, his Bronte is a screaming lunatic and yet continually succeeds. The ten-minute finish in which all agree to live and let live is cutesy at best. I won't be reading any more. May 15, Cornelia rated it really liked it. This was a fun, funny read. I really enjoyed it. It's a lot of fun! Apr 05, Pamela Aidan rated it did not like it. Sep 09, Tara rated it liked it Shelves: These books crack me up.

    Throw in a vampire hunter come to town and you've got a great story. More convoluted than the first but still great. Dec 16, Linda rated it really liked it. I think the books are a lot of fun.

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    Thanks Michael Thomas Ford for a great set of characters. Dec 21, Heather rated it really liked it. Looking forward to 3. Mar 19, Jamie rated it liked it. This book was a super easy read. Thank goodness because it took pages before it started to peak my interest. Even after my interest was peaked though, I still found myself exhaling with frustration at certain details that were either unbelievable or unnecessary.

    Michael Thomas Ford is a wicked wit with a scoop of irony on top Our Janeite sensibilities tell us that the notion of Jane Austen as a vampire is pretty wacky. Author Michael Thomas Ford understands this too. He has created a trilogy based on our uncertainty, curiosity and proclivity for the burlesque that Austen herself was so fond of.

    Book on Michael Thomas Ford is a wicked wit with a scoop of irony on top Our Janeite sensibilities tell us that the notion of Jane Austen as a vampire is pretty wacky. Book one, Jane Bites Back , sold us on the concept that anything can happen in a Jane Austen inspired novel — even Jane as a vampire. Book two, Jane Goes Batty , would have to be pretty darn good to dispel our doubts and resurrect our confidence.

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