Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Jane Bites Back (Jane Bites, #1) by Michael Thomas Ford

Jane Bites Back (Jane Bites, #1) by Michael Thomas Ford

From Goodreads:
Two hundred years after her death, Jane Austen is still surrounded by the literature she loves—but now it's because she's the owner of Flyleaf Books in a sleepy college town in Upstate New York. Every day she watches her novels fly off the shelves—along with dozens of unauthorized sequels, spin-offs, and adaptations. Jane may be undead, but her books have taken on a life of their own.

To make matters worse, the manuscript she finished just before being turned into a vampire has been rejected by publishers—116 times. Jane longs to let the world know who she is, but when a sudden twist of fate thrusts her back into the spotlight, she must hide her real identity—and fend off a dark man from her past while juggling two modern suitors. Will the inimitable Jane Austen be able to keep her cool in this comedy of manners, or will she show everyone what a woman with a sharp wit and an even sharper set of fangs can do?

From me:
Jane Austen is undead and well and ticked off that people are making money off her books with all their silly spinoffs, sequels, and inspired-bys and she doesn't see a single royalty. She's been trying to get another book published for a century or two, and finally sees some success. In the mean time, there's trouble afoot, and other vampires may be involved.

If you read this book expecting non-stop hilarity and/or action, then you will likely be disappointed. And frankly, Jane didn't "bite back" to my satisfaction. However, Michael Thomas Ford did a surprisingly adept job at writing in Jane's voice. I found vampire-Jane believable; despite the necessity to bite, she fits the social mold I'd imagine her in during the 21st century.


  1. What a strange idea for a book...sounds interesting though!

  2. So this is somewhat of a spin-off of Austen's works in which Austen complains about the spin-offs of her works. That's a lot of meta going on right there. Interesting, but now my brain hurts.