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After two hundred years undead, Jane Austen still has bite. But will her most recent literary success be her last?
 

Life was a lot easier for Jane when she was just an unknown, undead bookstore owner in a sleepy hamlet in upstate New York. But now the world embraces her as Jane Fairfax, author of the bestselling novel Constance—and she’s having a killer time trying to keep her true identity as the Jane Austen a secret. Even the ongoing lessons in How to Be a Vampire, taught by her former lover Lord Byron, don’t seem to be helping much. Jane can barely focus on her boyfriend, Walter, while keeping him in the dark about her more sanguine tastes.
To make matters worse, Walter announces that his mother is coming for a visit—and she’s expecting Jane to be Jewish. Add in a demanding new editor, a convention of romance readers in period costume, a Hollywood camera crew following Jane’s every move, and the constant threat of a certain bloodsucking Brontë sister coming back to finish her off, and it’s enough to make even the most well-mannered heroine go batty!
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After two hundred years undead, Jane Austen still has bite. But will her most recent literary success be her last?
 

Life was a lot easier for Jane when she was just an unknown, undead bookstore owner in a sleepy hamlet in upstate New York. But now the world embraces her as Jane Fairfax, author of the bestselling novel Constance—and she’s having a killer time trying to keep her true identity as the Jane Austen a secret. Even the ongoing lessons in How to Be a Vampire, taught by her former lover Lord Byron, don’t seem to be helping much. Jane can barely focus on her boyfriend, Walter, while keeping him in the dark about her more sanguine tastes.
To make matters worse, Walter announces that his mother is coming for a visit—and she’s expecting Jane to be Jewish. Add in a demanding new editor, a convention of romance readers in period costume, a Hollywood camera crew following Jane’s every move, and the constant threat of a certain bloodsucking Brontë sister coming back to finish her off, and it’s enough to make even the most well-mannered heroine go batty!
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      • premium: False
      • source: Kirkus Reviews
      • content: "A rollicking second installment in the adventures of Jane Austen, vampire...Less Pride and Prejudice than True Blood--not that there's anything wrong with that--and a witty demonstration of how beautifully the dilemmas of being Jane Austen and a vampire can comport with the tropes of chick lit. You'll thirst for the conclusion of the trilogy."
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      • source: Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
      • content: "It's impossible not to love Ford's sharp-witted, sharp-fanged Jane Austen."
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      • source: Library Journal
      • content: "Ford's follow-up to the acclaimed Jane Bites Back doesn't just provide another chance to hang out with one of the most likable vampires ever created; there are also unexpected plot twists to keep readers engaged to the end. Verdict: References to classic and contemporary books will appeal to bibliophiles, pop culture asides will catch trend watchers, and classic physical comedy scenes could make anyone chuckle."
      • premium: False
      • source: Booking Mama
      • content: "Jane Goes Batty really does have a little something for everyone. I think fans of Jane Austen as well as readers who enjoy mysteries and witty writing will enjoy this novel as much as I did."
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      • source: Curled Up With A Good Book
      • content: "Filled with sly humor and fast-paced quips, this delightful romp sees Jane and Byron solving an unexpected murder while an old adversary makes a startling comeback. In a tale that unfolds with panache and elan, Ford's Jane is as lovely and as ladylike as ever, her vital spirit a perfect reflection of literary heroine chic."
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      • source: January Magazine
      • content: "Ford delivers an original take with a sharp and well-formed wit. I found myself laughing and groaning in no time at all."
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      • source: Jane Austen Addict
      • content: "This book works, and not because I am a big fan of the mashup genre--vampires, zombies, werewolves--Oh My!...[Jane Goes Batty is] funny. I was laughing out loud while reading it and that's a rare treat."
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      • source: Austenprose
      • content: "Michael Thomas Ford is a wicked wit with a scoop of irony on top; a devilish combination that Austen whipped up and has been wowing us with for centuries."
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      • source: The Obsessive Book Worm
      • content: "A hilarious romp...This book is definitely worth picking up and reading and I can't wait to read the third installment in this building series."
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      • source: Romance Reviews Today
      • content: "A funny, smart, well-crafted book that will keep you glued to the pages and chuckling at Jane's adventures, or should I say misadventures...This book has a little bit for everyone. If you like the classics, you'll enjoy the references. If you like physical comedy, you won't be disappointed. And, if you're enjoying the rapid rise of the vampire genre, Jane Goes Batty is your cherry on the top. Pick up your copy today."
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      • source: Bibliomantics
      • content: "Hilarity and hi-jinks ensue in a series that will have Jane Austen rolling in her grave... with laughter...[Jane Goes Batty is] the kind of book you can start reading late at night and fight off sleep just so you can keep reading...I highly recommend this book and its prequel. It will have you dying to meet your favourite authors."
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      • source: Becky's Book Reviews
      • content: "I loved the humor and the drama. It's just very clever. I especially liked the scenes about the movie. How it is being "adapted." I loved the references to Twilight too! Very funny! It's just great fun to read these books!"
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      • source: Time Out New York
      • content: "It's a shitstorm of ideas across multiple genres, but at least Ford's tongue is planted in his cheek (someone is spied wearing a Team Edward T-shirt). The book's chirpy tone owes more to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the first of this brand of mash-up, than to either Emma or Dracula. 4 stars."
      • premium: False
      • source: Austenprose
      • content: "Wickedly funny . . . The literary and historical references really shine."
      • premium: False
      • source: The Boston Globe
      • content: "Cool, wittily acerbic."
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      • source: Library Journal
      • content: "Clever . . . warm, witty characters that will appeal to both Janeites and vampire fanciers."
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        December 15, 2010

        A rollicking second installment in the adventures of Jane Austen, vampire.

        Now that her novel Constance has hit the bestseller lists and been picked up by Hollywood, and she's succeeded in vanquishing her undead nemesis Violet Grey, n����e Charlotte Bront����, you might think that the troubles would be over for bookseller Jane Fairfax, n����e Jane Austen (Jane Bites Back, 2009). But when you're a vampire who's secreted yourself in Brakeston, N.Y., dreading the time when all your mortal friends will die, trouble has a way of finding you, and not just in the form of sycophantic nuisances like romance reviewer/literary tour guide Beverly Shrop. Item: Kelly Littlejohn, Jane's wondrously sympathetic editor, becomes an agent and is replaced by Jessica Abernathy, the editor from hell. Item: Her sweet boyfriend Walter Fletcher announces that he's Jewish and that he's told his visiting mother that Jane is taking conversion classes with a local rabbi. Item: The contract Jane signed for the film adaptation of Constance gives the producers the right to sex up the story and relocate it to 1950s America ("people are in love with the fifties now," director Julia Baxter sagely informs her). And of course Lord Byron, the wastrel vampire who turned both Jane and her archenemy into vampires, is at it again with one of the twin clerks at Flyleaf Books (is it Ned or Ted Hawthorne? Byron really can't tell them apart). To top it off, Brakeston turns out to be playing host to more vampires than Jane had realized—in fact, the most recent arrival is turned by none other than Jane herself—and more vampire hunters as well. What's a decorous centuries-old novelist who needs her neighbors, her sweetie and frequent doses of blood to do?

        Less Pride and Prejudice than True Blood—not that there's anything wrong with that—and a witty demonstration of how beautifully the dilemmas of being Jane Austen and a vampire can comport with the tropes of chick lit. You'll thirst for the conclusion of the trilogy.

        (COPYRIGHT (2010) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

      • premium: True
      • source: Library Journal
      • content:

        December 1, 2010

        Born Jane Austen but turned into a vampire by Lord Byron, our heroine has finally published a new book under her current name, Jane Fairfax. Now her focus has turned to a horribly overdue second novel she can't seem to start and a new editor who believes Jane stole the plot of her best seller from a lost Bronte manuscript. The cherry on top is her boyfriend Walter's mother, Miriam, who has come for a visit and believes Jane is converting to Judaism for him. But that's not Jane's biggest problem with her potential mother-in-law. Miriam seems to know the secret of her true nature and has a wooden stake she's not afraid to use. Ford's follow-up to the acclaimed Jane Bites Back doesn't just provide another chance to hang out with one of the most likable vampires ever created; there are also unexpected plot twists to keep readers engaged to the end. VERDICT References to classic and contemporary books will appeal to bibliophiles, pop culture asides will catch trend watchers, and classic physical comedy scenes could make anyone chuckle. This story could be read on its own, but some continuing plot points will make more sense to those who have read Jane Bites Back. [Library marketing.]--Stacey Hayman, Rocky River P.L., OH

        Copyright 2010 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

      • premium: True
      • source: Kirkus
      • content:

        December 15, 2010

        A rollicking second installment in the adventures of Jane Austen, vampire.

        Now that her novel Constance has hit the bestseller lists and been picked up by Hollywood, and she's succeeded in vanquishing her undead nemesis Violet Grey, n���e Charlotte Bront���, you might think that the troubles would be over for bookseller Jane Fairfax, n���e Jane Austen (Jane Bites Back, 2009). But when you're a vampire who's secreted yourself in Brakeston, N.Y., dreading the time when all your mortal friends will die, trouble has a way of finding you, and not just in the form of sycophantic nuisances like romance reviewer/literary tour guide Beverly Shrop. Item: Kelly Littlejohn, Jane's wondrously sympathetic editor, becomes an agent and is replaced by Jessica Abernathy, the editor from hell. Item: Her sweet boyfriend Walter Fletcher announces that he's Jewish and that he's told his visiting mother that Jane is taking conversion classes with a local rabbi. Item: The contract Jane signed for the film adaptation of Constance gives the producers the right to sex up the story and relocate it to 1950s America ("people are in love with the fifties now," director Julia Baxter sagely informs her). And of course Lord Byron, the wastrel vampire who turned both Jane and her archenemy into vampires, is at it again with one of the twin clerks at Flyleaf Books (is it Ned or Ted Hawthorne? Byron really can't tell them apart). To top it off, Brakeston turns out to be playing host to more vampires than Jane had realized--in fact, the most recent arrival is turned by none other than Jane herself--and more vampire hunters as well. What's a decorous centuries-old novelist who needs her neighbors, her sweetie and frequent doses of blood to do?

        Less Pride and Prejudice than True Blood--not that there's anything wrong with that--and a witty demonstration of how beautifully the dilemmas of being Jane Austen and a vampire can comport with the tropes of chick lit. You'll thirst for the conclusion of the trilogy.

        (COPYRIGHT (2010) KIRKUS REVIEWS/NIELSEN BUSINESS MEDIA, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.)

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Life was a lot easier for Jane when she was just an unknown, undead bookstore owner in a sleepy hamlet in upstate New York. But now the world embraces her as Jane Fairfax, author of the bestselling novel Constance—and she’s having a killer time trying to keep her true identity as the Jane Austen a secret. Even the ongoing lessons in How to Be a Vampire, taught by her former lover Lord Byron, don’t seem to be helping much. Jane can barely focus on her boyfriend, Walter, while keeping him in the dark about her more sanguine tastes.
To make matters worse, Walter announces that his mother is coming for a visit—and she’s expecting Jane to be Jewish. Add in a demanding new editor, a convention of romance readers in period costume, a Hollywood camera crew following Jane’s every move, and the constant...
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