Thursday, March 29, 2012

Jane Bites Back

Jane Bites Back
Michael Thomas Ford
Ballantine Books 2009. 299 pages.

Showcasing (or cashing in on) the classics turned horror theme, this is the first in a series of three novels (so far). We find Jane Austen turned vampire against her will, living in upstate New York 200-plus years later.

Sharing her confused life: a plucky assistant, a contractor/sweetheart and Lord Bryon. After being rejected by publishers, she finally gets a contract on her latest book, and has to defend her literary style from critics crying copycat foul.

This book is charming, and a quick read. I’ve never read a “vamp” novel, and I suspect this is a mild version of the genre. I read all three of the novels in sequence, it’s great when you can do that, this is my favorite of the series.

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