Jane Goes Batty by Michael Thomas Ford
Genre: Vampire fiction, humor, Jane Austen may or may not be rolling in her grave literature
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary: This over the top vampire novel, a sequel to Jane Bites Back, follows author turned vampire Jane Austen, her sire Lord Byron, and their arch-enemy Charlotte Brontë.
After more than 200 years, Jane Austen (now Jane Fairfax) has finally published her most recent novel, Constance and is dealing with the struggle to write her “sophomore” novel, deal with her new agent, a Brontëite, and attempt to tell her boyfriend that she is a vampire.
These problems are compounded when she meets her boyfriend’s mother, who happens to be a Brontë fan, and may or not be a vampire hunter. To further complicate matters, Constance is being adapted for film, and the director wants to set the costume drama in America in the 50′s.
Hilarity and hi-jinks ensue in a series that will have Jane Austen rolling in her grave… With laughter.
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. Yes, the premise is ridiculous, but that’s what makes this book, and it’s predecessor Jane Bites Back, so refreshing. It doesn’t try to be high brow. 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. Ending just shy of 300 pages, these fast paced novels can be read in a day or two whether you’re a voracious reader or a voracious eater. Because you will want to read these books while doing everything.