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Jane Bites Back: A Novel

by Michael Thomas Ford

Random House Publishing Group | December 29, 2009 | Trade Paperback

Jane Bites Back: A Novel is rated 4.6667 out of 5 by 3.
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?

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8 × 5.14 × 0.67 in

Published: December 29, 2009

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345513657

ISBN - 13: 9780345513656

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A laugh-out-loud joy to read In a word, delightful. That Michael Thomas Ford can weave a great story should be no surprise to anyone who has read his work, but the ability to mix vampires, romance conferences, and an undead Jane Austen into something this joyfully fun will likely take you aback. Jane Fairfax (the vampiric Jane Austen's current nom de plume) is in a rut at the beginning of the tale - her last manuscript has been rejected by publishers for centuries, her bookstore is selling puppets, her previous works are flying off the shelves - and earning her no royalties, and the only fellow in her life is her cat, Tom. It's enough to make a lady wonder if she still has anything to live - or unlive - for. Success, fame, old flames and new flames, and jealous rivals are just the thing needed to get the blood pumping. Now all Jane has to do is survive. The cleverness of this plot had me laughing out loud - something that garnered me a lot of odd looks as I was listening to this as an unabridged audiobook - often on the bus rides to and from work. The narrator was phenomenal, carrying Austen's voice with a natural aplomb. I can't wait for more.
Date published: 2010-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Absolutely fantastic. Ford weaves a wonderful tale that will leave you waiting for the sequel.
Date published: 2010-04-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Jane Austen Lives What if Jane Austen was still alive and a vampire! Thus is the premise of this imaginative novel by Michael Thomas Ford. Jane Austen, now a vampire for the past 232 years and living by the name Jane Fairfax, lives in a small town in upstate New York and owns a book store. Frustrated by her inability to get her last novel published, Jane is content to spend her days anonymously and quiet. That is until an interest in her book thrusts her into the spotlight again. But along with fame comes a little danger for someone like Jane Austen, when something threatens to ruin her new found fame. Hopping on the bandwagon of vampire fiction, this is a somewhat humorous and unique story of what it would be like if someone as famous as Jane Austen were still living as a vampire. One of the first things that struck me was the easy and fluid nature of the dialogue and writing. It shows that Ford is very good at writing for his characters. The characters were drawn very realistically and vividly, at times feeling like they could be real people and it was interesting to see a famous, classic author presented so realistically. It was funny to see Austen having to hide her identity among the throng of Jane Austen fans and being embarrassed by the huge popularity of the Austen culture. I was totally immersed in this book, however at times the story seemed a little weak, *(spoiler) like when Jane leaves her friends at the sushi restaurant after getting a call that there has been a fire at her book store and arriving at the book store to find that her friends are already there. But I couldn’t put this book down. Aside from the title of this book, which I think was a very bad choice; I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and recommend it to all the vampire fiction and Jane Austen fans out there. Story **** Characters **** Readability ***** Overall rating ****
Date published: 2010-02-10

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Jane Bites Back: A Novel

by Michael Thomas Ford

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8 × 5.14 × 0.67 in

Published: December 29, 2009

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345513657

ISBN - 13: 9780345513656

About the Book

Jane Austen may be undead, but she longs to let the world know who she is. Will the inimitable 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?

Read from the Book

Chapter One My dear Cassandra, I do wish you could have been at the party last night. I was compelled to converse with the most disagreeable woman. But then, as I have said to you before, I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal.  —JANE AUSTEN, in a letter to her sister, Cassandra,  24 December 1798  IT WAS NOT, OF COURSE, EXACTLY WHAT JANE HAD WRITTEN TO her sister that long- ago Christmas Eve, but the sentiment was the same. Besides, after more than two hundred years, she could hardly be expected to remember every little detail of her voluminous correspondence. Although she supposed she could check for herself—there was a collection of her letters sitting on a shelf not ten feet away. Instead, she remained where she was and imagined how she would describe the disagreeable woman standing before her in a letter to Cassie.  Melodie Gladstone was slight, her birdlike arms and pale skin giving her the appearance of fragility, as if she might at any moment collapse under the weight of her own head. Her hair, blond as summer wheat, was gathered at the nape of her neck and tied with a pink ribbon. When she spoke her voice was soft, and every head in the room was forced to lean toward her as she read. Elizabeth’s spirits soon rising to playfulness again, she wanted Mr. Darcy to account for his ha
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From the Publisher

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?

About the Author

Michael Thomas Ford is the author of numerous books, including the novels What We Remember, Suicide Notes, Changing Tides, Full Circle, Looking for It, and Last Summer.

Editorial Reviews

"A hilarious send-up of vampire novels, the Austen industry, and one immortal author''s complete inability to find a publisher—Jane would have loved it!"—Stephanie Barron, author of the Jane Austen mysteries "It''s impossible not to love Ford''s sharp-witted, sharp-fanged Jane Austen (and I''m not just saying that because she spares my life in Chapter Six)."—Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies “Fang-tastic …Ford’s Jane is a very fun and funny heroine to root for as she endures the indignities of publishing and bookselling, fends off danger and (perhaps) finds love. Her hilarious smack downs with Violet hint of more madness to come in this first of a series.”— Publishers Weekly   “Ford approvingly cites Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies , but his own mashup is better integrated, more knowledgeable about Austen and considerably funnier.”— Kirkus Reviews   “In this clever paranormal tale…Ford has created warm, witty characters that will appeal to both Janeites and vampire fanciers. Literary humor and intriguing snippets from Jane''s book are the icing on the cake. Two more books are promised in this series, so readers who fall under Jane''s spell will be eagerly awaiting her next adventure.”— Library Journal   “Michael Thomas Ford has struck gold….The plot is inventive and funny, and the story progres
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