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Jane Goes Batty (Jane Fairfax #2)

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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
Paperback, 295 pages
Published 2011 by Ballantine Books
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Feb 08, 2013 Misfit marked it as no-thank-you  ·  review of another edition
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"Her name was Beverly Shrop. A retired kindergarten teacher, Beverly had devoted the past five years to becoming the number-one-ranked reviewer of romance novels on a very popular bookselling site. That her "reviews" consisted largely of regurgitating a book's cover copy mattered little to her readers. Nor did it apparently occur to them that in order for Beverly to have amassed 12,729 reviews she would have had to have read an average of 6.9 books a day."




I was so looking forward to this book. I pre-ordered it months ago. I've been stalking Michael Ford's site, hoping for details. Where the first Jane Bites book was funny and clever and innovative, this one....isn't. I gave it a three, and it's a really weak 3 at that.

We pick up where we left off with Jane, in Brakeston wi
Michael Thomas Ford, where have you been throughout my entire life when I needed a good laugh?! Jane Goes Batty the second in the “Jane Bites” series which pegs Jane Austen as a vampire. Turned by Lord Byron over 100 years ago, Austen, now Jane Fairfax, runs a small bookstore in upstate New York. At the end of the first novel, Jane Bites Back, we see Jane finally achieving one of her dreams: having her manuscript Constance published as well as her love life blossoming with boyfriend Walter. All ...more
I began this book before I realised it was #2 in a series, so stopped and read #1 first. The only reason I finished it is that it wasn't horrible and I had a bad case of insomnia.

The premise that Jane Austen could be a vampire and thus a 21st century romance writer is flawed in the treatment of the heroine. Why chose a character like Austen for your protagonist if you do nothing Austen-like with her? Throw in Byron and Bronte biting and turning people into vampires will-he-nill-he and I am forc
Georgiana 1792
Il festival degli esaltati

Dove eravamo rimasti? Jane Austen quasi duecento anni dopo la sua presunta morte, conduce, sotto le mentite spoglie di Jane Fairfax, una doppia vita (non a caso ha scelto come nome quello che, fra i suoi personaggi, appartiene a un'acqua cheta!): è proprietaria di una libreria (in cui vede passare tutti i derivati tratti dai suoi romanzi e dalla sua stessa vita) e una vampira immortale!

Finalmente, dopo quasi due secoli di rifiuti - tutti accuratamente numerati dalla ven
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Our dear Jane (Austen) Fairfax is suffering from writers' block. She was supposed to have her new novel on her editor's desk six months ago, and while she keeps telling him that it's almost done, the truth is she has barely three chapters written – three chapters which, by the way, are complete rubbish. Why can't Jane write? Is it because Lord Byron has been keeping her busy with learning new vampire arts, like becoming invisible? Or is it because her first novel, Constance, is being adapted for ...more
Jun 14, 2012 Cassie-la rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads

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
Rob Russin
Mar 05, 2011 Rob Russin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-of-2011
You know...I really didn't want to like this series. The first book was bought for me as a gift by someone who knows that I need to read everything that is even affiliated with Jane Austen in the slightest bit, and I grimaced when I saw it. I was expecting it to be absolute crap.

Surprisingly, Jane Bites Back turned out to be one of the most fun books I've ever read, and Jane Goes Batty is equally good. This book somehow manages to make light of the Jane Austen craze and how everyone tries to ca
Dec 23, 2015 Diane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy_vampires
Okay, book 1 was a 2.5 that I almost rounded up to 3. The writing is perfectly fine at the sentence and paragraph level, I found the premise quirkily interesting, I just hadn't really warmed up to Jane herself (or her long-aborning "new" book, incidentally). So I gave the series a second chance to win me over.
Sorry, no dice. The plot gets sillier and more convoluted, with (for example) presumably not-stupid people getting mixed up over which of a pair of twins is which, Byron is one of the most
The second in the Jane Fairfax series, the premise is this: Jane Fairfax (nee Austen) is a vampire living in a small New York state village where she runs a book shop. Turned by Brian (nee Lord Byron), who also lives in the same small village, they battle against Our Gloomy Friend (nee Charlotte Bronte).

In this episode, Jane's mortal fiancee's, Walter, mother is coming to town and she turns out to be a vampire hunter. On top of this, a movie is being made out of Jane's books and there is a loca
Jun 05, 2015 Geoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I finished this I did a little wiggle in my seat and clapped my hands. Some times I really do wonder about my sanity.

Having finished Jane Bites Back I immediately got a copy of the next two, this book and Jane Vows Vengeance from the library – YAY Kindle! I didn’t read this one quite as fast as the last one even though I was working from home, but it was just as well written and hilariously fun!

What I took out of this novel was how great Ford is at caricatures, not only of characters but
May 15, 2011 Cornelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun, funny read. I really enjoyed it. Very creative. It's apparently a sequel to Jane Bites Back which I haven't read so I need to get that.
Jane Austen is a modern day vampire in it as is Lord Byron and Charlotte Bronte. It's a lot of fun!
Lynnee Luecken
The writing style is so crisp and full of dry wit, similar but much less formal to Jane Austen's wit. After buying this, I found this was the sequel to Jane Bites Back, in which I assume Jane Austen has been turned into a vampire and fights the also-turned vampire Charlotte Bronte. In this sequel, Jane develops her vampiric skills, meets her boyfriend's mother (who is a vampire hunter), deals with the movie adaptation of her famous novel, and has writer's block. I was enjoying reading it until I ...more
Pamela Aidan
Apr 07, 2011 Pamela Aidan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No, no, no...not even after 200 years and a vampire. Preposterous and silly.
Kickarse Heroine
This was a great follow on from Jane Bites Back. Enjoyable.

Yes, it is a 'what if Jane Austen lived today' story with vampires thrown in to boot. I enjoyed reading about the characters that made up Jane Fairfax's modern world and loved the that the author tied in real world debates over who was England's best literary author. He really knew his stuff. It was an enjoyable read and the rest in the series were great as well.
5 Stars out of 5 for Jane Bites back and 4.5 stars for Jane goes Batty. Def
Apr 18, 2015 Lobo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nagyszerű első rész után ez a kötet a trilógiák középső rész betegségébe esett bele: kicsit összecsapott és sehova se mutató, csak időt elütő a befejezésig. A stílus, a szereplők az írás ugyanannyira könnyed, mosolyogtató mint az előzőben volt, ebben nem találtam kifogást. Viszont kicsit túl sok szál felé ment el a történet, amiket mind le is zárt így vagy úgy a szerző és ezek megoldása nem volt eléggé kielégítő, sőt volt ahol elég összecsapottra sikerült. Biztos azért, mert szereplőket vissza ...more
The story of Jane Fairfax, owner of Flyleaf Books in the small town of Brakeston and recently published author of Constance, continues in this second book about an undead Jane Austen who's experiencing writer's block. Austen, or Jane Fairfax as she's presently known, has been a vampire for nearly 200 years. In the first book of this series, Jane Bites Back, Jane tries to find publishing success again in the present day after her six novels were published in the early nineteenth century. She's si ...more
Jane has a lot going on right now. Her book is being turned into a movie in her very own town. She's got a new editor that hates her. Walter's mother is visiting and it turns out she knows more then meets the eye. Add to this the usual worries about "our gloomy friend," a festival and twins and this makes for a very stressful period for Jane.

I have to give Michael Thomas Ford credit. Jane had so many different problems and such craziness going on that the anxiety just roiled off the page for me.
Wendy Hines
Jane Austen died several hundred years ago, but Jane Fairfax is living well today. A vampire, turned by her former lover, poet Lord Byron, she runs a bookstore and has just sold a novel under her new name. Her relationship with human Walter is still going well, even though Jane keeps wondering if and when she should let him know she is undead, but she figures it can wait a bit longer.

She and Lord Byron seem to have put the past behind them, and he is slowly training Jane how to use her powers.
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This tongue-in-cheek, satiric tale is packed with literary and film references which, after a while, just seem to exhaust my tolerance of and appreciation for snarky humor. I feel that some of the slapstick comedy is overdone, too, especially the ongoing twin mix-ups. Until this book, I never realized that croquet is such a dull game. All-in-all, I found it to be an okay to good read that, at times is quite funny. There are also several unexpected moments of brilliance tucked away that surprised ...more
In Michael Thomas Ford's, JANE GOES BATTY, the second book in this series, Jane (Austen) Fairfax returns as our likeable and still undead heroine.

Life couldn't be better for Jane in the sleepy town of Brakeston, in upstate New York. Business is good at her bookstore so she promotes her best friend and confidante Lucy to manager, Lord Byron is helping her develope her vampire powers, she's in a relationship with Walter, her novel is at the top of the New York Times bestseller list and now it's g
Feb 08, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received Jane Goes Batty through a goodreads "first reads" giveaway - I never win anything, so I was just excited about that to begin with. I read the first book in the series while I waited for this one to arrive, and fell in love with the characters and the storyline - I only hoped the second book would be at least as good as the first. I wasn't disappointed.

The second book begins right where the first leaves off - Jane's book is a hit and Our Gloomy Friend is apparently nowhere to be seen.
I know many readers, especially of romance, prefer to not read books written by men. I was drawn to this series, originally, because it was another Austen spin-off. I am addicted to them. Reading it, I had to remind myself that this novel was written by a man. It was not apparent and that, to me is telling of the author’s success, especially when the main character is Jane Austen.

While Jane Goes Batty is a sequel, it could also be read as a stand-alone novel. The author gives the reader reminde
Feb 24, 2011 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lt-giveaway
I received Jane Goes Batty as a part of LibraryThing member giveaway. I don't normally like vampire books, but the notion of Jane Austin, Lord Byron, and Charlotte Bronte all being vampires was interesting enough for me to enter. I was pleased to win and so am posting my review.

Though the second book in a series it was very accessible to someone who's not read the first book. I jumped right in and had no problem following along. I read it in less than a day. The book was a light, fun read. I wa
Apr 12, 2011 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun, humorous weekend read! We've been plagued with the flu here in my neck of the woods and my remedy was to snuggle on the couch and read Jane Goes Batty. This didn't exactly cure my illness although I did feel noticeably happier, but it did make me laugh out loud. Ford does a fantastic job capturing the spirit of Jane Austen.

Jane isn't what you'd call a natural at being a vampire which is, in part, what makes this book so funny. However, what made this work for me was the camaraderie b
Feb 08, 2011 Laurel rated it it was amazing
Michael Thomas Ford is a wicked wit with a scoop of irony on top

Our Janeite sensibilities tell us that the notion of Jane Austen as a vampire is pretty wacky. It’s just so hard to visualize “our” Jane as one of the undead, still here after two hundred years, and struggling with life challenges and her condition. Author Michael Thomas Ford understands this too. He has created a trilogy based on our uncertainty, curiosity and proclivity for the burlesque that Austen herself was so fond of. Book on
The stress in her life feels overwhelming. Jane Fairfax, as she is now known, has finally achieved some breakthrough literary success with her bestseller, Constance. Unfortunately, she is suffering a severe case of writer’s block and is far behind deadline on a promised second book.

Walter Fletcher loves Jane and wants to get married but his mother, Miriam, is obstinately opposed, and is not shy about letting her intense dislike for Jane be known.

Walter does not know that Jane is actually Jane
May 24, 2011 Vivian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane Goes Batty takes up just where Jane Bites Back left off. Jane is now being followed by a film crew and is in the midst of having her book filmed. She's slightly ticked off because the screenwriter and director have taken liberal creative license and changed her work to the point of being unrecognizable. If that's not bad enough, there's a vampire hunter on the loose and it turns out to be her boyfriend's mother. Oh, and the deranged Charlotte Bronte is still out there somewhere. This book i ...more
Jun 09, 2011 Susanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
What would Jane Austen be like if she had never died, instead living on - as a vampire - into modern times? In Ford's sequel to Jane Bites Back, she is now Jane Fairfax, the owner of a small-town bookstore in upstate New York. Her best friends, Lord Byron (also a vampire) and Lucy (a normal human being but an extraordinary friend), live nearby, as does Jane's boyfriend, Walter. Life is going great for Jane. Her newest novel, the first in almost 200 years, is a best-seller, soon to be made into a ...more
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I was actually very surprised at how much i enjoyed this book. If there was a 3.5 rating, thats what I'd give this book. I enjoyed the first book in the series enough that I wanted to read the second one, but it wasn't on my top list of books coming out by a long shot, which would have been my mistake. I found Jane Bites Back to be a good book, but lacking in real depth as well as tedious through the middle of the story. Jane Goes Batty does not have that problem in the least.
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Michael Thomas Ford is the author of more than fifty books, for both young readers and adults, in genres ranging from humor to horror, literary fiction to nonfiction. As a writer for young adults he is the author of the popular "Circle of Three" series (writing as Isobel Bird); nonfiction books about spirituality (Paths of Faith), the AIDS crisis (Voices of AIDS), and the gay community (The World ...more
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