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Jane Goes Batty

(Jane Fairfax #2)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  829 ratings  ·  142 reviews
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, 285 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Aug 11, 2011 marked it as no-thank-you
Shelves: harriet-loved-it

"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."
Oct 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 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
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
So, I read the first one of these when it came out - it was very sweet, and I liked the idea of Jane Austen, Lord Byron and Charlotte Bronte as vampires living in the 21st Century. I haven't thought about it in ages, and then suddenly notice that there is not just one but two sequels. This was got a little complicated, but was very satisfying in the end. Still a funny idea. Guess I'll read the next one... ...more
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Robert Russin
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Feb 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jane-austen
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
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
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
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
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!
Pamela Aidan
Apr 05, 2011 rated it did not like it
No, no, no...not even after 200 years and a vampire. Preposterous and silly.
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Excellent follow-up to “Jane Bites Back,” the book that introduced readers to the notion that Jane Austen lives on, a vampire created by her erstwhile lover Lord Byron. In this book, Jane has a lot to contend with. Her new editor is a slave-driver with no literary acumen, the mother of her beloved is a vampire hunter, and her little town is overrun with movie folk who are filming an adaptation of her 21st-century novel. And of course her “Gloomy Friend,” as she and Byron call the vampire Charlot ...more
Dr T
Aug 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Review in one word - awful. I have read 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' and enjoyed it. This book tries to be along the same lines, but fails rather miserably. 'Batty' takes the (immortal) vampire Jane Austen into the present day, along with Lord Byron, with both still writing but using new names. The book goes seriously downhill from there. Not worth picking up, let alone spending the time to read it. ...more
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-books
These books crack me up. Something about Jane Austen, Lord Byron, and Charlotte Bronte all being vampires and all living in the same little Upstate New York town. Hilarious. Throw in a vampire hunter come to town and you've got a great story. More convoluted than the first but still great. ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it liked it
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Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’m really enjoying this series. I think the books are a lot of fun. Thanks Michael Thomas Ford for a great set of characters. What an imagination!
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A light fun read. I enjoyed the cast and the banter. One character mentions convenient coincidences, which this book embraces, but that's just part of the fun. ...more
Tamara Petersen
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'm loving Jane Austen as a vampire, plus Lord Byron. Charlotte Bronte is mad and a vampire. So far I have devoured 2 of the book, and am about to start the third! ...more
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
A worthy successor. Looking forward to #3.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was a super easy read. Thank goodness because it took 120 pages before it started to peak my interest. Even after my interest was peaked though, I still found myself exhaling with frustration at certain details that were either unbelievable or unnecessary.
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
Feb 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2011
When selecting books from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer's program, I usually try to avoid later books in a series, since this will mean hunting down and reading other books just so I can give the ARC a fair shake. I did not take such care with this novel, which is in fact the second in a series, following Jane Bites Back. The premise of the series is that Jane Eyre was converted to vampirism by an undead Lord Byron. She is living--at least as much as a vampire can--in a small town and upstate Ne ...more
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Wendy Hines
Jul 07, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
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
Jan 17, 2011 rated it liked it
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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.
Feb 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Jane Austen is a two-hundred year old undead author living in the modern world as vampire who quite inept with her powers which makes for a hilarious read! Her former lover, Lord Byron, tries to teach her the ways of a vampire, but Jane is a bumbling and reluctant student. Their dialogue and interaction made me laugh out loud.

Going under the pseudonym Jane Fairfax, she runs a bookstore and writes romance novels. In love with a mortal, Walter, Jane struggles with the choice of whether or not to d
Jan 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: janeite, paranormal
March 2011 review for library's website...
What would Jane Austen do if she were still alive today? Why, she'd run a book store and have finally published another novel. In Jane Goes Batty, 2nd book in a 3 book series, author Michael Thomas Ford has Jane working on her vampire skills. This isn't your average vampire novel so please don't shy away from the series if you don't like vampires. If you like Jane Austen you'll most likely like this novel. Her being a vampire is really a secondary thing.
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Michael Thomas Ford is the author of more than 75 books in genres ranging from humor to horror, literary fiction to nonfiction. His work for adult readers includes the best-selling novels What We Remember, The Road Home, Changing Tides, Full Circle, Looking for It and Last Summer, and his five essay collections in the "Trials of My Queer Life" series. His novel Lily was a Tiptree Award Longlist ti ...more

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