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Jane Goes Batty by Michael Thomas Ford
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really liked it
bookshelves: 2015, fantasy, janeaustenesque, mystery, series, speculativefiction

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 local Austen vs Bronte festival also happening. Comedic clashes ensues.

I know the premise sounds a bit, well, daft but Ford handles the books with aplomb, well written, and believable. He seems a bit weak in the first person woman area and how to make her believable, such as leaving much of the description of her persona (clothes, hair, etc). One could argue this is to allow the reader to project themselves on to Jane, but it also could be for laziness on the author.

Nevertheless, the book series is fun and fast read. There is no indepth existential moments here, but that's not what the book is designed for. Lastly, this book sets up book 3, Jane Vows Vengeance.

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Reading Progress

July 17, 2015 – Started Reading
July 17, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
July 17, 2015 – Shelved
July 17, 2015 – Shelved as: 2015
July 20, 2015 – Finished Reading
July 22, 2015 – Shelved as: fantasy
July 22, 2015 – Shelved as: janeaustenesque
July 22, 2015 – Shelved as: mystery
July 22, 2015 – Shelved as: series
July 22, 2015 – Shelved as: speculativefiction

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