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Jane Slayre
Erwin, Sherri Browning
Adult Fiction ERWIN

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Another entry in the growing genre of horror mashups (ranging from Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter), this volume takes Bronte's classic and turns the Reed family into vampires, Jane Eyre's classmates at Lowood into zombies, and Bertha Rochester into something far more dangerous than a madwoman. While Jane herself remains much the same, the supernatural additions prove highly amusing, turning the gothic elements of the original up to eleven while preserving the story's post-Victorian coming-of-age conventions. Despite her whimsical and irreverent modifications, Erwin displays great affection for Bronte and her characters; the undeniable spark between Erwin's Jane and Rochester is made all the more delightful by Jane's plucky fearlessness in the face of evil. With the possible exception of purists, fans of Jane Eyre will find much to love, with moments of laugh-out-loud hilarity; horror fans unfamiliar with the original will also be pleased, though they'll miss out on some of the comic nuance. (Apr.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

From Library Journal:

No stranger to paranormal fiction, Erwin (To Hell with Love; Naughty or Nice) raises the bar for the next generation of "monster classics." Jane is orphaned and raised by vampires, sent off to a boarding school (that breeds zombies for domestic help), and loses her love to a lunatic werewolf. It's a ghastly new spin on the familiar, page-turning classic Jane Eyre. Poignant and charming, Jane could give Buffy a run for her money. Unlike Seth Grahame-Smith's novel but disjointed Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (the zombies were an awkward insertion), Erwin seems to be channeling Bronte, and the monsters are a seamless addition to the text. The story takes an unexpected turn toward the end, and this keeps readers entranced. Verdict Similar to Sharon Shinn's Jenna Starborn, Erwin's gripping revision of a well-loved classic is enthusiastically recommended for all. [For more mashup fiction, see A.E. Moorat's Queen Victoria, Demon Hunter and Seth Grahame-Smith's Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.-Ed.]-Jennifer Anderson, Texas A&M Univ. Lib., Corpus Christi (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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