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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (29 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857200038
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857200037
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 137,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sherri Browning Erwin writes contemporary and historical novels, often with a paranormal twist. Born and raised in Massachusetts, Sherri graduated from Mount Holyoke College and worked in retail sales and banking before publishing her first novel, The Scoundrel's Vow, in 1999. Her latest book is Jane Slayre, a retelling of Jane Eyre in which Jane is a vampyre slayer.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Aug 2010
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One of the most recent changes to the genre is to take a modern classic and put a spin upon it. Here within this offering Sherri has paid homage to this tale and taken a serious bite out of the stuffiness within for the current audience. Beautifully constructed, carefully managed, the author not only embellishes the story but adds a whole new twist of flavours for a new exciting fusion. Add to the mix a strong female lead, some great one liners and of course a tale to savour in much the same way as a fine wine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Traxy on 23 May 2011
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The 19th century undead butt-kicking begun with "Pride & Prejudice and Zombies" and continuing on that theme is "Jane Slayre", which features (in chronological order) vampires, zombies and werewolves. Some are critical of this shameless genre mixture, others love it.

Personally, I thoroughly enjoyed "Jane Slayre". Sherri Browning Erwin has taken Charlotte Brontë's original text but removed the tedious babble and added undead and modernised the vocabulary a bit, which I only noticed on a few jarring occasions. I was impressed by how closely the first chapter was to the original book and how cleverly she had made the Reed family into vampires, or - as it says throughout the book - vampyres, and had a good giggle at the fact the stiff servant Abbot had been turned into a zombie!

The book follows young Jane Slayre, a poor, unconnected orphan, living with her vampiric relatives at Gateshead. When she's finally taken away to Lowood school, everything seems great for a while, but there are some "special students" that sends her slayer senses tingling ... (Why Mr Brocklehurst has been re-named Mr Bokorhurst, when everything else is so close to the original, does get explained eventually.)

Adult Jane advertises, goes to Thornfield and meets the Master, with whom she falls in love (bet you never expected there were vampires afoot that dreary afternoon in Hay Lane!), but there's a problem - and it's not just because Jane suspects one or more of the house party guests to be a vampyre. It turns out there's a madwoman werewolf in the attic ...

For me, this is one of the best "Jane Eyre" sequel/rip-off I've read so far, because it does stick to the original story (the undead aside) and is fairly in keeping with the characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ElvenAngel on 4 April 2011
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While it's one of the better monster-mashes of newer times, it's still not really something extraordinary. It's good fun to read on a very long road-trip or on the plane, but there's really not all that much to recommend it for much else. It's a good joke and that's about it. If you love the original Jane Eyre, give it a read, but don't expect it to have the quirky tenacity or bravado of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.
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