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  • By DA Knight
    Aug 1, 2013
    Jane Eyre in the 24½th Century! Jane Eyre retold in a future of fleeting relationships, cloning, and bioterror. Jane_E is Erin’s debut novel. Erin revisits Charlotte Bronte’s classic Jane Eyre. She resets the 19th C romance in the 30th C. Resurrecting this dark classic produces a challenging tale. Erin reprises Bronte’s concerns about morality, spirituality, and religion. She incorporates these faith-based elements in an unobtrusive way. Jane_E essentially is the story of Jane’s spiritual awakening. Her misery is a result of being a clone. She is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Alone with no family, tribe, or an alternative group to claim her, she struggles to find love in a cold, cruel world. Erin is a good writer. She clearly knows how to manage characters and the English language. She avoids too many stream of consciousness paragraphs on one page. My ranking takes the target audience into account. If the Gentle Reader loved Jane Eyre in school, I think she will enjoy... More > Jane_E. Jane is not Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century. The story could be told in a contemporary setting. Considering the state of current cloning technology, an unscrupulous project to build an army of clones may already be underway. Formatting made the text difficult to read. For example, the chapters are numbered and begin on either left or right pages. This has the effect of making the book feel like one long continuous manuscript. The book also offers study questions. Faith-Based: Erin’s concerns are with the products of conception – the babies and the clones – not with the money, power or opportunities gained by the one who controls the baby’s circumstances as a living human being after conception. Erin’s approach is passive, and I doubt most readers would be offended. Jane is a young woman forced into a series of exploitative situations. Her soul finds fertile ground in suffering and she grows spiritually as she struggles to find an uplifting response and develops Christian values. Recommendation: If you are a fan of the Bronte sisters, or Gothic romance, I recommend the book. About the author: Erin McCole-Cupp is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild. She blogs at Will Write for Tomato Pie. Follow her on Twitter @ErinMCOP. Review: This is a review of a first-edition softcover I purchased the book at the Catholic Writers Conference in 2012. D. A. Knight Author Cretaceous Clay and the Black Dwarf< Less
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Broken Wheel Books and Media
February 9, 2007
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.41 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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