Vulpes Libris

A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.

David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks

David Mitchell plants (or ‘seeds’ in the terminology of the plot) two pre-emptive statements in The Bone Clocks to keep grumpy critics off his back.  The first is in the story … Continue reading

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Coming Up On Vulpes Libris

Here in the UK, Summer is being a big ol’ tease, peeping in then rushing out again. How we all wish right now we could emulate this little fox, and … Continue reading

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Someone Else’s Skin by Sarah Hilary

DI Marnie Rose has seen horror, both on the job and off it. When she was 28 (five years prior to the action of this novel), her parents were brutally … Continue reading

July 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

My name is Ruth. I grew up with my younger sister, Lucille, under the care of my grandmother, Mrs. Sylvia Foster, and when she died, of her sisters-in-law, Misses Lily … Continue reading

July 24, 2015 · 4 Comments

Victorian Fairy Tales – edited by Michael Newton

Fairy tales have been under a presumed threat of extinction for at least a couple of centuries. Each successive generation mourns the loss of innocence and modern pressures that they … Continue reading

July 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Coming Up On Vulpes Libris: We’re BAAAAACK

What a start to the summer! Hilary went swimming with dolphins and manta rays; Moira was volunteering at a sea lion rescue centre in the Caribbean; Jackie was on an … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · 3 Comments

What I Read on my Summer Vacation (a round-up)

Just because the Foxes were on holiday doesn’t mean we weren’t reading. Unlike some of my fellow Foxes, I wasn’t traveling, so in a way, I had more opportunity to … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

Summer Break

Where are we, you ask. What happened to the Foxes? Well, we are on our Summer Break and we hightailed it out of here so fast, that we forgot to … Continue reading

June 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Agnes Grey, by Anne Bronte

This is my third go at pulling a book off my Shelf of Shame. I found my choices for Shelf of Shame 1 and 2 challenging and exhilarating: I had … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · 6 Comments

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Back in February, one of the biggest news stories to come out of the book world in recent years broke. Harper Lee, who had famously only ever released one novel, … Continue reading

June 25, 2015 · 5 Comments

The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

In hindsight, it’s difficult to gauge the full impact of certain books. One can view media reports from the time, but that doesn’t include conversations between regular people over phones, … Continue reading

June 24, 2015 · 5 Comments

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

When I was musing over which author to read for the third Shelf of Shame week, I had (as my line in the Coming Up This Week post suggested) mulled … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · 9 Comments

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris: Shelf of Shame Week (3)

On a couple of previous occasions, we have improved ourselves by holding Shelf of Shame Week – the time when foxes look bashfully at their bookshelves, and take down the authors or … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · 1 Comment

Jenny Erpenbeck, The End of Days

There are several ways to describe The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck, translated by Susan Bernofsky. The selected quotations from big-name newspapers on the cover rave and croon over its … Continue reading

June 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

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  • (The header image is from Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Francis Barlow (1666), and appears courtesy of the Digital and Multimedia Center at the Michigan State University Libraries.)
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