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.

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

Painted Fox by Dixie Law of Flickr

The Bookfoxes are feeling the chill, sniffing the wintry air and wondering if we’re ever going to be ready for the festive season. In our reading lives, however, it’s all rather different. This week we have: academic squabbles; epic space battles; a study of the ceremony of remembrance; pain and perfection, and a novel that features domestic servitude in Thirties Britain. Not a Christmas bauble in sight.

Monday: Nikki is swept away by The Novel in the Viola by Natasha Solomons.

Tuesday: Kirsty reflects on a conflict that’s making all the papers: the Ferguson-Mishra affair.

Wednesday: Lisa is captivated by The Lost Fleet series of novels by Jack Campbell and ponders military strategy (in space), betrayal, and the importance of “holding formation”.

Thursday: Anne is set aflame by her encounter with the pain and perfection of Ron Rash’s Burning Bright.

Friday: Hilary is both enlightened and moved by Geoff Dyer’s study of the iconography and ceremony of remembrance The Missing Of The Somme.

The beautiful picture of the “Painted Fox” by Dixie Law is reproduced here under a Creative Commons licence. Clicking the picture will load its source page.

4 comments on “Coming up on Vulpes Libris

  1. theradicali
    December 4, 2011

    I just got a shipment of reading in from Hamilton — I don’t know which one to crack first, and I’m midway into Alison Weir’s bio of Elizabeth I; Jo Marchant’s “Decoding the Heavens” about the Antikythera device; Ardery’s “Finding Merlin”, Skidmore’s “Death and the Virgin Queen” about the Robsart death and in from amazon Whittemore’s Shakespeare’s Son. While I can see the logic of deVere as Elizabeth’s son by Thomas Seymour … I am finding it difficult to accept the “Prince Tudor” variation … which just doesn’t accord with my understanding of E’s psychology (I’m an astrologer & doing the charts). Additional to which John Dee, her astrologer, the Empire was built into Dee’s election of her coronation day … John Dee has recorded in his diaries a abortion he performed for a client (using myrhh) … Elizabeth knew who her son was, she’d attended the ceremonies attendant upon his educational career. Elizabeth was also an adept Greek scholar and had read Sophocles.

  2. theradicali
    December 4, 2011

    I don’t think Jocasta was her finest role … but I thought Vanessa Redgrave’s reading in Anonymous high camp delicious

  3. Jackie
    December 4, 2011

    What a beautiful fox photo!

  4. Lisa Glass
    December 6, 2011

    Indeed. Gorgeous colours.

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