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

After last week, we are all reclining on chaise longues, fanning ourselves and making use of our smelling salts. Theme weeks get us thoroughly overexcited, so we are recovering this week with a series of reviews that have no discernible connecting thread (answers on a postcard if you find one). Jackie, who suffered Superstorm Sandy and came out the other side, to our great relief in the den, looks at writers and the dark, Sharon has a new ‘tec for our consideration, Kate reminds us about Jules Verne, Hilary gets out her Janeite outfit, and Moira rounds off the week with an intriguing sounding mix of Highlands and southern gothic.

Monday: Following Frankenstorm, Jackie shares some thoughts on how authors of yore may have been influenced by darkness.

Tuesday: Sharon enjoys the new police procedural by popular Irish crime writer Tana French.

Wednesday: Kate rediscovers what a fantastic storyteller Jules Verne is, from a really good translation.

Thursday: Hilary (the Janeite Fox) picks and chooses her way through John Mullan’s What Matters in Jane Austen?

Friday: Moira revels in a bit of Southern Gothic in the Highlands from debut author Barry Gornell

Today’s wintry fox, from the village of Ekultna in Alaska, comes from the Flickr photostream of Douglas Brown, and is reproduced here under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) licence.

4 comments on “Coming up on Vulpes Libris

  1. Jackie
    November 11, 2012

    What a handsome fox that is! The colors are beautiful & the coat is wonderfully fluffy.
    An amusing post, Hilary, especially the smelling salts. lol

  2. kirstyjane
    November 12, 2012

    It is a fab picture. Was it Gerald Durrell who compared foxes to French soubrettes in black stockings? I don’t think this handsome fox would like the comparison.

  3. Hilary
    November 12, 2012

    Yes, this fox does have rather a ‘What you looking at, then, eh? haven’t you ever seen a fox in black stockings before?’ expression. But what a beautiful tail!

  4. Lisa
    November 12, 2012

    He looks like he should be on a shampoo advert. That is ridiculously nice hair. Now I feel sorry for all the poor manky foxes we’ve had in previous Coming Up posts. They cannot compete with this dandy.

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