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.
Let it not be said that the Book Foxes don’t know what to do when they spot a bandwagon: and here we are leaping with all four feet onto the one labelled “The Hobbit”, whilst simultaneously clinging to its coat-tails. Contortionists ‘R’ Us …
In true Book Fox tradition, our week is a splendid hotch-potch of reviews and feature pieces, on subjects ranging from Tolkien to Steampunk, loosely connected by the catch-all term ‘Fantasy’. Actually, when I say ‘ranging from and to’ I actually mean we have steampunky pieces and we have Tolkien-y pieces, and nothing in between … but hey, that’s how it worked out and that’s what you get. If you knows of a better ‘obbit ‘ole – go to it.
Monday: On the fringes of fantasy lies Steampunk and Jackie reviews the ultimate guide to it with The Steampunk Bible.
On Tuesday and Wednesday Kate takes a detailed look at Women in Tolkien.
Thursday: Sharon joins us with a review of Nick Harkaway’s Angelmaker, which she describes, intriguingly, as ‘a steampunk/spy thriller fusion’ ….
Friday: In a demonstration of Halfling-like determination (and very much minus their pocket handkerchieves) Hilary and Moira volunteered to re-read The Hobbit to find out if it would still weave the spell they thought they remembered from their youth. First indications were not promising when one of them described it as “Scouting for Boys – but with dwarves …”.
(The wonderful Lego® Gandalf is courtesy of Dunechaser on Flickr and is reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence.)