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.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Whilst mulling over (actually panicking!) about what to write about this week I did a little search of my previous posts.  I was utterly astonished to discover I have never … Continue reading

October 22, 2011 · 6 Comments

Crypt: The Gallows Curse by Andrew Hammond

To continue my Edinburgh Book Festival retrospective, I enjoyed a wonderful event by Andrew Hammond author of Crypt: The Gallows Curse.  Having been an English teacher, Andrew’s event was an … Continue reading

September 24, 2011 · 4 Comments

Invisible Fiends by Barry Hutchison

So, it’s over. And I am despondent, bereft, utterly lost. The Edinburgh Book Festival has ended for another year and I can’t help thinking I just didn’t manage to get … Continue reading

September 15, 2011 · 4 Comments

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Get your diaries out!  Right, 29th September… I know it’s quite a bit away but flick through until you find it.  Take a Sharpie (or similar authoritative marker) and write … Continue reading

July 8, 2011 · 6 Comments

Flowers in the Attic by Virgina Andrews

I have decided to start my own new mini series that I will post occasionally (and others may like to join in).  I’m going to call it Guilty Pleasures.  And … Continue reading

June 25, 2011 · 13 Comments

Long Lankin by Lindsey Barraclough

After the slew of dystopian novels I took a break to review the fabulously funny Swim the Fly by Don Calame last time.  I’m not rushing back to apocalyptic end … Continue reading

June 11, 2011 · 8 Comments

Swim the Fly by Don Calame

This is a sort of double header post… only the second head involved is a little shy.  So I’m going to be lead vocal and my eleven year old son, … Continue reading

May 28, 2011 · 4 Comments

Divergent by Veronica Roth

This will be the last post for a week.  Despite the fact that for Foxes chocolate is actually a poison, we are all taking the risk and will be consuming … Continue reading

April 23, 2011 · 8 Comments

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Dystopian literature for teens is really big just now. Perhaps all this surmising about our future has something to do with the shaky ground we’re on in the present.  Whatever … Continue reading

March 26, 2011 · 10 Comments

Clash by Colin Mulhern

  Before I begin, I’ll let you know that I know Colin Mulhern.  We have known each other a number of years, having met on a writing website in the … Continue reading

March 12, 2011 · 2 Comments

Entangled by Cat Clarke

As you will know by now, I am a very busy multi-functional device.  Certainly I am not a person prone to lolling around for hours reading.  Mostly I do my … Continue reading

February 12, 2011 · 2 Comments

Save Our Libraries Day!

Today, 5th February (my brother’s 40th birthday!) is Save Our Libraries Day in the UK! This means that all over the UK people are coming out in force to protest … Continue reading

February 5, 2011 · 10 Comments

Love Virtually by Daniel Glattauer

I feel I should warn you that this is an adult novel. I’m going to be posting here and there about grown-up books and I’m not entirely sure how to … Continue reading

January 21, 2011 · 14 Comments

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

I’m not sure why I haven’t reviewed Forbidden before.  I first read it a while ago and was deeply affected, so it’s not as though I had nothing to say.  … Continue reading

January 15, 2011 · 6 Comments



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