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.

Timeless or Topical? by Margaret Kirk

It happened a few weeks ago. After a long period submerged in various sorts of book-related tasks (my debut novel, Shadow Man, will be published on 2nd November) I’d met … Continue reading

September 18, 2017 · 4 Comments

John Scalzi’s Agent to the Stars

Another fine post from guest reviewer Dylan …. For us Americans, with Thanksgiving and Black Friday and Cyber Monday (and any other number of ridiculously commercial pseudo-festive event-days that you … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

The magnificence of Maurice Druon

We have a new BookFox, Colin Fisher, whose reviews have graced our pages for several years. In his first review as a full member of the Vulpes Libris den, he … Continue reading

November 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Tattoo Dictionary

Tattoos have been part of human culture since the Neolithic era. The methods used and the quality of tattoos have progressed and changed, but the reasons behind choosing to have … Continue reading

November 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

A Beginner’s Guide to Manga

Guest reviewer Lucy talks us through Japanese manga comics, how to choose, and where to buy them. Manga is, put quite simply, any comic created in Japan. The term has … Continue reading

October 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Requiem of the Rose King, by Kanno Aya

Guest reviewer Lucy takes us through a manga retelling of Shakespeare’s Richard III and Henry VI. Notes have been added in brackets to keep a grip on historical events. Requiem of … Continue reading

October 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Magic and Serenity of Historical Spaces—Writing in a Wisconsin Prairie Church

Fifteen years ago I moved from the country to Saint Paul, Minnesota. Once there, I found I had trouble writing. I felt an awareness of the city, an awareness of … Continue reading

September 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Nicola Griffith’s writing space

Nicola Griffith is the author of Hild, and five other novels, plus short stories, essays and polemics. She’s working on the sequel to Hild, and talks about her Seattle working … Continue reading

September 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

John Barleycorn by Jack London

Guest reviewer: Diana Birchall. I’ve been trying to write a memoir about my father, but have come to realize how little I know about alcoholism in the early 20th century. … Continue reading

July 27, 2016 · 5 Comments

Arnold Bennett’s Lord Raingo

Guest reviewer Colin Fisher gives us Arnold Bennett’s Lord Raingo. Arnold Bennett, the popular novelist and critic from the years before the First World War until his death in 1931, … Continue reading

July 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

American music writing

Guest reviewer Brad Bigelow from The Neglected Books Page gives us a joyous blast of musical literary Americana. When Kate asked me to step in and provide a piece this week, … Continue reading

July 8, 2016 · 1 Comment

Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind

Guest reviewer and competition winner Dylan Plung would really like you to consider reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I wrote this review several times, tossed it out, … Continue reading

June 6, 2016 · 2 Comments

This is Where the World Ends, by Amy Zhang

Guest reviewer Susan Vollenweider is one half of the History Chicks podcasting team, and is a columnist for the Kansas City Star. Rainy spring Sunday. Luncheon dishes cleaned, family settled around … Continue reading

June 3, 2016 · 2 Comments

Collected Poems, by Ted Hughes

Today, Vulpes Libris welcomes Alan Parker, writer of our second chosen piece from our Write For Us! competition. Thank you, Alan! The Collected Poems of Ted Hughes There are books … Continue reading

April 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

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