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.

Owen Archer mysteries by Candace Robb

One of the periods I like to read about most is the Middle Ages. No, not that time in your forties when you’re no longer young, but don’t yet qualify … Continue reading

March 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

Historical Fiction Week on VL

Historical fiction is the closest thing we have to a time machine. When done right, it can transport you to another time and place as if a history book came … Continue reading

February 26, 2017 · 4 Comments

The Unseen World by Liz Moore

‘Ada Sibelius is twelve years old and home-schooled. Her days are spent in a lab with her father Daivd – a computer science professor – and the brilliant minds of … Continue reading

February 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Isabel Dalhousie mysteries by Alexander McCall Smith.

Though the author is better known for his “No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” line and deservedly so, he has a number of other series, one of which features Isabel Dalhousie, … Continue reading

February 8, 2017 · 3 Comments

What Makes Us Laugh

In these cloudy days of winter and gloomy current events, sometimes we need not just lighter fare, but something that sends us over the top into glee. The Foxes have … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · 9 Comments

Golden Hill, by Francis Spufford

This is the first monthly new novelist in my challenge for 2017, and so far, so very good indeed! Golden Hill is a historical novel, set in an unfamiliar period … Continue reading

January 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

The Returning Tide by Liz Fenwick

In her 1912 novel The Reef , Edith Wharton – that uncomfortably shrewd observer of the human condition – produced one of the finest descriptions of ‘life’ I’ve ever read. … Continue reading

January 20, 2017 · 2 Comments

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

Here in the south of England we’ve just had a tiny taste of winter – about an inch of snow that is still against the odds hanging around after a … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

Books to Distract Us

The appalling U.S. election and some sad events in our personal lives have left the Book Foxes looking for diversions and of course, our main method would involve books. We … Continue reading

November 21, 2016 · 6 Comments

Coming Up This Week

As I write this, the temperature is dropping outside and our first snow of the season is forecast for my area. Just in time for all the people traveling to … Continue reading

November 20, 2016 · 1 Comment

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

Upon seeing this book at the library, I was intrigued by the quirky characters, and it does have them, but there’s also a sweet story too. Not a sappy story, … Continue reading

November 18, 2016 · 1 Comment

Autumn – Ali Smith

“All across the country, people felt it was the wrong thing. All across the country, people felt it was the right thing. All across the country, people felt they’d really … Continue reading

November 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Jewel. A novel of the life of Jean Armour and her husband, Robert Burns, by Catherine Czerkawska

A couple of years ago, out of the blue, I was invited to play a part in our village Burns Supper. What a village in deepest, darkest Surrey was doing … Continue reading

November 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

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