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 historical fictions that history tells us

The Historical Fictions Research Network had its second conference this weekend, in the splendid surroundings of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, home of the Meridian, south-east London. The Network … Continue reading

February 27, 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

Spider-Woman: Baby Talk

I knew nothing about Spider-Woman. I had a vague idea that there was one, but such is the multiplicity of the Marvel universe, there could also be a Spider-Dog and … Continue reading

June 22, 2016 · 2 Comments

The love of weird in Karen Russell’s short stories

Karen Russell is a North American novelist and short storyist whose two published collections – St Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves (2006), and Vampires in the Lemon Grove … Continue reading

October 19, 2015 · 6 Comments

Vonda McIntyre’s The Moon and the Sun

You know how it is when you had a favourite author, and millions of years later you wouldn’t be able to name her as a favourite, if asked cold, but … Continue reading

March 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

Margaret Atwood

I once read The Handmaid’s Tale, probably at the wrong age, and it freaked me out so much I didn’t want to go near a Margaret Atwood novel again. This … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · 5 Comments

The Rabbit Back Literature Society 

Ella, a high school teacher, is perturbed when a student’s copy of a very well-known novel tells the story in a different way. Why are the library books rewriting their … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · 4 Comments

Naomi Novik’s Temeraire

Dragons are tricky beasts to fit into historical novels. Naomi Novik’s excellent 2006 novel Temeraire (in the USA, His Majesty’s Dragon), about the fighting dragons of His Majesty’s Navy during … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 5 Comments

Dominion by C J Sansom

C J Sansom is already well-known as the author of the Shardlake novels, a series of crime novels set in Tudor London. This stand-alone work is very different at some … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · 4 Comments

A Republic of Wolves. A City of Ghosts, by Colin Fisher

This novel is long, challenging and very original. I had better come clean and say that I made three attempts to read it, and only on the third did I … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · 6 Comments

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