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.

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

Surreal old people: Leonora Carrington’s The Hearing Trumpet

This very slim novel is a fantasia on being old, and explores how one would survive when there is very little left to lose in conditions of extreme oddness. The … Continue reading

July 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Demon Road by Derek Landy

Demon Road is the first volume in a new Young Adult series, by Derek Landy, following on from his popular Skulduggery Pleasant series. This new line, (also called Demon Road) … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Bees by Laline Paull

I’ll be honest, I had no idea how this book was going to work. It’s a novel about a bee. Set in a beehive. All the characters are bees (plus … Continue reading

January 15, 2016 · 4 Comments

High Rise, by J G Ballard

If ever Vulpes Libris has a theme week on novels with arresting openings (and I think we should) I’ll already have expended my favourite candidate in High Rise. It really … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Silent History by Eli Horowitz, Matthew Derby and Kevin Moffett

This is how it all began. Long before The Silent History became a book, it was an app. Buy the app, download it to your iPhone or iPad and once … Continue reading

October 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks

David Mitchell plants (or ‘seeds’ in the terminology of the plot) two pre-emptive statements in The Bone Clocks to keep grumpy critics off his back.  The first is in the story … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · 3 Comments

All praise to Emily St. John Mandel!

Back in February, Bookfox Kirsty D posted a fine review of a truly excellent novel, Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. Last night, Emily won the Arthur C Clarke Award, … Continue reading

May 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

Peter Kennedy’s Fishermen’s Tales

Peter Kennedy’s novel Fishermen’s Tales is a linked collection of stories about plague in the north-east of England, a gated fishing town which turns away starving people on the beach because … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · 4 Comments

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I was in two minds about reading Station Eleven. In the bookshop I picked it up and put it down and picked it up and put it down. Why? Because it is … Continue reading

February 1, 2015 · 8 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

Interview with YA author Caroline Green

Anyone tracking the progress of this piece today will most likely be chuckling into their handkerchiefs by now, since I have been experiencing what is commonly called ‘major technical difficulties’. … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · 4 Comments

Mr Tasker’s Gods

This is a dark little fable by T F Powys, a novelist and mystic, one of eleven siblings, who lived in Dorset – the very secluded villages of East Chaldon and … Continue reading

July 21, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Other Tree

Reading D K Mok’s excellent campus / desert science fiction novel The Other Tree was a delirious fun-ride, bouncing between the modes of Dan Brown (but so much more intelligent … Continue reading

July 7, 2014 · 6 Comments

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