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.

Spider-Woman kicks it all over the street

Some time ago I wrote about Spider-Woman. After a healthy reminder of how good female superheroes can be from Wonder Woman, I went and bought two more Spider-Woman collections, Civil … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · 3 Comments

The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milan

Technically, this novel would be in the Fantasy category, which IS a genre of science fiction, but since general sci fi is too much ‘men and machines’ for me and … Continue reading

May 1, 2017 · 2 Comments

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

Daffodils mean Spring, and it seems to be a wonderful year for them – such a show they are putting on everywhere. Today’s image therefore says Spring to me – … Continue reading

March 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

Dear Father Christmas, by Alan Durant. Illustrated by Vanessa Cabban

A Vulpes Classic, originally posted in 2013, but worth another look. At the risk of incurring the wrath of my fellow Bookfoxes and Xmasphobes everywhere, I’m going to talk about … Continue reading

December 12, 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

Wishing for Winter by K. Eason

When your husband turns into a troll hiding under the dissertation bridge, you get very good at doing things by yourself. But I could only do so much yoga and … Continue reading

September 5, 2016 · 1 Comment

Vulpes Random: Everything you need to know about Georgette Heyer’s novels

My younger daughter, aged 18 and a half, has just fallen headlong into Georgette Heyer, and is spending her summer browsing my collection. Occasionally she reports back to me, in … Continue reading

August 5, 2016 · 4 Comments

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 · 1 Comment

Bilbo’s Last Song by J R R Tolkien and Pauline Baynes

I’ve just moved house for the 25th and (I hope) last time. When you move house that often there are, almost inevitably, boxes which you just never get around to … Continue reading

June 29, 2016 · 4 Comments

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

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

The Lord of the Rings revisited.

The Lord of the Rings is the ultimate ‘marmite’ book. Those who have an opinion about it one way or another either love it with an undying passion or – … Continue reading

January 27, 2016 · 11 Comments

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  • (The header image is from Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Francis Barlow (1666), and appears courtesy of the Digital and Multimedia Center at the Michigan State University Libraries.)