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

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

Panther by Brecht Evens

I’m not sure I’ve ever felt more hipster than when I preordered a copy of a Belgian graphic novel in translation. Yep, that’s the kind of life I live now. … Continue reading

June 23, 2016 · 1 Comment

Hiro Kamigaki and Chihiro Maruyama: Pierre the Maze Detective

Guest reviewer Lucy reviews a wondrous Japanese children’s book of art and play. Pierre the Maze Detective: The Search for the Stolen Maze Stone is a shining example of how to … Continue reading

October 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi – Take 2

A Vulpes Libris Classic. When Bookfox Kate suggested that we take a week to consider the current refugee crisis, I could not help remembering reading Persepolis and the particular impact … Continue reading

September 25, 2015 · 4 Comments

Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London: Body Work

Body Work is an interstitial series of comics in the muted superhero tradition. It fits between and around books two and three in Ben Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant series, a very … Continue reading

September 17, 2015 · 4 Comments

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, by Sydney Padua

I should like very much to thank the Facebook friend whose series of updates as she chortled her way through this book tempted me to buy it. Without that prompt … Continue reading

July 30, 2015 · 6 Comments

Mauri Kunnas: Beatles with an A: Birth of a Band

I must warn you in advance that this won’t be a review, but a recommendation. I’m not a big Beatle fan and my knowledge of the band’s history is pretty … Continue reading

February 7, 2014 · 2 Comments

Beatles Week on Vulpes Libris

This week marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first coming to America and culminating in their appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday Feb. 9th. Already well known … Continue reading

February 2, 2014 · 3 Comments

I was Mrs Weber’s teenager

I grew up reading Mrs Weber’s Diary by Posy Simmonds. In the beginning, in the late 1970s, she was a revelation to me, because, since my usual comic-book reading was … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · 5 Comments

Vulpes Libris’ All Time Greats: The Top Ten – No. 2

A repeating  pattern on Vulpes Libris over the last 5 years has been that often the reviews you expect to generate the most interest don’t – and others take you … Continue reading

September 24, 2012 · 3 Comments

Chi’s Sweet Home by Konami Kanata

Manga has always been something I wished I liked better, but it’s a lot of sci fi plots and endless battles, neither of which appeals to me. That’s why I … Continue reading

January 17, 2011 · 3 Comments

Publisher Feature: Interview with Myriad Editions

As the latest in our series of publisher interviews, RosyB talks to Victoria Blunden, Fiction Editor of Brighton-based publisher, Myriad Editions, well-known publisher of political Atlases about their recent move … Continue reading

February 18, 2010 · 7 Comments



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