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.

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

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

I have spent many hours walking in the last few months. My son, now seven months old, had a fairly long phase of only reliably napping in his pram and … Continue reading

October 3, 2016 · 1 Comment

Hawksmoor, by Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd’s Hawksmoor (1985) doesn’t really need another review, having been around and acclaimed for 30 years. This is more of a personal reflection on reading the book for the … Continue reading

January 7, 2016 · 3 Comments

The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley

We’re in the 1970s, and a 15 year old boy nicknamed Tonto has been taken on an Easter pilgrimage to the Loney by his devoutly Catholic parents, their new priest, … Continue reading

November 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

Vulpes Random: Jurassic Jesuits

Alix Montague has written a solemnly ludicrous narrative of the adventures of four nineteenth-century Jesuit priests shipwrecked off the coast of South America, in fine High Victorian style. Into the … Continue reading

September 10, 2015 · 5 Comments

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

Horror Stories–Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson

Edited by Darryl Jones A sizeable percentage of the human race loves to be scared – safely. It’s a characteristic that transcends ethnicity, gender, education, upbringing and virtually every other … Continue reading

January 30, 2015 · 3 Comments

Coming up on Vulpes Libris

Some of us have a new year’s resolution to have no new year’s resolutions whatsoever, but there’s scarcely a bookfox that hasn’t contemplated a reading resolution (if only to reject … Continue reading

January 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Coming Up this week– and in 2015

Happy New Year! Though there may be stray whisps of tinsel unknowingly clinging to our hair, the Foxes are back from their Yuletide celebrations. Decorations put away, wrapping paper rolled … Continue reading

January 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

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

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

In Conversation with Paul Cornell

The dark is rising . . . Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect Rob Toshack is murdered in … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · 4 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.)