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.

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

Nine St Andrew’s Night Novels

St Andrew’s Night is the lesser-known Scottish cultural festival. The big one is, of course, Burns’ Night, on 25 January, and is usually a feast, with poetry and music. St … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 8 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

Cozy Mystery Trio

As I’ve mentioned before, cozy mysteries are one of my favorite types of books to read and I’ve decided to make a project of occasionally rounding up some of the … Continue reading

September 25, 2016 · Leave a 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 · Leave a comment

Spiderwoman: Baby Talk

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

June 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Barbara Pym’s Jane and Prudence

I’ve read Barbara Pym’s Jane and Prudence several times. I got rid of my copy four years ago by making a present of it to a friend, because I thought … Continue reading

June 1, 2016 · 6 Comments

American Housewife by Helen Ellis

How can you not like a book containing the line “I fix myself a hot chocolate because it is a gateway drug to reading” ? And that’s just in the … Continue reading

May 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

How We Went to Mars by Arthur C. Clarke

When I was perusing titles from 1938, in preparation for our latest theme week, I stumbled across this amusing short story and couldn’t resist reviewing it, though I don’t read … Continue reading

April 11, 2016 · 4 Comments

How quirky is too quirky?

How quirky is too quirky? It’s a tricky question, and one that every reader inevitably has to decide for themselves. Some of us might stay comfortably away from anything that … Continue reading

March 16, 2016 · 4 Comments

Ayisha Malik’s Sofia Khan is NOT Obliged

This is a lightly edited reblog from last September, when this splendid rom com was but an ebook and I read it on holiday and was completely bowled over. Now, … Continue reading

February 15, 2016 · 2 Comments

What I Read on Christmas Break

Like many avid readers, I always have at least one book on tap, no matter what else is going on. So, just because the Foxes were not posting over the … Continue reading

January 11, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Pickle Index

Before I begin, here’s a few things you need to know about Eli Horowitz. Eli Horowitz is a self-taught carpenter Eli Horowitz founded a publishing company Eli Horowitz wants to … Continue reading

November 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

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