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.

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

Musings upon the Short Stories of Saki

Having always enjoyed the short stories of Saki, I was hard pressed to select just one to review. As most people know, Saki is the pen name of Hector Hugh … Continue reading

October 20, 2015 · 3 Comments

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

What I Read on my Summer Vacation (a round-up)

Just because the Foxes were on holiday doesn’t mean we weren’t reading. Unlike some of my fellow Foxes, I wasn’t traveling, so in a way, I had more opportunity to … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Talisman Ring

The Talisman Ring (1936) is not one of Heyer’s most well-known novels. It’s one of those for which you can’t quite remember who the hero was, whether he was Regency Buck … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · 12 Comments

Jeeves in the Offing by P.G. Wodehouse

When I scanned my waiting-to-be-reviewed pile, to see what would be best to share with you lot this week, my eye fell on an orange Penguin I’d been reading back … Continue reading

October 10, 2014 · 6 Comments

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

I know I am a little obsessed with moons, but Autumn is the time for moon-lovers, with great big bright full moons that mean it’s not a disaster if I … Continue reading

October 5, 2014 · 1 Comment

The 400lb Gorilla

I enjoyed D C Farmer’s novel The 400lb Gorilla, because it gave me several hours of fun and unputdownable reading. It’s  a fantasy romp in and out of A&E wards and … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · 2 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

The Mortal Instruments

Guest poster Holly brings us up to speed on yet another teen / YA fiction phenomenon that blends fantasy, high schools, screaming and casual wear cover art. In the marketing … Continue reading

March 31, 2014 · 3 Comments

Irish short stories

Disclaimer: I know nothing about Irish fiction as a taught subject. This is the first time I’ve read any, apart from a bit of James Joyce and Molly Keane.  So I’m … Continue reading

March 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

Patricia Brent, Spinster by Herbert Jenkins

Normally I try to come up with different posts for my Vulpes Libris outings from the ones I use on my own blog, Stuck-in-a-Book, but this little gem of a … Continue reading

March 11, 2014 · 4 Comments

The Sea Lady

I don’t know about you, but the prospect of reading an H G Wells novel often makes me a little nervous. His novels are a bit too obvious a challenge … Continue reading

February 20, 2014 · 3 Comments



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