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.

Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses

Introducing Vulpes Libris’ Write For Us competition winner ….. Dylan Plung! Many people are already familiar with Cormac McCarthy’s work even if they aren’t aware of it. There have been some … Continue reading

April 6, 2016 · 4 Comments

The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman

On the surface, this could be a novel which perfectly captures the height of the dot com boom, where new technology was not only a path to global communication, but … Continue reading

March 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Muralist by B. A. Shapiro

Having enjoyed Shapiro’s earlier book The Art Forger, I was eager to read her new one. When I did, I found it remarkably pertinent.There are two narratives, one is in … Continue reading

February 12, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

First, allow me a small amount of gloating. I am usually hopeless at reading the latest releases at the time they are actually released. I’m very good at reading things … Continue reading

February 10, 2016 · 4 Comments

The Bees by Laline Paull

I’ll be honest, I had no idea how this book was going to work. It’s a novel about a bee. Set in a beehive. All the characters are bees (plus … Continue reading

January 15, 2016 · 4 Comments

High Rise, by J G Ballard

If ever Vulpes Libris has a theme week on novels with arresting openings (and I think we should) I’ll already have expended my favourite candidate in High Rise. It really … Continue reading

November 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

Satin Island by Tom McCarthy

A catastrophic oil spill. A dead parachutist whose rig has been sabotaged. Rollerbladers in Paris. The hypnotic buffering symbol, whirring round and round endlessly on a screen. What do these … Continue reading

October 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is pretty much my favourite author. She has been since I was recommended The Handmaid’s Tale by my English teacher when I was 16. Since then I’ve read … Continue reading

October 21, 2015 · 3 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 · 5 Comments

Coming Up-Short Story Week #2

Former Book Fox Rosy was always saying how short stories are an under appreciated literary form, so with that thought, we decided to spotlight them in what I hope will … Continue reading

October 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen’s columns used to be reprinted in my local newspaper each week and I always enjoyed them, so when she broadened out into the longer forms of novels and … Continue reading

October 4, 2015 · 3 Comments

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

My plan was never to get married. I was going to be an art monster instead. Women almost never become art monsters because art monsters only concern themselves with art, … Continue reading

September 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

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

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