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 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

David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks

David Mitchell plants (or ‘seeds’ in the terminology of the plot) two pre-emptive statements in The Bone Clocks to keep grumpy critics off his back.  The first is in the story … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · 3 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

All praise to Emily St. John Mandel!

Back in February, Bookfox Kirsty D posted a fine review of a truly excellent novel, Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. Last night, Emily won the Arthur C Clarke Award, … Continue reading

May 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

In conversation with The Book View Café

The Book View Café is a cooperative publishing house, founded by a group of authors who wanted to take control of how their writing was published, and to get them past the … Continue reading

April 24, 2015 · 8 Comments

Todd McCaffrey’s Dragonholder

I wanted to read Todd McCaffrey’s memoir of Anne McCaffrey because I was captivated by her novels when I was a teenager. But the last time I reread one, I was … Continue reading

March 2, 2015 · 5 Comments

Coming Up This Week

At first glance, we seem to have an animal filled week, but Dragonhold is really a place, not a corral for dragons, unfortunately. So what we really have is a … Continue reading

March 1, 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

Ubik by Philip K. Dick

Instant Ubik has all the fresh flavour of just-brewed drip coffee. Your husband will say, Christ, Sally, I used to think your coffee was only so-so. But now, wow!  Safe … Continue reading

September 10, 2014 · 4 Comments

Coming Up on Vulpes Libris

It’s autumn now – leaves are turning, the season is beautiful but melancholy. Any day now, the Harvest Moon will be up (almost a misnomer these days, with so much … Continue reading

September 7, 2014 · 1 Comment

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

Boneland and Strandloper

Like thousands of other British children, I grew up reading the novels of Alan Garner with a shiver and an open-mouthed desperation to work out what was going on. He … Continue reading

March 10, 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

The Invisible Women

Jeanne Ray’s novel Calling Invisible Women is a stealth genre bender. I loved this novel. I started reading it after I buckled my seat belt for a two-hour flight, and … Continue reading

May 6, 2013 · 3 Comments



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