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.

Spider-Woman kicks it all over the street

Some time ago I wrote about Spider-Woman. After a healthy reminder of how good female superheroes can be from Wonder Woman, I went and bought two more Spider-Woman collections, Civil … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · 3 Comments

May the Fourth be with you

How do I love thee, Star Wars? Let me count the ways …. Yoda’s syntax. Han Solo (always). Chewy can put androids back together again with furry paws. Leia takes … Continue reading

May 4, 2017 · 6 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

Requiem of the Rose King, by Kanno Aya

Guest reviewer Lucy takes us through a manga retelling of Shakespeare’s Richard III and Henry VI. Notes have been added in brackets to keep a grip on historical events. Requiem of … Continue reading

October 10, 2016 · 1 Comment

Writing books and eating cake

Blog post by Lisa Glass I recently released the final book in my beach trilogy (Blue – Air – Ride) and while much of the writing was done at home … Continue reading

September 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Blue-Air-Ride Trilogy by Lisa Glass

Today is publication day for the third book in Lisa Glass’s YA surfing trilogy, with Ride finally joining the hugely successful Blue and Air to complete the rollercoaster story of Zeke and Iris.  … Continue reading

June 16, 2016 · 4 Comments

Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind

Guest reviewer and competition winner Dylan Plung would really like you to consider reading The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I wrote this review several times, tossed it out, … Continue reading

June 6, 2016 · 2 Comments

This is Where the World Ends, by Amy Zhang

Guest reviewer Susan Vollenweider is one half of the History Chicks podcasting team, and is a columnist for the Kansas City Star. Rainy spring Sunday. Luncheon dishes cleaned, family settled around … Continue reading

June 3, 2016 · 2 Comments

Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

  There are fashions with book titles, just as with most things, and right now ‘girl’ seems to be the word book marketers think will induce us to part with … Continue reading

May 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn

This is the first Colm Tóibín novel I’ve read. I’ve been circling around his books for some years, after hearing (and liking very much) his readings aloud on radio and … Continue reading

May 4, 2016 · 5 Comments

VL Random-Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight

When VL decided to participate in the celebration of all things published in 1938, I was curious to learn why that particular year was chosen. Bookfox Simon explained on his … Continue reading

April 14, 2016 · 6 Comments

Demon Road by Derek Landy

Demon Road is the first volume in a new Young Adult series, by Derek Landy, following on from his popular Skulduggery Pleasant series. This new line, (also called Demon Road) … Continue reading

January 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

The wonderful weirdness of a book-to-film adaptation.

This piece first appeared on Project UKYA. I have been mostly absent from Vulpes Libris during the past year and a half. This was largely because of book contract deadlines … Continue reading

January 6, 2016 · 3 Comments

Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi – Take 2

A Vulpes Libris Classic. When Bookfox Kate suggested that we take a week to consider the current refugee crisis, I could not help remembering reading Persepolis and the particular impact … Continue reading

September 25, 2015 · 4 Comments

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