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.

Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs website

When I discovered this website early in the summer, I was delighted. It was so offbeat, yet educational, that I was intrigued. And best of all it was about dinosaurs! … Continue reading

October 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milan

Technically, this novel would be in the Fantasy category, which IS a genre of science fiction, but since general sci fi is too much ‘men and machines’ for me and … Continue reading

May 1, 2017 · 3 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

Pterosaurs by Mark P. Witton

As a child, I loved dinosaurs. In fact one of the first books I took out of the school library after I learned to read was called “Animals of Yesterday … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · 4 Comments

Coming Up This Week

It’s the middle of summer in the northern hemisphere and the flowers are lush, baby birds are testing new wings and thunderstorms alternate with hot, sunny days. Winter seems so … Continue reading

July 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Smithsonian Natural History

A VL Classic originally posted Summer 2012 When I was in elementary school, I used to lug home from the school library a book on natural history. The title and … Continue reading

January 13, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Fossil Hunter by Shelley Emling

At a recent local book discussion about Hamlet, some members expressed astonishment that Shakespeare could’ve written so well about so many things considering he’d never attended university. I took umbrage, … Continue reading

September 19, 2011 · 11 Comments



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