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 Land of the Green Man. A Journey Through the Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles, by Carolyne Larrington

This enchanting, immensely readable book can be read in several ways: it is a vastly entertaining thematic collection of folktales and fairy stories, perfect for autumn reading at a time … Continue reading

November 10, 2017 · 3 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

Ciao, Carpaccio! An Infatuation, by Jan Morris

I always wanted to go to Venice since I was a teenager studying Othello for A level, and, much more to the point, Byron’s Childe Harold. In Canto 3 there … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · 1 Comment

Naomi Novik’s Temeraire

Dragons are tricky beasts to fit into historical novels. Naomi Novik’s excellent 2006 novel Temeraire (in the USA, His Majesty’s Dragon), about the fighting dragons of His Majesty’s Navy during … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 5 Comments

The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien

When the Book Foxes decided to run a week of fantasy-themed pieces to coincide with the opening of Peter Jackson’s film version of The Hobbit, Moira (who had read the … Continue reading

December 14, 2012 · 12 Comments

A proper look at dragons

Some time ago I bought a novel on dragons on the recommendation of a terribly senior American academic who studies fantasy professionally. He said it was fresh, vivid, a wild … Continue reading

August 15, 2012 · 10 Comments

Back from summer break:Coming Up this week

We’re back! You may have noticed that we were on our summer break at the same time as the Olympics were being held. Does that mean the Book Foxes were … Continue reading

August 12, 2012 · 4 Comments

Forging Dragons by John Howe

To me, drawings are exciting. I prefer Leonardo Da Vinci’s drawings to his paintings and I’m pleased when I spot an outline beneath any artist’s finished painting. That’s one of … Continue reading

January 25, 2012 · 7 Comments

Coming Up:Chinese New Year

Monday, January 23rd is the Chinese Lunar New Year and we at Vulpes Libris are having a week long celebration. Since it’s the Year of the Dragon, we are having … Continue reading

January 22, 2012 · 2 Comments



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