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.

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

A name for every voice: an interview with Gillian Philip

Gillian Philip and I used to be best friends at school (Aberdeen Grammar, if you want to know), but we lost touch when we went out into the world. Thirty … Continue reading

January 21, 2013 · 4 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

Jaclyn Moriarty: Finding Cassie Crazy

(Also a giveaway: do read on . . .) I’ve got a problem. Finding Cassie Crazy (published as The Year of Secret Assignments in the USA) is without a doubt … Continue reading

July 29, 2008 · 18 Comments

Interview with Polly Shulman, author of Enthusiasm

I picked up Enthusiasm as I was looking for reasons to avoid revising for exams – and the book turned out to be perfect procrastination material. Fifteen-year-old Julie’s best friend, … Continue reading

June 11, 2008 · 11 Comments

Interview with Naomi Rich

Naomi Rich is the author of Alis, an excellent YA novel about a young girl’s struggle to remain true to herself in an unspecified theocratic society. I reviewed the book earlier, … Continue reading

January 4, 2008 · 17 Comments

Bunker 10 by J.A. Henderson

This is just one of those books that you know you’re going to love. It begins at the end. So you’re prepared. And as you read, getting close to each … Continue reading

December 11, 2007 · 11 Comments



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