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.

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

Un Lun Dun by China Mieville

Un Lun Dun is the first young adult novel by China Mieville who is well-established as a writer of fantasy and alternate reality fiction for adults, including Embassytown, Pardido Street … Continue reading

March 7, 2012 · 6 Comments

Hattori Hachi: The Revenge of Praying Mantis ~ by Jane Prowse

Fifteen year old Hattie Jackson’s apparently normal life in Camden changes forever when her Japanese mother Chiyoko disappears one night under mysterious circumstances.  Hattie is understandably startled to discover that … Continue reading

September 24, 2009 · 11 Comments

The Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks

The thing I love most about reviewing books on VL is the freedom to write anything I like.  My feeling is that a review that comes from a real person, … Continue reading

June 28, 2008 · 19 Comments

Becoming Bindy Mackenzie / Jaclyn Moriarty

   When I read YA fiction, and like it, I find that I am either transported back to fifteen, utterly absorbed as my younger self, or I read it from … Continue reading

October 31, 2007 · 16 Comments



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