Monthly Archives: April 2012

Happy Saturday Friends and Fans,

In this issue we are going to write about our top ten shipped items for the month of April, ongoing seasonal sales, upcoming conventions, and any other bits of information that comes to the mind of the author.

Top Ten Shipped Items for the Month of April:

This month we’re excited to see that our Dragon’s Hoard titles continue to take spots on the charts as well as Prince of Naves our first novel length book. We also have some awesome titles by SofaWolf Press in the line up.

RankTitle and LinkPrice
1Dragon’s Hoard Issue 2$25.00
2Red Lantern Book One: Crimson Divine$29.95
3Green Fairy$29.95
4Dragon’s Hoard Issue 1$12.99
5Dragon’s Hoard Presents: Runt Issue #1$8.99
6The Prince of Knaves$20.00
7The Royal Tail Issue #1$7.50
8Creampie 01$15.00
9Fast Boyz Delivery Service Issue 1$7.50
10Genus Male Issue #11$5.99

Upcoming Conventions:

As it shows on our conventions and events page our next fabulous location will be Reno, Nevada for PawFur. PawFur is slated to be a one day event held at the Grand Sierra Resort in the Ansari Business Building room 201. The schedule of events is jam-packed with almost every hour of the day scripted. This will be the first scripted furry convention that we attend, and we are really looking forward to the show. If you’re going to be in the greater Reno area you should consider checking out the event, admission at the door is only going to be $5.00 to get in (see here for complete details).

After PawFur we’ll be packing up and rolling out for CaliFur – which should be mad fun all around.

We’ll have plenty of inventory of our books as well as books from these awesome suppliers:

Sales:

Our spring cleaning is going pretty well, but there are still plenty of books for sale at discounted prices including:

LineTitleSale Price
1Resisting Arrest$14.95
2Otters in Space$7.45
3Piggy Moto All Star Boar Band$14.95
4Smiley and the Hero$9.95
5El Burrito de los Muertos$15.00
6The Hero$7.45
7Everybody Loves Luther$15.00

Spooo Presents Color Special is being sold for $15.00 instead of $30.

Spooo Presents Titles 1-16 are on sale, $5.00 titles are now $3.50 and $6.00 titles are now $5.00

Buy multiple issues of select Circles titles and receive 10% off those titles.

We’ll also price match any title we sell, within reason.

Well, that’s about it for this week!

Happy Shopping

Because my brother is in town, keeping the report light this week. More to come tomorrow and Monday!

Top Shipped Items:

RankTitlePrice
1Red Lantern Book One: Crimson Divine$29.95
2Dragon’s Hoard Issue 2$25.00
3Green Fairy$19.95
4Fast Boyz Delivery Service Issue 1$7.50
5Dragon’s Hoard Issue 1$12.99
6Creampie 01$15.00
7Dragon’s Hoard Presents: Runt Issue #1$8.99
8Spooo Presents Issue #9 – Mark Wulfgar Presents The Legacy of Celune’s Werewolves and Souls of the Past Episode 2$5.00
9Spooo Presents Issue #22 – LIfe in the Co-Op Episode 4$6.00
10The Royal Tail Issue #1$7.50

We’ve gotten caught up on all the orders save for two waiting on ink for the printer. Remember Rabbit Valley® Comics, your source for all things furry. In addition to our own books, we have a selection of books from these fine suppliers:

Happy Shopping!

Review:

The Prince of Knaves is a fantastically-written, fast paced classic adventure story interwoven with a touching, heartfelt (and sometimes explicitly described) homosexual romance. Such would be the shortest way to describe this book. But for the casual reader, this description suffices. If you enjoy fun, fast adventure stories, and you don’t mind the homosexual romance, don’t miss this book.

The prose is not poetic or flowery. It does not exhibit any try-hard mannerisms that so many new authors try to employ. It flows. There is a rhythm to the words that changes along with the pacing, and what a joy it is to read. Part of that comes form Alflor’s ability to judge how much the reader needs to know. I have previously seen this in past stories of his. There is never too much description, but there is always enough to paint a clear and vivid picture. It is fair to say that (if you like the subject matter) you will never be bored with this book. The pace is quick and the story never drags. There are 406 pages, but I didn’t once stop to check how many pages I read. If you want a well-written furry book, this is a prime example.

The world Alflor creates is an intriguing blend of Medieval Europe, Scandinavia and a touch of furry. There is no fantasy there. If we lived in a world of anthropomorphic animals, I would even label this historical fiction. Concerning the furry aspect, this is such a book where the fact that the characters are upright-walking, talking animals is paid absolutely no mind. They just are. As such, the narrative never feels like it is trying to convince the reader of the furriness of these characters. One may occasionally wag a tail or fold their ears, but they act very human for the most part. (There *is* one scene which uses the animal traits of the characters in a very clever way, but I will not spoil it.)

The story is one of Prince Natier. He begins the book living a life of privilege at the royal palace in Llyra. Prince Natier is painted as fairly lazy and hedonistic, but he isn’t always like this. When the sun goes down, he takes on the persona of Rivard and sneaks out of the palace. This side of the fox is much less self-absorbed and much friendlier. As the book’s back cover says, “he goes to brothels, helps a local gang of thieves pull off robberies, and gets drunk off his tail on mead.” But this double lifestyle is interrupted when one of the servants makes an attempt on the prince’s life. Natier flees the palace and hides out at the local shipyard only to learn that he has been framed for another attempted murder, that of King Rasdil.

Pursued by authorities, Rivard must discover what truly happened at the palace and find his missing father. If he can’t get Rasdil to testify on his behalf, he is doomed to live a life on the lam.

There is much more to this book, including a second part that shifts things into a nautical adventure mode akin to Castaways of the Flying Dutchman. There are pirates, smugglers and plenty of battles on the high seas.

The characters Alflor creates are uncannily real. They have their merits and flaws. Not one is perfect. And they all have a reason behind what they do. This drives plot in a very realistic manner. The characters never do things just because the author needs to get the story from point A to point B. You can see them grow and mature through their experiences.

I honestly cannot praise this book enough for the sheer amount of material it blends together. You want romance? You got it. Adventure? Absolutely. Mystery, heist? Coming right up. And let’s not forget the humor. It is also a fascinating character study of the main protagonist. He is unsure at the start, caught between living a life of self-absorbance at the palace and a life of adventure on the streets. By the end of the book, Rivard will have do decide just who he really is.

The negative points to this book are very small. Mostly typos. I noticed about 15. They aren’t very jarring, especially since the book is so smoothly-written, but I wish this book had been proofread better. There are also several mysteries which are never explained. I will hold off on calling that a criticism, however, until the series is complete.

If you spent your childhood reading books like Robinson Crusoe, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Treasure Island, and so on, this book will absolutely and without doubt be a welcome addition to your collection. It is fast, exciting and it never forgets to be fun. I patiently await Mr. Aalto’s next novel.

 

Thank you for a wonderful read.
Yours sincerely,

Ryan Blackbear
ryan.blackbear@aol.com

“The Prince of Knaves is a fantastically-written, fast paced classic adventure story interwoven with a touching, heartfelt (and sometimes explicitly described) homosexual romance.
If you spent your childhood reading books like Robinson Crusoe, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers, Treasure Island, and so on, this book will absolutely and without doubt be a welcome addition to your collection.”

Thank you for a wonderful read.

Yours sincerely,
Ryan Blackbear
ryan.blackbear@aol.com

We’ve got plenty of books at FCN in the dealer’s room. Come Visit!

We’ve sold out of Heathen City Issue one at the convention as well as a few other titles as mentioned on our twitter account, @RVComics.

We’ve still got plenty of Kyell Gold novels and other Sofawolf titles including Isolation Play, Volle, Pendant of Fortune, Shadow of the Father, and Weasel Presents.

We’ve still got the Hallowed Walls series by Andres Cyanni Halden as well Hitting the Showers by FurPlanet.

Of course we have penalty of Circles, Associated Student Bodies, Spooo Presents and all the good stuff we publish line Dragon’s Hoard and Webz Magazine.

Everything we’ve sold out of here at the con is still available on-line at the Rabbit Valley Comic Shop!

All orders placed over the weekend will ship out on Monday and Tuesday! The packing fox has committed to getting all the orders out by Tuesday afternoon.

That’s it for now!