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There are two people ahead of me in line for the book at my local library and I'm absolutely dying to read it--I adored the first ten books! And now that you've mentioned spoilers, I'm even more excited to read it!
I think if you loved the previous books I see no reason why you won't love this one, too!
Debbie's Spurts 7 years ago
Genovia for some reason always reminds me of the imaginary country in The Mouse That Roared (which for me is now too dated to enjoy a re-read or recommend as a new read to anyone but at the time was awfully hilarious).
I have never heard of that book.
Debbie's Spurts 7 years ago
It's a whole series, including "Mouse on the Moon" where they enter the space race. But was funnier and made more sense back in the Cold War days. It's an itty bitty country that decides to invade the U.S. to lose and get foreign aid funding after war but the U.S. doesn't even seem to exactly notice because attention on the superpowers and Cold War. Was a movie with Peter Sellers (probably near time of his Pink Panther days?) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053084/?ref_=nv_sr_1 says:

"The Duchy of Grand Fenwick, the smallest country in the world, is nestled in the French Alps. Being as isolated as it is, its life is a throwback to olden days. It is a happy, peace-loving country. Its economy solely rests on export of its only wine, Pinot Grand Fenwick, to the US. When a California vintner starts producing and selling a knock-off of the Pinot Grand Fenwick at a lower price, the Grand Fenwick economy goes into a crisis situation, the country on the brink of bankruptcy. Three protests to the US go largely unanswered. Grand Fenwick's Prime Minister, Rupert of Mountjoy, believes the solution is to declare war on the US, and promptly lose the war in less than a day with no casualties on either side, after which the US, which it has historically done, will provide vast financial aide to rebuild the country. Grand Fenwick's monarch, the Grand Duchess Gloriana XII, ultimately supports this concept. The plan is to send an official declaration of war to the US, have a small ... "
That sounds absolutely ridiculous and very similar to Genovia. No taxes but one of the richest monarchies? How exactly does that work? Don't read too much into it - it's basically wish fulfillment/fantasies going on in Princess Diaries.