Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Book Review: The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang

To win the hand of the princess he loves, knight Duncan must undertake an epic quest to slay the Frog King. Why then, on the eve of battle, does he continue to dream of a mysterious woman and a bottle of Snappy Cola?

All Gran'pa Greenbox wants is enough gold to fill his pond so that when he dives in, he doesn't hit bottom. When he demands ideas for another profitable adventure from his assistant, Filbert, the downtrodden secretary reluctantly shows Gran'pa the Eternal Smile. But when Gran'pa's archrival Skinflint O'Gerbil steals the Eternal Smile and all the profits, Gran'pa's out for revenge.

When shy Janet overhears her boss and his secretary laughing at her recent request for a promotion, it's just one more thing letting her know how unimportant she is. But when a fortuitous email from Prince Henry Alembu of Nigeria appears in her inbox asking for Janet's help in saving his family (all he needs is her bank account number and PIN), all is not as it seems...

What do these three stories have in common? They all appear in the award-winning author of American Born Chinese Gene Luen Yang's new graphic novel, The Eternal Smile. And they all take the line between reality and fantasy and twist it into a tangled web that is a delight to unravel as you read these three tales that will take you places you never expected to go.

(Now exclusively reading and loving North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley- my dishes and laundry will just have to wait!)

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