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Asterix and the Picts

Asterix and the Picts [Kindle Edition]

Ferri Jean-Yves , Conrad Didier
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Just about every aspect of Caledonian life is gently lampooned - Nessie, whisky, kilts, caber tossing - in this loving continuation of the series, which cleaves so faithfully to the template that you would hardly know it was the work of others. (FINANCIAL TIMES 2013-12-07)

Appealing to all age groups, the latest Asterix comic book is a return to form as Albert Uderzo hands over the reins of the million-selling series to a new creative team. This 35th volume sees the French warriors transplanted to the Scottish Highlands, having taken on the task of escorting a lost Pictish warrior, MacAroon, back to his homeland. Pirates, the Loch Ness Monster and caber-tossing all feature along the way in a book to introduce the Gauls and their jokes - and Anthea Bell's superb translations - to yet another generation. (GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS 2013-12-07)

If there's anyone who can simply transcend age altogether it's my first choice, the little Gaulish warrior called Asterix. I've been reading him for three decades, and every new appearance is a pleasure. This latest album comes to us from a new writer-illustrator team (the first time he's been written by anyone other than Goscinny and Uderzo), and despite the burden of expectations they don't disappoint. Asterix and the Picts sends Asterix and Obelix away from their familiar village to travel to Scotland, where they meet Nessie, Obelix tries his hand at tossing a caber, and they fight some Romans, before returning to Gaul for their traditional end-of-adventure banquet with all their - our - old friends. It's a delight. And while the creative team in France has changed, we can be grateful that the English version remains in the incomparably skilled hands of Anthea Bell, who's translated the books with wit and energy since the very beginning. (Daniel Hahn THE INDEPENDENT 2013-12-15)

There are simple pleasures here for long-time fans and new recruits. The handover from Uderzo to the new duo shows few obvious joins. We are back with the characters we got to know and cherish. And, as a writer, the good news for me is that the Picts apparently respect their bards more than the Gauls do. It must be so - Asterix himself says it on page 29, by Toutatis! (Ian Rankin THE GUARDIAN 2013-11-21)

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The long-awaited brand new Asterix adventure!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 68221 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's (24 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good new Addition 24 Oct 2013
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I have loved Asterix since being small! So I was happy to hear of a new book, the illustrations are excellent keeping in line with Uderzo's original illustrations. The story is also great it feels like the Picts (Scots) deserved a book as Asterix and his friend Obelix have travelled all over the globe and met many different groups of people. It makes sense that Obelix would love tossing the caber and it also has a appearance of Nessie! :) Following on from the more recent Asterix books such as Asterix and the Actress and Asterix and the Falling sky this is more a return to form. It makes a good new edition to the Asterix collection and maybe if they do more they will keep getting better. Happy that I have got it! :)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good translation 25 Nov 2013
By plm83
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I live in France and I am almost fluent in English and I wanted to make a gift to an English teacher.
Having already the original French version, this Asterix respects the spirit and offers a very clever translation.
I bought the French book at & the English one at
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By D. C. Stolk TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I got this album as a Christmas-present from American friends, who know I love the Asterix series. As a lifelong Asterix fan, I was wondering how the English version would hold up, compared to the Dutch translations I'm used to.

The good news is, this one is a step up from the previous two albums. But then again, nothing could be worse than the atrocious "Asterix And The Falling Sky" (I mean, come on, Asterix and aliens??). So I was wondering what would happen now that Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad have taken over and if they would be able to breathe life back in to the series.

The art by Didier Conrad: while not on a par with Uderzo, it is a reasonably close approximation. At least the characters were perfectly realized and true to Uderzo's original style. Some panels had me thinking: this is probably how Uderzo would have done the layout. But as Uderzo was involved in the production, I don't know whose idea this was. Though there is room for growth, this is a reasonable good first attempt so I give the art four stars.

The scenario by Jean-Yves Ferri: the first couple of pages aren't too bad and a nice set-up for the story to follow. But then, it starts heading downhill. The overall story-line was muddled and didn't really get off the ground. The census taker seemed redundant to me (lost comic opportunity here) while lots of opportunities to poke fun at the Scots were passed over while some of the jokes that were made, fell flat. So, overall, I give the scenario two stars.

The translation by Anthea Bell: in the Dutch edition of this album, the translation seemed rather bland. My French isn't good enough to read Asterix in the original language, so I was wondering if the English version would be any better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 star asterix 20 Nov 2013
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great I really enjoyed this Asterix comic because the Picts were funny and Obelix was funny, 8 year old Asterix fan
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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So for anyone who doesn't know the Asterix story - here is a potted history. In 1959 writer Rene Goscinny and illustrator Albert Uderzo published the first comic book to feature the adventures of Asterix the Gaul. Over the next 53 years, there would be more than thirty books in the franchise, and for a while - in the sixties and seventies - the books were as close to perfect as a comic book ever could be. The drawings were exquisite, the stories entertaining, and the humour gentle. These years saw titles like 'Asterix and Cleopatra', 'Asterix the Legionary,' and 'Asterix in Britain,' - books that have become essential classics in the genre.

But in 1977 tragedy struck. Goscinny died, and Uderzo decided, singlehandedly, to continue with the books, both writing and drawing them. It was a fiasco. The series began a grim spiral from brilliance to mediocrity and onwards to utter awfulness, reaching a nadir with titles like 'Asterix and the Actress' and 'Asterix and Obelix All at Sea.'

All seemed lost for Asterix. To make matters worse, a dreadful row had broken out between Uderzo, the publishers, and the family of Rene Goscinny. But in 2011 all parties came to an agreement and a new Asterix title was commissioned - the first with a new writer and illustrator. The result is 'Asterix and the Picts,' drawn by Conrad Didier and written by Jean Yves Ferri. And it is a delight. Almost. Asterix and Obelix travel to Scotland to save the true love of a Scottish chieftan. National stereotypes are mercilessly lampooned, Nessie makes an appearance (of course), Romans are thumped, and it all ends with a banquet beneath the stars. The art work is right back to early Uderzo standards (these too had slipped over the decades). It isn't a Five Star book - some of the humour is still a little clumsy, and the story is rather forced. But it has all the hallmarks of a real Asterix book. I can't wait for the next one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it. More please 26 Nov 2013
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Asterix and obelisk are back to their self again and the story line is political too.I love it. More please
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good start 24 Nov 2013
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A decent Asterix adventure from the new writer and artist. Better than the last few albums that Uderzo released on his own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Asterix and the Picts 23 Nov 2013
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This was a gift for my son who grew up with Asterix in France. His comment was that it's very funny and yet not quite as good as "Asterix in Britain". Certainly worthy of 4 stars, though.
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Published 8 days ago by Luke Douglas-home
5.0 out of 5 stars The humour is still relevant and good for all ages
Bought for my *forty year old son who has every Asterix book on the planet . Started the collection as a little boy . The humour is still relevant and good for all ages .
Published 9 days ago by Clan Douglas
4.0 out of 5 stars Not one of the best, but a better effort than first expected
Not one of the best,but a better effort than first expected.
Published 1 month ago by Anthony Bowes
4.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like? Almost as good as M
Asterix! What's not to like? Almost as good as M. Uderzo's offerings.
Published 1 month ago by MR M R
5.0 out of 5 stars Back with a bang - and a menhir!
The new book sits well in the Asterix pantheon - this colourful, fun addition to the collection should be snapped up by every right thinking fan out there!
Published 1 month ago by A. J. Toll
5.0 out of 5 stars back on form
Following the last one with the 'disney alien' I was looking forward to and dreading the new one however I was pleasantly surprised and with the new blood Asterix is back on form
Published 2 months ago by FE HALL
5.0 out of 5 stars Asterix
Best asterix I have ever read and really good for dads to read it, at night, to their sons. I recommend this book to asterix fans.
Published 2 months ago by hilary foreman
5.0 out of 5 stars i loved it
i find asterix series to be one of the best and should be liked by all it is just brilliant and funny
Published 3 months ago by anthony mercer
5.0 out of 5 stars Best one for years !
Since Goscinny died in the 1970s there have been many failed attempts by writers to make Asterix as funny as Goscinny did. But this one really isn't far off the mark. Read more
Published 3 months ago by CS
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