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4.0 out of 5 stars Asterix and the Soothsayer, 26 April 2010
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When a conman comes to the village claiming to be a soothsayer and foretelling wonderful things for the villagers futures, it is hard for them not to be all taken in. That is, all but our hero Asterix, who realises the Soothsayer for the charlatan he is and sets out to convince the village of the deception. When the local Romans become involved in the deception and try to get the villagers to leave the area based on false fortune telling, then uncovering the fraud becomes all the more urgent. This is another wonderful Asterix adventure and a great addition to your collection. As is now customary you get many humorous names (like Voluptuous Arteriosclerosus) and delightful animation that ensures you will come back to this book again and again. Also this time the woman of the village get involved in the Roman bashing and the end of adventure feast is all the more deserved because of it. If you are a fan of the Asterix series then this will not disappoint and makes for quite a good starting point if you are new to the books as well.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost too well conceived to be merely a children's comic book, 25 Aug 2007
Not just one of the best in a magical series, but a first-rate satire on the way the public (mainly women) can be manipulated into believing fey, fortunetelling nonsense by clever con-artists preying on their insecurities. The quality of the writing, for a children's comicbook is breathtaking.
Asterix's intelligence and worldliness comes to the fore here, as he unhoods a suspicious new visitor as an imposter and a fraudster.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant satire of gullibility, 3 Aug 2014
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On a dark and stormy night, the occupants of the last village in all of Gaul to hold out against Roman invasion are scared by a storm because they fear it is a prelude to the only thing they fear, the sky falling on their heads! During the storm a soothsayer visits them and foretells that when the storm ends the weather will get better, and that is what happens so the soothsayer must have real powers!

The villagers visit the soothsayer bringing him gifts so he can tell them their futures (which always happen to be things they would like to hear e.g "your husband will become rich and handsome" or "your business will become more popular". But one villager Asterix remains unconvinced.

The soothsayer is captured by the Romans, who tell him they consider soothsaying a threat to security and he will be sent to work in a mine, not wanting to be sent to the mines the soothsayer reveals he is really a fraud that flatters people by telling them what they want to hear and the Romans make a deal to let the soothsayer go if he can scare the villagers into leaving their village. Hilarity ensues.

This is a very interesting book to analyse, for example the fact that people on both sides (Gauls and Romans) are taken in by the soothsayer and the how and why they believe him is very interesting. One part I particularly like is that when the soothsayer tells the Roman commander he is not a real soothsayer the Romans deiced to test him by getting him to predict the outcome of the rolling of two dice, the soothsayer predicts seven( which by the way is the most common number to appear from the rolling of two dice) and seven appears, thus proving the soothsayer to be real and he should be sent to the mines! The soothsayer shocked that he was right points out that if he was a real soothsayer he would have know seven would appear and would have chosen a different number because of the punishment for being a real soothsayer, thus him getting it right proves he is not a soothsayer! The Romans are unconvinced.

Although this is a children's' book it is also a very powerful satire of gullibility, logical flaws, con men, politicians and other talkers of nonsense. I had read this as a child, but after seeing it on the book recommendation list of a website about nonsense in the martial arts, I reread it as a adult and only then did its full brilliance sink in.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ha HA HAAA!!!, 1 Oct 2005
Excuse me, this Asterix book has to be amongst the best written.
For anyone in the know Asterix books start with a description of the main characters followed by a throw-away comment that the only thing the Gauls are afraid of is the sky falling on their heads. The in jokes kick in immediately on the first page, during a thunderstorm so fierce the gauls think the sky really is falling in on their heads!
Into the lightning struck sky walks a tall gaunt figure, the Soothsayer. Cue villagers fighting amongst themselves, Romans, Obelix not being allowed any magic potion and a hoot on every page.
I love Asterix.
Don't make the mistake that these are just comics. Have a young son who won't read? Get him one of these. He won't even realise that this is a real book with a real story and some very difficult words to chew on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!, 15 Mar 2012
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This Asterix book follows the same cartoon strip format as most of the other books. It has a good storyline and is a pleasure to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Asterix fan, 25 Oct 2011
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My son is a great Asterix fan and has been busy purchasing books from the range.This one is excellent and arrived very quickly with no faults or problems. Happy to recommend it.
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