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On Swift Wings: The Travails of Cygnus Kindle Edition
- "This is a must-read for anyone looking for a good adventure." - Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
- "A unique and wonderfully detailed literary fantasy novel." - IndieReader
- "A stunning satirical debut novel" - Paige Lovitt for Reader Views
- "On Swift Wings is a satirical work that delivers a fascinating tale as Wiens breathes new life into the world of Gulliver's Travels through Cygnus's adventures. Intelligent writing that evokes commentary and conversation." - Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
- "Brett Wiens is a master storyteller and this novel, the work of a rich imagination, is littered with humor. A spellbinding and delightful read." - Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
- The book is filled with detailed descriptions and the author puts great effort into creating vivid settings for his unique scenes - Malcolm P - Amazon.com
- This is a fantastic modern version of Gulliver's Travels! The update was very well done. It wasn't just the same story set in current times; it was a similar story that reflects it's origins, and also how the world has changed to become where it is today. The story is told with humour and intelligence - a truly enjoyable read! - Snowflake - Amazon.ca
- The descriptions of the unknown lands were very vivid. I can still picture some of the scenes in my mind very clearly, days after completing the book. The beings that were encountered were also described in detail. The reader is able to feel a sense of each society as a whole, as well as get to know some individuals in that land. - Snowflake for OnlineBookClub.org
About the Author
- ASIN : B07T1JTKHL
- Publisher : BW Literature; 3rd edition (July 1 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 3851 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 386 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #467,535 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from Canada
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Beautifully painted scenes and locales that really stick with you.
Some parts of the story had me in tears, others gave me goosebumps. The island of the Loogenage was a wonderful short-story adventure in itself.
I very much enjoyed the journey and worlds of the protagonist Cygnus and the evolution that Wiens gave to Swift's original Travels. Bon Voyage as you take your own journey into these fantastic and treacherous allegorical hidden countries.
I will admit that while this isn’t usually what I go for in books, I thoroughly enjoyed it. My favourite part of any novel is being able to bring the story to life in my head and Wiens makes it so easy to do so with his use of such descriptive and vivid language. He writes in such a fantastical and engaging way. This book is the definition of being a kid again.
I enjoyed the lightheartedness of the story, a young man who encounters such magical and mystical lands, but within his discoveries of each island, there is so much more to be reflected on (if you so choose to) as it relates to the history of the human race.
My favourite part would have to be part 3, the main character goes through so many misinterpreted historical events and how history is really just one big game of telephone!
The only reason why it doesn’t get 5 stars is because I think the main character’s story gets lost after the introduction. I love being able to relate to the main character and live vicariously through them while reading. I wish we got to know more about his head space and his motivations throughout his journeys. Was there an overarching personal conflict that he was going through? What did he discover internally/emotionally in all the islands he visited?
It is not an easy read due to the meaty sentences, but I am glad I read it.
Top reviews from other countries
I feel that retellings have to be done well in order to merit the act of telling a story over again. Particularly classics; if there isn't anything new to add why bother, and at the same time readers and fans of the originals want enough of the core story to be present and characters to be at least somewhat recognizable.
I think that this adaptation was done well.
My favorite bit was Part 3 into Part 4, with the introduction of sorcerers and teleportation through the fabric of time. Science fiction elements being introduced into what is a classic satire/fantasy story is an interesting twist. This too is something that has been done before, but takes a certain amount of cleverness to pull off. I think that in this case it was successfully handled.