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On Swift Wings: The Travails of Cygnus by [Brett Wiens]

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  • "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 -
  • 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 -
  • 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
  • On Swift Wings: The Travails of Cygnus is a fabulous retelling of Gulliver's Travels that is embellished with the trappings of 21st century living. The account is narrated by the initially guileless Cygnus in a detached and comically analytic manner. The writing style with its formal language brilliantly recalls a more refined time in human history. The humor is subtle and pervasive, making the book enjoyable for adults and children of any age. A fitting compliment to Jonathan Swift, On Swift Wings is a wonderful adventure laden with deep meaning and complex characters, a worthy tribute to a classic book some 300 years in the making. - Nicki Flowers for Indies Today

From the Author

On Swift Wings is my debut satirical novel. It is based on the classical story of Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels. I undertook the work at first for the pure fun of putting my thoughts to paper, but as I got going I felt like I was writing something meaningful that I wanted to share with the world.It all started when I read the original story to my son before he was a year old. I started thinking that while it was a good story, there are some pretty dated parts, particularly three-hundred year old satire. The thought experiments are still very interesting to me, and I started writing thoughts about what a modern person might do or think when confronted by similar challenges and issues.To really make the story my own, I evolved all of the islands forward three hundred years as I felt would have been elicited by their interactions with Gulliver. Islands that viewed that character as a laudable or enviable figure would have striven much harder for greatness, while those that were ambiguous or hostile would have likely evolved very little.The main character of On Swift Wings is a modern character, with a modern perspective of the world. In a nod to Jonathan Swift, I wrote the story in the same voice and style of his original work.  The reader need not have read Gulliver's Travels to enjoy this book, but there are a few bits that hark back to that story.I am working on a second book that intersects with this one. I'm enjoying watching the reviews come in through various sites on the internet. I love the feedback and the conversations that are being raised. Thank you for considering reading On Swift Wings! --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07T1JTKHL
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ BW Literature; 3rd edition (July 1, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ 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
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 386 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.8 out of 5 stars 10 ratings

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Brett Wiens is an award winning author from Calgary, Canada. He writes fantasy/adventure novels with a satirical lens on the world. His writing is founded on a keen interest in geography and languages. His work takes inspiration from classical writers like Jonathan Swift, Charles Dickens, Leo Tolstoy and others.

His first novel, On Swift Wings, was begun while reading to his baby boy before his first birthday. He would read classic novels like Gulliver's Travels and realized that the content wasn't as relevant to today's society as it had been when it was written. He started writing On Swift Wings as a thought experiment in how those islands might have evolved having interacted with the eponymous character of the original work, and how a modern character might interact with those new lands.

Fascinated with geography, history, politics, and economics, the book became a personal Petri dish to experiment and explore curious new worlds, places, and interactions, while taking sometimes subtle, and other times more overt swipes at modern society, much as Mr. Swift did in his work.

Brett Wiens was born in Calgary, Canada in 1981. He has a bachelor's degree in Geography and a masters degree in Geographic Information Systems. He has won awards for his anti-racism poem, "Just One Little Rock."

His second novel is currently in development.

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