On Swift Wings: The Travails of Cygnus Paperback – June 14, 2019
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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 - 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
- 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
About the Author
- Publisher : BW Literature; Illustrated edition (June 14, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1999098005
- ISBN-13 : 978-1999098001
- Reading age : 13 - 18 years
- Item Weight : 1.24 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.96 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,857,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Top reviews from other countries
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.