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On Swift Wings: The Travails of Cygnus

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Despite our vast knowledge of the world, still no atlas or globe is complete. Not every island has been mapped. A young man takes to the skies on Flight 1726 on a day unlike every other, little anticipating the experiences that for him lay in wait.

After surviving a plane crash in the ocean, Cygnus is marooned on an unknown island populated by a contemptuous race of
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Kindle Edition, 386 pages
Published July 1st 2019 by BW Literature
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Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (12/19)

“On Swift Wings: The Travails of Cygnus,” is a stunning satirical debut novel by Brett M. Wiens.

The story begins with the protagonist, Cygnus, finding himself stranded on an island after he is in a plane crash. This island is ruled by horses with a high level of sentience. They are the masters of feral humans. After he escapes this place, he repeatedly finds himself ending up on different islands. Each place has something interesting for him to
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Corrine Cassels
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a fun read. It's been a while since I read satire, but this book made me remember why I love it so much. Written like a futuristic Gulliver's Travels, this book takes a satirical look at our evolutionary-stagnant political system. The book reads like an adventure story as well, so it could be entirely possible to ignore the satire or even miss it if that's more your cup of tea. The scenes and characters are descriptively written, and there are enough meat and potatoes in the book to get ...more
Nicole
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an unusual story! Cygnus, our narrator, survives a plane crash and lands in a remote, unknown island filled with unusual creatures. It's satire, apparently, but I actually didn't get the satire part (this could be because I have never read Gulliver's Travels). This felt like an adventure tale to me with a narrator filled with some dry wit. I thought this was adventurous, fun, and extremely unusual. I also loved the brief summary of what the chapter would include at the beginning. I ...more
Jessica
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
To be completely honest, I did not read through the entire blurb before purchasing this book. I downloaded it to my Kindle, and upon opening it, my little reading machine automatically forwarded me to the preface. So I was actually a few chapters into part one before I realized that this was a retelling of 'Gulliver's Travels'. (It was kind of amusing, really. Of course, I went back once I realized that I had been automatically fast forwarded into the text.)
I feel that retellings have to be done
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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 writing is inspired by a keen interest in geography and languages. In grade school he gained fluency in French and then in University studied Spanish and Latin. After school he learned
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