Reviews

Reviews come from all over the place. Third party reviews, and on reader reviews on sites like Amazon, Indigo, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, etc. I’ll be collecting them here without filtering (good or bad) with links for you to read.


On Swift Wings by Brett M. Wiens is both a social commentary and a fantasy book. It is modelled on Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathon Swift. Swift’s novel was intended to satirise both human nature and the travellers’ tales literary subgenre of the time (Wikipedia). Mr. Wiens’ novel is an updated version set in current times. Instead of setting… Continue reading →

Snowflake – OnlineBookclub.org

On Swift Wings: The Travails of Cygnus by Brett M. Wiens is an epic adventure based upon Gulliver’s Travels. A plane crash leaves Cygnus stranded in the ocean and he washes ashore on an island where he discovers a race of horses that have enslaved humans. After four years spent living amongst them, he finds… Continue reading →

Liz Konkel – Readers’ Favorite

On Swift Wings: The Travails of Cygnus is a work of literary fiction based around the world of Gulliver’s Travels, and was penned by author Brett M. Wiens. Taking the tradition of satire and humor from the original world and work of Jonathan Swift, this modern and amusing parody drama gives us a fresh and… Continue reading →

K.C. Finn – Readers’ Favorite

On Swift Wings: The Travails of Cygnus by Brett Wiens is literary fiction filled with humor and adventure, a story with an unusual protagonist. Cygnus is the narrator and protagonist and from the start, he describes himself as “one so common and uninspiring,” but the reader quickly learns about the routine of his life. On… Continue reading →

Ruffina Oserio – Readers’ Favorite

In On Swift Wings by Brett Wiens, the day started like any other when Cygnus steps on board a flight from Toronto to Sydney. When the plane is hit by a storm, Cygnus finds himself stranded in the South Pacific. He is eventually rescued and finds himself on a strange island where horses are the… Continue reading →

Lesley Jones – Readers’ Favorite

On Swift Wings: The Travails of Cygnus by Brett Wiens is a satirical novel that is almost political in nature. Cygnus has no idea where he is and his mind cannot accept the fact that he is in a place where everything boggles his mind. When he survived a plane crash, he had no idea… Continue reading →

Rabia Tanveer – Readers’ Favorite

On Swift Wings: The Travails of Cygnus by Brett Wiens is a meld of adventure, fantasy, and humor, a novel filled with humor and fun moments. The protagonist is Cygnus, a young man who survives a plane crash in the ocean, and unwittingly finds himself stranded on an island inhabited by a race of horses… Continue reading →

Romuald Dzemo – Readers’ Favorite

I made a point of rereading the original Gulliver’s Travels before reading Swift Wing and the author’s loving tribute and modern tweaks shone through. You can definitely enjoy “On Swift Wings” without the need to visit the original, but I found the experience much richer for my effort as I could more easily recognize the… Continue reading →

Michael – Amazon.ca

An interesting modernization of Gulliver’s Travels. There are some great concepts in the book including “perfect” societies and how one person can make a difference.It is not an easy read due to the meaty sentences, but I am glad I read it.

Stewart Adams – Amazon.ca

“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… Continue reading →

Paige Lovitt – Reader Views

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… Continue reading →

Rinny C. – Amazon.com

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… Continue reading →

Jessica – Amazon.com

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… Continue reading →

Nicole P – Amazon.com