Lisa Binion – lisa’s writopia

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This fantasy/adventure satire novel breathes new life into the classic Gulliver’s Travels and makes it relevant for the modern day.

Cygnus embarks on a travel adventure like no other. He meets strange people and animals then learns of their unusual ways of governing, living, and worshiping, but they all eventually grow tired of him being there, and he is forced to leave. Through all this, he learns there is no place like home.

Cygnus wasn’t afraid of flying on airplanes, but when he boarded a plane, it was rather unlucky for him and the other passengers. He was lucky to survive his first plane crash and even luckier to find land to get out of the water. But was he so lucky?

How strange it would be to find oneself on an island full of civilized horses and feral people (yahoos) when you are an educated human. The horses find it strange, the Yahoos want to beat on him, and Cygnus just wants to go home.

One strange island full of even stranger residents would be enough for me to never leave home again once I had managed to return there. But he doesn’t find a way home yet, not even when these strange residents become tired of him.

On to another unusual place he goes, and this one is resided in by immortals. Next he is in a land of necromancers. The Lilliputians, the little people, are my favorite though. Cygnus is so much larger than they are, yet they manage to find enough food to feed him daily. I mean, he eats more than a thousand times what they do. Anyone should be able to figure out that they wouldn’t be able to keep that up for long.

This is an entertaining read that is sure to keep your attention, and the actions of the inhabitants of each of these islands will cause you to look at and examine more closely the world we live in.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. If you would like to read this modern-day telling of Gulliver’s Travels—and I highly recommend this book for homeschool students—I’ve provided an Amazon link for you below.

Amazon Link: On Swift Wings: The Travails of Cygnus


Favorite Sentences:

The shadows of the cords and masks give the feeling of a dark jungle with vines dangling from thick foliage.

At almost the first movement, before I thought I had even made the slightest whisper, she whipped her head around and glared at me like a deer in the forest upon the slightest snap of a twig.

I heartily drank the water as though it were Juan Ponce de Leon’s fountain of youth.

My keepers were most enthusiastic to hear about how a world ruled by Yahoos could function.

It would seem I have a habit of ending up in the prisons of remote and isolated island nations.

New Words Learned:

acuminous – shrewd

adjucate – make a formal judgment or decision about a problem or disputed matter

anthropogenic – (chiefly of environmental pollution and pollutants) originating in human activity

aphotic – being the deep zone of an ocean or lake receiving too little light to permit photosynthesis

tropical biome, Wikemedia Commons

biome – a large naturally occurring community of flora and fauna occupying a major habitat

brachiated – moved by using the arms to swing from branch to branch

confabulations – conversations

empyreal – celestial

karst – landscape underlain by limestone that has been eroded by dissolution, producing ridges, towers, fissures, sinkholes, and other characteristic landforms

micturated – urinated

oeuvre – the works of a painter, composer, or author regarded collectively

perfidy – deceitfulness, untrustworthiness

trimaran – a yacht with three hulls in parallel