Vincent Gessler's work is also post-apocalyptic yet remains on a very lyrical human level. This stylistic beauty reminds me of Giono. It really is superb.
Andre-Francois, 29 March 2010, captainbooks.blogspot.com
There is a bewitching feeling to the whole book: even if nothing very much happens in the first half of the novel, we carry on reading, as if hypnotised. So we arrive without a hitch at the end of this very nice first novel about searching for one's origins, that gives nothing away before the last few pages and has some rather superb passages. Such qualities make Vincent Gessler a promising author.
Bruno Para, Noosfere.com
This novel coming out of the blue is quite a surprise. [...]
An original post-apocalyptic story (my Mad Max and the Trappers ... no, I'm joking) and also well-constructed. Read it while listening to Wolves in the Throne Room or Negura Bunget to keep in the spirit of the Frontier Forest.
Winter, Le blog de la Librairie Critic
A first novel published by Atalante - that's a really good book launch. Immediate recognition by this Breton publisher blazes the trail for writers of the imaginary.
Nicolas Dufour, Le Temps
A stunning novel and an absolute must-read.
And where there's meaning, there's lyricism. What's funny in Cygnis is that the author comes close to excessive lyricism several times without quite falling into the trap, thanks to a command of the action which allows him to alternate bitingly harsh and violent passages with ...silken poetry.
In short, Cygnis is an astonishing novel, vibrant and full of contrasts. It would be a shame to pass it by.
Anne Fakhouri, Actusf
Cygnis is a story about robots, like Isaac Asimov's stories we used to read. However these robots have an affiliation with ambivalent Man, combining a love for life with the necessity of destroying the individual in order to save a race which in the past has caused its very destruction. Syn is a very human hero, capable of friendship and loyalty, but also of atrocity for such futile motives as an adolescent jibe.
Chris de Savoie, Phénixweb
We're fans. Nic Ulmi, Edelweiss Mag Men
We are quite simply in the presence of a divine surprise. Vincent Gessler manages to rhyme erudition and stylistic research with extreme violence, murder and extermination.
And precisely the first and almost only problem with Cygnis is that we finish it much too quickly. Tsaag Valren, Mythologica.net
An excellent first novel that has well thought-out rhythms and follows the mindset of the characters. It makes it so much easier to go into this post-apocalyptic universe. A great success and an author to follow closely!
Tony Sanchez, Actusf
Cygnis is a clear, simple story whose great success lies in its atmosphere. In just a few pages the alchemy gets to work and we are bowled over, succumbing to the assault of the many reminiscences that it stirs in us; at random, Christian Charrière (La Forêt d'Iscambe) and Hayao Miyazaki, particularly Nausicaä.
Even if Vincent Gessler is not a novice in terms of writing, he has managed to pull off a masterstroke here. Adding a cover illustration that is absolutely stunning in its evocative power makes the result more than satisfactory. Now we expect the plot to be bolder and broader.
Ubik, Le Cafard cosmique
Concerning the structure, for a first novel there is a real balance between respect for the genres and a completely personal and attractive mixture.
Vinz, Le blog de Vinz
There are books like this: as soon as we see them we want them. "Don't judge a book by its cover". Yes, yes, I know that, but I allowed myself be drawn into the game, borne along by Yoz and his sombre, ethereal, visual universe. And well, I'd like another drink out of that cup.
[...]Revelations, panoramas, we let ourselves get carried away by Vincent Gessler's writing, which certainly gives justice to his imagination.
[...]Unfortunately a first effort like this one sets the bar pretty high. If you want my advice, you'd better keep track of this author.
In any case I recommend this book to anyone who likes good narrative style and post-apocalyptic aesthetics and poetry.
Julien, Les naufragés volontaires
In a lyrical style, Cygnis depicts a carefully nuanced post-apocalyptic universe.
Nathalie Ruas, Le français dans le monde