Tony Daniel

Tony Daniel Remembers Luke Perry

Tales_from_the_Crypt_Radio_ShowTony Daniel expressed sadness over the recent and untimely death of actor Luke Perry.

Tony worked for a day with Luke Perry in 2000, when Perry starred in “Island of Death,” a radio play Tony wrote for Seeing Ear Theatre. This was part of the Tales from the Crypt SCIFI.COM series Seeing Ear Theatre produced by Tony’s friend and occasional screenwriting coauthor, Brian Smith. Tony was the story editor on the series as well, and wrote or cowrote several of the other episodes.

Tony remembers Perry as a very nice guy who hung out with the day players between takes, and was gracious to the crew.

Tony Daniel Reviews Latest Entry ‘Past Tense,’ and Provides a Retrospective on the Jack Reacher Novels by Lee Child at the ‘Federalist’

federalist4siteTony generally likes the Jack Reacher novels by Lee Child, including Child’s latest, Past Tense, but finds them pretty thin gruel for readers. He comments that after 23 novels, Lee Child continues to sell paperbacks by the truckload, and making his books entertaining is no mean feat when you consider how ridiculous they are.

The review is here.

Tony Daniel’s Review of ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Season Two Available at the ‘Federalist’

federalist4siteTony Daniel says that season two of the Amazon Prime show, ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ is even better than its first ten-episode run. But the show’s future looks bleak judging from the grating progressive stereotypes worked into the cliffhangers of the season two final episode.

Read the review here.

Tony Daniel’s Review of ‘Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall,’ by Tim Mohr Up at the ‘Federalist’

federalist4siteTony Daniel says that in his book Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Tim Mohr has done yeoman historical service in collecting a slice of that history in anecdotal form from many of the punks and punk rockers who were involved in the cultural eruption during the era—and the regime’s sclerotic efforts to stamp it out. Yet, argues Tony, Mohr’s heartfelt argument for the primacy of punk in bringing down the DDR government is weakened by his political naïveté and heavily undercut by his rote display of strident and thoughtless anti-Americanism.

Read the review here.

Tony Daniel Article “6 Questions About The Huge CIA Blunder That Allowed Enemies To Kill 70 U.S. Spies” at the ‘Federalist’

federalist4siteMore than 70 foreign nationals working as spies for the CIA in Iran and China were systematically identified and slaughtered in the past decade, thanks to agency negligence, according to recent reports. “How and when is this catastrophic failure going to come back and haunt us?” Tony asks. “Because it will.”

Read the article here.

Author Copies in for ‘Space Pioneers,’ with Tony Daniel Story “In From the Commons” Getting a Reprint

IMG_2470“This is one of the stranger things I’ve written,” says Tony.  “I wasn’t even sure it was science fiction when I started it, but about halfway through I figured out the ending and I realized it had to be science fiction.”

“In From the Commons” originally appeared in Asimov’s SF Magazine. Space Pioneers will be available at booksellers in December 2018. Check here for more details.

Tony Daniel Reviews ‘The Spy and the Traitor’ by Ben MacIntyre, a Thrilling Account of the Historically Important KBG-Agent-turned-British-spy Oleg Gordievsky at ‘The Federalist’

federalist4siteTony Daniel says historian Ben MacIntyre’s new book, The Spy and the Traitor, tells the thrilling story of how the KGB’s Oleg Gordievsky helped check the Soviet Union as Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan fought communism.  Gordievsky’s spying for the West had a definite impact on ending the Cold War and driving victory for freedom and democracy.

Read the review here.

Tony Daniel Reviews Reese Witherspoon’s Book-Cum-Coffee-Table-Fixture ‘Whiskey in a Teacup’ at the Federalist

federalist4siteTony Daniel says the book is mostly a product ad for her on-line brand, but also contains a short and charming memoir of Witherspoon’s grandmother. Tony writes: “Dorothea Draper was a good role model for all of us who believe that being a decent person is about far more than politics.”

Read the review here.

Tony Daniel Retrospective on the Astonishing Literary Legacy of James Michener at ‘The Federalist’

 

Michener-1024x766Tony Daniel says that the venerable best-selling author of historical fiction has gotten a bad rap in literary circles as Michener’s rejection of postmodernism has given rise to jaded and unfair judgments of his epic storytelling.

“Reconsidering The Astonishing Literary Legacy Of James Michener” is here.

 

Tony Daniel Reviews ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Movie and Book at ‘The Federalist’

federalist4siteIn his review here, Tony Daniel calls Crazy Rich Asians a fun American movie. He notes, tongue-in-cheek, that the cast is kind of like a Harvard freshman class in reverse (more on Harvard’s racist admittance policy here). He concludes that the film establishes no significant milestones whatsoever — other than being a much-needed island of semi-sophisticated entertainment for an adult audience in a sea of adolescent power fantasies and kitsch. But that is enough these days to make it worth seeing. Read the review here.