Tony writes in the piece: “I’m quite sure that Wolfe’s reputation will recover and grow in the coming years. He’s as good as the best we’ve had in American letters, and, though there are many great contenders, he’s my pick for the best science fiction writer of them all.”
Read the essay here.
Tony 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.
More 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.
Tony 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 says that with the death of the Nobel Prize winning author, we’ve lost a great writer who both valued civilization, and saw the world as it is, not how he wished it to be. Tony also examines in particular his favorite Naipaul novel, A House for Mr. Biswas.
Read the piece here.
Tony Daniel’s tribute to the late Tom Wolfe, who was one of Tony’s favorite writers and a big influence, appears at The Federalist. Read the essay here.
Tony Daniel has a piece up now at The Federalist, “Your Kids Don’t Want To Read? Make Them Miserable Until They Do!”
“I hope people realize it’s a humor piece,” Tony says. “But of course it’s also completely serious!”
Read the essay here.
Tony writes: “Looking back, it turns out that no book I ever read was about me. None of that matters when reading fiction. But celebrated author Junot Díaz just doesn’t get it.”
The essay is here.