Tony Daniel reviews Bernard Cornwell’s latest historical novel, Fools and Mortals, at The Federalist. Tony says the books is a wry and tough-minded take on Shakespeare’s time, featuring Shakespeare’s younger brother, Richard, as the hero. Lots of historical theater stuff, but also some good sword fighting and heists. Read the review here.
Tony Daniel reviews the Clint-Eastwood-directed film ‘The 15:17 to Paris,” which is based on the true experiences of three American men who took on and overcame an Islamic terrorist on a French train in 2015. Eastwood took the unusual step of casting the men as themselves in the film. Tony says it mostly works. The review is 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.
Initial copies of Star Destroyers, an anthology edited by Tony Daniel and Christopher Ruocchio, are in at the Baen office. The book will be at booksellers in March. Star Destroyers has some great stories by many Baen-Books-related authors.
The basic idea of the anthology is there on the cover. Big ships. Blowing things up. It’s about large spaceships and starships, enormous and enormously powerful, in big futures where contention is rife. Will the future have anything like this? Who the heck knows. But the stories are fun.
Star Destroyers has an introduction by Tony Daniel on the idea of the battleship in science fiction. You can read it for free here.
Tony Daniel reviews the Netflix film Bright at The Federalist here.
Tony Daniel reviews the Amazon Prime television series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel at The Federalist here.
Tony Daniel reflects on the great writer Mark Helprin, and Helprin’s new novel, Paris in the Present Tense at The Federalist web site here.