Harley J. Sims

Harley J. Sims is a writer and independent scholar currently living on a mountainside near Vancouver, British Columbia. In 2018 he published his first book, the Unsung, a literary epic fantasy. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto, as well as an M.A. and B.A. from Carleton University.

A lover of languages and their ability to craft worlds, he has published various articles, chapters, and reviews in scholarly and popular publications in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. At home, he is a literary and linguistic contributor to national television and radio programs. A proud husband, father, and weightlifting enthusiast, Harley can be reached on his website at http://www.harleyjsims.webs.com, where many texts and video clips can also be found.

Way of the Warrior Kid
5 Jun 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: kids books, motivation, self-help
Boys deserve a better primer than a guide to hero worship

The Silmarillion: tracing the roots of Tolkien’s mythical universe
27 Apr 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: JRR Tolkien, jrr tolkien, the silmarillion
Published posthumously, this formidable work provides the backstory to LOTR and its author.

Anne of Green Gables gets a reboot
7 Apr 2017 | POPCORN |  
tags: anne of green gables, netflix, Netflix, TV, tv
A revisionist adaptation desecrates this beloved story.

Animal rights, and wrong arguments
16 Mar 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: animal rights, animal welfare, Canada, human exceptionalism, personhood
Animals being trucked to slaughter are not like Jews being led to death camps.

The trouble with Hillbilly Elegy
27 Jan 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, white working class
It takes more than one man's memoir to break class bubbles.

A Polish Tolkien? The fantasy world of Andrzej Sapkowski
13 Dec 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: fantasy, gaming, literature
‘The Witcher’ stories have become a huge hit with gamers.

Goodbye, Good Reading Guide - and thanks for the ride
21 Nov 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, Portico Good Reading Guide
An Australian online venture is, sadly, forced to fold its tent.

Denial kills you twice: Canada’s response to terrorism
3 Nov 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Canada, Islamist attacks, security
Some people cannot and will not accept that Canada has been attacked by Islamic terrorists.

Taking the “mother” out of Mother Earth News
4 Mar 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: childlessness, environmentalism, nature
An article on living childfree seems an odd choice for a back to nature magazine.

Living in the past
17 Dec 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: films, literature, Middle Ages
What’s behind our love affair with the Middle Ages?

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