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.



Riding the coattails of Harry Potter
27 Aug 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling's foray into detective fiction is entertaining if undistinguished.


Favourite books of 2012
18 Dec 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, books, literature, reading
Looking for a good read over the Christmas holidays? A late present? Look no further.


75 years of The Hobbit
7 Dec 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien, literature
J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative adventure has become the gold standard of children’s literature.


The Victims’ Revolution
9 Nov 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, higher education
In a new book a gay writer pens a powerful indictment of identity studies as dogmatic cults.


The Casual Vacancy
22 Oct 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, Harry Potter, literature
J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults is a sprawling, dark, misanthropic tale about the worst kind of Muggles.


Donner and Blitzen! Where’s my pipe?
8 Oct 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: censorship, literature, smoking
A publisher bowdlerises familiar verses to produce a non-smoking Santa for the edification of children.


A geek lesson about sensitivity
20 Sep 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: censorship, gender, language, race
If the language sensitivity police are right, one of the most expressive words of the tech revolution should be banned.


Spartacus: human dignity in meltdown
29 May 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: film reviews, historical fiction
Starz Entertainment’s series manages to up the ante on extreme content even in a desensitized age.


Meet the genre master
22 May 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: comic books, film reviews
Joss Whedon is proving a master of popcorn with two films currently in the theatres, The Avengers and The Cabin in the Woods.


What does a “realistic” fantasy look like?
4 May 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: book reviews, fantasy, literary realism
The slaughter, rape, incest and deceit in "A Game of Thrones" or the nobility and dignity in "The Lord of the Rings"?


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