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, where many texts and video clips can also be found.

Not for the squeamish: ‘Game of Thrones’ approaches its finale

15 May 2019
Fiction is not harmless simply because it’s make-believe.

Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series to be set in the Second Age

15 Mar 2019
The choice of a low point in the Tolkien mythos has its risks.

The Fall of Gondolin

17 Sep 2018
The ‘first real story’ of Tolkien’s imaginary world is finally published.

Jordan Peterson’s rules against chaos

30 Jan 2018
Toughen up, be honest, take responsibility – for a start.

Tolkien’s Letters from Father Christmas

14 Dec 2017
A father's remarkable response to his children's Christmas wishes.

How a ‘pronoun’ class got a young Canadian academic censured

7 Dec 2017
Social justice warriors weaponise ‘hate’ to silence free discussion.

Will Amazon give Tolkien the ‘Game of Thrones’ treatment?

27 Nov 2017
The cyber giant has bought the TV rights to The Lord of the Rings.

The Book of Dust: more dark material from anti-Narnia

7 Nov 2017
Phillip Pullman is not finished with his war on Christianity.

Tolkien fan science and the flora of Middle-earth

26 Oct 2017
We should resist the temptation to identify a fictional world with our own.

‘Beren and Lúthien’: The surprising origins of a Tolkien legend

16 Jun 2017
A new book that may be the final work of JRR’s literary afterlife.

Way of the Warrior Kid

5 Jun 2017
Boys deserve a better primer than a guide to hero worship

The Silmarillion: tracing the roots of Tolkien’s mythical universe

27 Apr 2017
Published posthumously, this formidable work provides the backstory to LOTR and its author.

Anne of Green Gables gets a reboot

7 Apr 2017
A revisionist adaptation desecrates this beloved story.

Animal rights, and wrong arguments

16 Mar 2017
Animals being trucked to slaughter are not like Jews being led to death camps.

The trouble with Hillbilly Elegy

27 Jan 2017
It takes more than one man's memoir to break class bubbles.

A Polish Tolkien? The fantasy world of Andrzej Sapkowski

13 Dec 2016
‘The Witcher’ stories have become a huge hit with gamers.

Goodbye, Good Reading Guide - and thanks for the ride

21 Nov 2016
An Australian online venture is, sadly, forced to fold its tent.

Denial kills you twice: Canada’s response to terrorism

3 Nov 2014
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
An article on living childfree seems an odd choice for a back to nature magazine.

Living in the past

17 Dec 2013
What’s behind our love affair with the Middle Ages?

Riding the coattails of Harry Potter

27 Aug 2013
J.K. Rowling's foray into detective fiction is entertaining if undistinguished.

Favourite books of 2012

18 Dec 2012
Looking for a good read over the Christmas holidays? A late present? Look no further.

75 years of The Hobbit

7 Dec 2012
J.R.R. Tolkien's imaginative adventure has become the gold standard of children’s literature.

The Victims’ Revolution

9 Nov 2012
In a new book a gay writer pens a powerful indictment of identity studies as dogmatic cults.

The Casual Vacancy

22 Oct 2012
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
A publisher bowdlerises familiar verses to produce a non-smoking Santa for the edification of children.

A geek lesson about sensitivity

20 Sep 2012
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
Starz Entertainment’s series manages to up the ante on extreme content even in a desensitized age.

Meet the genre master

22 May 2012
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
The slaughter, rape, incest and deceit in "A Game of Thrones" or the nobility and dignity in "The Lord of the Rings"?