Author: highprimate

politics

Old Timey Racism

I like Jules Verne. I do. And I know it’s problematic to apply current day social codes to someone from a hundred and fifty years ago. Well, not really problematic, inasmuch as they were in the wrong about how they treated minorities. The problem comes in disregarding them completely because of attitudes that at the …

Writing

Vampire Fiction

There’s a lot of hostility toward this particular genre, I’ve noticed in the publishing world. When I research potential publishers for short story submissions or my impending novel, a depression epic of sorts, I see it, over and over again. No vampires. No werewolves. No zombies. It’s kind of funny. I mean, I get it. …

comics

Add-On Books

I always wonder how popular these are. Maybe they are to hardcore fans, but say, how many people buy the guide to wands in Harry Potter or the taxonomy of vampires and werewolves for Twilight? It probably depends on the type of fan as well, I suppose. Harry Potter fans, in my opinion anyway, knowing …

Writing

Kid’s Books

I appreciate a good kids’ book. I mean, none of my stuff is particularly kid-friendly, not with its heavy focus on sex and drugs and rock and roll, though violence seems to be largely secondary. I am a pacifist, so that’s not surprising, I suppose, that I’d tend to suppress violence as much as possible, …

Writing

Dimensional Travel And Choices

I know a lot of people hate time travel books. I get it. It’s circular and illogical and doesn’t make sense. It’s incredibly difficult to postulate what might happen as a result of certain changes, however minor. Still, alternative histories are popular and can often result in great stories about our favourite characters. It allows …

politics

Can Power Systems Change?

We see it again and again in politics, in corporations, in churches and condo associations, in family units and even in charities. Where there is power, there accumulates those who would corrupt that power for their own means. Whether it’s a government or a source of wealth or a good old-fashioned cult following, even systems …

comics

When Things Go Off The Rails

One of my favourite writers is giving up. At least, giving up the project he’s known for, and that’s a good thing. A very good thing. It’s been clear he hasn’t had a love for it for a long time, and that the traumas that took this whole thing off the rails have left him …

Writing

Nonsensical Bullshit

A lot of the things I read, in comics and literature, I read because I like the author. They’ve done something I liked, and therefore, I want to read more by them. That, and the classics. I like to have a wide variety to choose from, and reading things that have been branded literary elite …

Writing

Classics That Suck

Our culture has a tendency to glorify certain literature. From Orwell’s 1984 to Catcher In The Rye, certain books have risen above the rest to become staples of our literary canon. And some of that is earned. 1984 is a hugely important novel, and while a lot of people think it’s overrated, I very much …