A thoroughly enjoyable short story, Phillip Frey’s Hym and Hur has pleasingly thought-provoking humor, combining a delightful premise with thoroughly enjoyable execution. The author’s light touch with matters of heaven and hell blends perfectly with the innocent mood of his oddly ancient protagonists, Hym and Hur, as they plan their next curious prank. The human protagonists are pleasing too as their perils stretch before them, but the reader’s eyes are kept firmly fixed on the mystical—how will Hym and Hur get everyone out of the mess their foolish tricks have created? An odd misused word can easily be forgiven in such a short pleasing piece. The grown-up fairy-tale feel of the writing is thoroughly enjoyable and the story wends its way to an appropriate conclusion without ever devolving into analysis of what’s going on. I hope I might meet Hym and Hur in more pranking short stories some day.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this story from the author in exchange for my honest review.
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Sheila Deeth (SheilaDeeth)
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This contemporary tale manages to do so much. It gives us the feeling of a long lasting (albeit strange) love relationship, a young couple whose first kiss was shared New Year's eve 1904. It gives us an interesting portrait of overly self-protective and over busied Los Angelenos and of the city itself. And, without giving away any spoilers, an inventive playfully serious excursion into the psyche of Death. It does all this while being unpretentiously literate. - Hal Ackerman, author of two fiction novels
Hym and Hur is definitely worth reading. - Jacob Drake, reviewer at Crescent Suns eBooks
Excellent short story from Phil Frey. I found the tale to be very enjoyable, well-written and with some excellent characterization. The three pseudo-antagonists in the tale are handled quite well. Everyone has a personality that is believable. This one is definitely worth a read! - Rich Meyer at Book Junkies Hym and Hur reminds me of two young adults wreaking havoc on unsuspecting victims but they never really mean to cause harm so it's kind of like they are not really all that "bad," but then again they aren't 100% "good." And now toss in the character of Death and your open to mayhem where things can and usually do spiral out of control. A story you will ...