HYM and HUR

Rated 4.00/5 based on 15 reviews
In this fantasy-comedy Hym and Hur are a young couple who never age and have been in love for more than a century. They also possess magical abilities, two of which are either to play pranks on humankind or to perform good deeds. Enacting both at once is now what gets them into trouble, especially since it's the unruly character of Death they must deal with to bring their plans to fruition. More

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About Phillip Frey

Phillip Frey grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, where he performed as a child actor at The Cleveland Playhouse. He then later moved to New York, where he performed with The New York Shakespeare Festival, followed by The Repertory Theater of Lincoln Center.

With a change of interest Phillip wrote, directed, and edited 3 short films, all of which had international showings, including The New York Film Festival. With yet another change of interest he returned to Los Angeles to become a produced screenwriter.

He is now devoted only to writing prose. The books "Dangerous Times" and "Hym and Hur" were his first published works of fiction. Phillip Frey has also had the privilege of having his short stories published in various literary journals.

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Review by: SK Thomas on March 16, 2015 :
Entertaining read with unsuspecting plot, I really appreciated the comedy aspect that usually isn’t associated with a character like Death. The tactile powers that were given to a mere mortal lends itself to be a captivating twist. Would Death be true to his word? The ending left me wanting more from Hym and Hur, such as concocting a devious plan to outplay Death. But a really great fantastical short story.

I received a copy of this short story for a review.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: Regina Hott on Dec. 22, 2014 : (no rating)
ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS! This novella was adorable. It was the perfect pick-me-up after a rough day.
I’ve had Hym and Hur in my queue for quite some time but kept avoiding it because, though the synopsis sounds good, the author was unknown to me. Yet, from the moment I picked it up I was entranced. I laughed out loud at the wit and enjoyed the characters immensely.
Grab this one!

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Author: Phillip Frey
Source: Phillip Frey
Grade: A
Ages: 16+
Steam: YA
Setting: Los Angeles, California (United States)
(reviewed 76 days after purchase)
Review by: vicky Deal Sharing Aunt on Sep. 21, 2013 :
This was a very short and involved book. I enjoyed the pun (names) and there were also many other odd things that the author threw in. For such a small book it packed a punch and was an ending that I liked. The plot was worth the read alone, however I would have liked a few more pages to elaborate the end. However this would be a great prologue to a series. I am giving this book a 4/5.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
(reviewed 53 days after purchase)
Review by: vicky Deal Sharing Aunt on Sep. 21, 2013 :
This was a very short and involved book. I enjoyed the pun (names) and there were also many other odd things that the author threw in. For such a small book it packed a punch and was an ending that I liked. The plot was worth the read alone, however I would have liked a few more pages to elaborate the end. However this would be a great prologue to a series. I am giving this book a 4/5.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
(reviewed 53 days after purchase)
Review by: Veronica Sievers on Aug. 10, 2013 :
Okay well this was one of those books where at first you had know idea where it was going. The book is very short about 21 pages so it went through the story line very fast which is something that I did not like. I really enjoyed the story but I wish that would have been longer and went into more detail what was going on. Overall I really enjoyed it and would actually love for it to be turned into a series. I would highly recommend this book to anyone wither they liked fantasy books or not.
(reviewed 31 days after purchase)
Review by: Joana Arteaga on Aug. 2, 2013 :
Hym and Hur is a really short book and super fast to read. In this book Hym and Hur are a couple who have been living a long time and never get old. One day they decide to choose someone to play a prank on and they have to ask Death for help. Death agrees to let them choose someone that can save anyone from Death just by touch. Hym and Hur choose a man that is having problems with his career and his love life. Things don't go as Hym and Hur hoped so they look for Death to end their prank. They do end up helping the man's career and love life though. I liked this book it was fun to read.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
Review by: Chrissy on Sep. 15, 2012 :
Did I enjoy this book: Hym and Hur was alright. It was a very short story that I read in under an hour. But for me, it just didn't make much sense.

The main characters, Hym and Hur, were cute and they want to do good in the world - even though Hym likes to play pranks every now and then. But their names made the story a bit difficult for me to read. I wanted to read he and she every time Hym and Hur were written because it would have been "more correct" that way. (And I realize the characters names are meant to be fun...it just made it a bit hard to read for me.)

The end of the story came about rather abruptly. (And, yes, I do understand this is a short story and it will end quickly. But it was just a bit too quick.) But the ending was happy and a good one. It fit the story.

Would I recommend it: If you like short, quirky stories with a message, then yes, you should read this one. Otherwise, I would not recommend this book.

Will I read it again: I will not.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)
Review by: Sheila Deeth on June 25, 2012 :
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.
(reviewed 36 days after purchase)
Review by: Jenny Bates on June 22, 2012 :
I found this story a little incomplete. I felt like it was rather abrupt and did not really develop any of the characters enough for it to be more than just a very short story. I like short stories, but this tried to establish too much for it to just be a short story.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
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