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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Language: English
ISBN: 9781452449258
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!

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. 02, 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)

Review by: Alisia on June 13, 2012 :
This is a short story about an immortal couple who have abilities. They help people and play pranks on them, but it must be approved by Death first. As they think of pranks, they come up with a way to help people, Death approves it. But is it because he wants to see HYM and HUR do good? Or does he have his own plans?
I thought that it was a good short story. I just wish that we could have gotten to know the characters more. Like how did Hym and Hur become immortal or were they always?
SPOILER: I liked the part where Archie and Sarah were drinking champagne and every time they picked up the bottle there was more in it. I knew it had to be Hur or Hym and I was right! Sneaky little immortals.
I also liked that we got to see what happened with Archie and Sarah in the end.
It was very interesting to see this version of Death. Yes, he wisely and a trickster, just like them all. But he wasn't so doom and gloom as most Deaths. He was happy with his job and he let it show.

Anyone who has a little bit of time and is looking for a book they can start and finish, I suggest this one!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Hal Ackerman on May 14, 2012 :
This is a new and inventive twist to the notion of trying to trick Death--a pretty resourceful trickster himself. Naming his characters Hym and Hur made me think of Samuel Becket, a writer, who like Frey, celebrates odd and minimalist evocative prose. In a relatively short piece, this tale manages to do so much. it gives us a 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.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: wistfulskimmie on May 10, 2012 :
This is the story of Hym and Hur, a couple who have been in love a long time and never age. They love playing pranks on people with their special powers. This time however they have made a deal with Death in exchange for a good deed. They may choose someone to save people from dying by touch alone, for 24 hours. But this is Death and there is always a loophole....

This was a deliciously funny little tale. I loved the pranks Hym & Hur played and the funny interventions they made into peoples lives, whether for the best or not. The story ran smoothly and the characters were believable. The end was very sweet and I would love to read more of this author's work.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Tiffany Sill on May 09, 2012 :
Originally Posted At: http://reviewsalatiffany.blogspot.com/

To start off this review, let me tell you I actually liked this story. I've never really been a fan of short stories, they end too soon. This one I would have loved to see this story a little bit longer. I think that maybe a better back story for the characters would have been really appreciated.

The characters are one thing in particular that I really want to share about. These characters were very comical and they felt very thought out to me. Hym is a personal favorite, I loved his practical jokes! Even if there were only a few. Death was hilarious! He was amazing in his first scene. I didn't get a very strong impression with Hur, I have no idea why. Sarah and Archie's relationship was very cute.

There were a few scenes that I found very memorable in this story. The first is the bar scene with death, very funny. :) I loved Death, I don't know why but I did. The zombie scene was another memorable one. I love zombies! I really didn't think that there would be any in this story, but it was great and very comical. The last one that I want to announce is the Iraq scene. I teared up a bit to put it simply. It was very sad and I think it put that realistic aspect in there that the book neede.

To conclude this review, I want to say that this story is one I would recommend. I enjoyed it and I'm not really a fan of very short stories. This story is one of those ones to read when you have a break or something to just relax and enjoy.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

Review by: Rich Meyer on May 09, 2012 :
Excellent short story from Phil Frey. I hadn't thought of it before seeing the other reviews but, yes, this could easily be an episode of the Twilight Zone, or a less-murderous episode of Tales from the Darkside.

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!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Laurie Kilpatrick on Jan. 28, 2012 :
Lovely short story which has a whimsical quality with some mischievous darker tones. I agree with the reviewer that compares this to a Twilight Zone episode. I too would love to see this longer or even 3 dimentional. Mr. Frey is adept at switching genres, this and "Dangerous Times", can't wait to see what's next. Excellent job.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)

Review by: Crescent Suns eBooks on Jan. 26, 2012 :
Anyone here old enough to remember the Twilight Zone? How about the early short stories of Isaac Asimov? If you are you'll get my meaning when I say reading Hym and Hur was like watching an episode of the Twilght Zone or reading one of Asimov's early stories. It has that "old time" feel to it which I find comforting and refreshing. Not many people write the way the "old masters" did and I think that's a shame. Hym and Hur is a brief, but interesting concept that perhaps could be expanded on a bit (Which is why I only gave it four stars), but still, it gets the story across in a fun way that made me feel as though I was sitting in front of the old black and white TV we had when I was a kid watching Rod Serling introduce this week's show.
Definitely worth reading.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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