Review and Free Read: “Hym and Hur” by Phillip Frey

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Review: “As others have noted, this author has the ability to switch genres and always be interesting and intriguing in some way. In current markets this can be chancy, or certainly ratings can suffer if an author associated primarily in one genre crosses over and previous readers sometimes cannot seem to make the distinction that some authors do have such ability. They choose to not change their name but instead present themselves as a “Renaissance” writer of sorts. I admire that and as a cross over author myself, I appreciate how hard acceptance can be, also.

Whimsy with a wicked slash of mischief; seemingly light in tone yet with a dark humor that makes you nod slowly and say, A-ha!” Hym and Hur read something like a screenplay: mostly dialogue interspersed with pertinent descriptions. Certainly some might call for fleshing the story out, but in what is presented one can understand well enough the story and its meaning, its little twists and idiosyncrasies without superfluous additions that might have detracted from the overall view. It’s fast moving. It has a point. I found it a thought-provoking short read that has meaning yet lacked pretentiousness in the delivery of its message. Not everyone’s proverbial cup of tea, but I found it was a nice surprise.”

Description: Hym and Hur are a young couple who never age and have been in love for more than a century. They also possess an array of magical abilities, two of which are either to play pranks on humankind or to perform good deeds. Enacting both at the same time 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.

The prank Hym and Hur have come up with must first be agreed upon by Death, who happens to be a rambunctious, difficult character. Once agreed upon, the prank is set in motion. Hym and Hur soon discover Death had tricked them into a contract with dire consequences for all of us.

During their attempt to break the contract, Hym and Hur try to save the relationship of an earthbound couple, knowing they are truly meant for each other. A good deed that will bring Hym and Hur even more trouble.

  • Published: January 14, 2012
  • Publisher: Phillip Frey
  • Available at Amazon, Smashwords and other online distributors
  • Source: Author

Other work by Phillip Frey I’ve reviewed, Dangerous Times, and my inteview with the author.


Filed under Dark Fiction, Fantasy, Reviews, Short Story

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