Monday, January 2, 2017

Book Review: Hym and Hur by Phillip Frey

Title:  Hym and Hur
Author:  Phillip Frey
Genre:  Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date:  January 15, 2014

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.

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My Review:

This was a deliciously cute short story about two magical beings (very possibly angels) who tend to be a bit mischievous.  They set out to choose one person whose touch can keep a person from dying.  Of course they must first make sure this arrangement is okay with "Death", who turns out to be quite a character and not as forthcoming as Hym and Hur would have liked.

The 'arrangement' doesn't turn out quite as planned and the two must quickly find Death to cancel the contract before the dead are raised from the morgue.

During this entire process, Hym and Hur manage to bring a sweet couple, Archie and Sarah, together.

Although with a short story there isn't generally time to really get to know the characters in depth, Phillip Frey managed to make these characters endearing.

This would be a great half hour sitcom on a kid's network like Nickelodeon or Disney aimed at pre-teens.  The vision in my head goes a bit crazy as I imagine weekly episodes of the various adventures and mis-adventures of Hym and Hur.

*Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by the author with the sole purpose of an honest review.  All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

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About the Author:

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 three short films, all of which had international showings, including The New York Film Festival. 
With yet another change of interest, he relocated to Los Angeles to become a produced screenwriter, now devoted only to writing prose. The books "Dangerous Times" and "Hym and Hur" were his first published works of fiction.
Phillip Frey's contest-winning romantic comedy, "The Hero of Lost Causes," may be read in Scribes Valley Publishing's annual short story anthology, "Slow the Pace." Available on Amazon & Barnes and Noble in print and eBook editions. 

You can find Phillip Frey at 


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