Thursday, June 21, 2012
Thursday Book Review--Hym and Hur by Phillip Frey
This is a fun, quick read about a young couple. They read like adolescents, young and innocent with a penchant for mischievousness. They are immortal so who knows how old they really are. They have a lot of time on their hands, and when they get bored they like to mess with mortals.They have the potential for spreading joy and good will as much as wreaking havoc.
I've had those kind of days where I could swear someone was messing with me. We've all had those days.
In this adventure they make a deal with Death. He is amused by their proposal so he goes along. But you know somewhere down the road there's going to be hell to pay.
This story is an excellent example of characterization. As I read along, I collected various abilities that Hym and Hur exhibit. I was shown, not told what they could do. Death is drawn with many layers and is more interesting than most Death characters I've read. He surprised me here and there.
This is a short story and feels like a prequel. It gives you just enough to whet your appetite and leaves you with even more questions. Where did they come from? Are they extra-terrestrial or just extra-dimensional? Are they immortal or are they another life form with a really long life span?
At the time of this posting the author hasn't planned another book or short story, but I can feel a lot of short stories spinning off these two characters. There is a lot of potential here because the author is deft at not sharing all of his secrets yet. There are the occasional formatting issues, but generally well edited and well written. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
You can take a look at Goodreads and you can purchase it at Smashwords. Here's the author's website: