Title: Hym and Hur
Author: Phillip Frey
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pub. Year: 2012
Purchase: Amz/ B&N
I received this novel free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Blurb from Amazon:
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 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 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.
This was a sweet short story about the power to bring back the death to life. Hym and Hur are a funny couple who are looking for a fun time. Hur is more into the prank because she is the one who looks for the person to play the prank on. Hym is just playing along with her trick.
Archie is the man who receives the gift of bringing the death back to life. Hur chooses Archie because he is a decent man. He may be a struggling artist but he is happy with his work. What I liked about him and his girlfriend was their disbelief in the dead coming to life. The death coming to life has to have a logical explanation like the hospital’s morgue incident. A dead man is going to be autopsy and when Archie touches him, the dead man wakes up. It was a medical mistake the reason why the man ended up in the morgue. It’s a morbid but funny situation. The medical examiner is ready to cut open the body when the body comes to life. I find it hilarious because it would be like being pranked except it’s not a prank.
The best character in the story is Death. He is cynical, sarcastic and funny. He proves why no one should attempt to cheat Death. He adds his own spin to the the prank of Hym and Hur by stretching the conditions of the prank.
It was a really nice short story about being pranked by immortal beings.
50th in the 150+ Reading Challenge
Also qualifies for: E-book, Self-Published, Where are you reading?-California