Pet Shop Boys: A Short Story [NOOK Book]

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From bestselling author Kim Harrison comes this original short story (to be featured in her anthology Into the Woods, October 2012) where things are most definitely not as they seem. A pet shop employee’s innocent date with a customer quickly turns disturbing rather than delightful. She and her family hold a centuries-old secret, and they want him to stay with them forever . . .

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Overview

From bestselling author Kim Harrison comes this original short story (to be featured in her anthology Into the Woods, October 2012) where things are most definitely not as they seem. A pet shop employee’s innocent date with a customer quickly turns disturbing rather than delightful. She and her family hold a centuries-old secret, and they want him to stay with them forever . . .

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062237682
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 100
  • Sales rank: 65,882
  • File size: 367 KB

Meet the Author

Kim Harrison

New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison was born and raised in the upper Midwest. Her bestselling Hollows novels include Dead Witch Walking; The Good, the Bad, and the Undead; Every Which Way But Dead; A Fistful of Charms; For a Few Demons More; The Outlaw Demon Wails; White Witch, Black Curse; Black Magic Sanction; Pale Demon; A Perfect Blood; Ever After; and The Undead Pool, plus the short-story collection Into the Woods, The Hollows Insider, and the graphic novels Blood Work and Blood Crime. She also writes the Madison Avery series for young adults.

Biography

Bestselling paranormal fantasy author Kim Harrison went all the way through school with nary a thought of becoming a writer. A biology major in college, she took only the required English courses needed to graduate. So when the writing bug hit her later in life, she found herself at a real disadvantage with grammar, spelling, and other basic weapons in the scribbler's arsenal. However, her love of books was her saving grace. Always a voracious reader, Harrison instinctively recognized the role of plot, pacing, and character development in good storytelling. She set about writing with great enthusiasm and plugged away for the better part of decade, until she was able to bring her skills up to par.

Harrison's debut novel grew out of frustration with a growing pile of rejection notices. In an attempt to get publishers' attention, she set out to craft something deliberately weird and edgy. She conceived a motley cast of vampires, werewolves, pixies, and witches, including a sexy bounty hunter named Rachel Morgan, and threw them together in a short story. Then, her agent introduced her to editor Diana Gill, and together they refined and expanded Harrison's idea into a full length novel.

Published in 2004, Dead Witch Walking became a bestseller, launched a blockbuster series, and catapulted Harrison into a pantheon of paranormal superstars that includes Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Christine Feehan, and Sherrilyn Kenyon. As if to validate her inclusion in these ranks, Harrison's stories have also been included in several bestselling paranormal collections.

Good To Know

  • Harrison claims that her muse exists in music. In our exclusive interview, she explained, "Music moves society more than most people realize. In my opinion, it's a soft manipulator of influence and change. I love the power of the musician who composes and performs. I envy their ability to put a nugget of truth in three minutes of sweat and emotional outpouring, colored entirely from their thoughts. And I'll admit that if I can, I'll steal that nugget of truth, study it, facet it, polish it, and place it in my writing."

  • On her MySpace page, Kim lists the following as her heroes: "My parents. Anyone who pursues their dreams when no one believes they can reach them. Single moms and dads."

  • Rachel Morgan and her otherworldly cohorts exist in and around an alternate version of Cincinnati, Ohio -- a "little big city" Harrison was familiar with from her Midwestern youth. She always tries to incorporate "Cincy" sights into her series novels, so readers are likely to find allusions to Eden Park, the Cincinnati Zoo, and other local neighborhoods and landmarks.

  • As a tribute to one of her favorite actor/directors, Harrison has given some of her Rachel Morgan novels titles that play on well-known Clint Eastwood films: For a Few Demons More, Every Which Way but Dead, The Outlaw Demon Wails, etc.

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    • Posted October 8, 2012

      more from this reviewer

      A quick Halloween Read!

      Brought to you by OBS reviewer Heidi

      Pet Shop Boys is a short story written by Kim Harrison that is going to be featured in her upcoming anthology, Into the Woods, that is slated to be released in October. Pet Shop Boys is centered around a 20-something, Cooper, who struggles to get by while working at a pet store.

      One night a young girl wanders into the store right before closing and is later followed by her mom, Felicity. And, Cooper can’t believe his luck when smoking hot Felicity comes on to him. He knows he should stay away from her, but can’t resist when she asks him to join her for a Christmas party later that night.

      But Cooper quickly learns that things are not what they seem. What starts out as a rocking party quickly turns into a nightmare as he starts seeing people slumped over at tables after being bitten and then their unconscious or dead bodies being carried off somewhere. Even Cooper’s boss isn’t what she has always appeared to be. But can Cooper manage to get out of this mess alive?

      I don’t really know what to think about this story. It’s definitely a little different.

      I have to say though that I’m so used to reading Harrison’s Hollows series narrated by Rachel Morgan that it was nice to see a story by her with the lead character giving us a male perspective. I really enjoyed Cooper and his struggle between his brain and his… other brain, if you know what I mean? He knows he shouldn’t go off with Felicity, but he can’t resist a chance to possibly get laid with a hot chick….that is so male….at least the stereotype of one! But it made him as a character more believable. Although that’s about the only thing, believable in this story. It’s not that I didn’t like the story, but it was just really out there.

      Before the story begins, there is a note from Kim explaining how this is short she had written with the possible intention of creating a new series from it and the ending definitely speaks to that. It leaves the story open and gives you the feeling that there are more installments to come. Not to mention the plural of ‘boys’ in the title of the short and there only being one pet shop ‘boy’ in this story. I think with some finesse and some full-length novels that could help us get to know the secondary characters, the series definitely has some potential. That is, if Harrison chooses to go through with making a series out of it. I guess only time will tell.

      This is a quick read that can easily be read in a couple of hours and would be a great little story for the upcoming Halloween season.

      4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 10, 2012

      Excellent Story

      I really loved this short story by Kim Harrison. She does a wonderful job pulling you into the story. I only wish it was a full length novel. Cooper is a very courages character and I can't wait to see if she continues his story. I will keep my fingers crossed that she does :)

      3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 13, 2012

      Mewtwo eggs

      To post here press the share button then rate and review. 100 P$ each.

      2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 23, 2013

      chorgurl1999@comcast.net

      Add me

      1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 8, 2013

      Um....

      Moonbeam? Im here.....

      1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 13, 2013

      Tyler

      Whats going on?

      1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 25, 2013

      This is excellent short story by Kim Harrison. This short story

      This is excellent short story by Kim Harrison. This short story will be featured in her upcoming anthology "Into the Woods". Pet Shop Boys is centered around 20-something  Cooper, who struggles to get by while working at a pet store. I enjoyed this story and hope it is a teaser for something more down the line than just a short story. It left a lot of possibilities and questions that  I think would be fun to see, like who becomes the hero, or bad guys. This short story, or any anthologies that Kim Harrison writes is great for new readers venturing in her works and can lead into her other books series she writes. this is a great  Halloween or  late-night  read! her stories have a way to suck you into a great read!!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 3, 2013

      Stop cyber buling and nook sex by going to

      First result for pumpkins to learn how to help stop this crime please

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 26, 2013

      Jordan

      I am here to purchase my boa constrictor. Do you have one?

      0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 26, 2013

      Voal

      Squeaked

      0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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      Posted December 9, 2012

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 9, 2012

      Link

      Not much respect. Idk where she is. Bye.leaves

      0 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 9, 2012

      Madison

      Pays for it and leaves

      0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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      Posted November 25, 2012

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 13, 2012

      Great

      Awsome

      0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 6, 2012

      Short but good

      Another good Kim Harrison book. This short story definitely kept me on my toes, but left me wanting to know more.

      0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 3, 2012

      Saph

      Okay

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 22, 2012

      Jess:)

      Examines a pretty watch

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 25, 2012

      Josh

      walks out.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 21, 2012

      Holly

      Walks in.~Holly

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