A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“Runner” by William C. Dietz (Ace, $24.95). The Seattle-area science-fiction writer takes a break from his “Legion of the Damned” series to write a novel about “a crumbling futuristic society — — and a man whose job becomes nothing less than a mission to change the status quo.”
“How To Kill the Job Culture Before It Kills You: Living a Life of Autonomy in a Wage-Slave Society” by Claire Wolfe (Loompanics, $12.95, www.loompanics.com). Practical tips from a local writer who believes that the crazed schedules and rigid workplace demands of our society are “sucking the vitality out of our lives, families and communities.”
“Reading the Riot Act: A Brief History of Riots in Vancouver” by Michael Barnholden (Anvil Press, $15, www.anvilpress.com). For those who thought the 1999 “Battle of Seattle” gave our town a lock on riotous behavior, here’s a look at how civil unrest has played out in our neighbor to the north over the last 100 years.
“The Animals’ Lawsuit Against Humanity,” translated and adapted by Rabbi Anson Laytner and Rabbi Dan Bridge (Fons Vitae, $14.95, www.fonsvitae.com). A retelling, by two Seattle rabbis, of a 10th-century Sufi tale in which “all members of the Animal Kingdom … complain of the dreadful treatment they have suffered at the hands of humankind.” With delightful illustrations by artist Kulsum Begum.
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“Lost Souls” by Michael Collins (Penguin, $14). Paperback edition of the latest novel by the Bellingham-based Irish novelist, about small-town corruption and one very depressed cop. Reviewer Richard Wallace called this “a dark, violent mystery spiked with some cruel humor and plenty of social criticism.”
“Murder in the Queen’s Armes” by Aaron Elkins (Berkley, $6.99). Reissue of a 1990 mystery by the Olympic Peninsula writer, about the theft of a 30,000-year-old skull from an English museum.
“Slow Days, Fast Friends” by Erik Brooks (Albert Whitman & Co., $16.95, www.albertwhitman.com). Children’s picturebook by a Winthrop author, about an injured young cheetah who, unable to race around, goes into a major sulk — until a friendly sloth persuades him of the pleasure of living life at a slower pace.
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic