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Originally published Monday, May 10, 2010 at 7:03 PM

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Local books: Chuck Palahniuk's newest, the ark, some dragons and orangutans

New fantasy and thriller novels by Seattle-area authors are among this week's books of local interest: "Tell-All," by Chuck Palahniuk, "Dragon Haven," by Robin Hobb and more.

New releases

"Tell-All" by Chuck Palahniuk (Doubleday, $24.95). The latest novel by the author of "Fight Club" is "marinated in the world of vintage Hollywood" and serves up "a veritable Tourette's syndrome of rat-tat-tat name-dropping." Palahniuk lives in Southwest Washington.

"Dragon Haven" by Robin Hobb (Eos, $26.99). The Tacoma fantasy writer delivers a tale about "resurgent dragons in a world that needs — and fears — them." Hobb reads at 7 p.m. today, University Book Store, 4326 University Way N.E., Seattle; free (206-634-3400 or www.ubookstore.com).

"The Ragtime Fool" by Larry Karp (Poisoned Pen, $14.95). The last installment in the Seattle author's "ragtime mystery trilogy" concerns a journal that Scott Joplin kept that triggers some murderous rivalries. Karp reads at 7 p.m. Thursday, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park; free (206-366-3333 or www.thirdplacebooks.com).

"The Intimate Ape: Orangutans and the Secret Life of a Vanishing Species" by Shawn Thompson (Citadel/Kensington, $15.95). A study of the orangutans of Sumatra and Borneo, drawing on "a global assemblage of primatologists, conservationists and volunteers to reveal the intricate life of these majestic primates." Thompson is a part-time Seattleite. Foreword by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson.

"The Ark" by Boyd Morrison (Touchstone, $24.99). Debut thriller by a Seattle author-actor about an archaeologist who needs to track down Noah's Ark "before its secret is used to wipe out civilization once again." Morrison reads at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Seattle Public Library, University Branch, 5009 Roosevelt Way, Seattle; free (206-684-4063 or www.spl.org or www.ubookstore.com).

"Thirteen Days to Midnight" by Patrick Carman (Little, Brown, $16.99) and "Trackers" by Patrick Carman (Scholastic, $14.99). Two new offerings from the Walla Walla author, the first a young-adult novel about two teens having to decide whether to use a "special force" for good or evil; the second a book/web/video hybrid for children ages 9-12, about four youngsters on the trail of a high-tech hacker. Carman reads at 7 p.m. Monday, Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way N.E., Lake Forest Park, free (206-366-3333 or www.thirdplacebooks.com).

Seattle Times staff

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