Dark Pines: ‘The tension is unrelenting, and I can’t wait for Tuva’s next outing.’ - Val McDermid: A Tuva Moodyson Mystery 1 (The Tuva Moodyson Mysteries)
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I was moved. I shuddered when I thought of the possible consequences of my consent, but I felt that there was some justice in his argument. His tale and the feelings he now expressed proved him to be a creature of fine sensations, and did I not as his maker owe him all the portion of happiness that it was in my power to bestow? He saw my change of feeling and continued, Naked, Alone and Racing to Get Home sees contestants dumped naked in the wilds of Perthshire (Image: Channel 4)
This second novel on our Not the Booker 2018 shortlist is about a serial killer in rural Scandinavia. If you’re like me, that knowledge may make you feel slightly cynical. I’ve no way of verifying this, but I have a hunch that, in the decade or so since Stieg Larsson popularised Nordic noir, more people have been murdered in novels about Sweden than in the whole history of that famously safe country. Another feature of pine needles is that they tend to be longer than spruce or fir needle leaves. Some species of pine trees have needles that are up to 16” (40 cm) long. This makes them the longest leaves on any type of conifer. I swear," he cried, "by the sun, and by the blue sky of heaven, and by the fire of love that burns my heart, that if you grant my prayer, while they exist you shall never behold me again. Depart to your home and commence your labours; I shall watch their progress with unutterable anxiety; and fear not but that when you are ready I shall appear."On 16 January 2020, firefighters saved the last wollemi pines left in the wild from the Gospers Mountain fire. The Duke of Edinburgh planted one of two wollemi pines near the Orangery at Kew for our 250th anniversary in 2009.
It’s character-driven as opposed to event-driven,” the actor said. “I’ve read some scripts and we’re pushing Gamache’s character a little bit further [in future episodes].”
But that’s where I lay aside scorn. Dean doesn’t dwell on Tuva’s bisexuality as much as other authors might. Instead, Dark Pines feels like a sincere attempt to get inside a complex and interesting character’s head. Far more space is dedicated to her deafness, the daily routines she has to go through to keep her hearing aids operational and the different ways she interacts with the world – or indeed, cuts herself off. It’s a convincing portrayal of someone who is determined to make the most of the cards she’s been dealt, rather than give in to any stigma around disability.
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I intended to reason. This passion is detrimental to me, for you do not reflect that youare the cause of its excess. If any being felt emotions of benevolence towards me, I should return them a hundred and a hundredfold; for that one creature's sake I would make peace with the whole kind! But I now indulge in dreams of bliss that cannot be realised. What I ask of you is reasonable and moderate; I demand a creature of another sex, but as hideous as myself; the gratification is small, but it is all that I can receive, and it shall content me. It is true, we shall be monsters, cut off from all the world; but on that account we shall be more attached to one another. Our lives will not be happy, but they will be harmless and free from the misery I now feel. Oh! My creator, make me happy; let me feel gratitude towards you for one benefit! Let me see that I excite the sympathy of some existing thing; do not deny me my request!" How is this? I must not be trifled with, and I demand an answer. If I have no ties and no affections, hatred and vice must be my portion; the love of another will destroy the cause of my crimes, and I shall become a thing of whose existence everyone will be ignorant. My vices are the children of a forced solitude that I abhor, and my virtues will necessarily arise when I live in communion with an equal. I shall feel the affections of a sensitive being and become linked to the chain of existence and events from which I am now excluded."