The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett My rating: 5 of 5 stars I didn’t have the slightest idea about how to write this review. The story still resonates within me; simple, and yet hauntingly beautiful. Soul-devouring and yet hopeful. I still have no idea how to write this review so I’ll start with the characters since those will be who make or break this book for you. Desiree and Stella Vignes, twins, grow up in Mallard; a small town not on any ...

Behind the Book: Making The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m not even sure when I got this book. It probably was part of some Kickstarter campaign of Michael’s and Robin’s which I had the honour to participate in. So I simply had to read it! This “Making of” book was simply supposed to answer the age-old questions every author gets asked: »Where do you get your ideas? How long does it take you to writ...

The Secret Life of Bots by Suzanne Palmer My rating: 3 of 5 stars That didn’t quite hit the spot: An old derelict ship selected as a last-ditch effort to save humanity from an alien invasion. A fleet of semi-autonomous bots. A single outdated first-generation bot that saves the day. It slightly reminded me of Murderbot but, I’m sorry, it lacks the latter’s innocence and… logical purity. These bots seem logical at first glance ...

Bretonische Spezialitäten by Jean-Luc Bannalec My rating: 5 of 5 stars »Dupin spürte, wie eine gewisse Aufregung in ihm aufkam. Er hatte Hunger, ja, aber es war noch mehr: pure lukullische Lust.« Da wären wir also mal wieder – der neunte Bretagne-Krimi um Kommissar Dupin. Wenn eine Buchreihe diesen “Reifegrad” erreicht, dann wird mir bei jedem neuen Band ein wenig “mulmig”, denn allzu oft verliert sich der Autor in der Routine ...

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline My rating: 1 of 5 stars This was the worst disappointment in years… I loved “Ready Player One” and was eagerly awaiting this second instalment. After all, a sequel to an instant classic? What could possibly go wrong?! Turns out the answer is “everything”: Wade Watts was an underdog; orphaned, hunted but optimistic and positive with a great group of friends. In this book, though, he has turned into a veng...

Forged by Benedict Jacka My rating: 5 of 5 stars In this eleventh instalment of Benedict Jacka’s “Alex Verus” series, “Forged” (as aptly titled as ever!), Alex is back at fixing lots of problems. Let’s take a quick look back first, though. In “Fallen” we saw how Alex had to harden and tackle things differently than he used to. He ‘fell’ away from trying to be the nice guy and concentrated on what he felt had to be done. He pic...

Marion Dönhoff: Ein Widerständiges Leben by Alice Schwarzer My rating: 5 of 5 stars Ich kam mit Marion Gräfin Dönhoff zum ersten Mal bewußt in Berührung als ich über den 20. Juli 1944 las. Denn bereits zum ersten Jahrestag 1945 schrieb Dönhoff »In Memoriam 20. Juli 1944. Den Freunden zum Gedächtnis« über ihre Freunde aus dem Widerstand gegen Hitler, die von den Nazis ermordet worden waren.Daraus entstand ihr 1994 veröffentlichtes Buc...

Faking Under the Mistletoe by Ashley Shepherd My rating: 2 of 5 stars This was such a nice idea: A Christmas romance! Ok, the author added “office romance”, “enemies-to-lovers” and “fake dating to evoke jealousy in an ex” but if that actually had worked out, I probably would have loved it. The beginning is very promising even: The banter between our heroine, Olivia, and her grumpy boss, Asher, is amusing, sometimes even witty and almo...

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom My rating: 2 of 5 stars When I was around the age of 18 – the age of majority in Germany – I felt like I had broken through some magical barrier to adulthood. (I hadn’t.) Now, I felt, it was my sacred duty (it wasn’t) to find out about – imagine a drum roll if you will – nothing lesser than the meaning of life itself. (Didn’t find it.) Young me contacted the most well-meaning, wise...

The Dark Archive by Genevieve Cogman My rating: 4 of 5 stars As of right now, I’m actually still undecided how many stars I’m going to award “The Dark Archive” as, unfortunately, I cannot do five stars but oscillate between three and four starts… Let’s get going and see where reflection leads me… So, the seventh instalment of “The Invisible Library” lies behind me – and a whole new field of opportunities for further books ...

Version bump to systemd-43 / Move to /usr
Exherbo / February 19, 2012

(This is the same as the news item but I want this to get maximum exposure.) Read ALL of this, it’s important to everyone using systemd. Up to systemd[=42] we installed boot-critical components to / and others to /usr. This split was causing issues with respect to tmpfiles, intrinsic dependencies and dependencies on stuff on /usr. systemd[=43] finally removes this split and installs everything but udev and pam stuff to /usr. This ...

Multilib migration after The Great Merge (optional)
Exherbo / January 5, 2012

Disclaimer: The entire migration procedure as described below is completely optional. If you don’t need or want multilib/multibuild/multiple C targets support, you can ignore this email. We won’t force anyone to use it. I’m only going to use it on my desktop myself. 🙂   We’ve now merged all multilib branches into master (this will go down into history books as “The Great Merge”!). Thus, we don...

Exherbo – my goals for the remainder of 2011 & 2012
Exherbo / October 1, 2011

(Disclaimer: The following is just my personal opinion and what *I* want to achieve for Exherbo. It’s fairly likely not everyone will agree with everything I’m going to state. 🙂 ) We’ve come a long way with Exherbo since we started: – We have a pretty much complete set of packages to use Exherbo on desktop, notebook and server systems. – With exheres-0, we have a very powerful and useful EAPI. – We...

You all suck at working on patches, my fellow Exherbo devs!
Exherbo / March 26, 2011

I originally posted this in 2011. Unfortunately, hardly any significantly changed since then. I decided to add !pd statistics this time, though: Philantrop: 557 sepek: 271 ar: 207 keruspe: 180 SardemFF7: 105 zlin: 98 compnerd: 94 sepek_: 88 SuperHeron: 67 heirecka: 53 moben: 43 mrothe: 37 woutershep: 33 pipping: 33 Bruners: 33 virkony: 30 arnej: 27 nicoo: 24 tgurr: 22 freeedrich|: 22     What really annoys me lately is the unw...

HowTo: systemd on Exherbo
Exherbo / October 18, 2010

This comes up all too often, so here’s a HowTo for systemd on Exherbo: You have to run a Linux kernel >=2.6.39. The new kernel is only needed at runtime, not for building systemd. You should run a Linux kernel >=3.8. The new kernel is only needed at runtime, not for building systemd. Kernel options for systemd: cf. systemd’s README, here’s an excerpt: CONFIG_DEVTMPFS CONFIG_CGROUPS (it’s OK to disable a...

systemd and the Linux kernel
Exherbo / September 13, 2010

This comes up all too often, so here’s a HowTo for systemd on Exherbo: You have to run a Linux kernel >=2.6.39. The new kernel is only needed at runtime, not for building systemd. You should run a Linux kernel >=3.0. The new kernel is only needed at runtime, not for building systemd. Kernel options for systemd: In your kernel config, enable autofs4, devtmpfs and cgroups. Do not enable autofs3. Here’s what ...

systemd in Exherbo – what’s happened so far…
Exherbo / September 12, 2010

It has been quite a while since I last wrote something about my work on systemd in Exherbo, so here’s an update: What has been accomplished so far: The Exherbo patches are done. Do NOT try to submit them upstream yet, though. I’ll take care of that when the time is ripe. Lots of services are done. You can boot and run most systems using systemd now. I’ve built new amd64 and x86 stages without any init system so you can...

systemd in Exherbo – Rules of Engagement
Exherbo / June 9, 2010

As you may have noticed, I’ve recently added systemd to ::philantrop for use in Exherbo. I’m writing this to warn you that I will break systemd (and consequently your boot process) until further notice recklessly, repeatedly and without prior warning to anyone make clear what I intend to do with systemd in Exherbo make a plan for myself. What I want to do first is get a feeling for systemd and see if it might have the potent...

Exherbo – what we’re good at, what we should improve
Exherbo / April 17, 2010

Exherbo has developed nicely since we went public about it two years ago and even though we haven’t yet accomplished all of our major goals yet, I think we’re doing well. In this post, I’d like to comment on a few things that we’ve accomplished, some we’re still working on and some which we yet have to deal with. This is, of course, just my personal point of view and not necessarily shared by any other Exhe...

Gentoo packs it up – joins Exherbo
Exherbo / April 1, 2010

In an unexpected move, the Gentoo trustees have contacted us, Exherbo, recently with a suggestion. Disappointed with the intense internal quarreling among Gentoo developers (which Gentoo has been famous for anyway), the general inability of the current Gentoo council to provide the necessary vision and strategic governance for Gentoo as a whole as well as the lack of implementation of newer EAPIs in Portage, the trustees deemed it neces...