Burning Alexandria by Michael J. Sullivan My rating: 4 of 5 stars Basically, the blurb says it all – a (book) hoarder in a post-apocalyptic world lives among his tons of books and realises he’ll have to burn some of them. Unfortunately, he’s not the brightest bulb (not even in a world without power!) and, thus, disaster happens. This is a nice-ish short story without any connection to Michael’s other works. It pretty much lives from the s...

A Better Man by Louise Penny My rating: 5 of 5 stars Two years ago, I somehow came across “Still Life”, the first in a series about Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Quebec, Canada. It was a good book, no doubt, and I was quick to catch up with the series which I greatly enjoyed. What I expected to be a standard police procedural turned out to be so much more. Gamache isn’t the young, enthusiastic investigator but a man in h...

Tim und Struppi, Band 2: Tim in Amerika by Hergé My rating: 3 of 5 stars Entstanden in 1931 wurde dieser Band 1946 und 1973 jeweils überarbeitet. Mir liegt die 3. Auflage aus dem Jahr 1974 vor. Tim räumt mit der Chicagoer Unterwelt der 1930er-Jahre auf. Ein netter Band mit netten Ideen, aber sicherlich kein Höhepunkt der Reihe. View all my reviews...

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden My rating: 2 of 5 stars “That evening, the old lady sat in the best place for talking: in the kitchen, on the wooden bench beside the oven.” In the street of the small village I grew up in, there lived (and lives to this day even though she is very, very old now!) a lady of sheer infinite kindness. During the 1980’ties she still used an old oven that burned wood in her wonderfully old-fashione...

Tim im Kongo by Hergé My rating: 3 of 5 stars “Tim im Kongo” wird üblicherweise als der erste “wirkliche” Tim-und-Struppi-Band angesehen, da der eigentliche Vorgänger, “Tim im Lande der Sowjets” von Hergé lange Zeit als “Jugendsünde” abgetan wurde. Auch hat er diesen später meist als “Band 0” bezeichneten Comic nie mehr überarbeitet (im Gegensatz zu den meisten anderen Bänden). Insofern darf der vorliegende Band ...

Tim im Lande der Sowjets by Hergé My rating: 3 of 5 stars Nach vielen Jahren habe ich auf Empfehlung von Akash diesen “Tim und Struppi”-Comic mal wieder gelesen. Es ist das allererste Werk in dieser Comic-Reihe und sein Alter (Entstehungszeit 1929 bis 1930) ist unverkennbar. Die damalige Sowjet-Union, die als Heimat der gefährlichen kommunistischen Horden gesehen wurde, hat so natürlich nie existiert und der gesamte Comic leidet etwas unte...

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’ve first read “The Last Wish” in 2011. It was recommended to me by my friend Ingmar (who still has to read it, I suppose!) who – as it turned out later – used me as a guinea pig for books he intended to read but didn’t know if he would enjoy them and, thus, enticed me into reading them first. Little did that scoundrel know that he had involuntarily introduced me to what is t...

The Game by Michael J. Sullivan My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is another short story by Michael which he published separately as part of one of his Kickstarter campaigns. It’s about Troth, a previously minor Non-Player Character (NPC), who “lives” in a Massively Multi-player Role Playing Game (MMORPG) and suddenly develops sentience. The premise is interesting and the story well-told (how could it not be, it’s a Sullivan!). It’s just tha...

Bretonisches Vermächtnis by Jean-Luc Bannalec My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars Vive la France! – auch wenn sich das etwas merkwürdig anfühlt, wenn man weiß, daß sich hinter dem Pseudonym Jean-Luc Bannalec der deutsche Literat Jörg Bong (schon eine Weile nicht mehr) versteckt. Merkwürdig fühlt es sich auch an, nach längerer Zeit der “Abstinenz” einmal mehr in meiner Muttersprache gelesen und, jetzt und hier, auch geschrieben zu haben. ...

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews My rating: 2 of 5 stars I’ve read this book because it sounded a bit like Jim Butcher’s “Dresden Files” which I like. And, indeed, there are similarities – the most important one for me was that I didn’t really like either series’ respective first book. “Magic Bites” was a confusing read much of which is due to the messy style of storytelling employed here. There’s a knightly order that’s suppose...

Into the Decay by Justin K. Arthur
Advance Review Copy (ARC) , Book Review / October 27, 2015

Into the Decay by Justin K. Arthur My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was yet another pleasant surprise from LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program. This is a classic example for not judging a book by its cover because – let’s be honest – the cover looks like a failed experiment. The book itself, though, is fairly enjoyable. In fact, the story telling, the writing and the overall style (which *is* somewhat rough at the...

Jenkins updated to 1.627
Exherbo / September 1, 2015

Another quick news blurb: I’ve updated Jenkins to 1.627. It has a few bugfixes but nothing really spectacular. The full changelog can be found here.    ...

Gerrit updated to 2.11.3 / Jenkins updated to 1.626
Exherbo / August 30, 2015

I’ve just updated Gerrit to the latest release 2.11.3. These are the user-visible highlights: When you choose a user (e. g. to add a reviewer) inactive accounts are not suggested anymore. If you use side-by-side diffs (why ever would you?!), their performance has been improved If your browser supports the JavaScript clipboard API (e. g. Chromium does) that’s preferred over the old Flash widget. Quite a few bug fixes. You ...

Jenkins updated to 1.623
Exherbo / August 8, 2015

Quick news blurb: I’ve updated Jenkins to 1.623. It has quite few bugfixes but nothing really spectacular. The full changelog can be found here.    ...

Gerrit updated to 2.11.2 / Jenkins updated to 1.620
Exherbo / July 14, 2015

This morning, I’ve updated Gerrit to the latest release 2.11.2. These are the user-visible highlights: Automatic suggestions in the search box work again. Several issues that could potentially cause data loss have been fixed. Newer jgit version You can find the complete release notes for Gerrit 2.11.2 here. As for Jenkins, I’ve updated it from 1.617 to 1.620 as well. Lots of bugfixes were implemented the most interestin...

Gerrit updated to 2.11.1
Exherbo / June 13, 2015

I’ve just finished updating Gerrit to the latest release 2.11.1. These are the highlights: You can now link accounts to each other (Settings / Identities / Link Another Identity). This means, if you want to be able to use both Github and Google, just use that button. Furthermore, if you accidentally create a new account (you’ll know it happened if you can’t +2 changes for your own repository anymore), you can now jus...

Silk by Chris Karlsen

Silk by Chris Karlsen My rating: 2 of 5 stars This is yet another win from Early Reviewers. Unfortunately, it’s a completely forgettable book. I’ve read “Silk” some time ago and waited to write this review for a while to see what I would actually remember and how I would feel about it. The story is pretty much standard murder mystery: Killer kills woman, police tries to find him with the limited means of the time...

Gerrit updated to 2.11 – being in-line, changing change screens and the return of the king!
Exherbo / May 8, 2015

I’ve just finished updating Gerrit to the latest release 2.11. This gives us some amazingly cool new features to play with: In-line editing of changes! Till now, we could only edit the commit message; now we can fix typos, etc. ourselves. Let’s rule the (changeset) world! The new(er) change screen is more gorgeous than ever! (And you better like it because the old one is gone.) The Return of The King or: The Empire strikes ...

Great Article about Exherbo’s MultiArch is online!
Exherbo / May 7, 2015

Here’s a great article about Exherbo’s MultiArch! You’ll find it on these sites as well (please up-vote it if you like it!): – http://slashdot.org/firehose.pl?op=view&type=submission&id=4410889 – https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/357rkz/exherbo_the_first_gnulinux_distribution_to_gain/ – https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9508077 https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-p-7744266.html#77...

Gerrit update tomorrow
Exherbo / May 7, 2015

Just a short heads-up: I’m going to update our Gerrit installation tomorrow so please expect some downtime.  ...