Age of Death by Michael J. Sullivan My rating: 3 of 5 stars It pains me to write this but I didn’t really like “Age of Death”. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad book per se. It’s just that it feels flat and – ironically – lifeless. That’s probably why it took me almost a month to finish it. “Age of Death” starts where Age of Legend, the previous book, left off with a huge cliffhanger. Now our heroes move on into...

The Darker Arts by Oscar de Muriel My rating: 1 of 5 stars I read one book at a time, always. I simply cannot just “switch” from one book to another anymore. So, if I hit a rotten tomato I tend to actually read less. I’m typing this on my iPhone. A minute ago, I found myself wondering and thinking, “I usually read at a time like this.” – while I was playing a game. Then it began to dawn on me: ‘How much must you despise a book t...

A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie My rating: 5 of 5 stars Wow, we’re already at the 18th instalment of this great series. When I picked this book up, I was slightly worried how I would like it, considering that I haven’t exactly had much luck with long-running series this year; the latest Dupin a disappointment almost as badly as the latest Bruno (review here). Would Deborah Crombie let me down as well? Would she make me wish for Duncan and G...

Fallen by Benedict Jacka My rating: 3 of 5 stars Let me state clearly where I stand when it comes to Alex Verus: I think he’s the greatest Urban Fantasy protagonist ever. I’ve enjoyed every single book in the series and I enjoyed this latest instalment as well – just not as much as most of the others, unfortunately. Why though? The trademark humour is there, Luna is there and so are Anne, Variam, Arachne and others. Sadly, they mostly take ...

Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski My rating: 5 of 5 stars “‘Who the hell are you?’ Geralt asked again, leaning forward. ‘What are you doing… in this forest? How did you get here?’ The girl lowered her head and sniffed loudly. ‘Cat got your tongue? Who are you, I said? What’s your name?’ ‘Ciri,’ she said, sniffing.” Once more we return to Geralt of Rivia, the eponymous Witcher, and his deeds. Mostly, though, “Sword of...

Der blaue Lotos von Hergé My rating: 3 of 5 stars “Der Blaue Lotus” entstand im Jahr 1934 und wurde bereits 1946 erneut überarbeitet und es wurden wiederum auch inhaltliche Änderungen vorgenommen. Auch hier versucht Hergé wieder eine “runde” Geschichte zu erzählen, doch leider mißlingt ihm das gründlich: Die Story besteht in wesentlichen Teilen aus Tims fortgesetzter Flucht und Wieder-Inhaftierung. Ein Entkommen ist dabei absurder ...

Her Silent Cry by Lisa Regan My rating: 3 of 5 stars In this sixth instalment of Regan’s Josie Quinn series a child is abducted in a rather complex way and more “surprises” await Josie and her team during the investigation because not everything is as it looks at the beginning… At least it’s not like it looks to Josie or anyone on her team because very early on there is a horrible give-away as to the reasons of the abduction which made ...

Die Zigarren des Pharaos by Hergé My rating: 4 of 5 stars “Hurra, ich spreche elefantisch!” Der vorliegende Band, “Die Zigarren des Pharaos”, entstand im Jahr 1932 und wurde 1955 überarbeitet und koloriert. Dabei wurden auch geringfügige inhaltliche Änderungen vorgenommen, die aber der Geschichte keinen Abbruch tun. Tatsächlich ist dieser Band der erste, der eine konsistente und unterhaltsame Geschichte erzählt und nicht meh...

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...

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.  ...

The Great Merge II: Exherbo’s multi-arch/cross implementation has been merged to master
Exherbo / April 6, 2015

Exherbo’s multi-arch/cross implementation1 has been merged to master. You WILL have to migrate to this new setup in order to be able to install new software and updates. You’ll find the migration guide at 2. Make sure to follow it VERY closely because getting things wrong does have the potential to break your system. (You’ll of course be able to access your data via a rescue system if everything goes wrong. We’re...