The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin My rating: 1 of 5 stars I’m not sure what this was supposed to be: A mystery? There’s nothing really mysterious here apart from the fact who Westing and his ex-wife might be. The “bomber” (whose motives I never fully understood)? That’s just plainly revealed at some point. The writing itself might be a mystery because at times I felt like I read in some truly foreign language because the story as told by...

The Untold Story by Genevieve Cogman My rating: 5 of 5 stars »And here in the Library, even if our outer layer is order, we have an inner heart of chaos. We read too much for it to be anything else.« When I first encountered “The Invisible Library” I was intrigued: A library beyond space and time; an autonomous realm that sends out its spies to “acquire” unique books in order to safeguard the balance between chaos and order not in just ...

The Drowning Girls by Lisa Regan My rating: 4 of 5 stars Phew… After the disappointing book 12 I was afraid I might have had a fatal overdose of Josie Quinn. This thirteenth book in the series was firmly on-track again, though, and mostly free of the overbearing ghost of you-know-who. In fact, despite the fact this is a mass-produced series, the premise is interesting enough (notoriously good girl vanishes, her and her family’s dirty laundry ...

Her Deadly Touch by Lisa Regan My rating: 2 of 5 stars Josie whines about her dead granny.Josie finds a body.Josie whines again about her dead granny.People vanish. Joise: “My poor dead granny!”Josie is in the morgue, sees a body and, yes, you guessed it…And so forth till the very end. (Don’t get me wrong: Practically everyone from previous generations of my extended family are dead. Four during the last three years alone. I know grief bu...

2021 on Goodreads by Various My rating: 4 of 5 stars As I look back on reading in 2021 I find another mixed bag: Just like in 2020, my average rating was a mere 3.5 Goodreads tells me and that feels about right. The year started on a high and hopeful note when Amanda Gorman recited her poem “The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country” at Biden’s inauguration. If Gorman’s ideas took hold, we’d really “raise this wounded world...

Hush Little Girl by Lisa Regan My rating: 4 of 5 stars An isolated, hidden house in the woods, half a family murdered, a cancelled wedding, lots of suspense, a major personal loss… “Hush Little Girl” is one more mystery/thriller from Regan’s production line – she writes three to four books in this series per year. Thus, it cannot really surprise anyone that while these books are fairly entertaining, they’re all derived from the sa...

Risen by Benedict Jacka My rating: 4 of 5 stars In this final instalment of the Alex Verus series, we accompany Alex on his “farewell tour” and the final siege that will decide the fate of all mages – Dark and White – in Great Britain. Over the run of the previous 11 (!) books Alex has had a formidable run: From a former Dark apprentice and shop owner he has risen to become a major force among mages in Britain. He has made a few f...

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik My rating: 4 of 5 stars Well, this was a fairly mixed bag of a read… A school for kids learning to control their magic, surrounded by hostile creatures and even the school making life as hard as possible for its pupils. Pupils who are left entirely on their own – no teachers, hardly any protection and a deadly competition for resources, power and the arcane… It sounds all so well and, indeed, I was draw...

Das Ereignis by Annie Ernaux My rating: 5 of 5 stars »(Vielleicht wirkt diese Beschreibung irritierend oder abstoßend, oder sie mag als geschmacklos empfunden werden. Etwas erlebt zu haben, egal, was es ist, verleiht einem das unveräußerliche Recht, darüber zu schreiben. Es gibt keine minderwertige Wahrheit. Wenn ich diese Erfahrung nicht im Detail erzähle, trage ich dazu bei, die Lebenswirklichkeit von Frauen zu verschleiern, und mache mic...

The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’ve long been a fan of Louise Penny’s series about Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Satisfyingly, Penny is more than capable of writing thrilling mysteries but additionally she has never been shy to address the major topics of our time (this book being no exception…). Then there is the almost mystical village of Three Pines in which most of the novels play out and which features ...

Exherbo – my goals for the remainder of 2011 & 2012
Exherbo/ 1. October 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/ 26. March 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/ 18. October 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/ 13. September 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/ 12. September 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/ 9. June 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/ 17. April 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/ 1. April 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...

Recognition
Exherbo/ 10. January 2010

What keeps me doing things in my life are primarily two factors: Money and recognition. Not necessarily in that order. In my job, I’m being paid to do what I do but I couldn’t ever be satisfied with just that. What really thrills me is being recognised for the professional I am. Receiving an email from a customer that simply said “Thank you. You’re one of the few persons I can always rely on.” made my day. ...

Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan
Book Review/ 26. January 2003

Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan My rating: 1 of 5 stars So nicht, Mr. Jordan Auch bei mir der Eindruck, daß Jordan schlicht nur noch Geld machen möchte. Um seine Figuren, die er lieblos und farblos beläßt, geht es ihm nicht mehr. Den Inhalt dieses Bandes könnte man problemlos auf einer DIN-A4 zusammenfassen.Ich hatte nicht viel mehr erwartet – wohl aber erhofft. Ich werde auch den nächsten Band kaufen, aber ich kann ...