books I read 2017

Once when I picked up a book from the local library, the librarian asked to tell her what I thought about the book when I would bring it back. Well, why not write a few lines about all the books I read so everybody could see what I thought about it? I'm often also happy to have friends recommend a certain book or tell me this and that is not really worth reading. I won't comment about the tons of books I have read so far, but about books I read from now on.

1-star recommended not to read it empfehlung das buch nicht zu lesen
2-star not too interesting nicht allzu interessant
3-star average durchschnittlich
4-star good reading gutes lesematerial
5-star highly recommended sehr empfohlen

Overview of all Books


Overview of all Books

titleKrambambuli und weitere Meistererzählungen
authorMarie von Ebner-Eschenbach
ISBN-10
ISBN-13
impression3-star
date2017-Jan-01


Bis anhin kannte ich Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach vor allem durch gedichte. Dieses buch ist eine sammlung von neun erzählungen sowie einigen kurztexten und aphorismen. Da Ebner-Eschenbach keine schriftstellerin der heutigen zeit ist, dürfen natürlich nicht neuzeitliche krimis oder ähnliches erwartet werden. Die geschichten sind viel mehr aus dem alltag und über eher normale leute als die superheros moderner bücher.


titleDynagrams - Denken in Stereo
authorMartin J. Eppler / Sebasitan Kernbach / Roland A. Pfister
ISBN-103-791-03530-4
ISBN-13978-3-791-03530-7
impression5-star
date2017-Jan-08


Diagramme benutzte ich bisher vor allem statisch um mengenmässige Zusammenhänge graphisch, und somit hoffentlich übersichtlich und auf einen Blick verständlich, darzustellen. Zumindest glaubte ich das bis anhin. Was mir erst durch die Beschäftigung mit Dynagrams - dynamischen Diagrammen - bewusst wurde: mit (immer noch statischen) Diagrammen habe ich schon seit längerer Zeit immer wieder versucht in Präsentationen und Berichten anderen ganze Zusammenhänge zu erklären und näher zu bringen.

Eigentlich wollte ich erfahren, wie ich vielleicht mit einem neuen, nicht-statischen Ansatz bessere Diagramme erstellen kann. Stattdessen habe ich eine ganz neue Denkweise entdeckt, ein für mich komplett neues Einsatzgebiet von Diagrammen: statt irgendwelche Zahlen und Zusammenhänge visuell aufbereiten nachdem sie zusammengetragen und errechnet wurden, den Resultate-Findungsprozess mit Diagrammen unterstützen! Und genau das ist es, worum es in diesem Buch geht.

Die Autoren zeigen anhand ausgewählter Beispiele, wie Diagramme effizient als Kommunikationsmittel eingesetzt werden können. Als Werkzeug, Diskussionen zu leiten, gemeinsames Wissen zusammenzutragen, fundiert zu planen. Diagramme als kreatives Tool zur Unterstützung des Denkprozesses, von Meetings, etc.

Im Buch wird zuerst erklärt, was die Autoren unter "Dynagrams" und "Denken in Stereo" verstehen, gefolgt ein paar Fallbeispielen. Im Hauptteil werden dreizehn verschiedene Diagrammtypen erklärt, stets mit Kernidee, Vorgehen, Praxisbeispiel und Variantionen. Auch Hinweise auf weiterführende Literatur zu jedem Diagrammtyp fehlt nicht. Nicht jedes Diagramm wird für jeden Leser den gleichen Wert haben, aber jeder wird unter den vorgestellten Typen sicher ein paar finden, die er oder sie einsetzen kann. Und schliesslich verbietet niemand, Vorschläge abzuändern und den eigenen Bedürfnissen anzupassen oder selber weitere Varianten zu erarbeiten, der Leser wird sogar dazu ermuntert.

So wie eine gute Graphik nackte Zahlenreihen für den Menschen viel zugänglicher machen kann, so kann auch ein gutes dynamisches Diagramm dazu beitragen, eine Diskussion viel zielgerichteter und fruchtbarer zu machen. Ideen dafür und Anleitungen dazu finden sich in diesem hervorragenden Buch. Einziger Wermutstropfen: Es werden ein paar Vorlagen und Software erwähnt, die auf der Website zum Buch zu finden sein sollten (und dort vor einem halben jahr auch wirklich waren). Aktuell kann ich auf der Webseite diese Zusätze nicht mehr finden, was den Wert des Buches jedoch nicht schmälert.


titleThe Forgotten
authorDavid Baldacci
ISBN-100-330-52033-4
ISBN-13978-0-330-52033-1
impression3-star
date2017-Jan-12


This second book in Baldacci's John Puller series is better than the first one. The plot, while still big, is not that unbelievably big and John Puller, the main hero, is not 200% unfailing like in the previous book. In the usual Baldacci way, the individual chapters are short and easy to follow, there is lots of action and the hardest thing about the book is to put it away for the night before you've read it all. Often, however, it is not quite comprehensible how Puller comes to certain conclusions.

While still on recuperation after the last assignment, a mysterious letter from his aunt Betsy reaches John Puller, a top army investigator. Something seems not to be in order, but his aunt does not spell out what. So John, in order to learn about Betsy's concerns, pays her a visit; something he hasn't done for too many years anyways. Only, when John arrives at her house, she's not there. Not only has he a run-in with the local police in no time, but also with the local mob. And yet some other guys are following him.


titleDie Traumwerkstatt von Kerala
authorSabriye Tenberken
ISBN-103-462-04717-5
ISBN-13978-3-462-04717-2
impression5-star
date2017-Feb-12


Kanthari, das trainingszentrum im süden Indiens, eine traumwerkstatt? Die leute, die das glück haben, dort einen siebenmonatigen kurs belegen zu dürfen, lernen nicht wie man träume herstellt. Sie alle kommen bereits mit grossen träumen. In Kerala lernen sie, wie man träume, und seien sie noch so gross, umsetzt, allen widrigkeiten zum trotz.

Kanthari ist nicht das erste projekt, das Sabriye Tenberken und Paul Kronenberg ins leben gerufen haben, nicht der erste eigene traum, den sie selber umgesetzt haben. Am anfang stand ihre blindenschule in Tibet. In einem land, wo blinde als taugenichts und last gelten. Was für eine überraschung muss das sein, wenn es einheimische blinde dann plötzlich schaffen, in eine regelschule zu gehen und dort zu den besten zu gehören?

In ihrem buch 'Die Traumwerkstatt von Kerala' erzählt Sabriye wie sie selber erblindete, mit welchen stigmatisierungen sie konfrontiert wurde, welche hürden sie meistern musste, auch sich selber gegenüber. Wie es dazu kam, dass sie in Tibet zusammen mit Paul eine blindenschule gründete, mit was für herausforderungen sie teils zu kämpfen hatten und wie die idee zur gründung des Kanthari instituts entstand. Wie das institut selber auch entstand. Dabei stellt sich nicht sich in den mittelpunkt, überhaupt nicht, sondern die tatsache, dass träume, insbesondere zur verbesserung der lebensbedingungen von randständigen, realisiert werden können, auch wenn sie der gesellschaft und direkten umgebung nicht passen. Aber es braucht dazu etwas wut im bauch. Wut im bauch und einen traum, das sind die voraussetzungen für einen kanthari, die voraussetzungen um etwas verändern zu können, voraussetzungen um sich nicht unterkriegen zu lassen. Erzählt wird auch von etlichen absolventen des Kanthari trainingszentrum, was ihre beweggründe sind, was sie auf die beine gestellt haben, was sie erreichen konnten, was sie in der gesellschaft verändern konnten.

Ein sehr lesenswertes buch. Ein buch, das auch mut macht. Kanthari: aus wut wird mut, oder mut zur wut.


titleAdvanced Splunk
authorAshish Kumar and Tulsiram Yadav
ISBN-101-785-88435-2
ISBN-13978-1-785-88435-1
impression4-star
date2017-Mar-07


As the title already suggests, this is not a book for the splunk> novice. You should already know the basics, such as how to install splunk> and how to make it run, as well as how to basically import data.

The splunk> version used for all samples is 6.3 and the three big topics (but not the only ones covered) are data analytics, visualizations and dashboards. The authors do a fine job explaining. When they write about a feature, they explain what it does, provide a sample implementation, have relevant screenshots so the reader can see what they are talking about and they not only print the code for implementing the feature, but also annotate the code. These annotations are very helpful to understand what is going on, what portion in the code is linked to which other part and where changes must be made. It is these good explanations and well commented code fragments, which I find most useful.

In my opinion this is a good book to have around so you can quickly look up how to implement visualization and dashboard features you don't use every day and have a clear explanation with good samples in no time. Valuable enough to order an extra paper copy for the office.


title101 Geschichte von Nasreddin Hodscha
authorJürgen Bosbach
ISBN-103-937-21224-8
ISBN-13978-3-937-21224-1
impression3-star
date2017-Mar-07


Nasreddin Hodscha ist richter, gelehrter, lehrer ... und schelm. Und oftmals hält er den leuten aber auch den spiegel vor. Eine art türkischer Till Eulenspiegel (in der hundertsten geschichte behauptet er sogar, Till Eulenspiegel einst selber getroffen zu haben).

Die kleinen geschichten sind meist amüsant, regen aber auch immer wieder zum nachdenken an. Auf jeden fall sind sie kurz und bündig. Auch wenn es noch so spät ist und man schon lange hätte schlafen gehen sollen, eine dieser kurzen geschichten kann man trotzdem noch lesen als gute-nacht geschichte.


titleMr. Sapien träumt vom Menschsein
authorAriel S. Winter
ISBN-103-426-51932-1
ISBN-13978-3-426-51932-1
impression2-star
date2017-Mar-10


Mr. Sapien möchte zeit für sich zum nachdenken und fährt in urlaub. Er hat eine einsame hütte an einem strand gemietet, nicht zu nahe am nächsten ort. Zuvor hat er sich noch einen neuen arm bestellt, weil sein alter defekt ist. Mr. Sapien ist ein roboter, ein älteres modell, einer der wenigen, die noch von menschenhand gebaut wurden.

Die erzählung ist eine durchaus interessante idee. Eine welt, in der fast nur noch roboter leben und kaum noch menschen. Die roboter sterben eben nicht, können repariert werden, wenn ihnen etwas passiert. Bei menschen geht das nicht so einfach. Die roboter wissen auch sehr viel über das 'menschsein', aber sie verstehen es grösstenteils nicht. Wissen und verstehen. Das eine ist nicht unbedingt mit dem anderen gleichzusetzen. Genau davon handelt eigentlich das ganze buch. Was nützt den robotern all das wissen ohne richtiges verständnis? Sie können sich reparieren, sind kaum zerstörbar, wissen sonst fast alles, verstehen aber nicht einmal sich selber. Es gibt ausnahmen. Es gibt roboter, die lernen zu verstehen. Aber diejenigen, welche zu verstehen lernen, gehen an ihrem verständnis zu grunde. Unverständlich für die anderen, welche nicht verstehen.

Komplex? Ja. Und ich behaupte auch nicht, dass diese interpretation richtig ist, aber es ist meine interpretation, mein verständnis vom inhalt des buches. Wer eine geschichte mit anfang und ende sucht, ist bei diesem buch falsch. Es fühlt sich mehr an wie eine erzählung, die irgendwo im zeitstrom einfach ansetzt und irgendwann später wieder absetzt.


titleThe Business Blockchain
authorWilliam Mougayar
ISBN-101-119-30031-2
ISBN-13978-1-119-30031-1
impression2-star
date2017-Mar-18


Let me start with a short extract from chapter 3 of the book:

A lack of a comprehensive understanding of the basic capabilities surrounding the blockchain will deter any smart executive from seeing the fullness of its potential value. ... This was my impetus for my writing The Business Blockchain.

Unfortunately, in my opinion, Mougayar miserably fails to build understanding. True, the whole book is full of potential values, (mostly rather vague) areas the blockchain could be applied to. But what's missing is an explanation of the basic capabilities, exactly what the author himself states are the "building blocks" for understanding it all. Just saying a few times that the blockchain is distributed, encrypted and with built-in consensus is not enough of an explanation. Neither are the many comparisons to the evolution of the internet helpful in building understanding, even if blockchains may actually, over time, become a game changer comparable in impact to the internet.

So, to learn the basics of what blockchain is, you'll need to go somewhere else. And once you get to know the basics, I assume you start to see ideas how and where to implement it. By then you'll probably not find much new information in this book. Even though I do have to credit the author with being quite comprehensive in listing what topics might need consideration from a business perspective (legal, regulatory, existing business processes, etc.)


titleOnly the Truth
authorAdam Croft
ISBN-101-503-94179-5
ISBN-13978-1-503-94179-3
impression2-star
date2017-Mar-30


Reading this book is fairly easy. Short sentences. Simple language.

Dan Cooper is away from home, which he often is due to his work. After screwing the hotel's receptionist in the afternoon, he unexpectedly finds his wife Lisa in his room when he returns after supper. Lisa is dead. And on her phone is a message from Dan telling her to come up to his room. But Dan never sent this message. Panicking, Dan goes is running. Away from Britain and through the whole of Europe.

I'm certain this could be made a very interesting story. Could. But not in this book. The protagonist is constantly asking himself why this has happened and who might have done it. Yes, he does get some answers in the end, but without anything that feels like a highlight of the story or a big relevation or the like. All in all: There are lots of better books out there.


titleBlockchain Fast and Simple
authorPiero Martini
ISBN-101-520-39451-9
ISBN-13978-1-520-39451-0
impression5-star
date2017-Apr-01


This booklet won't make you a blockchain pro, but it is perfect for the layman who wants to get some short introduction to what all this talk about 'the blockchain' means. It is short and written in plain language, understandable without special knowledge. If you only want to get an idea about 'what a blockchain is' then this is the perfect starter.


titleTor and the Dark Art of Anonymity
authorLance Henderson
ISBN-101-512-04958-1
ISBN-13978-1-512-04958-9
impression2-star
date2017-Apr-18


Oh yes, there is some talk about Tor in this book. But mainly it is a chatty text about how important your anonymity should be to you. It does mention several tools and sites which should be useful in protecting your online anonymity (something I do not consider to be a _dark_ art). Most of the references are, however, links to further resources on the web. Personally I'm not too thrilled if I'm reading a book and, to find out more than the name of most products or services mentioned, need to open a web browser.

If you are looking for a guide helping you in setting up Tor or using it, then look elsewhere. If you want to know why you might want to stay anonymous online, then this is for you. If you want to know how to do that, it does offer some information.

I completely agree that most internet users are far too careless and unthoughtful about their online anonymity and share their data far too easily, often unknowingly. But the level of paranoia in this book is very high. And a reader without a good grasp of network-technology etc. will just have to accept that getting this or that information is easily possible, as there are no technical explanations given. A bit like sowing fear rather than understanding.

There is one huge mistake in the book: the part about PGP. Using a different virtual identity for every different purpose, as the author advises, is good advice. But creating PGP keys, passing the public key around, have it signed by others and accept encrypted messages causes a short-circuit between your identities (unless you use different key pairs for each of your identities).


titleThe Good, the Bad, and the Undead
authorKim Harrison
ISBN-100-060-57297-3
ISBN-13978-0-060-57297-6
impression3-star
date2017-Apr-23


Rachel Morgan, a witch, Ivy Tamwood, a vampire and Jenks, a pixy. The three of them together form the private investigation agency "Vampiric Charms". Rachel has to run from a pack of werewolfs when trying to bring back a mascot fish which has been stolen from a baseball team. But then she is not paid for her services. Rent is due, though... But soon she is, more or less unvoluntarily, involved into something much bigger and skids into it deeper and deeper.

As already the first book in the series, Kim Harrison's writing is capturing, fast paced and full of humor. Lots of fun to read and sometimes really difficult to put away for the night. However, a few passages are quite grotesque. It really would not have been necessary to describe the state of the murdered witches in so much detail akin a bad Friday night horror movie. Bad enough to not not give it a top score.

Some of the things which happen in this book seem not to be really relevant to the ending of the story. But that's because this is a whole series and I'm certain one of the next books in the series will pick these things up and then they will be relevant. Also this second book in the Hollows series is full of references to what happened in the first book "Dead Witch walking" and some things might not make so much sense if you haven't read the first book. So if you are going to read some books of this series, do yourself a favour and read them in the correct order.


titleISO 20022 for Dummies
authorThe SWIFT Standards Team
ISBN-13978-0-470-97282-3
impression2-star
date2017-Apr-30


ISO 20022 is the new, worldwide standard in the payments industry. As book just about 50 pages strong certainly can not explain a standard in detail, which concerns such a complex area like internationally interoperable payments. Well, it not even attempts to do that. Other than what the title of the small book might suggest, it merely explains what the ISO 20022 is (a standard) and gives some information on why it is there, who developed it and what (people think) is so great about it. It also sheds some light on older existing standards and why you might want to upgrade to this new one.

While I was well aware 50 pages can never explain internals of ISO 20022 and at best give you a broad overview, I was still disappointed. If you know what a standard is, then you have hardly a need to read this introduction and if if you want to know how ISO 20022 works, then you better look elsewhere.


titlePrivacy and the Internet of Things
authorGilad Rosner
ISBN-13978-1-491-93282-7
impression5-star
date2017-May-05


Whether we like it or not, the Internet of Thing is coming, coming in a massively larger scale than most of us imagine. And with it come also a lot of privacy challenges. While you might be OK with your car communicating technical vehicle health data back to the manufacturer, what about data tracking all your motorized movements? Do you agree with your employer having access to the data generated by your health monitoring wristband?

What we deem acceptable and what not changes with circumstances, culture, intended use, etc. and it even changes over time. So there is not one correct way to protect privacy, be it with the Internet of Things or elsewhere.

This report shines a light on the issue from different angles. First it shows that "IoT" is not one clearly defined technology, but a banner for a variety of definitions and trends. Then Gilad Rosner does a splendid job of explaining what we conceive as privacy and shows that privacy and security are two different things, before going into the specific privacy risks that come with the land of IoT. There is also a chapter talking about the different ways of privacy protection (mandatory vs. optional, law vs. self-regulation, etc. before coming to the methods available to protect privacy.

All in all a very well researched report which gives a lot of insight in not only privacy related to the IoT, but is helpful in general to think about an help address privacy concerns in technology.


titleAmerican Gods
authorNeil Gaiman
ISBN-100-755-32281-9
ISBN-13978-0-755-32281-7
impression3-star
date2017-Jun-03


When Shadow comes out of prison, he meets a strange guy, calling himself Wednesday, several times. Wednesday wants Shadow to work for him. Shadow is a driver and errands boy for Wednesday and they go to visit many peculiar people. Everybody is talking about a storm in the making. Little by little Shadow understands what he got involved into. These folks, not quite being the average Joe, are trying to blend in, to appear unsuspicious...

No, this is not a thriller or gangster story. It is a rather unusual kind of story about how the various ancient and new gods from all over the world are trying to survive in America. Sometimes the story is so strange that I couldn't quite follow what actually is going on. While you definitely don't need any knowledge about the ancient gods in the various cultures around the world, I imagine some such knowledge might make the book more interesting.


titleExtracted
authorRR Haywood
ISBN-101-503-94186-8
ISBN-13978-1-503-94186-1
impression2-star
date2017-Jul-04


The idea in this book is interesting: Somebody invented a time machine, but fucked up using it and changed the future (for the worse). Now a kind of rescue mission is attempted to find out what went wrong, when and where and rectify it.

At first, the book is really interesting. Three people form three different time periods are extracted to be members of the mission. The middle of the book describes a period, which is rather slow-moving and not too interesting for the main characters. You could now argue the author is doing an outstanding job relaying this feeling to the reader, as this part of the book really does feel sluggish. For my part, however, I rather say the middle of the book is too long. Quite contrary, the very end moves on too fast. All this put together: mere average.

But there is something more, something I hate in books: the story is begun, but does not have anything nearly resembling an end. Even though it is designed as a trilogy, I still think each of the books should have some kind of end; even if you need to read them in the correct order to understand things.


titleWhiskytrek
authorWalter Burk
ISBN-103-839-22026-2
ISBN-13978-3-839-22026-9
impression4-star
date2017-Jul-09


Der Whiskytrek ist eine aktion der brauerei (und whisky brennerei) Locher in Appenzell zusammen mit 27 berggasthäusern im alpstein. Die 27 kurzkrimis in diesem buch sind diesem Whiskytreck gewidmet und spielen in oder in der nähe je eines der teilnehmenden berggasthäuser. Dabei mischt Walter Burk fiktion mit viel detaillierter ortskenntnis, historischen informationen und allerlei sagen aus der region. Für jemanden, der die gegend kennt, eine interessante mischung und immer wieder ein häppchen information, das man noch nicht kannte.

Eine kurzweilige lektüre, bei der nicht unbedingt jedes verbrechen aufgeklärt wird und auch mal ein mysterium bestehen bleibt. Hoffen wir, dass aber rund um den Whiskytrek nicht wirklich so viele verbrechen passieren...


titleAbsolute Power
authorDavid Baldacci
ISBN-100-330-54514-0
ISBN-13978-0-330-54514-3
impression4-star
date2017-Jul-26


Luther Whitney is an elderly burglar with high ethics. He only takes from those who have more then plenty and does not hurt anybody. And he prepares well. But on his last heist, somebody comes back home while Luther is emptying their treasures. He finds a place to hide, but what he sees is more than shocking.

Luther could bring down the people he as silently been watching while in hiding. But they are powerful. Very powerful and immensely resourceful. This could cost him his life. And it might also cost the life of everybody else who gets to know about this. Even even law enforcement might be able to do anything, unless this is done very carefully...

In typical Baldacci style, the book is a page turner from start to end, interesting throughout with no boarding chapters. There are other important figures and interwoven stories in the book, but I won't tell you about it, you'll want to read the book for yourself!


titleSeekajak
authorBjörn Nehrhoff von Holderberg & Stefan Jahn
ISBN-103-866-86352-7
ISBN-13978-3-866-86352-1
impression3-star
date2017-Aug-13


Ein kleines büchlein von knapp unter hundert seiten, das rasch gelesen ist. Für den erfahrenen kajakfahrer sicher alles 'alter hut', aber für den neuling eine interessante und lehrreiche einstiegslektüre. Unter anderem findet man informationen über die verschiedenen bootsformen mit ihren vor- und nachteilen sowie die ausrüstung. Auch paddel- und rettungstechniken werden vorgestellt. Die kapitel über navigation und wettereinflüsse sind sicherlich ein wichtiges thema für leute, die sich auf grössere touren machen wollen mit strecken ohne direkten sichtkontakt zum ziel, aber meines erachtens richtet sich das büchlein an absolute anfänger, die sich nicht grad als erstes auf solche touren einlassen sollten.

Klein und handlich, grad richtig um sich erstmals ein bisschen ins thema kajaking einzulesen. Aber auch nicht mehr.


titleEvery Which Way But Dead
authorKim Harrison
ISBN-100-060-57299-X
ISBN-13978-0-060-57299-0
impression4-star
date2017-Aug-27


You do have read the first two books in the Hollows series, don't you? If not, my first advice: go and read the first two books before this one. Second advice, don't give up if the second book is a bit gross, this third one is better again.

Basically also this book could be read by itself and it is a whole story, but it really does build on what has happened before and not knowing the content of the first two books would make reading "Every Which Way But Dead" only half as much fun. Things are mentioned briefly again where necessary, but of course not the full details can be given.

Now, what is happening in this book? Of course Rachel is up again against some bad boy this side of the ley lines. Actually that job is not even so difficult, even though it definitely is extremely dangerous. But the big struggle is with creatures from the other side of the ley lines, especially Al. But not only Rachel is having a hard time with Al, also Al is having a hard time with Rachel and has to realize he's not dealing with the average witch here.

While Rachel makes new friends, some are also turning away from her...

This book is less bloody than the second one. It's again well written, fast paced and capturing.


titleAnsible Up & Running
authorLorin Hochstein & René Moser
ISBN-101-491-97980-1
ISBN-13978-1-491-97980-8
impression4-star
date2017-Oct-08


I was expecting a thorough, methodical and very structured introduction to ansible. Well, this book is sort of that. It definitely is a good and useful introduction to ansible. The authors do a good job guiding the reader from first steps to intermediate use by using a sample multi-server scenario which you easily can run on your single-machine laptop (and they explain how to do that). There are many options, possibilities and usage scenarios described in enough detail, but what I am missing a little bit is a kind of structured listing of all (or most) options and possibilities. I guess if I want to have that, then I'll have to go through the official ansible documentation. The book is more learning from a seasoned and well versed user, rather than from a schoolbook.

The breadth of topics is quite good. Of course, playbooks and role, the inventory, variables and facts are all covered. But not only. There are also chapters dealing specifically with Vagrant, Amazon EC2, Docker, Windows Hosts and Network Devices, even Ansible Tower has its chapter. And there is also information on performance, debugging and writing custom modules.

Even though I was expecting something slightly different, I still think this is a valuable book to read and can recommend it to anyone who wants to make good use of ansible and its capabilities.


titleA Fistful of Charms
authorKim Harrison
ISBN-100-060-78819-4
ISBN-13978-0-060-78819-3
impression4-star
date2017-Nov-07


This is the fourth book in the Hollows series. If you have not read the preceding three books of this series, then this book is not for you. Go back and read the other three first, otherwise there will be too many things you will not understand. If you have read the first three books, then welcome to another fast paced adventure of Rachel Mariana Morgan.

While previously Rachel, who is an earth witch but can use ley line magic too, usually got into trouble with some daemons it's weres this time she's up against. And for once she is also operating out of her home turf, Cincinnati. Of course, many of the usual characters are on board again, at least briefly. And look forward to getting to know Jenks in a completely new and unusual form. Also some other characters show a new side to them.

The book is a great read, never getting boring, always fast paced makes you constantly want to read just one more chapter before going to bed. So if you open this book, be prepared for a long read and short sleep.


titleTen Big Ones
authorJanet Evanovich
ISBN-100-312-93622-2
impression3-star
date2017-Nov-12


Stephanie Plum somehow is always getting into trouble. And as a bounty hunter, trouble may also mean serious trouble with criminals. But if you get on the wrong side of a whole organized gang, then serious trouble takes on a whole new meaning.

As usual for the Stephanie Plum series, there is always something going on and things are moving fast, especially as all of the other characters are very energetic too. But some things just don't seem in place. Simple bounty hunter up against a whole organized gang? Unlikely. Bounty hunter bonding out one of the dangerous bad guys nobody else would bond out? Highly unlikely. But if you can overlook those things, the book is entertaining.


titleRicochet
authorSandra Brown
ISBN-101-416-53235-8
ISBN-13978-1-416-53235-4
impression5-star
date2017-Dec-05


Duncan Hatcher and DeeDee Bowen are homicide detectives. They are called to Judge Laird's house when his stunningly beautiful wife Elise shot a burglar in self defence. Judge Laird is overly protective of his wife, wants to have everything dealt with very quickly and without much fuss. But a few tiny details are unusual. And behind the Judge's back, his wife is trying to convince detective hatcher to believe in a completely different story.

Towards the end, there are a few things where I thought "Duncan could not have foreseen this reaction of that person", but it's not too bad. Not a single page in this book is boring. The story flows very smoothly and does have some not so expected twists and turns. Go and read it for yourself, you won't regret it.


titleUnderstanding Message Brokers
authorJakub Korab
ISBN-13978-1-491-98153-5
impression4-star
date2017-Dec-14


This smalll booklet gives an introduction into what a message broker is and what it is not and how it works. It does an amazing job in explaining the concepts in an easy to understand way and simple language. There are two completely different types of Message Brokers explained: Apache ActiveMQ and Apache Kafka. Their workings are both explained, as well as their differences. There are various samples what to watch out for in your own application when involving the services of a message broker.

Korab not only gives a good introduction of Message Brokers, but, I believe, also a valuable guide for people who want to write applications interacting with a message broker, what to do or not to do, what to pay attention to, what you can expect from which type of message broker and what you can not expect from it. I'm sure, reading this booklet before coding your application is well worth your time because it can save you a lot of troubleshooting and debugging time by doing away with some misconceptions.


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