* Cabin fever?

A collective parental “aaargh” rippled across the area as schools remain closed tomorrow.  Another snow day.  Kiddos are rejoicing, for the most part.  Teachers are examining the number of remaining workdays.  Grocery stores must be shoveling produce.  Most of us have parked cars at the ends of our driveways, ready to slide onto the icy roads.

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My dearest widower and I love being trapped in our cabin.  Last night we watched episodes of Black Mirror, a 21st century version of The Twilight Zone.  A bit depressing.  We’ve enjoyed a Korean zombie movie, Train to Busan.  Also a bit depressing.  Started Gilmore Girls.  Fluffy and funny.  Watched some of Legends, season 1, with Sean Bean.  One of those plots that can’t end well.  

I’ve just finished Leslie Wolfe’s Alex Hoffman series.  Now I have to wait for another installment, if there is one.  Boo hoo!  My current read reminds me of sci fi I read as a kid.  It’s Post-Human series by David Simpson, with lots of typical goodies, like time travel, end of world events, and the battle between AI and human intelligence.  I’ve whipped through the first book and it’s intriguing enough for me to keep going.  

The forecast is for temps to rise over 40 degrees by Friday, from the high 20s to the 70s.  We’ll say adios to snow and ice, close our cabin doors, and head back to work.  Until the next winter storm….

* Alex and the Agency

It’s BookWorm time!  I’ve been burrowing eagerly through Leslie Wolfe’s series on The Agency.  No, it’s not the CIA.  It’s better than that and also wonderfully evolving.  The Agency is a corporate investigative team, hired to remedy complex problems under a cloak of secrecy.  The first in this series is Executive, introducing Alex Hoffman, a brilliant young woman with no money, a troubled past, and little self-confidence.  The author leads Alex through a fascinating mystery with out-of-control drones, crooked finances, and a desperate CEO.  Not only is the plot fascinating but Alex begins a life-changing process of learning to trust others.  The Agency is packed with caring and competent leadership; they’re actually committed to seeing Alex succeed.  I marvel at their wisdom and social skills (clearly, they got more out of Crucial Conversations than I did!).

In Devil’s Move, Alex further hones her investigative skills as the Agency confronts serious threats on all fronts.  Having just survived a rancorous presidential election in real life, this fictional portrayal of a presidential race and e-voting was fascinating on many levels.  I won’t spoil the book for you, but Alex’s time in India is both hilarious and gripping.  Devil’s Move also introduces readers to the mysterious “V,” who returns to fight another day in The Back-Up Asset.  I’m still reading this one and rooting for Alex and her team.  Alex has taken some hits and her past issues threaten to derail her newfound confidence and abilities.

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Wolfe is an excellent writer who manages to keep her complicated plots believable, her characters growing, and her pages turning fast.  I’m hooked on this Alex Hoffman series and hope you also enjoy it!  More good news: There are two Alex Hoffman’s I haven’t yet read!  Woohoo!