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Elric and Random Updates

November 23, 2015

Elric Lately, I’ve been catching up on Michael Moorcock’s Elric saga. I’m currently reading, Stormbringer, which I think was originally planned as the sixth and final Elric novel, but, according to Goodreads, nine novels were published in the end. I only own the first six so I’m definitely stopping after Stormbringer for now and I honestly don’t know if I’ll read […]

Taking a Little Hugo Reading Break

November 10, 2015

As perhaps you can tell, I’m in the midst of a little Hugo holiday. I just got done reading The Master and Magarita by Mikhail Bulgakov after receiving it as an anniversary gift from my wife and now I’m reading The Bane of the Black Sword, the fifth Elric novel, by Michael Moorcock. I’m also listening to Helene […]

master-and-margaritaThe Master and Margarita

November 8, 2015

I read this novel at the recommendation of my wife. She grew up in Ukraine and it’s quite possibly her favorite novel. I marked it as “fantasy” on my Goodreads shelf, and it is, but it’s also a satire and a literary novel. Mikhail Bulgakov wrote The Master and Magarita, what many would consider to […]

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UX Engineer, Buffalonian, Geek


Hi there! I’m Mike Spencer, User Experience (UX) Engineer at Algonquin in Buffalo, New York where I’m responsible for designing and developing user interfaces for web sites and applications.

In addition to web design, I am very passionate about all things science fiction and fantasy. I especially love reading SFF novels. I also enjoy classic rock, board games, hockey, and Ultimate frisbee.

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What I'm Reading

I love to read, especially works of speculative fiction. As such, I am usually actively reading at least two books. One them is typically a physical novel that I read at home in my free time. I also like to listen to audiobooks during commutes, exercise, and mundane tasks around the house.

Shadows of Self (Mistborn, #5)Shadows of Self (Mistborn, #5)

By Brandon Sanderson

Publish date: 2015

Average rating: 4.33

Stormbringer (Elric, #6)Stormbringer (Elric, #6)

By Michael Moorcock

Publish date: 1965

Average rating: 4.14

The Jack Vance TreasuryThe Jack Vance Treasury

By Jack Vance

Publish date: 2007

Average rating: 4.14