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The Broken Eye

September 25, 2016

After listening to The Blinding Knife, book 2 of Brent Weeks’ epic Lightbringer saga, I decided to jump right into book 3. Honestly, with the cliffhanger ending of book 2, I really had no choice–I had to find out what was going to happen. Overall, I don’t think The Broken Eye was quite as strong […]


The Blinding Knife

August 13, 2016

I read the first in the Lightbringer series, Black Prism, three years ago. I enjoyed it for the most part, but I wasn’t immediately sure if I would continue the series. Eventually, however, I grabbed the audiobook for The Blinding Knife and I’m glad I did because it was definitely a step up. I’m not […]


My Hugo Ballot Is In!

July 31, 2016

Today is the last day of voting for the Hugo Awards and I wanted to share a few things about my experience as a first-time voter. #1 – The Hugo packet was really helpful. I was able to use that to get more familiar with certain categories, works, and individuals and vote for more things than I had expected […]

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UX Engineer, Buffalonian, Geek


Hi there! I’m Mike Spencer, Senior UX/UI Engineer at SWRemote in Buffalo, New York where I’m responsible for designing and developing user interfaces for our flagship product and other 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.

The Anubis Gates

The Anubis Gates

By Tim Powers

Publish date: 1983

Average rating: 3.98

Legend (The Drenai Saga, #1)

Legend (The Drenai Saga, #1)

By David Gemmell

Publish date: 1984

Average rating: 4.26

Academic Exercises

Academic Exercises

By K.J. Parker

Publish date: 2014

Average rating: 4.25