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blinding-knifeThe 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 […]


July 30, 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed a book, but, after reading Uprooted, I feel compelled to note just how much I loved it. Although Novik may be known for her Temeraire series, I fully expect that Uprooted will be considered her masterwork. I don’t want to dive too deep here so I’ll simply say […]

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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.

The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn, #6)The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn, #6)

By Brandon Sanderson

Publish date: 2016

Average rating: 4.47


By Stephen King

Publish date: 2011

Average rating: 4.27