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The Anubis Gates

October 12, 2016

Wow. Where do I even start with The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers? What a strange book. You’ve got time travel, sorcery, body switching werewolves, gypsies, beggars, insane clowns, dopplegangers, and Egyptian gods all rolled up into one fast-paced and chaotic story. Chaotic. I think that’s the keyword here. The story is fun and sometimes […]


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 […]

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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.

Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers, #1)

Nice Dragons Finish Last (Heartstrikers, #1)

By Rachel Aaron

Publish date: 2014

Average rating: 4.14

Swords and Deviltry (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, #1)

Swords and Deviltry (Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, #1)

By Fritz Leiber

Publish date: 1970

Average rating: 3.92

Academic Exercises

Academic Exercises

By K.J. Parker

Publish date: 2014

Average rating: 4.25