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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.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

By Alix E. Harrow

Publish date: 2019

Average rating: 4.07

Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #1)

Just One Damned Thing After Another (The Chronicles of St Mary's, #1)

By Jodi Taylor

Publish date: 2013

Average rating: 3.82

Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #1)

Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb, #1)

By Tamsyn Muir

Publish date: 2019

Average rating: 4.43

Yendi (Vlad Taltos, #2)

Yendi (Vlad Taltos, #2)

By Steven Brust

Publish date: 1984

Average rating: 4.14