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Hugo Nominations Are Open!

January 28, 2016

Just a quick note. Nominations for the Hugo Awards opened today. I plan to buy a supporting membership soon so I can participate. Nominations are open until March 31 so I’ll probably hold off until I’ve had a chance to read a couple more novels that I’ve got in the queue (Golden Son by Pierce Brown and The House […]

2015 Reading Roundup, Part I

January 19, 2016

I’m a little disappointed with myself for going over a month without a post, but between the holidays and travel, I haven’t had a lot of free time on my hands lately, but I’m finally back at the keyboard to put together my customary “reading roundup” from the previous year. I like to do this […]

shadows-of-selfShadows of Self

December 10, 2015

I finished Brandon Sanderson’s Shadows of Self a few days ago. It’s the seventh novel published in 2015 that I’ve read and actually the second by Brandon Sanderson. Shadows of Self is a Mistborn novel set in the “Wax and Wayne” time period, which has very “turn of the century” flare to it. I really liked The Alloy of […]

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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.

Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy, #2)Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy, #2)

By Pierce Brown

Publish date: 2015

Average rating: 4.49

Eight Skilled Gentlemen (The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox #3)Eight Skilled Gentlemen (The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox #3)

By Barry Hughart

Publish date: 1990

Average rating: 4.03