Stephen Olson teaches math at North Layton Junior High. When not teaching math, he polices the halls and library of his school, ensuring that students partake of only the best reading material. On the rare occasions he finds himself away from school, Stephen reads, writes, and writes about reading. You can follow him on Twitter

About Stephen

Stephen Olson teaches math at North Layton Junior High. When not teaching math, he polices the halls and library of his school, ensuring that students partake of only the best reading material. On the rare occasions he finds himself away from school, Stephen reads, writes, and writes about reading. You can follow him on Twitter

Book Review | Earth Awakens (The First Formic War #3) by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

While the continued existence of the human race in Ender’s Game provides a serious spoiler as to how the prequel First Formic War trilogy must end, I still enjoy the closing action in Earth Awakens as the story moves to its inevitable conclusion.  Even if the following review makes it sound like I’m weary of […]

Book Review | Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (The First Formic War #2)

One of the most interesting things about the First Formic War trilogy is that if you’ve read Ender’s Game, then you already have some idea of what’s going to happen.  Most of the references to this war in that book hint at a desperate struggle with horrifying losses.  Earth Unaware begins that story out in […]

Book Review | Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (The First Formic War)

Throughout the Ender series, various characters make references to the two previous alien invasions many decades earlier.  While some of the events of the second war become a key plot point in Ender’s Game, the first war is only touched on very lightly.  I always wanted to know more about the back story, especially the […]

The Chronicles of Prydain: For Those Of Us Still Trying To Prove Ourselves

Way back in elementary school, I started to become pretty serious about reading.  Somewhere near the beginning of my time with chapter books, my mom recommended The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander.  I quickly devoured the excitement and adventure, and quickly moved on to other books.  While I know I enjoyed the series a lot, […]

An Afterword to My Journey Through Ender’s Game

Sixteen book reviews and one movie review later, Attack of the Books contributor Stephen Olson says goodbye to the Enderverse… for now. Here are his closing thoughts–his Afterword, if you will–on the series, on reading order of the novels, opinions, what is still to come. Afterword Having submersed myself in the world of Ender’s Game […]

Ender’s Game: a Movie Review

And now for something a little different… Sixteen reviews on books and short stories in the Ender’s Game universe later,  Attack of the Books contributor Stephen Olson finally saw the movie, starring Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford, and Asa Butterfield. While we don’t typically do movie reviews around here, we thought it appropriate to take a look at […]

Review | Short Stories in the Enderverse from the Intergalactic Medicine Show

Editor’s Note: This is the sixteenth in Stephen Olson’s series of posts on Orson Scott Card’s award winning Ender’s Game novels and the last before Ender’s Game hit theaters this weekend . You can find his other posts on the Ender’s Game series here. Be sure to tune in next week to get his review of the movie. Several other short stories […]

Review | First Meetings in Ender’s Universe

Editor’s Note: This is the fifteenth (!!!) in Stephen Olson’s series of posts on Orson Scott Card’s award winning Ender’s Game novels. You can find his other posts on the Ender’s Game series here. First Meetings was my first experience with Orson Scott Card’s shorter fiction.  I happened upon  while looking around at my local library.  Having been interested in reading some […]

Review | A War of Gifts by Orson Scott Card

Editor’s Note: This is the fourteenth in Stephen Olson’s series of posts on Orson Scott Card’s award winning Ender’s Game novels. You can find his other posts on the Ender’s Game series here. After reading the heavy material in Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind, I’ve started to really enjoy the simpler material in Orson Scott Card‘s […]

Review | Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card

Editor’s Note: This is the thirteenth in Stephen Olson’s series of posts on Orson Scott Card’s award winning Ender’s Game novels. You can find his other posts on the Ender’s Game series here. After a long journey, the patient reader eventually gets to Children of the Mind, currently the last book chronologically in the Ender series.  I first read it after […]