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Welcome My Occasional Co-Blogger! ...AKA introducing my boyfriend to the blog. Yes, you read it right.

Some of you might remember, some of you might not… But lately, I’ve been promising to introduce my new co-blogger! Who also happens to be my boyfriend. Yes, we are a fun household! In this post, I will be interviewing him. Give him a warm welcome! And let me start the interview.

Let’s all welcome my favorite crustacean Ebilshrimp to the blog! So tell me, Ebil – who and what are you?

I’m Ebilshrimp, (or Stefan to the mortals), connoisseur of video games, follower of all things e-sports, and general humour *salutes* generator. A few important notes are that I love everything fantasy (except fanfics), and I have a VERY HEALTHY obsession commitment to dragons (mostly Asian dragons and Wyverns, I don’t have too much of a love for the European variety, but I’ll still worship them.) As for what I am, I’m the most powerful creature known to man and have power over all colours.

Tell my readers more about your connection to me and my blog.

Oh, I live in your house and am tasked with feeding you on a daily basis. I’m still not sure how I got here though. Someone save me?

On a more serious note, I’m Evelina’s boyfriend, I’ve been here since the start of her blogging experience and have tried to provide a foundation of support as she’s progressed through various stages. Her passion for everything she reads is infectious and reminded me of my past fervour for reading. I thought it would be nice to contribute to the blog with my own thoughts since the books that appeal to me are somewhat different to Evelina’s tastes, and it looks like it will work out nicely since she tends to avoid my favourite genre of Fantasy!

(Evelina murmurs: you hear that? THERE WILL BE MOAR FANTASY ON MY BLOG!!!)

So what about reading? Do you read a lot or a little? When did you start reading?

When I was younger and still in my school days I would read a book a week, but since then my reading hours have dwindled to basically nothing. Thanks to you (Evelina Captain Obvious: he means me, of course…), I’ve slowly picked up reading again and thanks to the joy of audiobooks I’m making quite some progress! From childhood my most treasured books are:

His Dark Materials The Sally Lockhart Quartet Artemis Fowl Harry Potter series

I know, I know…

I never really strayed off the beaten path, but then these books were given masses of accolades for a reason!

Tell us about your favorite books.

Artemis Fowl

Well, to go a bit further in depth, the first book that hooked me into a series was Artemis Fowl. I don’t know what specifically it was. No, wait, yes I do. Colfer’s humour was apparent within 10 minutes of reading the book. His wordplay, his blatant rejection of the natural way of “fairies”, the way he set up relationships, it was all so enjoyable. The fact that the protagonist was a teenage super villain was, admittedly, a pull, but his dry sarcasm was what truly won me over. I quickly realised that Artemis was my spirit animal in multiple ways, but enough on that. If you want to know more, GO READ!

His Dark Materials

The series that probably made the biggest mark on me was His Dark Materials. The fact that anyone could imagine such vivid ideas and possibilities, only to then contrast them to our own society (making several striking social points along the way) was simply mindblowing. If I start talking about this I will genuinely not stop, so you’ll just have to wait for Evelina’s next update on the series!

The Sally Lockhart Quartet

I’d like to mention the Sally Lockhart quartet because I think all told, this series is my favourite. A Victorian setting with a strong female protagonist, constantly underestimated, often caught off guard, yet shining through her own ability and of course the help of a couple cockney friends. Action, mystery, intrigue – these books have it all. Unfortunately, that does include some classic YA cliché, but that’s excused this once!

You’ve obviously mentioned games. Can you point out any connection between games and books in your world?

Video games and books are very similar in that they can transport you to far away worlds where your imagination can run wild, you’re take you on an intense journey of discovery, wonder and shock. You become enveloped in the lives of the characters there, some you love, some… Not so much. But at the end, you always get that feeling of amazing satisfaction, followed by a horrible void of “Oh god what have I done, it’s over”.

What I find interesting though is the freedoms and restrictions provided by both. With a book, you’re free to see things however you can imagine based on the description given to you. It’s liberating, incredible and allows for so much possibility, it pulls you in as you try to imagine the interactions and reactions of all the characters. With a game what you see is what you get, the freedom isn’t quite as apparent. On the other hand you’re free to explore this fictitious world to its limits, so what comes with that is a sense of great power and satisfaction. In a book you’re very much railroaded to only see what the writer has given you, so that can be disappointed. Then again at the same time a book is more likely to give you the in depth information of the machinations and infrastructure of places far from you, which you’ll be very lucky to acquire in a game without reading theories on the internet!

Well, I’d best stop talking or I never will! Long story short – books and games are such a gift to our generation, we’re so lucky to be able to experience things in such a wide range, they complement each other perfectly, and that’s why you’ll find some books becoming games, such as The Witcher, while other games will become books, like Assassin’s creed. Disclaimer: We don’t talk about Assassin’s Creed books.

What books will you be reviewing on my blog?

As alluded to earlier, I’ll be reviewing a lot of fantasy, starting with the Witcher series. It’s a different direction to some of Evelina’s stuff, but I hope you’ll enjoy my reviews just as much! I’m really looking forward to getting started and to interacting with all of you as I get more and more involved!

If you want to follow Ebil on social media, you can find him hanging out at these places:

@ebilshrimp on Twitter

Ebilshrimp’s Twitch channel where he streams a variety of games

So hopefully you’ve enjoyed meeting Ebilshrimp and will look forward to his reviews! You can say hi in the comments 🙂

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

51 thoughts on “Welcome My Occasional Co-Blogger! ...AKA introducing my boyfriend to the blog. Yes, you read it right.

    1. Thanks for the warm welcome! I’m happy you enjoyed the post and got a laugh out of it. I’m sure I’ll enjoy it, the only question is how quickly do I read these days? 😀

      Don’t worry about the typos. You’ll learn I’m the king of those.

        1. uh.. Yeah… Two weeks… >_>

          Nah, I do listen to my Witcher books A LOT. Basically every time I cook or travel so there’s that! 😀

  1. So incredibly nice to meet you, Ebilshrimp (okay, that just feels weird—since I’m mortal, can I just call you Stefan?). I’m a fantasy fan myself, so I’m excited about your future contribution to Evelina’s blog. I am ashamed to say that I still haven’t read Pullman OR Colfer, but I plan to fix that… soon (ish—let’s face it, there are SO many books to be read!). Happy to meet you!
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    1. Nice to meet you too! I’m excited to bring my own flavour too, it’ll be interesting and fun to do!

      I definitely recommend reading the two, but since they’re not really people for “one offs” it could take you a while 😀

    1. Why, thank you! Sounds like I may even see you in my twitch sometime!

      I’ll do my best to provide interesting notes on what I read!

    2. Haha, thanks Cassie 😀 I am so happy when friends say that, but especially when bookish friends say that? It makes my heart dance. And it’s so incredible to share interests with the one you’re with as well – I got my Bf into my blog, and I will also likely be joining *some* of his streams on Twitch. It’s all very exciting 🙂
      Thanks for reading!

  2. Welcome! I have loved some of the books you have loved, so I’m really looking forward to reading your reviews (books; I can’t get into games … sorry). I’d love to read more strong fantasy so will look out for your recommendations.

    1. It’s all personal preference, it’s perfectly understandable to not like games! I look forward to seeing what other reading preferences we’ll share in future!

  3. Ebilshrimp! I can’t wait to read your reviews. I’m also a book blogger in a relationship with a gamer, so I already feel connected to you two. 🙂 And more fantasy, YAY!!! I’m a big fantasy fan, although I’ve read more YA fantasy recently.
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    1. Oh that’s lovely! I feel the same now 😀

      I’m looking forward to catering to your tastes then, here’s to a good time! *cheers*

  4. Welcome Stefan! (BTW loved reading about your connection to Evelina – so sweet!) Co-bloggers are such an awesome way to feature a wider range of genres without having to read them yourself. I love contemporary, but I have to mix it up, because my co-bloggers are too busy. I look forward to reading Stefan’s posts.
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    1. I try my best to be sweet! (No, seriously, I have a whole book of it, stop me!!)
      It’s definitely useful, now to see how well I still read and develop my thoughts.

      I look forward to your future comments on my reviews!

    1. This is probably the best time to be a gamer, it may only go downhill from here. As for reading, I think there’s still a ton of potential, it’s already moving in such a positive direction too!

  5. Hello, Ebil (Stefan). Pleased to meet you! You read very different things, so it’ll be really interesting to see what you recommend for newbies like me. I mean, I read Harry Potter and His Dark Materials, but not Artemis Fowl. *Runs to avoid being pelted with tomatoes*

    1. Hi! I’m excited to try my hand indeed!

      No pelting to be feared from me Dina, the style is very different anyway, much lighter and less serious so you may not even like it. I’m happy to meet another His Dark Materials fan though!

    1. Dangerous to use the word Dynasty with me friend! I’ll start ranting about 200AD China 😀

      I hope I can meet those expectations of enjoyment!

  6. very nice to meet Ebilshrimp and welcome to the blogosphere! It’s pretty much guaranteed I’ll like you and your reviews because my girl Evelina seems to like you 😉 and YOU FEED her and HOW FANTASTIC AND SWEET IS THAT??? And you asked.. how did you get there? because the universe loves you and that’s a beautiful place to be 😉 Looking forward to you first fantasy review!!! If you see someone wearing a mask that’s me. Very allergic at this moment to fantasy due to overexposure and looking desperately for THAT review of THAT book that will have me reading fantasy again, AND did I mention I LOVE WITCHES ?? I’m very witchy and I love my kin:)
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    1. Thank you for the welcome! It’s nice to meet you too!

      it really is a beautiful place to be, I love this girl so much and I’m so very proud of what she’s built here!
      Oh dear! I hope that isn’t contagious.. Well, I’d best get working on a cure. You could always go back and read “The Weird Sisters” by Terry Pratchett. I’m certain a veteran such as you knows it well! A re-read should clear that right up!

  7. Hi and nice to meet you Mr. Shrimp!

    I love the Witcher series! It’s funny actually, I purchased the book series because my husband loved the video game series but had no idea that it was based on books. He never reads but found himself bored whenever he went out to sea for work, so I bought the ebooks for him and I to read together while he was away for 6 months. He devoured the books and ended up getting several of his coworkers into the series as well. I think a lot of people just play the games and overlook the book series and it’s a shame! So I definitely look forward to seeing more love for this series!
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    1. Nice to meet you too!

      The Witcher series was unfortunate in that its translations are all fairly recent and only really backed AFTER the games were made, so they suffered a lack of publicity. It’s also important that Andrzej Sapkowski sold the rights to a game adaptation for an up-front fee and declined the offer of royalties since he believed it would sink. That essentially meant they didn’t even need to mention him anywhere but a section of the credits! 😀 We all make bad life decisions I guess!

      It is a very well written series and I’m excited to put more information out there!

      1. Yeah from what I could tell the only game that tried to somewhat link to the books was Witcher 3. I’ve read interviews with Sapkowski and it definitely was a case of an old person that just doesn’t understand video games, poor guy haha. It’s a shame since the books were pretty well known in Poland before the license was sold for the video games, but the games definitely rocketed the series to international fame so it’s not all bad. I’ve heard that there will be a Netflix adaptation in the future, so who knows where the series will go!
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        1. Well he wanted them to write an original story, just his world and characters so that’s why they didn’t link too hard, but yeah they could have done a better job of clarifying things with Yennefer and Ciri in Witcher 2! I was pretty confused until about halfway through Witcher 3 about Yennefer haha.

          Yeah it’s bittersweet I imagine, you gotta feel for him when he’s asked why he chose to write about the games >_>
          I’ve heard rumours of the Netflix adaptation, exciting if true!

  8. Nice to meet you Ebil!! How fun that you are going to blog together. My husband and I have been together for 10 years (we just got married recently) and he has read half a book throughout those years! Yep.. it’s sad. I tried to gift him books, but in the end they just kept lying there unread. LOL!!
    I hope you guys have lots of fun blogging together! 😉
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    1. Nice to meet you too!

      My step-dad was much the same about books! It’s their loss really, but oh well, all the more books for us, right?! I’m certain we’ll have a lot of fun with this. 😀

  9. Oh wow, I missed this post. Yay, your boyfriend is HILARIOUS! Nice to meet you, Mister, and welcome to the blogosphere. Can’t wait to read your reviews. Yay, I should convince my hubby to help me with my blog other than the technical stuffs.

    1. Haha, he is hilarious 😀 he did get me a friend to help with the technical stuff! Although he doesn’t do that himself. But yes, having a Bf co-blogger is great. Mostly because of bedtime reading together 😀 you should talk to the hubby :DDD

  10. Welcome to the fun times of blogging! Nice that you are sharing the passion of your significant other.
    My hubby (33 years this year) is not a reader – he waits for the movie if there is one. 🙂
    I’m looking forward to you sharing reviews. I’m not familiar with Pullman and his series – I’ll check that.
    Happy Reading!
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  11. HI EBILSHRIMP! Welcome to the book blogosphere! You are QUITE welcome! I personally adore fantasy and I can’t wait to see what you can bring to this blog! I know you’ll only make it even better.

    First of all, thank you for being such a positive and supportive part of Evelina’s life. Particularly when it comes to blogging. I know that sometimes I’m a bit of a crazy-face when blogging is a part of my life, and I’m sure she is too. This can be challenging, time-consuming, taxing work! But it’s so worth it. And without people like you, well, us awesome-sauce bloggers would never succeed

    That said: Welcome to the dark side. Now you get to experience it too! I’m sure Evelina will also support your blogging. 😀

    Secondly– YES. EVERYTHING ABOUT VIDEO GAMES. YES. I almost exclusively play Nintendo-based RPGs (with a bit of other Nintendo tossed in there) because I know if I expanded my system access I’d be addicted, quit my job, and become homeless due to videogame addiction. This is real stuff here. I have quite an addictive personality, so this is a big deal. That said, I completely agree with your points about the imagination and freedoms in books vs. video games. Those two paragraphs alone have gotten me SUPER excited to read your future posts!

    And finally– I totally watched you and Evelina play Undertale. This is awesome. Do more of this.
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