Episode 01.01.02: Nick Alimonos and the World of Aenya

Today, I would like to introduce you to the writing of one of your hosts, Nick Alimonos. His recent release, Ages of Aenya, is available to order now at www.nickalimonos.com

I’ll talk to Nick about some of the inspiration behind his work, and how he feels about contributing stories in today’s social atmosphere. There’s some retro 80s talk and some views on nudity in novels and in visual media.

We are still working on methods to improve our audio. Please be patient with us as we work out our snarls!

Please Note

In Episode 01.01.01, the author of My Name is Red was announced with the incorrect last name. Orhan Pamuk is the name of the author, not Palahniuk, but honestly, I’ve read them both, so sometimes my brain just can’t keep it all straight!


About Our Artwork

All artwork is commissioned or created by Nick and Mars. Among these pieces are those created for the world of Aenyamany of which are inspired by the Classics, which help to realize how Nick’s world looks and operates.

I picked the piece Hedonian trireme at sunrise, by Evan Kyrou, for our banner. Of course, it’s not what we intend for a final look, but I find the idea of a ship leaving or entering a harbor as a way of beginning or ending a new story, and a good way to inaugurate this experience.

Mars’ rendering of the site’s avatar began life as a more classical take on the Minotaur of Greek mythology. Nick has been welcomed to adopt it for his portrayal of the beasts called “Horgs,” which appear in his novel, Ages of Aenya. I enjoy it as a good personal image, though it is perhaps not so well suited to a literary blog.

I hope you’ll join us for our next episode, where we will be featuring Nick Alimonos for our Author Spotlight, chat up some Aenya, and roam the hills of various winding topics before settling down because, oh my gosh, our time tends to spill over!


Episode I: The Introduction of Mars and Nick

Hello! and welcome to a new blog and podcast experience with To Be Read.

It’s our belief that literature, reading, and education are fundamental tools for learning to live in this world, and there is so much joy in reading a fantastically told story. We want to talk about books and our experiences with them and hope that your shared enthusiasm will earn us your ears.

We’re pretty new at this. We’re also doing this for fun! Your hosts are Mars and Nick, and our first episode will feature the hosts’ introductions with an overview chat of some of our favorite genres, writers, and the books that have had the most impact on our lives.

A transcript and recording of all podcasts will be available at this blog, where you can also expect news for upcoming show themes and featured author interviews.

Please keep in mind that we are finding our groove and several aspects from site design to show formats are subject to change as we discover our footing and get used to this process. In blogs following this one, we hope to get into further introductions to give you a sense of who we are and what we hope to accomplish.

A transcript and recording of all podcasts will be available at this blog, where you can also expect news for upcoming show themes and featured author interviews.

I’m excited to announce that we already have some author interviews lined up!

We hope you’ll join us in this learning experience!

-Mars & Nick