loved it. Nothing Sci-fi about it.
There is something fascinating about Arabian stories. I dont know if it's the exoticism of the name, the richness of the setting, or the scariness of the magic and the fear of Allah
I discovered (and loved) Michael Crichton with such a story :
eaters of the dead .
A recounting of The Beowulf but made interesting... proving that adding Arabian flavor to anything make it fascinating.
My reading was only impacted by another similar story about a magician, and traveling through time :
The Wizard that was made to wait by Borges
( I had to post it myself on my old blog because I could only find a pdf version, of all Borges books online)
Wondering how the alchemist could let 20 year span go by for the gate to work, I expected a bad ending, as in the Borges story (itself inspired from the Arabian tales, but I dont know which, if someone knows, I'm curious to read the original)