While I'm waiting for my re-new Magician books to come in from Amazon (the old ones were a bit worn and ragged...yes, I've read them that much, especially book 3, Darkness At Sethanon.. Damn that thing was done)... I'm doing some international political non-fiction The Empire And The Five Kings - America's abdication and the fate of the world (* a bit of an exaggeration in the title, but I get the point of his premise...the US has dropped the ball and backed away into a more isolationist tone...It's like we're getting back to a pre-WWI mindset...and I'm not happy about the push, we need to be out there and engaged to improve which improves us in return - not in an arrogant way though) Geez, this guy write smooth but the amount of knowledge and experience he has is profound and impressive. I'm having to re-read passages to absorb and look up lots of info to get a background. He presumes everyone is a world-traveler and experienced in global locale...in a good way. (the background for the names, doesn't break the momentum of the story and add tedium) You just gotta be quick and willing to search. (and I'm not spring chicken without world awareness) It's a short book but it's going to take me awhile in stops & starts when I can to get through. I'm looking forward to gaining his perspective and learning a lot more. I may look up other books of his and the type. Expand my world-view more before I start traveling more extensively.