Update 2: the concensus seems to be Inverted World for April and the Earthsea Trilogy for May. If anyone wants to change this comment now or forever hold your piece (but don’t do it in public).
Inverted World is a little harder to find than Earthsea but it’s still available reasonably cheaply from Amazon and ebay:
Update: Rodney has suggested it would make creating posters for the group easier (and cheaper!) if we could decide three months in advance. He has suggested Inverted World by Christopher Priest. How about we do Inverted World in April and the Earthsea trilogy in May? Comment asap as Rodney needs to update the poster soon.
We need to choose a book for the April meeting and it would be good to make the choice as soon as possible. If anyone has suggestions can you post them as comments to this post.
There are lots of cheap copies available on Amazon. There’s also a collection of the first four Earthsea books on Amazon, but the fourth and fifth (last) books aren’t as good as the first three so I wouldn’t bother reading them.
Don’t be put off by the fact it’s a trilogy because the three books are all short so the trilogy is really only the size of a single novel. It’s also very easy reading – I think it was originally intended as a young adult series, but there is enough sophistication in the books to make them interesting to adults as well.
The story follows the young magician Ged from a child to his final conflict with Death. There have been some terrible crimes against literature committed by writers attempting a fantasy series, but the Earthsea trilogy stands out as one the best written of the genre. Le Guin is an accomplished writer and the book is packed with original ideas. It’s one of my all time favourite books.