Via tor.com, I see that Saga is bringing out a one-volume omnibus of LeGuin’s Earthsea books, with illustrations.
In case you don’t remember (I had to look this up), that includes:
A Wizard of Earthsea
The Tombs of Atuan
The Farthest Shore
The Other Wind
Tales from Earthsea
In fact, I only ever read the first two (as far as I remember). I liked A Wizard of Earthsea, but I think I also found parts of it boring or confusing — I was pretty young. I loved The Tombs of Atuan and re-read that one several times, so I remember it a lot better. It’s been a while, though. And for whatever reason — the vagaries of the library system, probably — that’s it.
I don’t know, what do you all think of the rest of the Earthsea books? I really like the idea of an illustrated omnibus!
Here’s a sketch of the wraparound cover art, by Charles Vess, who has evidently worked closely with LeGuin to make sure the illustrations look like what she had in her head.
Click through if you’d like to see bigger images and some sketches for the interior illustrations.