Machine of Death: A Collection of Stories About People Who Know How They Will Die
Randall Munroe, James Foreman, K. Sekelsky, Camron Miller, John Chernega, David Michael Wharton, K.M. Lawrence, Jeffrey C. Wells, Vera Brosgol, Kit Yona, J. Jack Unrau, Jeff Stautz, Aaron Diaz, Matthew Bennardo, Yahtzee Croshaw, Douglas J. Lane, Brian Quinlan, Kate Beaton
The Silmarillion is my favorite of Tolkien's books. I guess the people who find it hard to read were not forced to read the King James Bible repeatedly as a child. The Silmarillion is like the Bible with Elves, and that makes everything better.