Book #1: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
I think by now I might call myself a fan of Neil Gaiman. He's one of the truly unique voices in literature, in my opinion, fantastical, but still grounded in enough reality for people to recognize their own humanity in his stories. The Graveyard Book is no exception. Bod might be a Nobody, to the rest of the world, but in his neck of the woods, or cemetery as it may be, he's everything. A whole new world appears before your eyes, and although the climax might be slightly lacking, that doesn't mean the ride isn't worth taking.
This is another wonderful and engaging book from one of the best out there. Neverwhere was more clearly defined and detailed, in my opinion, but this is a good one to cut your Neil Gaiman teeth on. If you're disappointed or uninterested in this, then it may be time to just stick with "Where's Waldo"
Overall 4 out of 5
Good choice to get things started with...