I believe Coraline, the movie, was my first real introduction to Neil Gaiman.
The FFL Reading Challenge challenges you to read a book with America in the title
Check out these books that clock in at over 500 pages and will keep you occupied for quite some time.
I spent three hours a week during my junior spring of college learning about Norse mythology, the ins and outs of gods and goddesses and the crazy antics they get up to up in Asgard. In the middle of that semester was when Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman came out, and we even discussed his previous work, American Gods, as part of the syllabus. Here are some great works of fiction that draw on Norse Mythology.