There's nothing quite as awesome as getting hooked on a great book series. You suddenly realize there's a huge pile of content just waiting for you to love it. But starting in on a series, even one that's popular, can be intimidating. It's not always best to start at the beginning. Sometimes a series takes a few books to really get good. Other times, the best book for introducing new readers ends up somewhere in the middle. So where do you begin? The following are cases where I personally think you're better off starting somewhere other than the first book.
Wagers of Sin by Robert Asprin and Linda Evans. The second book in the Time Scout series, Wagers of Sin is a clear-cut case of the "Empire Strikes Back Effect," where an already-good story has a sequel that outshines it. The loveable rogue Skeeter Jackson (a minor character from the first book) takes over as protagonist in this amazing tale of a time-traveling con man. It's much more likely to suck you in to the Time Scout universe than the titular first book.