I feel sad that you 'didn't get' Borges I find him a) a good story teller b) erudite and wondrous. I wonder if a lot of the references are too obscure? Was that the problem?
I rate him along side Eco for me in terms of pleasure and enjoyment.
Try The Book of Sand which is actually in The Book of Sand,its a great story about compulsion, madness and mystery amongst other things one of my favourites.