I'm enjoying Dead Like Me. I described the premise to magid after watching the first disc (which just had the pilot on it. Yes, it was an hour and thirteen minutes, but it was still just the pilot. The 2nd disc has 5 episodes, and the 3rd and 4th discs each have 4 episodes. Why not stick one one of the episodes from the 2nd disc onto the 1st disc?), and she said that it reminded her of a book, so she let me borrow On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony, the first book of his Incarnations of Immortality series. It's been fun reading this book while watching Dead Like Me, getting two different takes on the same basic topic (and I have to keep the differences straight. For example, Death in the book is actually alive, since he killed the previous Death before he could be taken; the reapers in the TV show are actually dead, having assumed their position by being the last soul taken by another reaper).
I was close to finishing the book yesterday, so I picked up most of the rest of the series at the library (they didn't have Book 3 in, so I ordered it; bitty lent me Book 6). The first book was fun, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. Each book is about a different incarnation. Books 2-5 are about Time, Fate, War, and Nature, respectively. Judging by the titles, Books 6 and 7 are about the Devil and God, respectively. You don't actually find out until near the end of the first book that the Devil and God are actually just incarnations of evil and good, on the same level as the other incarnations. My speculation is that, through the course of the series, we'll find out something about what's above the incarnations.