Welcome to The Reel Shelf, a new weekly feature here at Books in the Spotlight where I imagine what's on my favorite TV/Movie character's book shelves. I don't know about you, but I tend to get drawn to quirky shows that on the surface sounds pretty morbid, but in really are so full of vibrancy, whimsy, and sweet. Pushing Daisies created by Brian Fuller is just one example. I absolutely fell in love with the show right from the start and was heart broken when it was quickly wrapped up in the second season. Curse you writer's strike of 2008! I've heard that the show continues a la Buffy in graphic novel, but haven't read any updates. *Sigh* Today, I would like to introduce you to Ned, the Piemaker.
Ned: I asked you to not to use the word zombie, it’s disrespectful. Stumbling around squawking for brains, it’s not how they do. And undead? Nobody wants to be un anything. Why begin a statement with a negative? It’s like say I don’t disagree. Just say you agree.
Emerson: Are you comfortable with living dead?
Ned: You’re either living or your dead. When you’re living you’re alive and when you’re dead that’s what you are, but when you’re dead and then you’re not you’re alive again. Can’t we say alive again? Doesn’t that sound nice?
Ned is the adorable, sweet, pie maker at his restaurant The Pie Hole who is played by Lee Pace. Ned has a secret ability: he can resurrect the dead with a single touch. He discovered his unique power at the young age of about nine when a car hits his dog. He also finds out that his talent comes with two terrible caveats: He can resurrect people for only one minute; if he doesn’t restore a person to death within 60 seconds, then someone else in his proximity will instantly die instead. And even that tradeoff doesn’t come without strings. If Ned ever again touches the person he has resurrected, that person will die for good. When private investigator Emerson Cod (played by Chi McBride) accidentally discovers Ned's ability, the two enter in a partnership: in exchange for Ned using his ability to revive those who have died under suspicious circumstances, Emerson will split any reward money that he receives when the information discovered with the help of Ned's gift allows them to solve the crime. I imagine Ned can definitely relate to characters with unique abilities who suddenly find themselves recruited to solve a crime or who are just simply trying to blend in.