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Tod Goldberg

when I grow up I want to write just like him.... only better =P

all writers have idols to live up to
Tod is my idol...


"Molly and I paid seventy-five thousand dollars for this two bedroom log-cabin.
I know she's not inside.
We bought paintings and built bookshelves.
I know everything about her is inside.
We made love, children, plans.
I know that wherever she is, she knows I am here.
We fell apart, piece by piece, bone by bone, until all that was left were the words, the pictures, and the hope that someday it would be recovered.  Someday they would build condos here and everything would be found and put back together in its proper place."
-"Living Dead Girl - Tod Goldberg"

 hey Tod give us a book about "how to" write because you can!


I read this book on a sunny Saturday at the beach. I got sunburned because I couldn't stop reading long enough to walk to my car before I finished.

There are some very haunting images floating through my mind and yet the biggest thing I have taken away with me from 'Living Dead Girl' is love. The images and emotions that are portrayed in this book are amazingly beautiful sometimes in the most morbid of ways. We want what we touch for a moment to last for a lifetime and yet that moment that we know love is a reality is a moment that becomes a lifetime. I have always believed that there is one person in the world that each of us is meant to love. And while many never find that person and settle for the person that finds them'.it is so apparent in this book that Ginny loves Paul faults and all and yet for him that one person is Molly, a paradox that plays out throughout the entire book.

The powerful forces that love can cause and create are amazing. And this novel is nothing like a mystery (like I've read all over the internet that it is'..society needs to pigeonhole every damn thing until they make a square peg fit a round hole'!!!) unless you consider the mystery of that which is love. And of course the disappearance of Molly is an ongoing source of questioning.

There were passages of this book that simply brought tears to my eyes. Mostly during Paul's explanations of the good times that he and Molly shared.

I know that I will read this book again because there was one story happening in the forefront and another story happening in the background. I think it was amazing how the author manages to make the characters so real that they become people that you care about. Mr. Goldberg managed to make the character of Katrina be someone that I the reader felt myself mourning. The notion that had she just not gotten ill, that somehow Paul and Molly and Katrina would have gone on happily. I suppose that's not the stuff of good novels though. The trite and happy endings usually follow up a book that totally [stinks]. I think what makes a good novel is one that makes you want to crawl into the book with a giant eraser and say 'NO NO'mr. Writer man'.we will just not have this'..' as we erase with fury and will and an evil grin. But we can't and so we're drug through mental hell like a bloody body behind a car. We are already in motion but it's causing one hell of a brush burn during the ride.

These characters will be in my head for a long time to come.

It's a fast paced ride, you'll never find yourself wondering why you chucked out cash to be this entertained. And you won't soon forget it.

review by me

also by Tod...and a damn fine book too...


I think so highly of Tod's novels that if your out there reading this and you want to read a Tod Goldberg book...drop me an email poeticalgirl@hotmail.com
if you have a book you can trade up with me, I'll send ya a Tod book of your choice.  Everyone wins, Tod gets more eyetime and I get to share and you get to share.  Can't beat that deal...can ya?


special thanks to Tod for all your encouragement
it is appreciated and framed over my writing desk
now all I need is a signed cheesy glossy
hint ...hint...