Sunday, October 24, 2010

quote of the day

Right now I'm reading The Gates by John Connolly. It's so good. The gates of hell have opened, but the story is told in a funny way. Here is my favorite footnote so far (as of chapter 23 there are 24 footnotes):

Actually, astronomers who were recently sifting through thousands of signals from Sagittarius B2, a big dust cloud at the center of our galaxy, found a substance there called ethyl formate, which is the chemical responsible for the flavor of raspberries, and the smell of rum, the drink popular with pirates. Therefore, our galaxy tastes a bit of raspberries and smells of rum, which is nice.

I looked it up and it's really true.

P.S. Shelf Life is by James Hopkins.


Avid Reader said...

What a fantastic quote!

Rhubarb said...

I love the pic you posted with this. The book sounds good too!