Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Objectively bad ...

... The Lost Symbol and The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown's 20 worst sentences. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Only yesterday afternoon, John Timpane and I were chuckling over these - from the open pages of The Lost Symbol:

"The skull was hollow, like a bowl, filled with bloodred wine." Well, of course the skull is hollow. It is, after all, a container - for the brain.

"The room like a holy sanctuary from the ancient world." Definition of sanctuary: "a sacred or holy place."

"This room was a perfect square." The room is either square or it isn't.

Edinburgh professor of linguistics Geoffrey Pullum says “Brown's writing is not just bad; it is staggeringly, clumsily, thoughtlessly, almost ingeniously bad.”


  1. So, here is the question: What happened to editors in the book publishing business? The history of publishing is full of examples of editors who saved authors from embarrassing themselves. Current editors must not have those interests or skills (or both).

  2. Anonymous6:47 AM

    Hmm i think you are right i often purchase through bookcloseouts coupon & study lot of books but this situation is not happened.