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