Literary pet peeves

Charles Butler hannibal at
Sun Feb 9 12:29:26 EST 2003

>> My pet peeve of
> > writing styles is when an author uses a phrase so many times it
> > becomes trite in his/her books

Agreed! For example: I really enjoyed Iain Banks's _The Bridge_, and I was
struck when someone with a hangover talked of mustering 'a quorum of
neurons' in order to take part in a conversation. Tried _Walking on Glass_
next - and there was the same phrase. Result? I still haven't read another

Meanwhile I'm terrified of doing the same thing myself - if I haven't


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