"It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read." -Lemony Snicket
#1: Over Description, J.R.R. Tolkien is king at this, the tree was green it was so green it reminded me of a time when I was a child and I would sit an an orchard underneath a very green tree....... wait where am I now?#2: Rapid and Frequent perspective switching, especially if there are multiple "timelines" going on in the story, this probably only occurs in geeky books involving time travel but you can get to much of it.
Ken-The J.R.R. Tolkien pet peeve is hilarious!!! It's all just so...green! :D Thanks for sharing!
Over description is a huge bother for me, though I didn't have any problem with it in Tolkien. Where I see it as a problem is when the author tells, tells, tells, and never shows. The story ends up feeling like one giant info dump. On the other hand, I'm reading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel right now, and the novel is chock full of extraneous description and tangent story lines...but it works because the author keeps everything geared towards the end of telling some piece of the story. I can't put it down.