Wikipedia:WikiProject Novels/Collaboration/Stalled

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The following is a list of stalled nominations for the Novels Collaboration of the Month. These candidates garnered little or no support over a period of at least six months from the date of nomination. Most project selections receive at least 3 nominations before they are selected. The novels nominated below have received no more than two votes of support (including the original nomination), and have been moved here to reduce clutter among current nominations. Should one of these novels receive a third vote of support, it should be transferred back to the active candidates list.

Candidates[edit]

The Tower of Ravens[edit]

The Tower of Ravens is a fantasy novel by Kate Forsyth. It needs some more help and might as well be the only one of Kate Forsyth's books that are articles.

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  1. Lady Nimue of the Lake (talk · contribs)
  2. Regeane Silverwolf (talk · contribs)

Comments

  • Needs the rest of the plot summary since my memory is a bit rusty and I'm basically working single-handedly on this one. User:Lady Nimue of the Lake 08:02, 18 October 2006 (UTC)

Maia (novel)[edit]

Maia is a really good book, but not many people read it. At the moment it is in need of very big help from Maia readers.

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  1. Lady Nimue of the Lake (talk · contribs)

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Crown of Shadows[edit]

Crown of Shadows is a fantasy novel by C.S. Friedman. Published in 1995 not of huge note but the article is really only "Plot summary". In need of some more tender loving care.

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  1. Kevinalewis (talk · contribs)
  2. Lady Nimue of the Lake (talk · contribs)

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Red Rabbit[edit]

Red Rabbit is the latest of the thriller novels by Tom Clancy. Published recently not of huge notability but the author deserves more than a stub "Plot summary".

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  1. Kevinalewis (talk · contribs)
  2. Imasleepviking (talk · contribs)

Comments

  • a bit more than a stub - but could do with more information and analysis. :: Kevinalewis : (Talk Page)/(Desk) 10:35, 8 August 2006 (UTC)
  • I'm a big fan, not his in his best work, but expanding any of Clancy's books deserve to be expanded. I think he is rather important to modern lit. Imasleepviking ( talk ) 01:13, 1 July 2007 (UTC)

Anna of the Five Towns[edit]

Anna of the Five Towns is a classic novel by Arnold Bennett. Published at the turn of the century and of some note but deserves more than a stub "Plot summary".

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  1. Kevinalewis (talk · contribs)

Comments

  • really just a stub - but could do with more information and analysis as well. :: Kevinalewis : (Talk Page)/(Desk) 10:35, 8 August 2006 (UTC)

María[edit]

María is a novel written by Colombian writer Jorge Isaacs between 1864 and 1867. It is a costumbrist novel representative of the Spanish romantic movement. Despite being Isaacs' only novel, María is considered one of the most important works of 19th century Spanish literature.

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  1. Runch (talk · contribs)
  2. Clayrocks369 (talk · contribs)

Comments

  • Another stub, needs an info box, multiple sections - lots of work. - Runch 16:18, 3 September 2006 (UTC)

Nana[edit]

Nana is a novel by the French naturalist author Emile Zola. Completed in 1880, Nana is the ninth installment in the 20-volume Les Rougon-Macquart series, which was to tell "The Natural and Social History of a Family under the Second Empire".

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  1. Runch (talk · contribs)

Comments

  • Contains a lot of good information, but lacks an info box, proper sections, and mostly needs a lot of expansion and reorganizing. - Runch 16:18, 3 September 2006 (UTC)

Belarmino and Apolonio[edit]

Belarmino and Apolonio is a novel by Spanish author Ramón Pérez de Ayala. Belarmino y Apolonio (1921) (translated as "Belarmino and Apolonio") is one of his most well known works.

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  1. Runch (talk · contribs)

Comments

  • An article on this novel does not yet exist. - Runch 16:18, 3 September 2006 (UTC)


The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1: The Pox Party[edit]

This book is one of M. T. Anderson's finest, and is written in the 18th century diction, it is told from the point of view of a science experiment/slave, and others. It tells the life of said science experiment.

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  1. SteamRocket (talk · contribs)
  2. Seduisant (talk · contribs)

Comments

  • My favorite read of 2007, exquisitely written - Seduisant (talk) 21:32, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

Gone with the Wind[edit]

Important novel; this article is very lacking. ۝ ۞ ░ 04:04, 25 July 2007 (UTC)

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  1. BlueLotas (talk · contribs)
  2. Kevinalewis (talk · contribs)

Comments Particularly significant "Americana", not perhaps a great novel but made more notable by the impact of the film adaptation. :: Kevinalewis : (Talk Page)/(Desk) 08:26, 25 July 2007 (UTC)

Hotel du Lac[edit]

This novel from Anita Brookner could use a lot of additions and improvements given that it is a Booker Prize winning work. Skumarla (talk) 08:13, 27 November 2007 (UTC)

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  1. Skumarla (talk · contribs)

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A Fable[edit]

Where to begin. This article very obviously needs work. No one can deny that. As is, it is a stub article with a poorly written summary. This has not been seen, critically, to be Faulkner's best novel, but Faulkner's own opinion differed. He considred it his masterpiece, his magnum opus, and spent more than a decade working on it. It won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book award, and was his last, important works, and was, aruguably, his only non-Yoknapatawpha work of any major significance and an important part of his overall legacy. Robert Waalk (talk) 04:19, 1 August 2008 (UTC)

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  1. Robert Waalk (talk · contribs)

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  • An important piece of Faulkner's work that needs to be written. I already have an idea for how it should be rewritten and structured, and can provide a lot, except in the section, (yet to exist), on the characters and the plot, because it's been so long since I read it. But I am familiar enough with it's origins and how Faulkner himself felt about it. I think that of all the books on this list thisone should be of the uptmost priority and we should get together on it as soon as possible.
  • I haven't read any of his books, but when I do I will promise that I will help you. But I would like to know what it is about. User:kitxkat (talk)
Basically, in a nutshell, its about a Christlike soldier who gets the two sides to decide to simply refuse to fight, with everyone realizing that there has to be a conscious agreement to fight to carry out a war. Once he does this the soldier is taken up by the general, a godlike or devil like figure that shows compassion and offers him mercy and eventually sentences him to death because he stands up for what he believes. This general then meets with the German general to try to figure out a way to get their soldiers to fight each other again and restart the war. The soldier is killed, and his remains eventually make it back to America where he is celebrated as the original unknown soldier in the tomb of the unknown soldier. It was considered at turns brilliant and mystifying, spectacular and exhausting, fast paced and frozen in time. That being said I think it is the most under-appreciated of Faulkner's works. It is the kind of novel that I think would be rediscovered and reevaluted sometime in the next century. By the way, mind if I add you to the support list?--Robert Waalk (talk) 16:55, 1 December 2008 (UTC)

V.[edit]

The article still needs some work. The layout of the plot, it needs a background of the critical reception, culutral influence, and a note on the beginnings of Thomas Pynchon's career, which it started. It's an important work, it ignited the career of one America's greatest living writers, and a possible future Nobel Prize winner. It's a very important work. Robert Waalk (talk) 05:42, 1 August 2008 (UTC)

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  1. Robert Waalk (talk · contribs)


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Humboldt's Gift[edit]

This is arguably Saul Bellow's most important book, and Saul Bellow is a titanic figure in 1950s-1970s literary scene, and will go down as one of three major figures in American Literature in latter half of the twentieth century. It won the Pulitzer Prize, and is a very highly considered figure. In addition, the article has need, it is lacking and empty. Let's get to work on this and other pieces. Robert Waalk (talk) 23:25, 4 August 2008 (UTC)

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  1. Robert Waalk (talk · contribs)
  2. Kevinalewis (talk · contribs)

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Finnegans Wake[edit]

Joyce's final 1939 novel, which he took 17 years to compose, is one of the most famously difficult books ever written and really just one of the great unread classic novels. Considering how tall Joyce stands in 20th century literature, and what a vacuum of information surrounds the book, I reckon it'd be a good candidate for this project. I feel that only on a site like Wikipedia, which is founded on the concept of group work, could a truly thorough and informative article be written on such a comlex book, and through the method by which articles are composed here, a lot of hearsay and fuzzy notions about it could be stripped away. And especially given that its a novel that readers need info on to help them tackle it, if the article were to be of a high standard I'm sure it would be consulted often. I've been working on it myself for a while now, but I have to admit that alone, the task is proving too daunting, and I (and the article) could sorely use the help of some other, more experienced editors. My main problems have been summarising a plot which is so digressive, and so filled with events, in an informative but also concise and clear way. I also need the support of some editors to remove some content I find redundant, but whose authors are quite possessive of. And finally, while there are alot of sources, they probably need a more experienced eye cast over them to make sure they follow WP standards, are thorough enough, etc. It would be nice for it to get FA for its 70th anniversary next year, and there's more than enough material on it to perhaps achieve that, but the article needs to be edited and written in a much more rigorous fashion, by some more experienced editors.Warchef (talk) 22:06, 22 September 2008 (UTC)

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  1. Warchef (talk · contribs) (added by Maria; I presume that the nominator supports the nom. :))
  2. Yllosubmarine (talk · contribs)

Comments

  • I was forced assigned to read Finnegan's Wake last year in my Joyce class. I somehow got through it and even kept my books. Will help where I can, although I'm still not certain what the damned thing is about. María (habla conmigo) 01:24, 23 September 2008 (UTC)
  • I dunno, it seems to have an extremely detailed and fairly well written article as it is. It is not in desperate need of work, and its not even one of Joyce's more notable works. That being said its no less important than some of mine, such as A Fable, or Humboldt's Gift, but hte problem is that those are notable and have almost no article to speak of, period, which is a problem. They're both takss too big for me, as Look Homeward, Angel proved to be when I basically did it alone, with the WikiNovels collaboration group sitting idlely dead at the reins and I just kind got gung ho and did a month's collaboration on my own.--Robert Waalk (talk) 02:28, 26 September 2008 (UTC)
  • Although Robert's take on notability here I think is a bit harsh, however I quite agree about the article, it appears almost FA in quality. Purhaps just pushing it through the GA and FA process would be the real nature of the collaboration. :: Kevinalewis : (Talk Page)/(Desk) 08:21, 26 September 2008 (UTC)
  • I agree with everyone else - that's a pretty solid article. I do also disagree with RW about notability - Joyce wrote four works of prose fiction (besides the unfinished Stephen Hero which was transformed into Portrait), and all are pretty clearly among the most notable works of fiction of the twentieth century - of much greater significance than A Fable (not generally considered a major Faulkner novel, even) - even if lots of people think FW is mostly bullshit. Joyce's only real minor works are Exiles and Chamber Music (and Stephen Hero, I guess). john k (talk) 02:11, 28 September 2008 (UTC)
I think you have misunderstood my sentiments on this issue. I was not concerned with notability, not at all. I know and respect Joyce as a great. What I meant was that Finnegan's Wake is not Joyce's most important work, that title would go to Ulysesses and The Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Still very important, but what I found was that the article was very solid, it didn't really need a collaborative effort to improve. Could probably still use some major editing and touching up, but my point was that there are other notable, (notice notable, not as notable), articles that have almost nothing, nada. A Fable and Humboldt's Gift are two of these. Humboldt's gift is arguably Bellow's last important novel and winner of a Pulitzer, a very distinguished award, its also a very good work, I'd rank as my second favorite Bellow. Yet, there is absolutely no information, no real article to speak of, that was my point. A Fable too, the fact that a Faulkner novel article is almost non-existent is outrageous. I would definitely say A Fable is nowhere near Faulkner's best or most important novel, but I do think it very notable because Faulkner considered it his magnus opus and I feel that in the distant future in might be more highly considered. Not only that, but its also notable in that it is his only really important non-Yoknapatowpha work, and really his last actually significant work, if you discount the Reivers, which is truly not up to his standards and was a quickly, shoddily written book written by an author didn't really want to be writing. So, what I said wasn't about notability, but about need. I feel that there are other articles with much more need, which is the key word. I'd like to get them improved, worked on, and cleaned up.--Robert Waalk (talk) 02:05, 30 September 2008 (UTC)
Oh, yeah, that's totally fair - as I said, I think the current FW article is too good to warrant a collaboration, and I'd agree that there's a large number of major novels with terrible articles. john k (talk) 02:26, 30 September 2008 (UTC)

The Sword of Shannara[edit]

A landmark epic fantasy novel, it was the first to be a big hit in the fantasy genre since a little-known trilogy entitled The Lord of the Rings. =) The novel was the first fantasy novel to appear on the New York Times bestseller list. Also, it was the first of twenty-three NYT bestsellers for its author, Terry Brooks.

Currently, Sword is a good article and is close (well, in my opinion) to being featured, but it has failed two recent FAC's (one at the end of August, one at the end of September). Specific tasks for the article would include copy-editing, shortening the plot summary (if possible), hunting down at least one or two of the sources that are listed on the talk page and (pipe dream?) getting one or two images of the artwork that was put in the first edition books by the Brothers Hildebrandt. —the_ed17— 04:19, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

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  1. the_ed17 (talk · contribs) (as nominator)

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The Golden Notebook[edit]

This is Nobel Prize Winner Doris Lessing's breakout book. It's one of the most widely read books by a British author and the only work of Lessing's that most people have read, and therefore deserves a larger and better written article in its prominence than it has. Its a landmark work of femnist fiction and social literature, and is an internationally recognized classic that will likely go down as one of the major books of the 20th Centry. It has a great deal of need for improvement. Currently it is just an unorganized mess, lightly sorted, and with a poor plot summary, little history and background on it, not critical history, and no critical analysis of the book, as well as no impact and influence section. --Robert Waalk (talk) 00:11, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

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  1. Robert Waalk (talk · contribs)

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The Adventures of Augie March[edit]

Allow to toss in another option. This is widly considered Saul Bellow's greatest novels, and one of the greatest novels of the 20th Century. As it is it is barely start class, bare referenced and with very little information. This should be a major priority and it does need a group effort to improve.--Robert Waalk (talk) 03:19, 3 February 2009 (UTC)

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  1. Robert Waalk (talk · contribs)
  2. Kevinalewis (talk · contribs)

War and Peace[edit]

Honestly, I was shocked that this article about a piece of classic literature was not GA or FA. It is Top-importance for our project, so why is it only B-class? I believe that with the collaborative work of the project it could become ready for GAR. PrincessofLlyr royal court 22:02, 4 June 2010 (UTC)

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  1. PrincessofLlyr royal court 22:02, 4 June 2010 (UTC)
  2. œ 19:41, 19 June 2010 (UTC)

Comments

  • I'd have to agree, a collaboration could really help this important article. But first it seems we have to get people interested in collaborating again. Almost every single WikiProject's current collaboration is inactive and several years old. I'm puzzled at this community-wide sudden lack of interest in collaborations. Maybe the rise in vandalism and edit-warring have a part to play.. -- œ 19:41, 19 June 2010 (UTC)