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Q-Squared (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  2,918 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
In all of his travels Captain Jean-Luc Picard has never faced an opponent more powerful that Q, a being from another continuum that Picard encountered on his very first mission as Captain of the Starship Enterprise. In the years since, Q has returned again and again to harass Picard and his crew. Sometimes dangerous, sometimes merely obnoxious, Q has always been mysterious ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 434 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Pocket Books (first published 1988)
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This is one of the best Star Trek novels that I ever read. Peter David did again what he does best. Finding creative ways to link The Original Series with The Next Generation. On "Imzadi", (see review here: Imzadi ) David combines the Guardian of Forever from the classic episode "The City at the Edge of Forever" with the romantic relationship of William Riker and Deanna Troi. On "Vendetta", (see review here: Vendetta ), David merges The Doomsday Machine from the classic episode of the same name ...more
Jul 01, 2012 Tina rated it it was amazing
I am an avid ST:NG fan, of both the tv series and the novels. Most of the novels are pretty much episodic: there's a problem, the crew solves it, all is peaceful in the Federation once more. Once in a while, though, I stumble across a book of fantastic proportions. It's sort of like the author went beyond the idea of taking existing personalities and cobbling together an episode and printing it (which, honestly, is the reason I love the novels. They are more my light reading than romance books). ...more
3.5 stars. Nobody does Star Trek better than Peter David. This is another good installment featuring Q.
Larry Zieminski
Dec 15, 2010 Larry Zieminski rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Trek fans
This is arguably the great Star Trek Novel ever written. It takes place on a grand scale, covering several interesting timelines, then smashing them together.

The real test for novels like these are if the characters sounds like they should...quite often tie in novels will have characters saying things that they never would on the show, which can really pull me out of the book. Thankfully that isn't a problem here. Peter David has an excellent grasp of what makes each of these characters tick. Th
Jan 30, 2016 Stephen rated it it was amazing
On Stardate 2124.5, Captain Kirk and the Enterprise had a memorable experience with an impish creature named Trelane, a being of extraordinary power but the maturity of a child. Now Trelane is back, this time to play with Captain Picard and a different Enterprise....and right behind him is his godfather Q, begging him to behave. Trelane, as it turns out, is a member of the Q Continuum, and Q has the task of grooming him to be a responsible adult. Naturally, the universe is doomed. After a ...more
Dec 07, 2015 Steve rated it really liked it
This book started out with an interesting premise, as books or episodes involving Q are wont to do. It took me quite some time to work out where this book was going, but once I worked that out, it became much easier to hold the state of the book in my head. The action progressed nicely, with some interesting plot twists, until everything comes together. Literally. The climax was drawn out and drew me in, but the resolution was over a little quickly. But that is also expected when Q is involved.
David B
Jul 24, 2014 David B rated it it was ok
Trelane (of the TOS episode "Squire of Gothos"), who turns out to be a young member of the Q-Continuum, taps into the ultimate energy source and uses it-or is used by it-to tamper with the nature of reality and the flow of time. Q and the crews of the starship Enterprise from three parallel universes find themselves right in the thick of the action.

Three things seem apparent about this novel. First, author Peter David had fun writing it. It's clever, if a bit too convoluted at times, and has fun
Teresa Medeiros
Oct 26, 2012 Teresa Medeiros rated it it was amazing
This is by far the best STAR TREK novel I've ever read (and I've read plenty!), but it also tops my list of Best All-Around Novels. David effortlessly weaves together an incredibly complex tapestry of timelines and characters from ST:TOS and ST:TNG. I laughed out loud. I came close to crying. It's just a brilliant executed book that deserves 25 stars, not 5. I just bought my first Peter David non-Trek novel, SIR APROPOS OF NOTHING, and can't wait to read it. Other excellent Trek novels by Mr. ...more
Mike Singer
Jan 24, 2016 Mike Singer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This is the first Star Trek novel I've read, and it didn't disappoint. Time travel, alternate realities, good writing. It was hard to keep everything straight at times, but that's part of what made it so fun. I'll probably read more of these at some point. I just don't know how the next one I read will be able to live up to precedent set here.
Vincent Darlage
It was okay. I remember why I stopped reading Star Trek books 20 years ago... and why I gave up on STTNG even longer. Got tired of all the extra-dimensional, time travel where no one remembered what happened, thus it doesn't impact the characters or the series. It had plenty of fun, adventurous parts, but... somehow it left me hollow.
Jul 05, 2013 Neil rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, star-trek
Along with 'Vendetta', one of my favorite Star Trek Next Gen books, I still enjoy it each time I read it. One of the nice things about this book is that it still feels 'new' and fun each time I read it. I won't bother giving my 'pedigree' when it comes to what Star Wars books I've read and whatnot; I love great Star Trek books and have even enjoyed some 'bad' ones [I know, I know - are there anything but bad ones?]. I had a harder time getting into the Next Gen books - not sure why. Perhaps ...more
Oct 19, 2013 Benjamin rated it it was ok
I'd purchased this before moving to Slovakia with the intention that, if I ever missed STNG, I could visit the characters in book form. I'd spent the summer-before-Slovakia watching the show on Netflix, sometimes with Mike and Rachel. I'd adored the show during my teens, but moved on to other pop-culture passions afterwards. Revisiting the series that summer was nostalgic and truly fun. I remembered that I liked the Picard and Data and the rest (except for Beverly Crusher) and enjoyed a lot of ...more
Feb 25, 2012 M.E. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Q-Squared features the Next Generation crew, but the reason I picked it up (I’m really a TOS fan) was because of the character of Trelane, who, if you are familiar with the original series, is a character taken from the original era of the series and placed into the future Star Trek timeline involving Picard and crew. How is this possible? Well, Trelane isn’t human…no, he is actually a member of the Q continuum –
Jun 19, 2012 Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly entertaining audiobook experience.

Published in 1994 by Simon & Schuster Audio Division
Read by John de Lancie
Duration: About 3 hours.

I picked this one up at a library sale - they were clearing out all of their audiobooks on cassette. So, I picked up a bunch of them and dusted off the Sony Walkman (literally) and gave it a listen. Back in the day (1994) most audiobooks were edited to about 3 hours. This book was originally over 400 pages long so it was edited extensively as well,
David Bonesteel
Jun 11, 2013 David Bonesteel rated it it was ok
Trelane (of the TOS episode "Squire of Gothos"), who turns out to be a young member of the Q-Continuum, taps into the ultimate energy source and uses it-or is used by it-to tamper with the nature of reality and the flow of time. Q and the crews of the starship Enterprise from three parallel universes find themselves right in the thick of the action.

Three things seem apparent about this novel. First, author Peter David had fun writing it. It's clever, if a bit too convoluted at times, and has fun
Jan 10, 2009 Samantha rated it really liked it
Q (aka John de Lancie) has always been one of my favorite Star Trek characters. There's something about his smartalecky, sarcastic arrogance that appeals. Peter David, who's proven himself one of the best Star Trek novelists around, does a fine job replicating Q's personality on paper.

Now on to a little background: this novel has a fun tie-in to an Star Trek: the Original Series episode, which featured an all-powerful being who basically treated Kirk and company like playthings. In recent years
Oct 18, 2010 Shannan rated it liked it
The only reason I really started reading this book was because it had Q in it, and I love Q. However, I admittedly knew nothing about Trelane and I really wish I could've seen his Star Trek episode before I read this book, but nonetheless, I still loved it. I loved how Peter David assumed Trelane to be part of the Q continuum and how Q himself was supposed to take care of him and such. It led to some pretty entertaining situations that were fun for me to read. Again, I loved how well Peter David ...more
Aug 27, 2013 Leonca rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I feel a bit awkward reviewing this one, since stories revolving around time travel or parallel universes are often among my least favorites. It can be hard getting invested in some of the character’s circumstances when they’re switching so often, though I did find the parts dealing with the version of Riker who has gone “feral” fascinating.

I will say that David has an interesting take on the role and psychology of Q. This book reinforces my belief that he is one of the closest equivalents in mo
Sean Randall
Jun 06, 2011 Sean Randall rated it really liked it
"Divided as they were by such things as climate, however, they did at least share one thing: A fascination with pain."
It's quite refreshing to see that even over a decade and a half ago, Peter David was churning out masterpieces. His typical irreverence is present, though muted as befits a world not entirely his own, and the writing flows so smoothly that it's a page turner, and no mistake.

The Yesterday's Enterprise television episode was a firm fan favourite, couple that with the "what if Jack
Jun 23, 2008 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
This book is, hands down, my favorite of the Next Generation books. Lots of the other were excellent, and of course Peter David had several wonderful books, including "Imzadi" and "Vendetta". But I think this one was the best, and it was shortly after I read this that the Next Generation television show ended, and I slowly started to lose interest.

Even if you absolutely couldn't stand the "Q" character, if you liked anything about Next Generation, I think you'll love this novel. Before the story
Drew Perron
Aug 30, 2015 Drew Perron rated it really liked it
As a young teen, the time-twisting cosmic conflicts of this novel seemed like an amazing tour de force that dipped into some of the best characters and concepts that Star Trek: The Next Generation had to offer. On my current re-read, I've realized that it doesn't stick the cosmic aspect as well as it could; that it's not as strong, thematically or characterwise, as it could be; and that it's really weird to have Captain Picard use the word "pipsqueak", even in internal narration. Still, it does ...more
Apr 04, 2012 Joy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-trek
This is my all time favorite Star Trek book. It's also rather confusing.

You have Track A which is an alternate universe where Jack Crusher is captain of the Enterprise, Picard is the first officer, Beverly divorced Jack and is now Beverly Howard, Worf never joined Starfleet, Will Riker married Deanna and is imprisoned and Data is a human.

Track B is the normal everyday crew.

Track C is the "Yesterday's Enterprise" crew where the Federation is at war with the Klingons and Tasha Yar is alive.

Throw i
Jason Vargo
Aug 17, 2016 Jason Vargo rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
This is really a tale of two books: the first centers on two omnipotent beings, one of which is a spoiled brat; and the second is a "what might have been" for the Next Gen crew. As captivating as Trelane was in "The Squire of Gothos," he is that downright annoying here. It's hard not to wish Picard or Q could slap some sense into him, especially with all of the ways he humiliates the crew.

That being said, I found the first half to be largely boring (aside from the crew-based stories showing alte
Sep 12, 2012 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book predates Q's appearances on Voyager, with the latter canon seeming to invalidate this book. But it was still a fun read that wasn't so much about Q or about Trelane as much as this: "For all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, 'It might have been'.” Readers will have to do some mental gymnastics to keep track of three alternate timelines that weave in and out of each other. Which Jean-Luc Picard are we following now? The author does a good job of giving us clues when we ...more
Nick Pearson
Jun 25, 2016 Nick Pearson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book--it's one of the few I've re-read since I returned to all my old ST novels, that I'll be keeping on the shelf. Only true fans of ST: TNG need read this. The fun of this book is the sheer number of references to old episodes, with appearances from TOS villain, and a few DS9 characters to boot. In the book, Trelane, "the Squire of Gothos" from TOS shows up as a young member of the Q Continuum, and proceeds to draw the crew into encounters with alternate versions of themselves from ...more
Jesse Schedeen
Jan 23, 2012 Jesse Schedeen rated it really liked it
I read a handful of Star Trek novels when my love for the franchise hit its peak back in high school. This is the only one I actually look back on fondly now. The plot, though a bit derivative of previous Q stories, is engaging from start to finish. It's one of the more memorable uses of the parallel universes trope I've seen from the franchise. David shows his usual knack for characterization, even humanizing Q through his relationship with Trelane, a villain David borrowed from the original ...more
David "proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party"
I've never really been a Star Trek fan (I know, that's outright blasphemy coming from a self-proclaimed geek like myself), but since I am a Peter David fan, I gave this book a try, and wound up enjoying it far more than I thought I would! Peter David weaves a complex tale involving alternate realities colliding, yet manages to make it easily accessible for Star Trek newbies like myself!

Also, Peter David's wonderful sense of humor is in top form here, Q especially had some laugh-out-loud moments.
Stephen Coughlin
Jan 04, 2014 Stephen Coughlin rated it really liked it
I jump around a lot with Star Trek universes and hardly every read any TNG books. I did really like the Cold Equations trilogy that just came out. Good to see Data back. I enjoyed this one, too. I recently watched all of the Original series and remembered Trelane fondly as a thorn in Kirks side. I'm not going to go too far into reviewing this book because that would lead to madness. I was worn out by the end with all the parallel universes, but satisfied with the ending. Spoiler alert- Having ...more
Kym Andrew Robinson
As a fan of the character Q, I am perhaps biased when I claim that this is one of the better Star Trek genre of books. It has a decent narrative and a true to its subjects style plot with a lot of page turning moments to keep you reading.

It is most certainly one of my favorite Star Trek novels and its audio book is easily my top choice Star Trek audio experience.

A pretty quick read which I have managed on a couple of occasions.

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Aug 20, 2009 Dave rated it liked it
After all was said & done this really was a good read. Why I left it to sit on the shelf un-read for so long is the unaswerable question. I could easily recall the television characterizations of the stiff, professional Picard; the arrogant, yet sometimes maligned Q; and the petulant, if not efeminate Trelane throughout Mr. David's depictions.

The spasmodic interactions of the multiple timelines gave a complex edge to an otherwise over-used cliche.
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