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Q-In-Law (Star Trek: The Next Generation #18)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  2,485 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
When two powerful rival families of the spacefaring merchant race called the Tizarin are to be joined through marriage, the U.S.S. Enterprise is chosen as the site for the wedding. Though Captain Picard is pleased by the happy duty, his pleasure is cut short by the arrival of the Federation delegate from Betazed: Lwaxan Troi - the mother of ship's counsellor, Deanna Troi.

Paperback, 252 pages
Published October 1st 1991 by Pocket Books
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Wart Hill
Aug 28, 2015 Wart Hill marked it as gave-up
this book is exceedingly disappointing and I am so done.
When I started my big Star Trek rewatch project over the summer I decided to go ahead and read a bunch of the books too. I still have a small stack waiting for me when I feel the time is right. However, I've mostly reread books I'd already read back in the 90's. I wanted to read something beyond what I'd already experienced so I googled 'best TNG novels' or something similar and I was bombarded with lists. This one actually appeared more than once.

I have to confess that I was already a bit put
Daniel Kukwa
Feb 06, 2016 Daniel Kukwa rated it liked it
Shelves: star-trek
As a farcical romantic comedy, it certainly has its moments...and it definitely had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion. But compared to many of his other "Star Trek" novels, I found his characterization of the TNG crew to be They don't shine as authentically as they did in books such as "Vendetta" or "Strike Zone", apart from Worf (who gets many of the best lines) and Wesley (who actually gets the best sub-plot of the novel). Aside from that, the Romeo & Juliet pl ...more
Mar 10, 2017 Anna rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek, 2017
Out of the 52 Star Trek books I've read in the past 5 months, this was by far the most hilarious. Not just funny, but laugh-out-loud-embarrass-yourself-in-public funny. Of course part of this might have to do with the fact that I've read over 75% of this in one sitting, while mildly intoxicated. Still...

On one hand you have Q. On the other Lwaxana Troi. On a metaphorical third hand, the Capulets and Montagues and Data making ridiculous references to parental neglect and teenage suicide. And then
Joshua Rotella
Jun 15, 2011 Joshua Rotella rated it it was amazing
This is not my first Peter David novel. But it's the first one that I read that made me realize that Star Trek books not only didn't have to be serious, but could actually be better than the show.

This is a book that SHOULD, really SHOULD have been made into an episode. Or a Movie. It's that fun.

If you're a fan of the Next Generation, you should be hooked with these three words: Lwaxana Meets Q. It's what everyone wanted to happen, everyone was waiting for it to happen, and it never happened on-s

You should not read this book.

Despite the plot being ok, the action being pretty good, and Lwaxana and Q being nearly spot-on, there are so many problems with the writing that I couldn't go 15 minutes without groaning at something horrible.

Crimes against literature include (but are not limited to):

-Over-referencing previous events that we would know about from the television show and movies without explaining them at all.

-Lazy descriptions that act as a ch
Marcello Tarot
Mar 30, 2013 Marcello Tarot rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Ma chi se ne frega?

È la domanda che, ripetutamente, pagina dopo pagina, capitolo dopo capitolo, mi ponevo a mano a mano che continuavo ad andare avanti con la lettura, chiedendomi anche: “Ma chi me lo fa fare?”
Le vicende dell’equipaggio della U.S.S. Enterprise-D passano in secondo piano rispetto a quella di una coppia di giovani innamorati tutt’altro che simpatetici, e le battute cosiddette “comiche” di Peter David dopo un po’ stancano e anziché divertire risultano un ulteriore appesantimento,
Feb 06, 2017 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
This was a short, light read. It rang true to TNG characters, but if it were an actual episode, rather than a tie-in, it would've just been an episode I'd watched then forgotten.
David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
I read this book, not because I'm a Star Trek fan, but rather because I'm a Peter David fan. Despite my having a very limited knowledge of Star Trek and its characters, I never had any trouble following what was going on or remaining invested in the characters. Admittedly, there's not a lot of gravitas to the story, it's pure popcorn fun, but Peter David's wonderful sense of humor (particularly when he writes the snarky Q) makes every page of this book a joy to read!
Jun 07, 2015 Pam added it
I do actually remember reading this one, because of Joey's recommendation. I don't remember the details but I do remember being pleasantly surprised at how good a read it was. Thanks hubby!

Read: 3/1996 (hard to believe I read it while doing college classes...spring break??

entered on goodreads: 6/7/2015
Mar 23, 2010 Bradley rated it really liked it
I am not a rabid Trekkie fan but I seriously enjoy every story that features Q. This story is light-hearted and very fun. A very enjoyable read that I should have put on the top of my read pile.
Nov 23, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it
A fun and very humorous light read.
If you haven't yet, I'd suggest watching an episode with Lwaxanna and one with Q before reading this book, though, or it might be a bit confusing.
Kyle  Tresnan
Oct 17, 2012 Kyle Tresnan rated it it was ok
I made a friend and she took me to a used book store, and the short version of this story is that--despite being a little embarrassed--I bought a Star Trek book there. I like Star Trek; it was $2. I figured why not.

It was everything I dreamed it would be. I heard all of the characters' voices in my head when I read their dialogue, and the writing was sometimes so bad that I actually had to look away from the book.

Here's what we have for a story: These two kids from a rival family are gonna get
Christopher Lutz
May 14, 2017 Christopher Lutz rated it really liked it
Appropriate that I finished this book on Mother's Day.

My first TNG novel outside of the post-Nemesis relaunch series. Considering these books were written during the run of the TV show and couldn't mess with major characters too much, Q-In-Law is still able to tell a story that furthers the characters of Q and Lwaxana Troi in a meaningful way. Both get their moments to shine and their interaction feels as epic as one would expect. The legendary meeting is set to the backdrop of a Romeo and Juli
May 14, 2017 Arwen rated it it was ok
A Star Trek the Next Generation novel. The TNG cast feels a little like family, and so I usually find room for them on my reading list. But this book has two thing in it I don't care for Q and Lwaxana Troi, which is why it gets the Okay rating instead of a Good rating. It was a little more campy and a bit more comedy orientated than more TNG books I've read.
Garrett Shepard
Jan 06, 2017 Garrett Shepard rated it really liked it
Excellent narration by John De Lancie and Majel Barrett. Peter David usually does a pretty good job capturing the characters from the show into his books.
Conan Tigard
Nov 02, 2015 Conan Tigard rated it really liked it
Q-in-Law takes place approximately three months before the events in "Ménage à Troi" and significantly before "Qpid."

Q-in-Law is a fun star Trek: The Next Generation novel that has two of my favorite characters meeting for the first time: Lwaxana Troi and Q. As most fans would agree, these two characters always brought a certain sense of quirkiness to the series that was often lacking in other episodes. Certainly, the pairing of these two powerful characters in a single story must lead to a romp
May 06, 2013 Alex rated it really liked it
Pretty much a masterclass in how to write "light" fiction. None of it hangs together narratively or ideologically and it's all rather silly, but then to expect or desire anything more would be to wilfully ignore the delights this little spin-off gem has to offer.

Plotwise it's basically an absurd version of Romeo and Juliet featuring characters of Star Trek: two lovers from previously warring factions come to the Enterprise to get married in style and resolve their differences, only both Q and L
Jul 24, 2009 Julie rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: only non-hardcore fans
Recommended to Julie by: found it at the Salvo
Shelves: science-fiction, 2009
When I was a kid, maybe 12 or so, my parents found a box of 78 Star Trek novels at a yard sale for 2 bucks. We had them for years and years, and my brother and I would poke at them, read bits here and there, and I even finished a couple. Then my parents eventually got rid of them.

On a visit to the Salvo, I found a bunch of Star Trek novels, and the nostalgia was too much for me. I suspect most of them, like this one, are not ones we had before, especially since a lot of them are ST:TNG, not from
Jul 23, 2012 Stephen rated it it was amazing
A feud between two families of space gypsies is about to end in marriage, as their children have decided to tie the knot and give Captain Picard the honor of marrying them. Although this species never been heard of before, and indeed never will be again, the ceremony is attracting guests from throughout the Federation, including...Lwaxana Troi. That certainly puts a damper on Picard's spirits, but then Q decides to invite himself to the festivities to explore the age-old question: what is love? ...more
Michael Bedford
Aug 11, 2015 Michael Bedford rated it liked it
I read this novel a little while ago, while not a very intellectually challenging read it has its pros. The events of the novel are set near the middle of the 3rd season of TNG; Wesley is an acting ensign, Dr. Crusher is back as CMO, Geordi is becoming a thoroughly competent Chief Engineer, the Borg seem like a distant memory, Riker has a beard, and Deanna still has a lot of trouble with her mother, Lwaxana, who this novel features. The other featured character in this novel is the mischievous e ...more
Aug 25, 2011 Jason rated it liked it
Shelves: read-long-ago
In honor of the 25th anniversary, of what would be my all time favorite show if it were not for The X-Files, Star Trek the Next Generation is coming to Blu-Ray totally redone. Having read most of the novels over two decades ago,  I thought that I would write my general feel for the serial STNG novels. I could never do a real review now, other than to say that I loved them.

Star Trek the Next Generation was both my favorite science fiction series in college, and also my favorite serial novel. I wa
The Fizza
Jul 23, 2016 The Fizza rated it did not like it
This week on Star Trek: The Next Generation - Q has a laugh by merging the Trek-vers with a sit-com in The One Where The Twins' Father Comes To Town, Flirts With And Romances The Roommate's Mother Then Blows Her Off -Cause He's A Jerk, Like They Both Told Ya'- Next Thing You Know, The Spunky Mom Kicks The Hell Out Of Callous Dad.

1.5 ★ Stars - If you come into this book with whimsey you'll most-likely enjoy it, otherwise you'll be distracted by the ridiculous Out-of-Character as well as Out-of
Kevin Rubin
May 18, 2014 Kevin Rubin rated it liked it
“Q-In-Law” by Peter David was an entertaining read… The Enterprise and Captain Picard are chosen to host a wedding of two young people from rival interstellar merchant clans. Various guests arrive from all the planets the clans do business with, including an ambassador from Betazed, Lwaxan Troi.

The final guest to arrive is the self-invited “ambassador” from the Q Continuum, Q.

Picard tries to throw him off the ship, but the heads of the clans insist that he remain as their guest.

Q insists his in
Apr 02, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
I have two major obstacles to liking this book.

One is that this novel - like the other Next Gen book I've read from this author - includes gender dynamics that really, really creep me out. It's just a whole series of icky stuff going on for multiple characters, mostly in the form of gross stereotypes of shrewish or flighty women and smug, put-upon men, but there's also a slave character that disgustingly gets treated as a really amusing predicament for Wesley. All characters are flat and none r
Aug 29, 2013 Dark-Draco rated it it was amazing
I like reading the Star Trek novels - they are short, entertaining and don't often take that much thinking about. In this one, the Enterprise is playing host to a wedding that will bring together two feuding trading families. Kehrin and Sehra are very much in love and want nothing more than the ceremonies to be over so they can start their life together. But two unwelcome guests are also aboard. Lwaxana Troi, always on the look out for a new husband and in 'mourning' for her daughter's unmarried ...more
Mar 25, 2010 Camille rated it liked it
"Is it necessary to turn the Enterprise into a catering hall?" - Worf

The Enterprise is hosting a wedding for a young couple from conflicting families (think Romeo/Juliet, but not). Worf is upset because he doesn't like visitors and of course everyone is up to no good (80% of the time he's right). Riker is depressed because he realizes he doesn't have love in his life. Picard is upset because Lwaxana Troi is a guest and attempts to avoid her romantic overtures. Deanna is upset because her mother
Feb 16, 2012 Infinite rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
The Enterprise-D is ordered by starfleet to be the host for two rival houses ( The Nistral and Graziunas) of the nomadic, Tizarin race. Two guests arrive for the wedding,who soon bring chaos into the event. One is Lwaxana Troi, Deanna Troi's mother and the other,an uninvited guest: Q. Lwaxana Troi is smitten with Q and it appears that the feelings are mutual, but Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise feel that Q is up to his old games. As Q and Lwaxanna appear to fall more and more in lo ...more
Feb 28, 2014 ⚜Trea⚜ rated it it was amazing
This is one of my very favorite Star Trek novels! It is a hilarious story about Q investigating and experimenting with the concept of love. However, we have the added bonus of having Lwaxana Troi in the mix. It makes for a very amusing and entertaining read!

I was also able to listen to the audiobook at the same time I was reading it. While the audio version is abridged from this actual book, it is a treat indeed to listen to it as it is narrated by the same actors that portrayed Q and Lwaxana T
May 16, 2016 Valerie added it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
I found this at a dollar book sale at Good Will and knew I had to read it immediately.

This is the preview inside the cover:

Before Deanna could make another move her mother was sweeping across the room

As if he sensed Lwaxana Troi coming, Q turned. He raised a bemused eyebrow and watched her until she came to a halt barely two feed in front of him.

The true horror of the situation didn't dawn on Picard for a moment and then Mrs. Troi spoke.

"Jean-Luc, who is your charming friend."

"Mrs. Troi," said
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