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

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  2,020 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Two powerful rival families of the spacefaring merchant race called the Tizarin are to be joined through marriage, and the U.S.S. Enterprise is chosen as the site for the wedding. Captain Picard is pleased by the happy duty, but his pleasure is cut short by the arrival of the Federation delegate from Betazed, Lwaxana Troi, the mother of ship's counsellor, Deanna Troi. Desp ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published October 1st 1991 by Pocket Books
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David "proud member of 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!

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
Joshua Rotella
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
Marcello Tarot
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,
Kevin Rubin
“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
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
This was one of the first Trek books I read almost a decade or so ago. This is a "fun" book, but it's really just for laughs. There is no real plot/conflict (I mean, yes, the Romeo & Juliet conflict, but it's more of B Plot), so anyone looking for a real story, there's not much there. That said -- I think this book has great characterization (I mean, it IS Peter David...), so I'm willing to go along with the ride. I like the use of Wesley, Q, Q, Troi, Riker, and the rest. My only complaint i ...more
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.
The enterprise is picked to host an important wedding uniting two warring houses of intergalactic traders and Q decides to invite himself to the festivities. Will chaos ensue? Is space a tad chilly? For a little spice, because Q-based stories are lacking in drama (drip, drip -- pardon my sarcasm!), add in Lwaxanna Troi attending the wedding as the representative of Betazed. Increase romantic/sexual heat between said Lwaxanna Troi and Q. Simmer slowly, gently raising temperature, then hold onto y ...more
Having enjoyed the DS9 novel I read by Peter David, I was not prepared for how offensively heterosexual this would be. Also, I really don't see the crew of Picard's Enterprise being as fixated on romantic/sexual partnership as they are in this book. Lwaxana was pitch-perfect in that she annoyed the crap out of me and triggered hella mom feelings. Too much Wesley, too little Data. Gross descriptions of women, gross white beauty standards heavily emphasized. Very binaristic and creepy about it. Ge ...more
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
"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
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 was
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
Kyle  Tresnan
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
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
Aug 30, 2009 Julie rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: only non-hardcore fans
Recommended to Julie by: found it at the Salvo
Shelves: 2009, science-fiction
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
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
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
I've been a Star Trek Fan ever since TOS came over the waves through Desilu productions. Captain Kirk was always my hero, besides the fact that he is blonde, and quite handsome. I was always Redford over Renolds. Still, this is the only book I ever read based on any Star Trek Series. It was highly recommended by my oldest daughter. And it is as she said it is...hilarious. This book is funny. It's funnier than any Star Trek situation or character has ever been. I enjoyed it so much, I read it to ...more
I don't usually read tie-in novels, but this had Q and Lwaxana Troi, two of my favorite Trek characters, so I had to pick it up. In short, it's a romp, and probably better recommended to die-hard fans.
Katie Buerk
Q vs lwaxana with Picard in the middle it's a great read. But honestly Q and Lwaxana are the perfect pair
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A Star Trek novel
Another wonderful Peter David novel with the crew of the Starship Enterprise, in and adventure that would NEVER happen in the TV show, but at the time I desperately wished it could. As usual, Peter David's writing is exciting and of course hilarious; nobody could get as close to the actual characters as he could. I'm sure my friends and I annoyed the crap out of everyone by randomly quoting our favorite lines:

Riker: She's really beating the stuffing out of him, Sir. What do you think we should d
Mary Norris
Enterprise Counsellor Deanna Troi like anyone else tolerates her mother, Lwaxana Troi. Captain Jean-Luc Picard tolrates Q. But when you through Lwaxana and Q together, you're in for a whirlwind of a surprise. Q, in a course of research towards the love that humanity expresses, spends time with Lwaxana, and plays around with a few guests that are aboard the Enterprise to get married. THough Lwaxana seems to be falling in love with the mysterious and pwerful Q, his feelings towards her are definat ...more
Scarlett Sims
This gets four stars because it features two of my fave characters, Q and Lwaxana Troi--in a "relationship" with each other. Like you'd expect, this isn't great literature or anything but aside from a stupid Wesley subplot (is there any other kind?) it was a fun read. The writers of these books do a great job of writing these characters that I know and love. I could really hear Majel Barrett's and John DeLancey's voice when I read the book; it was basically just like watching an episode in my he ...more
Has to be on of the best Star Trek novels ever! Fun from beginning to end. I would have loved to have seen this one on TV or the movie screen. Can you imagine Star Trek's "Auntie Mame" meeting "Q" and having an affair??? Peter David handles every character well and takes their individual traits and runs with them. The running gag of beating your head against the wall is a great touch. And Lwuxana's raquetball match is PRICELESS. Worf's reaction is absolutely perfect --- "Sell tickets." LOL!!!
Sinda Quietus
Recipe for Q-In-Law:

1 Lwaxana Troi in her phase
1 annoyed Deanna Troi
1 face palming Picard
1 confused Wesley
2 rival trading families
1 wedding
And a Q

Basically, this book was a crazy, hilarious, well-written book that seems just like an episode of Star Trek The Next Generation. I finally got to see Q and Lwaxana together, annoying the crew of the Enterprise. As the first Star Trek book I've read, I definitely want to read more if any of them are even slightly like this one.
Gary Norris
Not only do we get the dream crossover promised by the cover (and it's great, as Lwaxana, still "in phase", decides she's finally found the man/omnipotent being she's been looking for...) but Peter David manages to make Wesley Crusher entertaining and even likeable(!) in a subplot regarding a very special gift he's given.

It's a fun book and if you've ever wanted to see these two titans clash, it's definitely worth reading.
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