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Q-Squared (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  2,505 ratings  ·  94 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
Kindle Edition, 434 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc (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
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 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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 tongue ...more
Mike Singer
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.
Teresa Medeiros
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. Da ...more
David B
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
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.
David Bonesteel
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
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,
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
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
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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 –
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 afte ...more
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
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 t ...more
Sean Randall
"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
I registered a book at!

This novel is one of the few books I read twice. Maybe thrice. The image of Mr. Hahn eating popcorn will stay with me forever.

Oh, wait... that was Q-in-Law. Oh, well, this one was Almost as Good, Trelane being outed as a Q.
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
Peter David's a fantastic writer. I love his comics. And he writes an awesome ST:TNG novel. It definitely reads like an episode of the series. And a damned good episode. He does a great job with the characters, making them all sound the way they should. And the plot is really interesting. This is a great book for any fan of ST:TNG.
Mr.  Jensen
One of the best Star Trek novels I've ever read! I thought it would be a little silly (which is okay, Trek is that way sometimes and I enjoy it). However ... This is a great and suspenseful story. A complex and interesting tale, very well told, with good bits of humor throughout.

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
Terry L Adams
Unusual Ending

Enjoyed book...until it ended with too many loose ends and without explanation. Felt like the author needed to clean up all the chaos that had taken place.
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
David "proud member of 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.
Jesse Schedeen
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 St ...more
Stephen Coughlin
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 Ga ...more
Scott Rudolph
Not a bad read, lots of jumping between time lines and tied in many awesome star trek characters.
Title had me at Q, but the twists in the book gave me a headache. Preferred Q-in-Law.
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