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Q-Squared (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,847 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
Kindle Edition, 434 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc (first published 1988)
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Alejandro
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
Stephen
3.5 stars. Nobody does Star Trek better than Peter David. This is another good installment featuring Q.
Tina
Jul 01, 2012 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Larry Zieminski
Dec 15, 2010 Larry Zieminski rated it it was amazing
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
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Stephen
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
Steve
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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Teresa Medeiros
Oct 26, 2012 Teresa Medeiros rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mike Singer
Jan 24, 2016 Mike Singer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
John
Apr 05, 2015 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter David is an excellent author, and his contribution to the Star Trek: The Next Generation legacy is an exciting journey that weaves together multiple universes and characters into a complex yet thrilling exploration of mirror universes and "what-if" scenarios. David revives the omnipotent characters of both Q and The Original Series troublemaker Trelane to sketch new storylines where Jean-Luc Picard serves under Jack Crusher, Deanna Troi and son worry if they will ever again see husband/fat ...more
Drew Perron
Aug 30, 2015 Drew Perron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jason Vargo
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
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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
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
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Dale
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,
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Samantha
Jan 10, 2009 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Shannan
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
M.E.
Feb 25, 2012 M.E. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For my full review, please visit my blog at http://decemberjoy.wordpress.com/2012...

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 –
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Neil
Jul 05, 2013 Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 afte ...more
Leonca
Aug 27, 2013 Leonca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Benjamin
Oct 19, 2013 Benjamin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 06, 2011 Sean Randall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Bill
Aug 09, 2014 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I registered a book at BookCrossing.com!
http://www.BookCrossing.com/journal/12669074

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.
Kathryn
Jun 23, 2008 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Tiamatty
Aug 26, 2014 Tiamatty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jason
Jan 07, 2016 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
David's another successful attempt at great TNG story telling. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and really enjoyed taking an extended look at a character oft overlooked from TOS. It might seem small, but I laughed quite loudly near the end regarding a quip from a certain character about it being hard to follow. No kidding!
TR Jensen
Mar 20, 2015 TR Jensen rated it it was amazing
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.



Frédérique
Clearly I read this as a kid because I correctly guessed every plot development, but I have no recollection of it. David writes the best Star Trek novels. Feels like you're watching a rich, complex, well-developed episode. Hats off.
Joy
Apr 04, 2012 Joy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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