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Q & A

(Star Trek: The Next Generation)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  764 ratings  ·  63 reviews
Nearly two decades ago, Jean-Luc Picard took command of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D. The captain knew it was an honor without equal. His new command bore the name of Enterprise. The people who had commanded other like-named starships had gone down in Starfleet's annals. Some officers would be intimidated, but they would not have been given command of Enterprise.

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Mass Market Paperback, 295 pages
Published October 2007 by Pocket Books
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Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm short on time again today, so, let me be brief: This was an interesting look at the enigmatic being known as Q.

Content Concerns: At least five or six uses each of the h-word and d-word, and almost as many of the a-word; at least one p-word; sci-fi action violence throughout (as you'd expect); references to a sexual relationship between two unmarried characters, though nothing graphic is mentioned.
James Williams
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
When I was growing up, I read more than any kid in my classes: and it was almost entirely licensed fiction: Star Trek and Star Wars mostly. Even today, I still maintain quite the collection of these books, even though I rarely indulge.

These days, I prefer more original works (though I still happily do most of my reading in the speculative fiction genres). The limitations of licensed novels are both stifling and well known: the individual author has no power to grow or change the main characters
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
Next up on the post-Nemesis litverse reading list was Q&A, a book by the same guy who wrote the novel Articles of the Federation, which I found to be a travesty. That being the first book by DeCandido that I've read, my first impression was, needless to say, not so good.
But as I read Q&A, something happened that rather surprised me. I found myself enjoying the novel. It is an intriguing blend of a light-hearted adventure with serious undertones, and features enjoyable dialogue with one
John Cipolla
Library book acquired on 2/25/2016. So far its a lot of intertwining stuff we already knew with new stuff. Seeing the new dynamics of the crew in different positions is cool. Q made a mistake giving Riker the Q powers instead of Picard. Nothing new yet. So far all rehash stuff.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, sci-fi, star-trek
Intended as a grand event book, the culmination of all the Q encounters of the past (across TNG, VOY, and DS9), the novel succeeds in being readable but not especially rewarding or great.
The 20th anniversary novel for TNG (not mentioned anywhere on the cover, but remarked upon in the Afterward).
What Q&A does best is focus on Miranda Kadohata and Zelik Leybenzon as the new CO and security chief. I'm looking forward to them growing on me, but the start they're given here isn't all-too remarkab
Gareth Brown
Nov 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
i felt the need to read some actual star trek with some actual star trek characters after watching star trek discovery. And while this is a familiar road and with the ever amusing Q, I felt it took a long time to get to its important moments and then was over without much actually happening considering this was a universe ending event.
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unlike the author I was never a Q fan. But I am a fan of DeCandido. My fellow NYer actually made me enjoy Q a little more.
DeCandido’s novels always reads like I’m watching an episode of Star Trek. I can always envision the dialogue coming out of each character’s mouth.
Very enjoyable read.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Skip this one

Skipped reading much of it and still got the story. Not that good. Too many connections to past stories, distracting the reader from the current story line plot which was too similar to several earlier plots.
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nobledark, signed
In all fairness to DeCandido, I think Q is very hard to pull off in prose format. Too little, and he seems watered down, too much (as happened here), and he's just a tiresome insult generator. I think this book was just too short. In addition to the Q plot, DeCandido also had to introduce several new members of the Enterprise bridge crew, which took up a lot of pages.
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Feb 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: star-trek
I guess it might be just me, but DeCandido is a terrible writer. I've read another one of his works, "Articles of the Federation" and had trouble getting through that one as well. At first I had assumed that he had been trying to emulate the show 'The West Wing' in novel form and it just didn't work. Now I'm pretty sure it's just his writing. The book started off promisingly but I never felt any attachment to any of the characters and felt the author tried to put in far too many scenarios--he ne ...more
Feb 07, 2012 rated it liked it
The author (Keith R. A. DeCandido) has to be the most talented writer in the Star Trek bullpen when it comes to dialog. The man can make almost any conversation about anything reasonably interesting and I've enjoyed his writing in the past. With Q & A, Keith attempts to tie together all of Q's appearances throughout the various shows in an attempt to put some greater purpose behind his interest in the humans and Jean Luc in particular.

While the answer is interesting - and the particular thin
Maurice Jr.
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For those of us who have followed the show and wondered why Q kept bothering Picard and the Enterprise and wondered why he did the things he did, this is book is a must read. All the answers are here.

On a simple survey mission, Captain Picard thought the most difficult challenge he faced was to integrate his new command crew. Commander Miranda Kadohata is Data's handpicked replacement to succeed him as science officer/ops, and Lieutenant Zelik Leybenzon is Worf's choice for security chief.

Jul 14, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Jen by: Tim
Shelves: science-fiction
I really adore Q, so I had high hopes for this story. Unfortunately, though, he is written in a very unlikeable way, and I found him annoying and lacking in his trademark wit. Also, the author's attempt to connect every single one of Q's appearances on all of the Trek shows into one cohesive plot was far too ambitious, and so fell pretty flat.

For such an ambitious plot, there was an awful lot of filler: whole chapters introducing random characters from across the galaxy for no purpose other than
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I like Star Trek books but I do not read many of them and Janice and I have not bought very many in the last few years. In fact, had she not been Tuckerized in this one, we probably would not have bought it. Having said that, however, I am glad we did. It is a fun romp with Q (I assume you guessed that from the title) and the scattered crew of the Enterprise E.

If you want to know what it means to be Tuckerized, drop me an email and I will explain.

The story is about the impending end of the unive
Oct 30, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: anyone who wants to know what Q was really up to ...
Mr. DeCandido does a great job melding many of Q's previous appearances (as well as keeping track of everything else going on in the Trek Novelverse) into a story where Picard destroys the universe.

Warning: If you're not familiar with Next Generation Trek, forget it, you may be able to follow the book some but you'll be missing out on plenty.

And that warning is really the big problem of the book: it grabs so much history that in the end ... nothing new happens. At all. Events happen a certain wa
Elizabeth Perez
I really enjoyed this book until the last ten percent or so because it got a little confusing and it just fell a little flat for me. I did enjoy this though. There were many sweet parts where Data was mentioned and some hilarious parts with Q.

"Q rolled his eyes. "Here is comes. It amazes me that Vulcans even managed space travel, given how much time they've wasted on being pedantic." He grinned. "Of course, they developed space travel before they became boring, which probably explains it. Ah, th
Derek Moreland
Feb 24, 2013 rated it liked it
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Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Q & A picks up pretty much directly after the events of Resistance and follows the Enterprise E and her crew on a mission to survey an out-of-the-way planet

On arrival, not all is as it seems, but before the crew can make any discoveries, Q arrives on the scene back to his old antics of tormenting Picard and his crew

Or is there something more at play?

Q & A explores the deeper meaning behind Q's supposedly childish pranks and torments and pieces them all together into a greater puzzle....
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was in a Trek sort of a mood so I just chose this one at random out of a few my friend had given me. Didn't even read the description, beyond assuming it would have something to do with Q. WELL. It's set post "Nemesis," which is a movie I prefer to pretend never happened. At first I was just "Lalala, still pretending it didn't happen but reading anyway" but no, a fair amount of the book is dealing with post-Nemesis things so it was basically impossible. That said! If you like Q at all, even in ...more
Patrick Hayes
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
You're not going to enjoy this book unless you've seen A LOT of Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes. Cut to the chase, after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis, the Enterprise-E and it's, mostly, new crew encounters something odd on a planet. This "occerence" is also effecting other parts of all the other universes. If there's been a supporting character in Trek that's had a spin-off book, or series, that character appears in this novel. It's a very tidy weaving of EVERY Q appearance from ever ...more
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-trek
I've never really been a fan of Q, even though John DeLancie did an excellent job of creating the character; for one thing, he did an excellent job of creating a character that was insufferable, and for another, the concept of a character with his power and that personality being even moderately interested in the doings of humans (much less the doings of one specific human, Picard, hardly the most fascinating of all humans) has always struck me as seriously implausible.

Nonetheless, this book man
Rich Meyer
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This Trek relaunch novel makes up for the travesty of "Resistance." And manages to make some sense and resolve some issues with the many appearances of the being known as Q over the years. Q once again embroils Jean-Luc Picard (and Worf) in a universe-spanning prank or plan, and many questions are answered. And, not to spoil anything, the story continues on without any magical resurrections (I had feared that a major character might come back as a reward or a threat, but nope).

This was a tale ri
John Kirk
Jul 31, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek
Q is a fun character, but I don't think this story really added anything to books like Q Squared. The characterisation is pretty solid, including the new characters. The only iffy bit was when Worf reflected that he'd only ever been happy on the Enterprise; what about his marriage to Jadzia? Still, I realise that the author is constrained by what happened in "Nemesis". Overall, an entertaining way to spend a few hours, but nothing particularly significant.
Dec 07, 2009 rated it liked it
Fairly decent novel, although it did take quite a while to get to the point of what was going on. All the "guest appearances" tended to make the book drag along a bit too much at times. Q, though, is always amusing, and I enjoyed more of a pay off on the Picard/Crusher relationship after having not too long ago finished "Death in Winter." I did find the repeating of some of the scenes near the end threw me off a bit at first since I didn't realize what he was doing until I noticed a difference i ...more
Roger McCoy
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As good as Resistance was bad. As with Resistance, the plot is paper-thin (the important moments of the book probably would've fit in about 25-30 pages), but it's a great deal of fun to read, and it rewards familiarity with Next Generation, Voyager, and to a lesser extent the other novels in the Pocket Books series (although said familiarity is not required by any means). DeCandido captures the voices of the characters perfectly, and while the story doesn't have much to it, it's a great deal of ...more
Christopher Obert
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
If you are a fan of Star Trek, this book is the ultimate “Q” saga. Not only does this book tie together all of the Star Trek Q TV episodes, it expands them into one grand story. Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise have been harassed by Q since they first encountered him during their mission to Farpoint. But that was then and this is now: new crew, new ship and a new adventure but with a far more serious Q.
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Q visits the Enterprise again, to help them stop the universe dying. What I really liked about this book is that it gives reasons for every one of his appearances on the TV shows, and it actually makes a lot of sense. It is all about Q trying to save the universe, and I like the bits were he is arguing with other Q's. Worf shines in this novel, as he becomes used to being first officer. Geordi is still getting used to the death of Data. A really good read.
Oct 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi

One simple letter, a name that evokes feelings of trepidation and dread in any Starfleet captain.

He's back. And he wants to bug Jean-Luc yet again.

DeCandido does a wonderful job tying certain parts of Next Generation Q lore together (including some of the Q novels) and brings Q to life inside.
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