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really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  3,570 ratings  ·  170 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 mysteriou ...more
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Published October 25th 2005 by Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc (first published 1994)
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Titan90 It takes place either shortly before the end of Season 7 or just after "All Good Things..." The time frame is ambiguous on purpose, but there are some…moreIt takes place either shortly before the end of Season 7 or just after "All Good Things..." The time frame is ambiguous on purpose, but there are some Season 7 spoilers in there.(less)
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Third best Star Trek novel that I've read!


This is one of the best Star Trek novels that I ever read, actually, I considered the third best novel of Star Trek in my personal top list.

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 combined the Guardian of Forever from the classic episode "The City at the Edge of Forever" with the romantic relationship o
Teresa Medeiros
Oct 26, 2012 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
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Multiverse mayhem! This is a wild ride through a fractured and chaotic multiverse with the omnipotent and mischievous Q, of Star Trek TNG fame, and Q's maniacal, juvenile and equally omnipotent charge Trelane, of Star Trek TOS fame. This is hands down the best Trek book I've yet found, with a raucous plot full of surprises, plus masterful audio narration by John de Lancie, who played Q in the TNG series. Highly recommended to Trek fans!
Jul 01, 2012 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 14, 2010 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
3.5 stars. Nobody does Star Trek better than Peter David. This is another good installment featuring Q.
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wholeheartedly give this Star Trek novel, published in 1995, a rating of 4 stars. As a Star Trek fan since I began watching Star Trek in its first season ( and that's Star Trek The Original Series! ) and who followed all the succeeding series- and the movies, I also enjoyed the ST novels that began coming out in the Seventies. For quite awhile, I kept up on them, but, quite honestly, my interest waned in the Eighties. I still read them once in awhile, as they are easy to find in used bookstore ...more
Daniel Kukwa
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Holy cow! And I thought Peter David's "Vendetta" was the final word on epic Trek adventure...and then "Q-Squared" comes along to play FUBAR mind games with time, the Q Continuum, the fabric of reality, and "Star Trek" history. This is where fanwank crawls into a hole and is crushed into a singularity...and never has oblivion been darker, more violent, more mind blowing...and more entertaining. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a TNG masterpiece, and one of Peter David's finest works in the literary ...more
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This is canon.
I have declared it.
This novel reads and plays out exactly like an actual Star Trek episode, and I'm only sad that it *isn't* an episode. It would have been incredibly epic.
And it actually cleverly wove the Original Star Trek canon into its narrative in a way that wasn't pandering or contrived - but was entertaining and thought provoking and made so much sense! It explains a lot of things that were left ambiguous in TOS, but in explaining them it doesn't diminish them, but expanded
Heather W
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Told across three timelines, Q-squared tells the story of what would happen if Q was tutor to the Squire of Gothos (Trelane). a being that the Enterprise encountered when Kirk was captain. As Trelane tries to unravel the very fabric of the universe, it is up to the Enterprise in all its forms to try and save the world...and Q could be of some use as well.

Firstly, I am a huge star trek fan, and Squire of Gothos is one of my favourite episodes from the original series. When I found out that this b
Jim Cooper
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I’m giving this four stars because I liked the throwback to the Encounter at Farpoint era. It was described in a way that showed you that something was "off" without coming out and saying it. And it was good to see a Trelane story.

But all the storylines were too much. David says in his intro that this would be best read in one sitting, and maybe if I could have done that it would have flowed better for me. And I didn't care for all the story parts - Tommy, for example. I think the Datas part cou
Apr 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-trek, tng
Q-Squared, in addition to being simply a damn good book, is incredibly funny as well, which should come as no surprise given who the author is. There are numerous character moments that are laugh-out-loud funny, while at the same time remaining a poignant and fascinating exploration of Q, Trelane, our TNG heroes, as well as numerous alternate universes. I remember as a young man being fascinated with all of the various universes (labelled as "tracks" in the novel) coming together and intermingli ...more
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.
Jessica Kordyban
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David B
Jul 24, 2014 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
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.
Absolutely one of my favorite Star Trek books. It is wonderfully written. Q was always one of my favorite characters, and he shines in this book. While the book deals with time issues, it isn't hard to follow at all. A really good book for ST:NG fans.
Love a good STNG read - especially when Q is involved!
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely a top-notch Trek novel.
Paul Riches
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Star Trek The Next Generation Q-Squared: Q and Trelane equals Craziness

Star Trek has quite a long mythology, and one thing that most fans love is find a million different ways to connect a billion different ideas, all to create sometimes amazing stories.

Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, A.C. Crispin, and Manny Coto have proven themselves very very adept at creating these type of stories, but one writer who has achieved an 100 percent success rate at this is noted author Peter David.

And Star Tr
E.M. Jeanmougin
Sometimes you read a book and you can just tell that the author had an absolutely fantastic time writing it.

This is one of those books.

I sat and thought for a long time about how to write a summary of this book. With three alternate universes and two omnipotent beings bouncing around in the mix, there's a lot going on.

Q-Squared attempts to tether the classic TOS episode "The Squire of Gothos" to the TNG concept of the Q-Continuum and it's not exactly a far leap considering the similarities be
Grace Cox
I don't know weather to give this book a four or a three star. I read this book many years ago and loved it. I bought the book four years ago and kept putting it off, as I remembered how I much I loved it and I wanted to make sure that I was in the right mood before I reread the book.

There are reasons to give this book a four star: The plot is amazing. There are some very exciting scenes, cracking good jokes and moments that if you are a fan you would wish that you would have seen them on the sc
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oh BOY what a story! I really can't believe I'm just now discovering this book. It's thoroughly ridiculous and over the top, but that's what Peter David does best. It's a wild romp of an adventure that I found extremely difficult to put down. It pits Q against Trelane, a childlike but super-powerful entity featured onscreen in The Original Series. It features three separate timelines. In Track A, Jack Crusher never died while serving on the Stargazer, and he and Beverly Crusher have divorced. Wi ...more
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book completely captivated me.

Peter David did an excellent job of merging timelines by using the Squire of Gothos aka Trelane, the Q-Continuum, The Next Generation crew, and even the NCC-1701-C from "Yesterday's Enterprise.

Peter David shows mastery over three different timelines.

"Track A" is an unnerving vision of Picard's crew. Jack Crusher is captain of the Enterprise. Geordi is a nurse. Wesley died as a young boy. Riker has been tortured for many years by Romulans before Worf helps him
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Peter David discusses in the introduction to this novel that he tends to write two different types of Star Trek books: straightforward adventure stories and stories that trade on past Trek continuity. Generally, I enjoy the former much more than the latter from David. I think the latter tend to drift toward fan service or humor, whilst I believe the first allows David more freedom to tell a good story, unencumbered by fan expectations. However, this novel is one of the latter types, and I think ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know I read this once upon a time, and I'm fairly certain I liked it - I mean, it has Q and Trelane as a Q, after all. I finally found the audiobook for it, although it's still from the years where they were abridged, alas, so I listened it today. And if I loved it back then, I am downgraded to liked it today. But I just never know what was cut or omitted to make it shorter for tape, so I never know if it might make the difference to the full story. But still, it was good, definitely as narrat ...more
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
As far as a science fiction tale goes, this one was just okay – this one had way too much dialogue, and the Trelane character, combined with Captain Kirk, Picard, Q, etc. seemed as if the author was really trying too hard to bring in not only TNG characters but rope in the fans of the original series. Without having a spoiler, the Trelane character was more obnoxious than he was menacing. Star Trek fans should really like this one as it revisits a lot of their favorite characters but science fic ...more
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