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In all of his travels Captain Jean-Luc Picard has never faced an opponent more powerful than Q, a being from another continuum that Picard encountered on his very first mission as Captain of the Starship EnterpriseTM . 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 mysteriIn all of his travels Captain Jean-Luc Picard has never faced an opponent more powerful than Q, a being from another continuum that Picard encountered on his very first mission as Captain of the Starship EnterpriseTM. 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 and seemingly all-powerful. But this time, when Q appears, he comes to Picard for help. Apparently another member of the Q continuum has tapped into an awesome power source that makes this being more powerful than the combined might of the entire Q continuum. This renegade Q is named Trelane, also known as the Squire of Gothos, who Captain Kirk and his crew first encountered over one hundred years ago. Q explains that, armed with this incredible power, Trelane has become unspeakably dangerous. Now Picard must get involved in an awesome struggle between super beings. And this time the stakes are not just Picard's ship, or the galaxy, or even the universe, this time the stakes are all of creation....

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Q-Squared Reviews

  • Alejandro
    2019-03-03 02:21

    Third best Star Trek novel that I've read!MERGING GENERATIONSThis 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 of William Riker and Deanna Troi.On "Vendetta", (see review here: Vendetta ), David merged The Doomsday Machine from the classic episode of the same name with the menace of The Borg. Now, in this book, "Q-Squared", Peter David does it again fusioning the pompous Trelane from the classic episode "The Squire of Gothos" with the Q-Continuum. In that way, Peter David is able to attract fans of the Original Series to books of The Next Generation showing the kind of stories that they can enjoy while they can met the great universe of TNG.In my case, I am fan of both (in fact of all franchise) so, this is a dream come true.DREAM READINGI always liked the episode of "The Squire of Gothos" and I suppose that since my contact with Star Trek was first with TNG and movies, and then I was able to watch the classic episodes, maybe this helped to see a striking resemblance of the way how Trelane behaves and his powers with the Q-Continuum. I noticedit even before that this novel would be published, so when I found out about this book, I knew that I have to read it. (Back then, in 1998)So, indeed, it was a dream come true!And Peter David not only give us the delicious gift of seeing Trelane and Q together, oh no, my fellow reader friends,......this is merely the cherry of the ice cream!Since he give us the most amazing and astonishing parallel worlds story making it......a three level ice cream!!! PARALLEL DIMENSIONS... THE INFINITE FRONTIERPeter David shows his mastery to create one of the parallel worlds with those little details and/or inconsistencies here and there that fans knew and commented and......bam! have it a whole parallel universe combining those details even implementing creative inside jokes choosing names of certain characters. In "Track A" isn't merely an "evil" universe, it's just an unnerving combination of wrong taken roads where you know that something very bad can happen at some moment. In "Track B" is the TNG normal universe as you are familiar with. In "Track C" once again, Peter David shows his clever choices about picking episodes but here, of the TNG run, using the setting of "Yesterday's Enterprise". At first, maybe you can feel a little disoriented BUT don't worry, keep on, since you will get the knack of each parallel existence real fast, and to avoid unnecesary confussions, David marks quite clearly wich "track" are you reading. (Using the letters that I mentioned above)So, you have a masterpiece TNG story with parallel universes, references to TOS and......Q!What else do you need?!?

  • Teresa Medeiros
    2019-02-21 19:34

    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. David are IMZADI, Q-IN-LAW, and VENDETTA. He's like the Charles Dickens of STAR TREK.

  • Tina
    2019-03-22 23:28

    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). Peter David, however, is a master at the fantastic part. And he has written some amazing stuff abut my favorite Star Trek Captain and his most annoying yet boyishly charming omnipotent nemesis, Q. This book tops the cake. In fact, this is now my favorite Star Trek; The Next Generation novel of all time, beating out the Lost Years novel about Picard's life before captaining the Enterprise. I adore David's works, and this onew is supremely well thought-out and executed. It still reads like an episode-but the multiple time lines (which are not difficult to follow) and the many different aspects of each character in each of those timelines (I love Mrs Deanna Riker!) makes for an interesting story. And although this novel is twice the length of the usual ones, I could not put it dowqn-and I read it in one night. Q is so engagingly...HUMAN in this one, so filled with the emotions he despises so much. His protege Trelane (nod to TOS) is diabolical, a control-freak teenager with something to prove. We get to see Tasha Yar yet again, and there is even a moment or two where my favorite non-crew character in all of Trekdom appears: Lwaxana Troi, Daughter of the Fifth House of Betazed, Holder of the Sacred Chalice of get my drift. All in all it is a lively and engaging story that will keep you glued to your reading chair until long after your butt is numb and your soda has run out. I look forward to finding more books by this man!

  • Stephen
    2019-03-13 00:43

    3.5 stars. Nobody does Star Trek better than Peter David. This is another good installment featuring Q.

  • Larry Zieminski
    2019-03-22 22:38

    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. The many references to past Star Trek adventures just serve to sweeten the deal for Star Trek fans.The Kindle edition is pretty good. I only noticed about a dozen typos, but none were so bad that I couldn't figure out what the actual intended word was. I don't have the paper version to compare it to, so this issue might just be the way the book is written, but within chapters, it can be difficult to spot the perspective changes. Rather than leaving an extra space between paragraphs to denote a chance in perspective/location, the next section just starts immediately after the previous sentence. Sometimes that seems intentional (a joke carries over between sections, characters seem to react to something someone else in another area said, etc.), but other times it just makes it confusing.Overall I love this book. It was one of the first books I picked up for my kindle, because I wanted to re-read it (I had originally read it many years ago). The only real problem is that this is as good as it gets. It piques the appetite for more books like this, but no other Star Trek novel matches it. Peter David's other Star Trek novels are great (Vendetta, Imzadi, etc.), but this is his best.

  • Daniel Kukwa
    2019-03-17 22:29

    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 Trek universe.

  • Stephen
    2019-03-17 02:30

    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-lashing from the good captain, Trelane runs away and returns having discovered how to harness the power of universal chaos to give everyone on the Enterprise a really bad collapsing three parallel universes into one another. Such is how Peter David starts off another fantastic Q novel.In "Q-in-Law", the fun came from bouncing lively characters like Q and Lwaxana Troi off of one another. Here, David explores various what-if scenarios: what if Worf was rising star in the Klingon empire, and not a disgraced orphan? What if William Riker hadn't been rescued by Nervala IV, but captured by Romulans? What if Jack Crusher hadn't died? And what if Picard and Beverly Crusher had acted on their attraction...? When Trelane begins forcing the universes together, chaos ensues, and a thrilling story unfolds as the characters navigate their way though an increasingly insane and ever-changing reality. Although a novel that touches base with metaphysical notions like multiverses can confusing, especially when temporal shenanigans are thrown in, Q Squared manages to grow busy with action without ever losing the reader, and it's wonderfully funny despite how serious things get. The action is frantic, and as Picard and the others lose control, astonished laughter is sometimes the only response to what they're enduring.Q Squared is an excellent bit of Trek literature, supremely entertaining on its own merits and doubly so for knitting together various temporal elements of TOS and TNG together. I understand David did the same with his pre-Destiny TNG Relaunch novel, Q&A. If so, I might have to read it....even if it DOES have the Borg destroying Pluto.

  • Steve
    2019-03-17 01:22

    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.

  • Nimrodds
    2019-03-10 19:20

    זה ספר ממש טוב, במסגרת מסע בין כוכבים ובכלל בתור ספר בודד, בפני עצמו

  • David B
    2019-03-02 02:35

    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 making unexpected connections and arcane references to Trek history. He has a firm grip of the characters and writes their dialogue and interactions well. Second, he wrote it fast, much too fast. The prose is very sloppy, becoming at times unreadable. Third, this book is much too long. Most, if not all, of the sequences written from the perspectives of Q and Trelane should have been cut out. That would have improved the novel a great deal, because those scenes are truly awful.Here's the problem: how can anyone, much less a guy dashing off a Star Trek novel, convincingly inhabit the perspective of an omnipotent, omniscient being? A masterful novelist might pull it off with great thought and effort, but Peter David isn't up to the task. That's not a knock against him, since almost nobody is up to that task, but he should have realized his limitations. He gives us beings who, rather than existing on a plane beyond our understanding, have mothers and fathers just like we do, act from very human motivations, and even derive their names from Latin root words! The TV series managed (just barely at times) to present the character successfully because it was always made clear that the version of Q and his universe that we saw was dumbed down to make human comprehension possible. David mistakes the dumbed down version for the real, unvarnished thing.

  • David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
    2019-03-18 20:36

    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. Add to that the wonderfully demented Trelane as the villian, and that makes this a fun ride for Star Trek fans and non-fans alike!

  • Vincent Darlage
    2019-03-20 20:44

    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.

  • Paul Riches
    2019-02-23 20:48

    Star Trek The Next Generation Q-Squared: Q and Trelane equals CrazinessStar 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 Trek The Next Generation Q-Squared is yet another major win for him in this category.David takes the idea of Q and combines him with The Original Series character of Trelane, and of course chaos erupts. Now this concept has been around ever since Q first snapped his way onto the Enterprise D, but this story takes it, pumps it full of adrenaline, and smashes it into time travel and universe hopping dramatic craziness.The tale, simplified and made linear as best as possible, is the following: Q and Trelane arrive on the Enterprise D and seek Picard’s guidance in helping mature Trelane, who is a younger member of the Q continuum. When that inevitably falls apart, Trelane goes on a tear and starts playing hopscotch with different realities. Cue Q and Picard trying to stop the mad Trelane, and survive all the crossovers of Picards and Rikers and Worfs clashing.One of the realities shown is our main Star Trek, as seen on television and movies, that we all known and love.Another reality is based on the Federation at war with the Klingons, as introduced in the classic TNG episode Yesterday’s Enterprise. This version is far more militaristic, paranoid, and downright brutal. You definitely would not want to hang out here.The third reality is a David creation, and while more like our television version, it is also more dire. This is where Jack Crusher is still alive and Captain of the Enterprise, with his ex-wife Beverly Crusher as ships doctor, and busted to First Officer his best friend Jean Luc Picard. Riker and Troi have followed, shall we say, different paths here as well.David brings his considerable skill, not only as a writer of immense complicated tapestries, but as a guru of Star Trek myth and magic, to Q-Squared. Literally millions of bits of Trekkiness pop up all over the place here, and it all works because the powers of Q lends itself to just this kind of time and dimension jumping adventure. Reaching back to earlier Kirk tales is just one such example, and how it works so well here. Some connections are more obscure, and are probably meant to be so, because sometimes David goes abit dark.Which means we all love Tasha from one place fighting side by side with Worf from another place, we also see how tragedy ripped the Crushers apart in another place. Cheers and tears mere pages away from each other in some cases.Now David has done this before, it is another trademark of his starting with Strike Zone, his first Star Trek book which had Worf and Wesley in lighter and darker subplots respectively, and gives Q-Squared a definite feel of realism to it. Yes, a time travel tale set on a space ship can be realistic.That is because David knows how to focus on the characters. Whether it is the Picard and Data we know and love, or the variations that pop up, we believe in them. One particular new creation that David logically inserts into one universe is completely natural and is a testament to his prowess as a writer.The last part of Q-Squared smashes forward at super speed, with everyone and everything colliding in a massive derailment, so to speak. This breakneck ending is powerful and wonderful and funny and tragic and thinking and all Star Trek.Just like Star Trek should be.

  • Snogged
    2019-03-16 23:26

    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 escape. "Track B" is essentially canon. "Track C" comes in later, about half-way through the book. It takes a little time to get used to it all, but the craftsmanship of the story makes it easy to get to the point where the transitions feel almost seamless.I absolutely loved seeing Q take on Trelane.To sum up my feelings of the books: It's lively, engaging, and wonderful.I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of Peter David's works.

  • Jim
    2019-03-21 20:37

    Checking the back cover copy, I don't see mention of all the alternate-universe-type stuff going on, so I've hid the review for spoilers because I'm going to state that all the alternate-universe-type stuff ranged from somewhat interesting to somewhat fun. What was neither interesting nor fun was David's seeming obsession with the Troi-Ryker relationship. I've enough experience to know now I'd never purposely buy a Peter David-written romance book, and it's annoying when I do so accidentally because he can't help himself with these two. I slogged through Imzadi, now I can't remember if I ever read Imzadi 2. I hope so, because if not it's probably somewhere still on my bookshelf to read.Anyway, the badly written romance pages aren't too numerous, so the other bits pushed this to 3 stars from what would otherwise be...less.

  • Neil
    2019-03-22 21:24

    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 after reading the regular series for so long [starting with the books from the 70s like "Spock must die!" and "Vulcan!"] and then getting tired of essentially the same 'stock' stories rotating between different planets in the Pocketbooks of the 80s and 90s, I finally quit reading the series. I see they have new stories out [i.e. - newer, edgier cover style] so maybe I'll try picking up a current novel sometime and reading.But enough about the book series. There will be plot spoilers, so read at your own risk! :)This book is one of the better books because it involves plots and characters from the first television series and ties them into the Next Generation series [kind of like but not quite to the degree of the DS9 episode involving the DS9 crew inserted into the 'Trouble with Tribbles' episode]. This book ties in two episodes from the original series with Q and the Q-Continuum - it's almost funny how well Peter David makes it look like these two episodes were written with the thought of the Q-Continuum in mind AND his writing this book nearly 30 years later. The other thing I like about this book is the concept of multiple realities and other universes - it reminded me of conversations I used to have with friends in high school about what we called 'what if?' scenarios and how things might have changed. It would be difficult to do, but David does a great job writing about the three different realities and tying them together while making them each expressly and uniquely their own. He also has a wicked sense of humor in the book [such as when Q claims he helped God create the Earth and this was shown because God allowed Q to create the platypus].The stories are broken up into three tracks - Track A has Jack Crusher as the Enterprise D's captain and Jean-Luc Picard as Number One. Track B is the Next Gen track. Track C has the Federation at war with the Klingons and losing. In two tracks Worf is still an orphan, but his life is radically different. Wesley Crusher is alive in two universes, as is Tasha Yar. You get the point. This opens up many possibilities in terms of how the characters could have developed had things gone differently, and Peter David does a wonderful job exploring how their lives might have been lived out differently.Peter does a great job of getting the characters 'right' - even in the alternate universes the characters act according to 'character.' Riker was the best, in my opinion, followed by the Worf of Track A. Deanna was a hoot. And I actually enjoyed Guinan, for a change.Anyway. As in any given day of our intrepid heroes [other than Track C], a unique situation occurs that requires the Enterprise to explore and study a unique phenomenon [as opposed to a civilization needing saving, a previously unmet-interstellar race or intergalactic invader, or some potential catastrophe which will destroy life as we know or or cause some sort of galaxy-wide destructive war]. Along the way Q and Trelayne are encountered. In Track B Q asks Picard for help. In the course of the story, Trelyane is humbled, humiliated, and vows revenge. Q is . . . . dispensed with and the crew[s] have to fumble along without him. Eventually [and obviously] justice is done, Treylane receives his comeuppance, and life returns to not-quite-normal.The best scene of the book is when Treylane has it out for Picard and Picard . . . ignores him. It is beautifully written! Treylane goes into full blown 'omnipotent snit-fit' and Picard just . . . ignores him. For all intents and purposes, Picard gives up. One of the Best. Scenes. Ever.I think a lot of people often wondered what would have happened if Picard and Crusher expressed their true feelings for each other. This was 'discussed briefly' in the final episode of the Next Gen series and DC Comics even looked into it a bit further. Peter David goes one better and 'explores' it even further. It was interesting; I guess it went about the way I would've expected, considering the premise behind how the relationship started.One of the funniest scenes was when Worf slams Picard against the bulkhead and Picard threatens to demote him if Worf does not let him go; Worf actually considers refusing Picard's order! That was too funny!The craziest part of the book is when all three realities are forcefully merged into one reality and Treylane forces a fight for survival. It was truly interesting to see how the different realities and individuals of each reality related to each other. Tasha Yar fights at Worf's side; Wesley encounters his father; Worf and Picard rip each other to shreds. Riker sees himself married to Deanna. Deanna meets her son. Crazy stuff.This is one of the few books I would love to see turned into a movie [or television mini-series - with the same level of money spent on the television series]. It was a great book. Of course, the biggest chance you take is a great book turned into a mediocre movie/show. But Hollywood has done a decent job of turning books into movies lately [although they still can't produce a decent Dune movie], so maybe they might not muck this one up too badly.

  • Michael
    2019-02-20 00:46

    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 fiction fans will feel a little bit of a letdown: I did.I originally picked this up for $1.99 during a Kindle Daily Deal vs. its normal price of $7.99: at $7.99 it would have been a disaster. If you’re more into science fiction vs. TNG, I would give this one a pass at that price.

  • Titan90
    2019-03-09 22:35

    This was my favorite novel when I was a kid. And it still holds up. For anyone just discovering Star Trek: TOS and Star Trek: TNG or this book in particular, it takes place either towards the very end of the series or directly afterwards, so there are some spoilers for Season 7 in it. I added the "read date" for the last time I read it - I have read it so many times that the book I have is starting to show its age.

  • Julie Akeman
    2019-03-08 19:19

    Wow!! This was really good! And I have never read a Star Trek book before. This one has Q so I decided to bite. I was really at home with the characters, the writer did a great job, it was like watching the episodes. There were many crossings of timelines here but it was organized well so it wasn't confusing. Got to see some hidden depths of Q too. Very well done.

  • Craig
    2019-03-02 20:23

    Definitely a book that is best read in one sitting as it is definitely a tangled web - which is kind of the point as Trelane embraced the chaos. Many humorous moments as one would find in a Peter David Star Trek novel. I found this one hard to put down as I found it to be a fun story and also very thought-provoking.

  • Stephen
    2019-03-15 03:43

    Took a bit of time for the book to get going - wasn't until about halfway through. Other than that, it was quite a good book. Peter David may want to fire his proofreader, though, as there were a few typos.

  • Annette McIntyre
    2019-03-06 19:45

    Q has a problem and his name is Trelane. And now Trelane is the problem of the Enterprise. 3 different star ships called Enterprise in fact. And Q can't stop Trelane from his plan of amalgamating timelines.

  • Benjamin Chandler
    2019-03-23 02:46

    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 the stories they played out. (Sometimes I even remembered lines from the show—dialogue that had sat dormant in my brain for twenty years.) But after coming to Europe and settling in, I never had the desire to "hang out" with Picard and Co. Then Mike wrote his epic review of the STNG novel "Metamorphosis" and inspired me to finally tackle "Q-Squared," which had sat dormant and unloved on my Kindle for almost two and a half years. In "Q-Squared" the crew of the Next Generation meets up with Trelane, a Mxyzptlk-like character from the Original Series. The novel—which, during the introduction, author Peter David readily admits is non-canon fan-wankery—reveals that Trelane is actually a young member of the Q Continuum, and a petulant one at that. Q himself is Trelane's godfather and has his hands full while he tries to temper the obnoxious being. Furious, impatient, and childish, Trelane taps into the very heart of the multiverse and, filled with the powers of chaos, begins to mess about with different universes—namely, the one we all know from the show, the dark alternate universe from "Yesterday's Enterprise," and one in which Jack Crusher never died and captains the Enterprise. Worlds collide, confusion ensues, and Peter David hammers out good one-liners. Truth be told, this wasn't horribly written. David does a great job of getting the characters' "voices" right. He clearly knows his Trek and dribbles in plenty of in-jokes and references to charm the reader. But he also wanders into Prequel Trilogy mode and makes some connections between things that erase some of the magic and wonder of the Star Trek universe. There's quite a bit of "Remember that episode? Trelane did that. And remember that? That was actually Q!" It starts to become quite fannish in places and feels more like David's playing than writing. That kind of stuff took me out of the book and disappointed me.(Also, I was never a fan of the Crushers—either of them—and now I got to hang out with the dead-in-all-other-timelines Dad which wasn't too fun. I did, though, get to meet tortured-for-a-decade-by-Romulans Riker. Fair trade? No.)Oddly enough, I read this book while taking a break from the sprawling Thomas Pynchon novel "Against the Day" and it seems like there's a lot of similarities between these books. I'd dare say that Pynchon does a better job of exploring the ideas than David, though. In "ATD," we find different fictions running into each other, overlapping, doubling, and echoing. Iceland spar, a crystal with unexplained powers, enables viewers to peer through the mineral and see the world duplicated or separated into its disparate elements. Characters we are introduced to in the beginning of the book become fictional people later read about in novels by other characters. Pynchon's alternate universes and duplicates don't deal in as much fan-service as David's (though Pynchon does insert a "Live long and prosper," joke in his book).And maybe that's the biggest grief I have with "Q-Squared": it's just not imaginative enough. I hoped it would go further. More mind-blowing and less "Wouldn't it be cool if Data was a positronic brain in a flesh-and-blood body?" Peter David had three whole universes to play in, and he decided to use one that was already explored in a classic STNG episode and another that was, frankly, not very interesting. He does create some interesting moments where characters meet alternate universe themselves or loved ones. And the multiple-page scene where Trelane is enticed by chaos to combine all universes into one [spoiler] was actually imaginatively written, breaking the typical adverb-laden dialogue and people making rude comments about the pronunciation and spelling of Worf's name for delicious run-on paragraphs about variety, order, seduction, and power. That part was interesting and a delight to read. One would hope a story about multiple realities would do more with big ideas than "In this universe, Geordi has cloned eyes," but maybe I'm wishing for too much.I will say there was some fun in hanging out with the crew of ol' NCC-1701-D. (Not to mention that David is a significantly faster read than Pynchon.) If anything, the book has piqued my interest in reading other property-based novels to off-set the heavier stuff I tend to prefer. (That "Kenobi" book is supposed to be more readable than most Star-something pap.) And although my brain is saying DON'T read the Peter David STNG book where a lady gets her hands on a Planet Killer (i.e. TOS "Doomsday Machine") and decides to go after the Borg, a small part of me says, "But, but... it's fun to hear Picard's voice in your head."

  • Alisha Webster
    2019-03-13 00:44

    maybe my favorite trek book so far.

  • J.S. Puller
    2019-02-28 20:36

    Definitely my favorite Star Trek novel.

  • John Barclay
    2019-02-23 23:38

    I don't like Q. This was a good Q story.

  • David II
    2019-03-10 22:47

    Loved every word of this book. I always love alternate world stories.

  • Luke Sims-Jenkins
    2019-03-19 23:30

    Wow!I don't think I've read a Star Trek book so quickly. Q-Squared is a monster of a Star Trek book, one that a lot of fans hold in high regard. Not as high as Imzadi though and I think that's not right at all, because Q-Squared is leaps and bounds more interesting. I don't even know where to start. Q and the crews of three different Enterprises battle it out against Trelane from the TOS story the Squire of Gothos. There are things I love in this book, alternate realities, wonderful character moments, easter eggs and a big epic feel that demanded you sit your butt back down and continue reading. It also demands that you pay attention, put the book down for too long and you might find yourself confused. No spoilers, if you liked Squire of Gothos, or if you enjoy Q stories this is the book for you. Don't be intimidated by its size, Q-Squared is a fast exciting read and quite possibly the best Trek novel I have read so far.

  • Meg McGregor
    2019-03-21 19:28

    The idea of multiverses has always fascinated me! I love the idea that as I am sitting here typing this review, the next decision I make, will affect the multiverse. Will I stay here and continue to type? If the doorbell rings, will I stop typing and go see who is there? What if the phone rings and I answer it? My dog is now barking at someone outside. Will I go see who is there? You see... how many things can affect these multiverses.I know that was a simplified version but it is similar to what Jack Crusher said to Trelane. I felt so sorry for Jack Crusher. To think he is the only one of his kind in all the multiverses. To love someone as much as he loves Beverly and to have her leave him and, his son Wesley die, ultimately destroys him!The book was fascinating! There were three different Star Trek universes explored. The one where Picard was the Commander and Crusher, his Captain was the one that piqued my interest the most. The universe where Riker had been held prisoner for seven years and he had a wife and son was so sad, and full of longing!There is so much to write about but I think it may be good not to dwell on multiverses too long!Just go and read the book! But don't be surprised if you find yourself guessing your next move in this universe!!

  • Susan
    2019-03-07 21:20

    Q versus Trelane! Wow, what a ride! I expected a lot of comedy(and there is a bit of that,) but I didn't expect the depth, the twists and turns along the way. As Mr. David said himself in the introduction, " there is a lot going on in this one." That turns out to be a bit of an understatement. I consider Mr. David one of the best writers of Trek books and he didn't disappoint. He stays true to Trek ideals of exploration and the desire to understand the cosmos and humanity. He gives great insight into the latter and gives great speculation on the nature of the former. Highly recommended. Happy reading!