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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 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 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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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 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 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...

30 review for Q-Squared [First Printing]

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alejandro

    Third best Star Trek novel that I've read! MERGING GENERATIONS 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 Third best Star Trek novel that I've read! MERGING GENERATIONS 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 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 READING I 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 FRONTIER Peter 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!... ...you 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?!?

  2. 4 out of 5

    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 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    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! 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!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Larry Zieminski

    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 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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

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

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    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 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 bookstores. I picked up this one because Q was one of my favorite characters in STTNG and this story looked like a tie-in of Trelane from TOS with Q and TNG. It helps that Peter David is considered one of the best of the ST authors--some would argue he is the best! Anyway, this one turned out to be one of the more interesting of all the Star Trek books that I've read. Trelane, as it turns out, is from the Q continuum and Q is supposed to be his mentor. Needless to say things go haywire, as Q loses control over Trelane. The story becomes more complex than expected, as it runs along three "tracks" for three alternate dimensions. One is the "mainstream" one we know in the series, with Picard the captain. But another stream has Picard as second-in-command under a Captain Crusher, who did not die in this reality--but his son Wesley did ( OH NO--a universe without Wesley!!!). The third dimension is based on the STTNG episode, "Yesterday's Enterprise," one of the best episodes of that series, in which the Federation is fighting--and losing--a war against the Klingons, including Worf. Trelane causes utter chaos by bringing the three realities together as one... A worthwhile addition to Trek canon and worthwhile to read as a Peter David novel! So I guess I will keep reading Star Trek novels...and books by Peter David!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Kukwa

    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 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    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 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 them deeper within the Star Trek lore. Well done, sir. Well done.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Heather W

    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 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 book combined him alongside Q (easily one of the best villians from the TNG era) against Picard I knew I was going to enjoy this. So, this is a round about way of saying that I went into this completely biased. The plotline was everything I wanted it to be, with the different threads relatively easy to follow and reveals taking place throughout the book. The pace was well done (even though there was about 4 pages which I didn't enjoy reading because of how they were written) and I was engaged throughout. The little references to other stories throughout were wonderfully done and I got a great deal of enjoyment spotting them. I was confused when Crusher turned up at the start of the story, and as a result you are thrown straight into the story with no pre-amble. I loved the slow drip-feed of information throughout so that the reader was able to work out what was going on. The characters were well done, and were easily recognisable from the TV series. I really enjoyed Q and Trelane's sections, with Crusher and Picard coming in a close second. It was so easy to read all the perspectives and, at the end, it was apparent that each character had their own infividual voice. Minor spoiler alert - when the final battle is taking place on the Enterprise, it was really interesting to see not only how each character acted differently when confronted with the other universe version of themselves, but how easy it was to follow which version of each character you were reading about. The final fight between Picard and Trelane was brilliant as well, thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a fun read and one that I really enjoyed. I sort of wish that there was more Q throughout the novel, with the focus being on Trelane rather than Q. But that is a minor criticism since the author did a fantastic job of personifying Trelane throughout. I will be looking for more in this series by the same author.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    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 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 could have been explained better. 3.5 stars I think. Episodes you might want to watch before reading this - "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (TOS), "The Squire of Gothos" (TOS), "Encounter at Farpoint" (TNG), "Yesterday's Enterprise" (TNG), "Parallels" (TNG), "Tapestry" (TNG), "Attached" (TNG).

  11. 4 out of 5

    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 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 day....by 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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    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 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    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 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 intermingling in this novel. A fun exploration of TNG and an interesting pairing of Q and Trelane make this one an absolute favorite that I will likely continue to return to for years to come. Full review: http://treklit.blogspot.com/2018/06/Q...

  14. 5 out of 5

    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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ken Yuen

    I haven't read this story in 20 years. It's still an enjoyable exploration of Next Generation and crossover fiction that touches on the other Star Trek series. I haven't read this story in 20 years. It's still an enjoyable exploration of Next Generation and crossover fiction that touches on the other Star Trek series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    David Shane

    It was fine. I mean... it's a Star Trek novel. Normally I don't like stories that flash back and forth between three separate story lines, though that is somewhat necessary in a multiverse story. Read was as satisfying as watching a Star Trek episode, and slightly more intellectual. It was fine. I mean... it's a Star Trek novel. Normally I don't like stories that flash back and forth between three separate story lines, though that is somewhat necessary in a multiverse story. Read was as satisfying as watching a Star Trek episode, and slightly more intellectual.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Kordyban

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book blew my mind. All the different parallel worlds, the Q, the past coming into play. All the different versions of the crew. I couldn't put this book down. This book blew my mind. All the different parallel worlds, the Q, the past coming into play. All the different versions of the crew. I couldn't put this book down.

  18. 5 out of 5

    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. 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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    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. 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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sharyn

    Love a good STNG read - especially when Q is involved!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    Absolutely a top-notch Trek novel.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Paul Riches

    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 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 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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    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 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 between Trelane and Q. In this instance, Trelane is a young Q, still only a child, and Q is his mentor. As anyone reading that sentence might have guessed, Q isn't a very good mentor and the kid is quickly trying his patience. So, naturally, he decides to bother Picard with it because like... what else would Q do? Since Picard owes Q a favor (and since Q won't shut up and go away), he agrees to help under the pretense that Q will stick to Trelane like glue and keep him from causing any problems aboard the ship. This all goes terribly wrong, of course. But this is only one of the 3 tracks presented in this story. An alternate universe presents us with an reality in which Jack Crusher never died and is now captain of the Enterprise. He and Beverly are divorced. Picard is his second-in-command. Wesley is dead. And for some reason Geordi is a nurse. With eyes. In yet another universe, the Terrans and the Klingons are in a full-blown war and the Enterprise (captained by Picard this time) is a warship rather than an exploration vessel. The story follows each universe individually, occasionally converging via Q or Trelane. Until the shit really hits the fan in ACT III and everything goes all to Hell. Overall: - You can tell Peter David put a lot of time, thought, and love into this one. Several of the scenes seem lifted directly from the screen. - Again, there's a good mix of drama and humor. Any time things get a little too heavy, there's a joke to lighten it up and vice versa. - The reading is light and easy. - Some phrases are repeated a little too often and there are some confusing bits, particularly in Act III. - This book relies heavily on the reader being a pretty big fan of the show as it constantly references various episodes of both TOS and TNG. However, if you've seen a good chunk of either, I think you'd probably be able to follow the story just fine (though not, perhaps, find all the Easter Eggs). I'd recommend this to fans of TNG, especially ones who enjoy timeline hi-jinks and and multiverse shenanigans.

  24. 5 out of 5

    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 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 screen. The reasons why I can't give this an outright four star are, a lot of the things that characters from TNG do in this book are so way out of character and unbelievable that the book just reads as fan- fiction, (good fan-fiction, but still fan - fiction). I would love to read a Star Trek novel that you could really envisage as an episode of Star Trek. I did enjoy the book, the plot kept me hooked, it was very fast paced but I wish that the characters had been more true to the ones we see on the screen. Even the characters we seen from different dimensions are out of character. If you read this book and then looked at TNG's Yesterday's Enterprise you will see what I mean about the characters, Picard in particular. Picard in Yesterday's Enterprise had to deal with very different situation from the Picard in the main universe has to deal with, but he was still the same Picard with the same logical cool thinking mind, and then look at the Picard in this book that David wrote from Yesterday's Enterprise they are not the same. Likewise goes for the Picard in the third dimension. If you are in the mood for really good fanfiction that stands up give this book a go. If you are in the mood for a novel that could have been a potential episode you won't find it with this book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    John

    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 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. William Riker has just been freed after being tortured by Romulans for six years, and returns home to his wife Deanna Troi and son Tommy. Track B is the regular TNG timeline. Track C is the Yesterday's Enterprise timeline in which the Federation is losing a war against the Klingons. All three timelines gradually come crashing together. Along the way, I laughed heartily, my heartstrings were pulled. When the climax of the novel came around, it was really confusing but also really entertaining. I wish David had spent a little more time exploring the aftermath of the climax in each of the timelines, but I suppose leaving it to the imagination is a solid way to go. That's all I really have to say about this novel. I might have judged it harder had it been a regular Novelverse installment, but all it is supposed to be is a crazy adventure. And at that it excels brilliantly.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tristan Black Wolf

    It is abundantly clear that Mr. David is an aficionado of all things Trek, as there are references, in-jokes, correct bits of continuity and their errors (referring to events in the episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before," he correctly notes the experiences of Capt. James R. Kirk), and an astonishing bit of re-imagining how those stories could be explained. The book opens with the admonition to take nothing for granted. Wise advice. Without offering spoilers, I can tell you that there are multiple It is abundantly clear that Mr. David is an aficionado of all things Trek, as there are references, in-jokes, correct bits of continuity and their errors (referring to events in the episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before," he correctly notes the experiences of Capt. James R. Kirk), and an astonishing bit of re-imagining how those stories could be explained. The book opens with the admonition to take nothing for granted. Wise advice. Without offering spoilers, I can tell you that there are multiple timelines, bends in reality itself, and all of the harmless fun that wreaking havoc with all of existence can provide. Be prepared for any number of jokes, funny in context and hilarious when added into a good Trekker's stockpile of knowledge about the many stories and backstories of the original series and NextGen series. (A not-really spoiler: In one timeline, Wesley Crusher dies as a child. There are some fans who will cheer at this, I know, but hey... someone had to be Lucas Wolenczek in space, right?) Don't let the book's length deter you; none of it is wasted, and all of it is worth the sheer joys of seeing what the heck David is going to do next. Most of the time, you won't see it coming until just after it's happened, at which point you'll turn a few more pages, just to see... and then a few more... yeah, you'll eat this one up and regret nothing. Very well done.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Snogged

    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 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.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 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 bec 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.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jdetrick

    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 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 it's one of his best. He manages to pull in so many different threads of the Trek universe while creating his won threads, and yet none of it felt like fan service to me. He manages to give every character some great scenes which is always a plus for me, and there's real emotion here as well. Its an incredibly satisfying read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lois

    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 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 narrated by Q himself - but there is a fair amount going on with the alternate realities and not as humorous as one might assume since you have these two characters in it. It was actually a pretty serious story with all that was going on with the universe collapsing in on itself and what happens to some of the other characters. Still, a good use of a couple hours.

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