I, Q (Star Trek The Next Generation) Hardcover – 1999
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We begin this story with a character that by all appearances seems to be superior to Q and the Q-Continuum. In this beautifully well written beginning, we learn that this "supreme" being has decided that the multiverse is no longer of any value and that it should literally be run down the drain. Just as this process begins, this "supreme" being discovers a bottle with a narrative in it, written by you know who.
This is where the story gets extremely interesting as Q takes us through his narrative as he takes Captain Picard, Data and us, the readers, through multiple planes of existence, on a search to find his wife and son. While the story advances along, he also regales us with tales from his past that at times are utterly intriguing, humorous and a bit telling of his character.
In no uncertain terms, I, Q is a purely brilliant story as Peter David takes us through Q's trials and tribulations along the way to finding his wife and son while the multiverse is crumbling around him.
While there are many absolutely great Star Trek authors, Peter David work stands above the rest, as does I, Q.Read more ›
There is very little that is more annoying than someone, who thinks they are funny, when they are not. Such is the case with this novel. The reader is subjected to such hilarious comedy such as "Q, go stand in that queue." Makes one want to double over with laughter.
Most serious, the story is told by Q but there are so many metaphors that are strictly human that the reader is unable to maintain any "suspension of disbelief." More often than not the reader is stopped cold wondering why Q would be making comments about "needles in haystacks." The worst was a half-chapter devoted to the letter "Q". Q discusses the symmetry of the letter...apparently the reader is suppose to accept that the Q-continuum uses human English as its designated alphabet, or that by some fluke the letter is the same from human to Q.
Yet another annoyance was the cardboard cutout characters. Picard's entire role in this novel is to yell at Q about how smug he is. The universe is collapsing and this Picard is worried about whether Q is "belittling" him. One would think that such pettiness would be best saved for, say, when the universe isn't collapsing.
There are two good points I can make for this novel:
1) It is an excellent example of why writers should be very careful when choosing to write in first person narrative. The use of first person here hinders the story and is very annoying after the first few chapters.
2) If the author had removed about 200 pages there would have been a pretty good idea for a novel.
If interested in reading about Q, try "Q-Squared" instead.
Q seeks out Jean-Luc Picard's help in his nightmare and Picard takes along Data for support. From what I gather, Q needs a lightening rod... a grounding effect that only Jean-Luc can provide. Keeping Q from unpredictable trajectories is what Jean-Luc does best... more like Q's conscience.
This whole book is Q talking, and talking, and talking, getting more self-indulgent. There is a lesson to be learned and Q is having a hard time grasping this lesson. If you read the book carefully you will note this as an underlying theme. And if you are a careful reader and pay attention to detail you will figure out what is happening... I really do NOT want to give any more away, but it is Q's comeuppance for his transgressions.
Those who fail to read this book with a keen eye for detail will skip right over why and for what purpose Q is being tested. The book was a fast read and the Q character is John de Lancie.
I found the book entertaining and even humorus at times... as only this mischievous trickster can do from his unique point of view.
The main story in this book is that Q proves to be powerless against events that take his wife and child. Forced into an alliance with Jean-Luc Picard and Data, Q attempts to resolve the problem of why the universe is literally going down the drain. I enjoy the Q character, but in this story the circumstances were beyond the believable, even for Q. The literal circumstances of the universe going down a drain just did not resonate with me. The apparent "afterlife" of continuous combat between the various species also came across as forced and did not keep my interest.
This is not one of the better Start Trek books, as it was not interesting, even on the abstract level. Since Q is part of the universe, a doomsday scenario applies to him as well. It is most unlikely that even he could successfully overcome the forces that he was fighting against.
Most recent customer reviews
All in all, this is the one audiobook one should acquire if one is a fan of Q. Written by the actor who plays him, you need never worry that he will act out of character. Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by C. Bedford Crenshaw
I am reviewing the audio cassette version. John de Lancie created the character Q in the Star Trek, TNG TV show. He was always funny, fun interesting and engaging. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by JediMack
This is the best book of Star Trek kind I ever read. From the beginning to the end, very philosophical and interesting.Published on June 20 2004 by Rodak
It is one of the best Q books ever it is about how the univers almost endes thats all I am goingto say hope you likePublished on Jan. 14 2004
Peter David is funny. Very funny. John DeLancie is funny. Very funny. Together, such strongholds of wit ought to do very well in portraying Q as he really ought to be. Read morePublished on Dec 28 2003
Verry funny, and a good storyline as well. See a "human" side to Q, and great tangents as we would expect.Published on Oct. 7 2003 by Evan Chechopoulos
Q is a great Star Trek character that Jon De Lanice plays brilliantly. The fact that he co-wrote a book is a real treat. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2002 by Michel Farmer
I have however always held a fascination with Q and everything that this character represents. Simply stated: This book provided no epiphany (though the premise of the books... Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2002 by Chris Johnson
The Q continum turned inside out and back again. This fleshes out the charachter of Q and shows sides of him that you would hardly know, and shows parts of Q that he would... Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2002 by Rachel E. Watkins