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I, Q (Star Trek The Next Generation) [Hardcover]

Peter David John de Lancie
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, except for the beginning and the ending July 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
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. The way that Q's journey goes is an intriguing philosophical journey. The problem is that the begging secion and the next section is done by someone else, and it justs drags the overall stry down, to the point where it seems it hardly has an ending at all.
For the record, the story takes place after the episode of ST: Voyager where Q and another have a baby.
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3.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY, STRANGE, ENGAGING AND WIERD July 13 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
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. He is all that here and he leads us and his old buddies Picard and Data on a romp across the universe to solve a mystery, and maybe even prevent the end of time itself! 3 stars is for good. 3 star uis for fun, and having delacie read the book himself, just made it fun to listen to. Sometimes the plot just got stupid. I went from laughing and smiling to Ughhhhh back and forth listening to this. In the end i liked it enough that i have listened to it several times now. It does get even better with a second listen, but it was 3 star on the first listen. Now if you like wierd sci fi... You may want to give this a 4 or 5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful !! June 21 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the best book of Star Trek kind I ever read. From the beginning to the end, very philosophical and interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best Q books ever Jan. 15 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 like
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ha, Ha. Dec 28 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. Sadly, the book comes out as too absorbed with its own humor to really be the fall-on-the-floor laughing riot the authors think it should be.
If you like Piers Anthony's writing, especially the later books in the Xanth series, this ought to be right up your alley.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Histerical Q Oct. 7 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Verry funny, and a good storyline as well. See a "human" side to Q, and great tangents as we would expect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars STNG - I, Q - Simply genius! July 13 2003
Format:Hardcover
As we learned in Peter David's first Q novel, STNG #18, "Q-In-Law" and his later and even more brilliant hardback, "Q-Squared," he knows Q and he writes Q with nothing but perfection. With I, Q, Peter David raises that level of perfection to a new height as this narrative story, written almost entirely from Q's perspective is nothing short of brilliant, witty and extraordinarily intriguing. Of course, this novel is made even better by the fact that Q himself, John De Lancie co-wrote this masterpiece. While some may have found the style in which this novel was written somewhat distracting, I found it to be "dead on" with the character of Q and his personality.
The premise:
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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars ennui July 9 2003
By barbre
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Make sure you know the definition of "ennui" before you read this novel, because it is repeated throughout.
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.
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