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I, Q (Star Trek The Next Generation) Hardcover – 1999

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Star Trek (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671024434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671024437
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 14.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #856,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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By Khemprof on March 7 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found that reading this book, "I,Q" by John de Lancie and Peter David to be like reading a dream... more like a hallucination. Q's powers work and don't work when he loses his wife and child to a mysterious draining of the universe of all that it contains. A concept of a muti-universe where all things exist on a different plain is brought into play in this book, adding to the hallucunation.
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.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
My theory of the popularity of the Q character in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" is that it is quite likely that creatures of such power would have similar personalities. The greatest problem with immortality combined with intelligence would be the constant fight against boredom. Given the opportunity to interact with emotional, dynamic and occasionally vain creatures would be a prized activity and pressing them to respond to obnoxious behavior would only make the game more interesting.
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.
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