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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; 1 edition (5 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416527419
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416527411
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Keith R.A. Decandido is a top genre author whose tie-in novels for Pocket include several Star Trek titles across all series as well as Buffy the Vampire Slayer novelizations. He is also known for his Star Trek: The Next Generation comicbook miniseries Perchance to Dream, and is the editor of several science-fiction and fantasy anthologies.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. Ogilvie on 4 Jun 2009
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In chronology terms this book comes after the events of the film Nemesis and the books Death In Winter and Resistance. It is advisable to read these first, but by no means essential. Watching Nemesis is certainly a neccesity.

It is easy to miss this book - the excerpt of Before Dishonour at the end of the Resistance paperback leaving you in little doubt as to what comes next, this led me to read this book out of chronological order.

But I encourage you not to miss this. This is a good book, because it is written by an author who can write characters, who knows his Star Trek and respects the efforts of all those people who have shaped what has come before.

So now we have the return of Q. Q is clearly the best antagonist of The Next Generation series, this is in part due to the terrific onscreen performances by John de Lancie, the quality of the storylines, but primarily because he teases out the best of Jean Luc Picard - an intellectual adversary that Picard can square off against.

We are treated to a brief history of Q that the author neatly packages as a series of interludes, these are short and quirky, not unlike Q's repeated interference with the Enterprise during the course of its five year mission. This gets your tongue wagging whilst the author prepares and positions the story. You are well into the book before the Omnipotent being turns up, but it is classic Q when he does: needling all the characters perfectly.

The characterization is the real strength of this book. The cathartic release of the characters talking about Data in the bar is important, delicately handled and deserving of its page space. The off-duty behaviour and interaction of the crew is often as important as the on-duty action in shaping a good Star Trek story.
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Having now read Resistance and feeling the overall story was good and the majority of the characters were nicely done I was put to shame when I read Q&A - the characterizations, of every single character in this book are BRILLIANT! Much better than Resistance! DeCandido has paid attention to every character (with a nice bit of attention on Geordi who I felt was loosing attention in Resistance) and shown their growth (for long standing characters). He has also introduced 2 new characters very well - one very likable one and one not so likable which is a lovely contrast.

The overall story is ok, but feels a bit repeated from the earlier television stories - the idea is it links all of Q's appearances together from earlier stories, which does work nicely, just not as well as the characters are portrayed in the story (hence the 4 rather than 5 star rating). This being said it is nice to see a different way for Q to be handled and the story feels a lot bigger simply due to the external views that we get to see away from the Enterprise, which gives us a bit of a break from the character led elements so that we can really appreciate them when we come back.

Picard and Beverly's relationship feels a bit more real in this than it did in Resistance whilst Worf has moved on since Resistance as well - now clearly happy in his new role. T'Lana, Worf and Picard are now starting to build a good relationship and I started to look forward to seeing T'Lana object to what Picard plans to do - I loved Troi but this change in character for the counselor is a good one, it would have have been terrible if they had tried to copy her.

If you want to read something that gives you an insight into characters and to see their quieter sides (that are perhaps harder to communicate on a television screen) then this is the book for you! Buy it!
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After the not especially memorable start to the new post-Nemesis TNG era in Death in Winter and Resistance Q&A gives the series the kick it needs and finally shows us what a great TNG novel can be. Q & A, a Q story, or indeed The Q story, as the book tries, and very much succeeds, in tying every Q story together. The Qish elements of this book are perfect, Q feels very much like Q, and the way all Q's appearances are tied together is brilliant. DeCandido does a great job making the Enterprise feel inhabited and introduces two new big characters; Second officer Miranda Kadohata and chief of security Zelik Leybenzon. These two were about the only parts of the novel I didn't enjoy, I found both quite annoying. While T'Lana was a pest to the Enterprise crew in Resistance, there was something endearing about her, and that continues to be in Q & A. Kadohata and Leybenzon on the other hand, despite all the best efforts to flesh out their characters and establish them as unique and interesting people just didn't have anything that made them stand out and say "look at me, I'm interesting".

DeCandido also manages to make the Trekverse feel much bigger (something really lacking in Resistance) with some brief appearances from characters from all over the galaxy. These short bits of story added a lot of interest and make use of DeCandido's (and others') previously established characters and settings without them seeming out of place or in need of more explanation. All in all Q & A is a very clever, witty and thoroughly enjoyable book.
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