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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 March 2006
Ouch.
Deary me.
Pathetic.
These are some of the emotions and opinions I have from my least favorite Star Trek book yet, 'I,Q'. I know that as a general rule I should not expect great things from the ST books but this was particularly bad, especially as it was co-authored by Peter David - an otherwise fantastic writer.
So to the 'plot'. Q's family and the universe as we know it is being destroyed by an unknown entity or force. For once Q is unable to do anything as he finds his powers removed by the events that are occurring. With Data and Picard to help him can Q save the Universe and more importantly his family?
The answer - I don't know. The confusing and rambling story lost me somewhere during midway. The first person perspective failed to work and the set pieces throughout were just woeful. I mean really bad - as in the worst book I have read so far in 2006.
I urge you to avoid this novel and instead read the sublime Star Trek: New Frontier series by Peter David, these are excellent, coherent and funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2000
Any Trekkie fan will admit that Q is probably the most enjoyable villain in Star Trek. We only wish there were more episodes with him in. Well at least this audio book can fill the void for us. A wonderful tale revolving around the infamous Q and told in his words. A typically charismatic John De Lancie narates the story in the true Trek tradition and impersonates all the characters with true precision and flair. A must for all Next Generation and Q fans everywhere.
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on 14 July 2005
God becomes bored and decides that she will end the multiverse. Q sets out to rescue everything, and finds himself repeatedly bumping into Picard and Data. The storyline is confused and confusing, and the characters are pitiable caricatures of themselves.
After this outpouring of scorn let me say that somehow the authors succeeded in keeping me turning the pages. There is one thing (and only one) that makes this book worth reading and that is Q himself. Peter David and John De Lancie succeed in producing a Q at his quirky best. Therefore, if you want a good story don't stop here, but if you love Q then this book is one you should check out. [Q-Squared is much better.]
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 28 August 1999
This book is a waste of money, even at Amazon's reduced price. The book is only 249 pages, and it feels padded at that length. The book doesn't have that much of a plot, and it lacks the wit of Peter David's other books like Q-Squared & Q-in-Law. I just kept waiting for the book to end. The book should never have been published, let alone as a hardcover. The book does give you a glimpse into Q's mind, but if you want Q read Greg Cox's Q Continuum Trilogy. If you read Dyson Sphere earlier this year, I,Q is like that book, only worse. I want my money back.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2001
This is written in the first person from Q's point of view as he desperatley searches for his wife and child through shifting realities. He has lost his powers and is helped by his nemesis Picard and Data. Once you get into the first person method the rest of the book is good although the ending is disappointing and I thought rather lame.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Yes, I am another one of those people who was disappointed with "I, Q" given how much I usually enjoy Peter David's STNG novels. The first half of the book was rather torturous reading for me, and I kept trying to figure out why? There are a couple of problems.
First, the book is done in first person, and there is only so much of Q's ramblings that you can stand. In that regard the book does a wonderful job of making you feel like Picard; you become exasperated. Second, Q goes on and on about his omnipotence, but the more he talks the more it becomes clear that he is not as smart as he thinks. Of course, the story involving the sudden disappears on Lady Q and q along with the imminent End of the Universe requires Q to be at a loss or else the story would be over. I always tend to prefer Q stories that are more intimate (such as David's hilarious "Q-in-Law" novel versus Greg Cox's bloated trilogy). Third, Q might be an alien, but virtually all of his references are to Earth (Shakespeare pops up a lot in this one). Of course, we mere mortals cannot see Q as he really is so it is probably the same thing when it comes to words. Picard and Data are along for the ride on this one, but it is the android that has most of the good scenes in this one.
Maybe all this boils down to is that too much of Q is not a good thing. It is fitting that the book starts off with the universe (literally) going down the drain, because the authors throw everything including the kitchen sink in this one. How else to describe a book that makes explicit reference to Dr. Kubler-Ross on coping with death and an homage to "The Princess Bride" that rests on knowing Wallace Shawn plays the Grand Nagus on "Deep Space Nine."
The last half of the book certainly picks up and one thing I truly admire about this novel is how the authors make use of font sizes and blank spaces to great advantage. The punch line to the book is actually a pleasant surprise, since it does offer a return to a universe of sanity and potential order, which is totally contrary to the universe according to Q. That was enough to bump "I, Q" back to four stars, which certainly surprised me. For most of this novel I was convinced I was going to pan it big time. That's why David is one of my favorite Star Trek writers.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 1999
I enjoyed reading this book as I'm a big Q fan and admire De Lancie a lot, but I was disappointed that the story was so short and that it lacked a certain depth. Reading Q's point of view was fun but it was obviously a biased standpoint, with a lot of limitations. It would have helped, and made the story longer, if we could have had Picard's point of view as well, either as captain log entries or a report, alternated with Q's writings. It would also have improved Picard's characterization a great deal. One gets the impression that since the publishers knew they were on a sure thing (2 great authors, a very popular character) they didn't put too much effort into this. A good editor would have polished the story to make it tighter and smoother, as well as helped the authors write a longer and more complex novel. I'm sure they both were up to it, with the right editorial guidance. The end result is good but could have been so much better. It's a pity that nowadays Star Trek more often than not does that: settles for average or even mediocre rather than have the vision to go for greatness.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 September 1999
While on a "deep sea" fishing trip, Q stumbles across something even he cannot control. When he becomes seperated from Lady Q and q, he enlists Picard's and Data's help to find them. This book reads like a diary and is told entirely from Q's viewpoint. It's written in the first person and some people may not like that. Picard and Data may seem a bit out of character but you have to remember that this is how Q views them. I found this to be a refreshing change from alot of the Star Trek books. Overall its an amusing read.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 August 2000
I really enjoyed this book, and even at the end it kept you guessing. I love the air of mystery surrounding some characters. There were times however, when I was starting to feel a bit bored, and wanted the next bit to happen quicker than it did. Overall, I would read this book again and again. Having said that tho, I preferred the Q-Continuum trilogy a better read. Not to take anything away from this at all tho. Worthy of a 4 start rating
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2001
i thought that this book was one of the best that i have ever read but it did seem to get out of control at times especialy when you had things like picard and Q going to sto-va kor and meeting dax. i think that the best bit of this book was the twist at the end ... if you are any kind of trekie you should get this book
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