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Lwaxana Troi teaches Q a lesson he will never forget
on 2 January 2006
The vast majority of Star Trek novels are somewhat diverting and we make do with them because there is only one series left in production. But every once in a great while there is a Star Trek novel that you wish had actually been an episode. For me, "Q-In-Law" is one of those rare novels. I am not surprised it was written by Peter David, who is my favorite Next Generation author (with "Imzadi" my favorite STNG novel), but I am rather surprised that he has written a story that is intended to be a stitch from start to finish.
As the cover proclaims in a wonderful bit of understatement, "Two fo the most powerful forces in the galaxy are about to collide..." Just the idea of Q meeting Lwaxana Troi should be enough to make you read this book. Add the fact Q has popped in on the Enterprise crew to examine the human concet of love and that Lwaxana attains the cosmic power of the Q, and let your imagination run away with what wonders are contained within this volume. There is Romeo & Juliet subplot involving a pair of rival space faring merchant families in which Wesley becomes involved, but the focus of all the fun is clearly on that great love triangle of Picard, Q and Lwaxana.
Once you read this book if you are lucky you might be able to track down the audio book version, which features John DeLancie and Majel Barret as the readers. You cannot have much more fun than that, boys and girls.